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Sept. 29, 2014: Sandia Labs Pioneers Software for More Efficient Enterprises

Modeling Software Integrates Energy Conservation Effects Across Many Buildings, Using Many Conservation Methods

Sandia National Laboratories’ Institutional Transformation (IX) model is helping the federal laboratory reduce its energy consumption and could help other large enterprises do the same. The IX model allows planners to experiment with energy conservation measures, such as replacing old HVAC systems, before making expensive changes.

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Sept. 26, 2014: PHCC Educational Foundation Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners

Scholarships Help Students Prepare for Careers in HVAC and Plumbing

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation has announced the winners of its 2014 scholarships. Seven students were awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarships funded by the foundation, South Jersey Mechanical Contractors Association, Anne Williams, PHCC Auxiliary of Massachusetts, and PHCC’s Past National Officers.

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Sept. 26, 2014: EcoFactor Appoints Matthew Plante as CEO

Company Uses Residential Data to Intelligently Predict and Automate Energy Savings for Consumers

EcoFactor®, a provider of cloud-based home energy management services, has announced the appointment of Matthew Plante as chief executive officer. Plante joins EcoFactor from Bidgely, where he served as vice president of sales. 

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Sept. 26, 2014: Publix Recognized by EPA’s GreenChill for Sustainable Refrigeration Excellence

Company is a Leader in Store Certification

Publix has been honored with three awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) GreenChill Partnership: Store Certification Excellence 2013-2014 and two Store Re-Certification Excellence Awards 2009-2014.

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Sept. 26, 2014: DOE Denies AHRI’s Petition for Reconsideration of Walk-in Coolers and Freezers Rule

AHRI Petition Is Said to be Procedurally Improper

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice in response to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute’s (AHRI’s) petition for reconsideration of DOE’s final rule on energy efficiency standards for walk-in coolers and freezers (WICFs). DOE announced it is denying the petition.

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Sept. 25, 2014: ABM Promotes Three Executives

Salmirs and McConnell Named Executive Vice President; Gilbert Promoted to Senior Vice President

ABM, a leading provider of facility solutions, has announced three executive promotions, two to executive vice president and one to senior vice president.

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Sept. 25, 2014: PPC Launches Energy Management Services with Enerit Partner Agreement

PPC to Deliver Energy Management-as-a-Service Model

PPC has announced plans for a comprehensive suite of energy management services for industry and public sector clients, called EMneXus. As a part of these plans, PPC signed a partner agreement with energy management software company Enerit to offer clients an energy management-as-a-service model.

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Sept. 25, 2014: HVACR Associations Organize Global Refrigerant Management Initiative

Initiative Will Work to Improve the Management of Refrigerants and Reduce Leaks

Three of the world’s leading HVACR associations, the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and Brazilian Association for HVAC-R (ABRAVA), announced the formation of the Global Refrigerant Management Initiative at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit.

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Sept. 24, 2014: Buehler’s Fresh Foods Recognized by EPA’s Greenchill Partnership

Becky Foster of Buehler’s Received the Awards Based on Her Efforts with Dan Steffen of Harrison Refrigeration

Buehler’s Fresh Foods announced that it has been recognized with two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GreenChill Partnership Awards for 2013. The company received the Most Improved Emissions Rate award and the Superior Goal Achievement award.

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Sept. 24, 2014: ASHRAE Explores Getting Involved in Residential Market

Research Shows Residential Sector Is of Growing Importance

ASHRAE announced that it is exploring its role in the residential market, looking at how it can contribute most effectively to improve the performance of residential buildings. The organization released a report, “ASHRAE and the Residential Construction Market,” which contains a series of recommendations to the board of directors.

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