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85 Years of Leadership: HVAC Changes Shades of Green

By Barbara A. Checket-Hanks
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Some of us remember the surge in solar and other renewable technologies in the late 70s and early 80s, and how, when incentives gradually disappeared, the market seemed to go with it. What is the risk of history repeating itself?


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Making Icehouse a Hot Property

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The Icehouse is a three-story complex that will eventually include 36 green condominiums, a one-story parking garage and commercial property that replaces several aging buildings in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.
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Contractor Champions Solar

By Barbara A. Checket-Hanks
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Champion AC, a veteran-owned and operated HVAC contracting company, recently added solar air conditioners to its list of product offerings.


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Home Reaches Net Zero

By Barbara A. Checket-Hanks
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Sara and Gareth Ross contacted Coldham & Hartman Architects, a firm that makes “ecologically intelligent design” a focal point of its efforts.


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Contractor Won’t Forget Comfort

Savings Don’t Always Make the Sale
By Barbara A. Checket-Hanks
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What are the chief concerns of your customers? Many HVACR contractors hope their concerns have a green tendency, both in terms of ecological impact and financially.


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Maryland’s I-70 Project Welcomes Motorists

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When motorists take a break along Maryland’s I-70 near Myersville, westbound or eastbound, they’ll be pleasantly surprised by the state-of-the-art welcome centers on both sides of the highway.
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Smaller Budgets Still Have Space for Sustainability

By Barbara A. Checket-Hanks
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In one sense, schools face shrinking budgets like everyone else. From another angle, however, it appears that they are still more likely to allocate significant portions of those budgets for projects that a) look good in the community, and b) save money.
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Sustainable Schools Provide Growth

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Schools seem to go to extremes when it comes to their mechanical systems. For many, the trend has been to ignore them, fix them on the cheap to remain within constrained budgets, and operate them in ways that often provide a disservice to the very budgets they try to conform to. However, lately they have been trending green, as examples to the students and the community.
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Ingersoll Rand Sponsors Solar Decathlon Entry to Showcase Benefits of Solar

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Ingersoll-Rand plc has awarded $150,000 to Purdue University to sponsor its team’s bid in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon 2011. The company said the underwriting of Purdue’s entry illustrates the contribution that solar energy and state-of the-art technology bring in creating environmentally responsible residential homes.
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NREL Data Center Is a Model of Energy Efficient Design

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The data center for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently benefited from an “extreme home makeover” as it moved from leased office space to the lab’s ultra energy efficient Research Support Facility (RSF). The lessons learned are expected to help data centers across the nation green up their ones and zeros.
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