Green Building

Innovation Awards Recognize Honorable Mentions

In addition to the 10 AHR Expo Innovation Award winners highlighted in this issue, 31 other products have been recognized with honorable mentions in the same 10 product categories. The honorable mentions are listed here.


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Seminar Teaches Contractors Green Tech

The role of air conditioning and heating contractors — as well as those in the refrigeration sector — played a big part in a seminar called “Going Green and Paying for It: Green Tools for Municipalities” presented by the Illinois Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).


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LEED for Healthcare Facilities Blends Comfort, IAQ, and Efficiency

Earlier this year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new LEED® program for hospitals and other health care facilities. LEED for Healthcare goes beyond the LEED for New Construction rating system, combining it with strong elements of the Green Guide for Health Care.


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USGBC Kicks Off Greenbuild

The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Greenbuild International Conference & Expo kicked off in Toronto with 23,000 delegates from around the world.


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LEED Pay Off Debated by Industry Contractors

In the green movement, the most measureable aspect is the LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — certification program. There is a need for HVACR contractors to fit into the mix of trades. Is it worth it? Well, it depends on who within the HVACR sector you talk to.


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Home Performance Contracting: Our Next Great Opportunity

What exactly is home performance contracting, or HPC? This article is the first of three in a series about home performance contracting.


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85 Years of Leadership: HVAC Changes Shades of Green

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

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

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

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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NEWSMakers: Matt Barga

Matt Barga, portfolio manager — a/c and coils, Ingersoll Rand, discusses how the company is working to comply with the new energy conservation standards for heat pumps and air conditioners that go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Posted on Dec. 19.

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