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Forum Stresses Team Building, Profitability

By Herb Woerpel
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For the fifth straight year, HVACR professionals met for Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) Service Managers Forum, focusing on streamlining the interaction between management, technician, and the customer.


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ACCA Hosts Inaugural Building Performance Forum

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More than 150 HVACR professionals explored the topic of building performance, the transition to home performance contracting, and more at Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) inaugural Building Performance Forum, Oct. 9-10, in Austin, Texas.


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Manufacturers Predict Improving Economy

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According to a recent AHR Expo survey sent to more than 1,000 HVACR manufacturers worldwide, 70 percent of the respondents expect the economy to be better in 2013 than in 2012. In fact, 15 percent of the manufacturers expect a “much better year.”


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Winter Energy Prices to Rise

By Herb Woerpel
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Most HVAC contractors selling, installing, and maintaining furnaces are hopeful that this winter will be a lot cooler than last year’s. However, as meteorologists forecast dipping seasonal temperatures, energy experts are projecting rising costs.


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Contractor Spreads Wings as Leader

By Angela D. Harris
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Engineers design and contractors build. Fusing the best of both worlds is Jonathan F. Lazarus, founder, owner, and president of Eagle Air Conditioning Inc., a White Plains, N.Y.-based commercial HVAC contractor.


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Massachusetts Repeats as Top Energy-Efficient State

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States continue to move strongly in 2012 to advance energy efficiency initiatives regardless of which political party is in control of state legislatures and governors’ offices, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) on the release of its sixth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.


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Brothers Partner to Grow Businesses

By John Conrad
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Randy Novak, president-elect of SMACNA, has urged his fellow contractors to follow his example and become involved in the home performance contracting market. Novak often works with Home Star Iowa and the firm’s chief building analyst, Rob Novak — who just happens to be his brother.


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Lennox International Plans to Sell Service Experts

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Lennox International Inc. announced plans to divest its Service Experts business, which consists of dealer-contractors providing heating and cooling equipment installation and service primarily to the residential market.


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Industry Responds to R-22 Smuggling Report

By John Conrad
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An article published in the Sept. 8 edition of the New York Times that discussed R-22 smuggling has prompted a response from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).


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True Success Is Defined Through Profitability

By Herb Woerpel
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Most HVAC contractors get into the heating and cooling business because they are highly interested in the process, mechanically gifted, or feel it is a great way to make a buck. But, as many find out after opening their doors, it takes a lot more than technical skills and desire to run a successful business.


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