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Massachusetts Repeats as Top Energy-Efficient State

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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Apartment, Condominium Market Shows Improvement

HVAC contractors in the apartment and condominium business could become busier in the near future. The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), improved for the eighth consecutive quarter with an index level of 54.


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Unique School Projects Offer Partnerships

There is a unique community development program underway in Phoenix that is bringing together manufacturers, architects, engineers, general contractors, sub-contractors, and the community to erect LEED platinum designed school structures built entirely by volunteers.


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Contractors Give K-12 Schools Failing Grade

The K-12 school market in 2012 has received a failing grade from a group of mechanical contractors who specialize in this market segment, and their observations are backed up by a comprehensive report that indicates this segment of the commercial building market has declined 50 percent from pre-recession levels.


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Dealer Design Winners Highlight Best of Industry

A collection of honorees have been named in The NEWS’ 2012 ninth annual Dealer Design Awards program. Each gold, silver, and bronze winning product is featured in the pages of this issue and will be added to the pages of HVACR history as Dealer Design winners.


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Contractors Deal with Layoffs

Dealing with layoffs in tough economic times can be challenging. Layoffs can’t necessarily be based on seniority, as persons skilled in one aspect of the business can’t easily be shifted to an area out of their expertise. Added to that are the emotional ties that so many company owners in HVACR have with their employees.


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MCAA Gathers in Orlando

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) arrived at the Disney Resorts in Orlando recently for some networking, education, and fun. The high-energy, four-day convention began with a look back at the last 12 months for the MCAA and all it has accomplished.


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Improving Economy Needs Skilled Workers

Contractors across the nation are finding that although the HVAC industry has experienced change in the recent economic crisis, its need for skilled labor and certified technicians has not been completely abated by the influx of displaced workers from the economic downturn. Other trade industries have noticed this problem, too.


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NEWSMakers: John Lanier

John Lanier of North American Technician Excellence (NATE) stops by the NEWS’ booth at the AHR Expo to discuss NATE’s presence at the show, what’s coming up in 2015, and much more. Posted on Feb. 20.

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