This year will bring plenty of changes to the Energy Star program, including implementation of Version 3 of its New Homes program. Most of the new guidelines became mandatory on Jan. 1. The rest kick in after July 1.
Boosting building energy efficiency has become a trend that won’t be going away soon — and it is a trend worth embracing by HVAC contractors. Here are several reasons why the focus on energy efficiency is not going to go away.
Weather Guard® Products Pack Rat® drawer units for trucks and vans are made from durable 14-gauge steel. The drawer units offer easy access to hundreds of pounds of tools and supplies while leaving floor space open for hauling materials or moving in and out of the vehicle.
The KFC Yum! Center is home to the University of Louisville men’s and women’s basketball programs. Unique energy conservation approaches were incorporated into the HVAC systems, including enthalpy wheels for energy recovery and a high-tech building automation system for customizable control.
As 2011 comes to an end, The NEWS is proud to announce this year’s NEWSmakers. While the industry faced many challenges this year, this group of industry members did not sit around and wait to react. Instead, they proactively responded to the biggest issues affecting the HVAC industry.
This article is the third of three in a series about home performance contracting. In this final article of the series, we examine those criteria that require critical investigation in the selection of a home performance contracting partner.
Manufacturers appear to be very optimistic about the economic outlook for the HVACR industry. According to a recent survey of more than 1,000 AHR Expo exhibitors, nearly three-fourths (72 percent) of the total respondents expect a better year (59 percent) or a much better year (13 percent) in 2012 compared to 2011.
During good economic times, it isn’t unusual to see a lot of time and money spent on meetings, training, employee benefits, and marketing. But when business is slow and things have to be trimmed back or eliminated, it is usually these same items that disappear from the operating budget.
MechanicalXchange is an exclusive, invitation-only executive summit co-sponsored by The NEWS. The 2011 event was attended by more than 100 hand-selected people representing 23 mechanical contracting firms and 24 vendors. The purpose of the event is to bring buyers and sellers together.
As an industry, whether an HVACR contracting firm is doing service and maintenance or installations, employees need to go to the jobsite to perform their work. Because installers and service technicians have to be on the road for their job, some going to several jobsites in a day, they need vehicles to drive.