Robert Wilkins

Robert Wilkins is vice president of public affairs for Danfoss. For more information, visit www.danfoss.com.

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Financing Energy Efficiency

Overcoming Barriers to Enhanced Building Efficiency
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The energetic flow of financial resources to energy efficiency is vital to making efficiency work in the building marketplace. 


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Converging Commercial Energy Use Trends

Uncovering the Trigger Point to Change
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The country could be on the tipping point of a potential transformation in building energy efficiency and the role of the electric utility in serving commercial buildings. 


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Countdown Begins for HFC Phase Down

Move Away from Hydrofluorocarbon Refrigerants Guided Globally, Domestically
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Many advocates and policy makers are taking action now to find and use refrigerants with much lower GWPs than HFCs to anticipate the phase down and avoid what could be a costly double transition. 


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A Whole-Building Systems Approach to Energy Efficiency

Trends and Innovations Offer New Opportunities for Progress
By Drake Erbe, Richard Lord, and Robert Wilkins
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A multitude of trends and innovations offer new opportunities for progress increasingly converging on the prospect of a new basic concept: whole-building systems. 


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What the Election Results Mean for the HVACR Industry

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The economy, the fiscal cliff, sequestration, and energy independence are just a few of the issues facing the winners of the 2012 election. But, as one of Washington’s leading pundits recently stated, “This isn’t the first critical election where the stakes are high, and it won’t be the last.”


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Election Outcome and Industry Implications

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What happens after the election? What impact will election results have on energy efficiency in general and the HVACR industry in particular?


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Programs Lead Way on Energy Efficiency

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The HVACR industry continues to introduce new technologies — and build upon existing technologies — that provide opportunities to improve energy efficiency. While new federal legislation hasn’t helped spur deployment of such technologies, state and local initiatives are moving ahead.


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Building Energy Efficiency into Our Future

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As concerns about national security, economic growth, and environmental standards propagate, energy efficiency is no longer an option. The search for solutions to limited fossil fuel supplies, ever-increasing energy prices, and global warming has reached a new urgency.
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Legislative Agenda Jeopardizes Progress

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the Home STAR legislation, which will invest $6 billion in a rebate program for homeowners who perform energy-efficiency upgrades. Meanwhile, a parallel bill is being considered, called Building STAR. Passage of a comprehensive energy/climate bill in 2010 remains uncertain.
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Home STAR and Building STAR Legislation to Stimulate Energy Savings and Jobs Creation

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Congressional leaders have introduced two bills - Home STAR and Building STAR - that use short-term rebates to promote energy efficiency. Each of these programs is expected to create a minimum 150,000 jobs, many of them in the hard-hit construction sector and in related industries, including HVAC.
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