After rising to an exhilarating high, the housing market now remains on a downward slope. Despite earlier forecasts that it would reach bottom this year, it appears the bottom is still months down the road. At the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Construction Forecast Conference, economists presented generally gloomy outlooks on housing with some occasional glimmers of hope.
The Energy Star program provides value not only in
helping improve the efficiency of buildings, but in also seeing at what level a
building is relative to its peers. In a session at the World Energy
Engineering Congress (WEEC), attendees received an Energy Star overview and
how to implement benchmarking to set the bar for improvement.
The New Technologies session at the World Energy
Engineering Congress (WEEC) provided a variety of ways to find information on
emerging technologies as well as an overview of some promising new
With the Georgia World Congress Center, site of
the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), situated next to Centennial
Olympic Park, where the 1996 Summer Olympics were held, it’s only natural that
the conference’s HVAC session would show attendees how to go for the gold.
The need to conserve energy personally was brought home when the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) opened on a hot and steamy summer day in Atlanta that topped 100°F. The need to reduce energy demand and conserve energy collectively was then discussed by the speakers at the 30th annual conference.
Automating a paper-intensive process is always a good idea. Substantial time savings can be achieved as well as the opportunity to gain more accurate and useful information. Such is the case for Goodman Global Inc. in implementing the new ServiceBench Extended Warranty Solution, which is expected to significantly aid the company, its distributors, and dealers.
Many customers want high-efficiency products; others should consider it. And why not? Energy efficiency makes economic sense. Regularly tied to reducing emissions or green building, you don’t have to believe in global warming or going green to be an energy efficiency advocate. Energy efficiency saves money, keeping more dollars in the pockets of your customers.
Increasing demand and high prices are driving the United States to seriously commit to energy efficiency. The specter of climate change is another major influence. Those were the predominant themes of the 18th annual Energy Efficiency Forum, sponsored by Johnson Controls and the United States Energy Association. Energy remains a hot topic and Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman said the private sector should lead with support from the government.
A green home may be coming to your area - in a local museum to show its features and benefits and/or in a local neighborhood to demonstrate its growing acceptance. The Green House exhibit at the National Building Museum has completed its run as one of the most popular exhibitions in museum history, and will soon be touring the country. The NEWS toured the exhibit and also interviewed architect Michelle Kaufmann about green home building.
A recent online poll on The NEWS Website, “Are You Finding Enough Qualified Technicians?”, indicates that many HVAC contractors around the country are still finding it difficult to fill their ranks with the service technicians they need.