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.
In kicking off the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2006 Fall Construction Forecast Conference, David Seiders, chief economist for NAHB, said that a caption for the conference could be, "Will housing pull the U.S. economy into recession?" That's the "big question of the day," he noted. The housing market has been contracting significantly.
The World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) included an exhibit hall where manufacturers showed off some of their latest products and services to help save energy. This article provides a selection of some of those offerings.
One of the educational tracks at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) was on "Improving Performance of HVAC Systems." Four speakers discussed different technologies and techniques to improve energy efficiency and cut costs.
Energy certainly has been a top-of-mind issue in recent years and the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) provides a comprehensive look at multiple aspects of this important topic. The opening session of this year's conference focused on leadership in energy management and was led off by two United States senators.
Energy was not the only thing on the minds of speakers at the 17th annual Energy Efficiency Forum, co-sponsored by Johnson Controls and the United States Energy Association (USEA). National security and global warming were also topics of concern cited by the presenters.
Remodeling market trends was the topic of a presentation by Kermit Baker, senior research fellow, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University, at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Construction Forecast Conference.
Housing has remained hot in 2005, but it is expected to finally cool a bit in the 4th quarter. That's the word from David Seiders, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), speaking at the NAHB Construction Forecast Conference.
At the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Construction Forecast Conference, Michele Halickman, economist and building materials analyst for Global Insight, discussed commodity prices. Of particular interest to the HVACR industry are steel prices. "You will not have to budget as much for steel in 2006," she said.
An online survey on The News' Web site (www.achrnews.com) asked HVACR contractors if this summer's high gasoline and diesel fuel prices were hurting the profitability of their businesses. An overwhelming 91 percent answered affirmatively.