Articles by Joanna R. Turpin

Texas Mansion Has Big Geothermal System

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People in Texas have a reputation for doing everything in a big way. Right now there’s a home under construction in The Woodlands, TX, that puts most others to shame. The 33,000-square-foot custom home will cost upwards of $7 million when it’s finished this fall. Obviously, a comprehensive HVAC system is needed for a house this size in order to keep its occupants comfortable. Designing and installing that system are Wayne E. Jones, CEO, and Robert L. Sparks, CFO, Geothermal Air Conditioning, Humble, TX.
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Historic New York Home Gets The Wright System

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Russel Wright was one of the best known designers of home furnishings in America and an outspoken proponent of American design. His home is considered to be a masterpiece of the late designer. The home was recently listed with the National Register of Historic Places and is being meticulously restored to its original grandeur. Part of that restoration includes replacing and upgrading the original mechanical systems.
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Doctor’s Home Gets Top-Of-The-Line Treatment

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A doctor in Tampa, FL, is in the process of building a spectacular home, which has an equally amazing HVAC system. At 15,000 square feet, this home will provide more than enough room for its occupants. Given the hot and humid conditions in Florida, it’s no wonder that the owners wanted to spare no expense on comfort. The result is an HVAC system that’s sure to keep them comfortable no matter what the weather decides to do.
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Almost No Limit To The Uses For Portable Cooling

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It’s the middle of summer, the temperature is soaring, and it’s time to think about keeping cool — especially where customers are concerned. So what do you do when you have to take a building’s A/C system offline in order to make repairs? Or worse yet, what do you do when a system breaks down, and you’re going to have to wait a few days for a part? One answer is portable, or temporary, cooling.
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Portable Chiller Plant Saves The Day

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When a major department store in a New York mall had a problem with its 600-ton absorption chiller, management needed a quick solution to keep the store cool. NuTemp came through with a portable chilled-water plant and generator.
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Portable Cooling Equipment Hits The Spot

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The day will undoubtedly come when it’s necessary for you to arrange for portable cooling in order to keep a customer comfortable. Whatever the occasion, contractors should be aware of where they can get their hands on portable cooling equipment. One source is Spot Coolers, which has 27 locations nationwide.
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Renovated Roundhouse Gets New Rooftops

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When DST Output decided it needed more space to expand its printing and publishing services for mutual fund companies, it looked in a rather unlikely spot. Instead of choosing an existing building to move into or even vacant land on which to build, DST Output chose to renovate an abandoned railroad roundhouse.
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Maintenance Is The Key To Rooftop Longevity

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Rooftop units have come a long way in recent years. They now contain more sophisticated controls, improved serviceability features, and unique ways to address indoor air quality (IAQ) issues. But even the best-made rooftop can’t keep soldiering on if routine maintenance is not performed regularly.
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There’s Something New On The Rooftop

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Rooftop units toil away during the day under hot conditions; consequently, their energy efficiency, as compared with chiller systems for building cooling, is generally much lower. One manufacturer, Calmac Corp., has created the Roofberg® system, which permits conventional rooftop units to be converted to a central chiller system with ice storage.
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Contractor Embraces The <i>Gung Ho!</i> Approach

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Is it really possible to implement Ken Blanchard’s Gung Ho! techniques? And if so, how difficult is it? Those are some of the questions that were answered by employees (or coworkers, as they like to be called) of Secco Inc.
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