Articles by Barbara A. Checket-Hanks

Greenbuild Products Cut a Broad Swath

December 12, 2011
Greenbuild is a good fit for a city with pedi cabs and green spaces, like Toronto; in a Canadian province with many ecologically aimed initiatives, like Ontario. The expo itself, which took place Oct. 4-7, fit snugly within the North and South Halls of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.


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Experts Share Anti-Corrosion Techniques

November 7, 2011
A heavy hurricane and tropical storm season may bring more corrosion damage to HVACR systems than we normally see. Now, as many contractors start to clean up systems, and others are scheduling preventive maintenance customers, coil care and corrosion prevention should be high on the work list.


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Building Up Your Employees

November 7, 2011
How does your business look now, compared to five years ago? What is the staff size? Work loads? Staff satisfaction? This may be an interesting year for The NEWS’ Best Contractor to Work For (BCTWF) contest.


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Contractors See Health Care Growth

New Projects Come in All Sizes
October 31, 2011
The three mechanical contractors described in this article see a mix of various types of health care projects: from huge new construction developments to the predominantly smaller projects (clinics).


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LEED for Healthcare Facilities Blends Comfort, IAQ, and Efficiency

October 31, 2011
Earlier this year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new LEED® program for hospitals and other health care facilities. LEED for Healthcare goes beyond the LEED for New Construction rating system, combining it with strong elements of the Green Guide for Health Care.


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The Great Green Train

October 28, 2011
This year I passed up the options of flying or driving to the Greenbuild event in Toronto, and instead opted to take the train from the Windsor, Ontario, station (10 miles from my home in Detroit) to Toronto and back.


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Meaningful Green

September 27, 2011

I’m looking forward to my first trip to the Greenbuild event. It covers just about all aspects of truly green construction, from the internals our industry deals with, to landscaping and water conservation measures. 


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Enhanced Ventilation Performance

Fixing Duct Integrity Can Solve Comfort Woes
September 26, 2011
As consumer awareness continues to grow regarding the performance of HVAC systems, more products and services are being presented to solve the most common ventilation problems.


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From Switchboards to Cell Phones

September 19, 2011
Here at the peak of The NEWS’ 85th anniversary year, we have drawn a lot of comparisons between 1926 and 2011. Sometimes it is more difficult than others.


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85 Years of Leadership: HVAC Changes Shades of Green

September 19, 2011
Some of us remember the surge in solar and other renewable technologies in the late 70s and early 80s, and how, when incentives gradually disappeared, the market seemed to go with it. What is the risk of history repeating itself?


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