Articles by Barbara A. Checket-Hanks

Contractors Leading Green by Example

May 3, 2010
While contractors across the country are hitching onto the green bandwagon, a few have been leading the parade. These are the HVAC contractors, both commercial and residential, who are actively using green technologies and principles in their businesses. These are the contractors that we call “green by example.”
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Contractors Dealing Well With Refrigerant

April 26, 2010
The biggest change affecting the HVAC market in 2010 is the official stop to the manufacture and sale of systems that use R-22. We checked in with a few manufacturers to see how the official transition has been going. In short, they said contractors are doing very well indeed.
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Reaching Customers in Shades of Green

April 19, 2010
In a few weeks, The NEWS is going to be starting a series of articles on contractors who have been ahead of the curve regarding ecologically responsible designs and business practices - the things we have been calling green for many months now.
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Air Cleaning Continues to Evolve

April 19, 2010
Ventilation and filtration technology continues to advance and evolve. From data center ventilation to indoor pool environments, and museums using UV protection to more basic filtration, contractors are finding new ways to apply new technologies to their advantage, and to the benefit of their customers.
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Filtration Customers Need Some Reminders

April 19, 2010
Building owners at all levels, residential to commercial-industrial, have been trying to save money. Some have been doing it by cutting things like filter change frequency, without realizing that they wind up spending more money on energy than they would have on the filters they need.
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New Products and Technologies for 2010 and Well Beyond

April 12, 2010
The changing HVAC landscape of 2010 is well represented by a variety of products and accessories that reflect nearly every aspect of the changes - new refrigerants, controls, monitoring and evaluation tools, enhanced efficiencies, and more. This article offers just a sampling of some of the newer system trends.
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The Dealer's Perspective

April 12, 2010
While attending the Lennox dealer meeting in Texas, The NEWS took the opportunity to find out what’s on their minds by asking two key questions: What are your biggest challenges, and where do you see growth opportunities?
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Lennox Dealers Shown New Product Opportunities

April 12, 2010
Dealers attending the Lennox dealer meeting in Texas are still grappling with the effects of the economy on their customers. The manufacturer did its best to demonstrate that it has the products that will help the dealers’ customers take advantage of tax incentives and major energy savings, which result in lower monthly utility bills and improved comfort.
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How BIM Could Apply to Life

March 29, 2010
Just getting off the Building Information Modeling (BIM) issue left me with a lot of interesting information and food for thought. Viewing the consequences of changes, of course, is what makes this technique so special. Being able to predict probable consequences in all areas of life would certainly be a great advantage.
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HVAC-Specific BIM Offers Detailed Results

March 22, 2010
In 1994, Glasgow based Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) Ltd. was founded. It has now grown to encompass offices in Dublin, Boston, San Francisco, and Melbourne. It’s mission is to provide building performance tools that had previously resided deep in the academic world, and deliver them to the general building market.
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