Articles by Barbara A. Checket-Hanks

85 Years of Leadership: Today’s Contractors Redefine Normal

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If the 1920s readers of The Electric Refrigeration News and today’s NEWS contractor subscribers could see each other, they would probably be unrecognizable to each other.


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85 Years of Leadership: Wholesalers Customize With a Broad Brush

More Data Leads to More Categories
By Barbara A. Checket-Hanks
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If we look too far back, we could say that the greatest innovations in HVACR wholesale-distribution came from something as big as the end of World War II. We decided to look back a more reasonable 20 years.


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Contractor Champions Solar

By Barbara A. Checket-Hanks
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Champion AC, a veteran-owned and operated HVAC contracting company, recently added solar air conditioners to its list of product offerings.


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Rebates are Nice, But Comfort is Crucial

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For many in the HVAC industry, this is not the first time they have been involved with renewable energy technologies like solar and geothermal systems.


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Home Reaches Net Zero

By Barbara A. Checket-Hanks
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Sara and Gareth Ross contacted Coldham & Hartman Architects, a firm that makes “ecologically intelligent design” a focal point of its efforts.


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Contractor Won’t Forget Comfort

Savings Don’t Always Make the Sale
By Barbara A. Checket-Hanks
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What are the chief concerns of your customers? Many HVACR contractors hope their concerns have a green tendency, both in terms of ecological impact and financially.


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The Renewable Questions of Sustainability

By Barbara A. Checket-Hanks
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One of the side effects of writing about the history of the industry is that you start seeing its footprints in a lot of current topics.


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Smaller Budgets Still Have Space for Sustainability

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In one sense, schools face shrinking budgets like everyone else. From another angle, however, it appears that they are still more likely to allocate significant portions of those budgets for projects that a) look good in the community, and b) save money.
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On Celebrations, Milestones, and Getting Older

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The NEWS is continuing to celebrate the 85th anniversary of our commitment to publishing excellence this year. We have been celebrating so far by looking at how our history syncs with that of the HVACR industry. Now we would like to learn how it syncs with your history.
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85 Years of Leadership: Values Link NEWS Generations

NEWS 85th Anniversary
By Barbara A. Checket-Hanks
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After 85 years, it takes more than cosmetics to keep a publication fresh; the right attitude needs to permeate the organization. “This publication, The NEWS, was started by my great-grandfather in 1926,” said BNP Media co-CEO Taggart Henderson.
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