Articles by Peter Powell

Snyder’s Commitment to Training Ranks it One of the Best in 2014

Jacksonville, Florida, Contractor Focuses on Educating and Mentoring Employees

Ongoing training, a variety of incentives, and extraordinary incentives are all tools that help build a successful contracting business. And, employees attest, Miller’s guidance, leadership, and craftsmanship help make Snyder Air Conditioning one of America’s Best Contractors to Work For.


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Pairing Emerging Refrigerants with Appropriate Systems

Refrigerants, Design, and Commissioning Come into Consideration

Papers and presentations showcased at the most recent Food Marketing Institute Energy & Store Development Conference demonstrated the sector’s move away from high-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and toward more efficient equipment.


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Naturals Get New Push at Atmosphere America

Conferences Looks at Regulatory, Cost Issues

As 2015 begins, the end of new and imported HCFCs is in sight and phasedown and limits on certain HFCs seem more and more likely. So to continue to meet refrigeration needs, f-gas proponents turn to low global warming potential (GWP) HFCs and HFOs, while advocates of natural refrigerants continue to build their case.


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UK Natural Proponent Moves into US

Low GWP Refrigerants Get Another Foothold

Efforts by European and United Kingdom manufacturers of refrigeration equipment using low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants to get their products into the North America market have marked another milestone. Star Refrigeration Group of the United Kingdom has launched a U.S. subsidiary.


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Same Message, New Urgency

Learn About Newer Refrigerants

This past year I was working on a story in which I asked contractors to comment on trends in refrigerants. I was doing so because so much of my writing in 2014 related to new directions for such gases. I start 2015 with the same theme: Continue to work with familiar refrigerants, but be prepared to shift to newer kids on the block.


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A Final ‘Not My Fault’

Leaving HVACR; Still Figuring Out Montreal Protocol

The time has come to move on. So, after 29 ½ years at BNP Media and exactly 30 years in the HVACR industry, I will be retiring as of Feb. 15, 2015.


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FMI Considers the Future of Supermarket Refrigeration

Research Reveals Optimal Refrigerant Choice is Dependent on Application, Setting

The supermarket refrigeration sector is sensing the demise of high-GWP HFCs for use in HVAC systems, including some of the most commonly used refrigerants, R-404A and -507. Even if the line between high- and low-GWP HFCs has yet to be drawn, the industry is considering low-GWP options more frequently.


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EPA Finalizes R-22 Phaseout Timeline

New and Imported R-22 Supplies Set to Decrease Annually Until Production is Prohibited in 2020

In 2014, the EPA made it’s biggest splash on Oct. 16, when Gina McCarthy, administrator, EPA, signed the final rule pertaining to allowances for virgin production and importation of HCFCs, primarily R-22, for 2015 through 2019.


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RSES Conference Focuses on Education

Technical Talks, Product Expo Dominate Five-Day Event

The five-day event did away with opening ceremonies and keynote speakers and trimmed back social events to allow more time for technical sessions, both in terms of quantity and quality.


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Naturals Get New Push at Conferences

Atmosphere America Examines Regulatory Landscape, Cost Concerns

To continue to meet refrigeration needs, f-gas proponents are turning to low-global warming potential (GWP) HFCs and hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs) while advocates of so-called natural solutions — hydrocarbons (HCs), CO2, and ammonia — continue to build their cases.


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