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EPA Backs Obama Climate Action Plan

Videos Focus on Environmental Issues
President Obama’s Climate Action Plan announced during the summer included a specific reference to global warming potential (GWP) issues related to a number of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants commonly used by contractors in the HVACR industry.


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Display Cases Wide Open No Longer

Refrigerated Cases with Doors Are What Customers Want, Consultant Said
For five months in 2013, The NEWS’ FROSTlines eNewsletter ran a series on retrofitting open display cases with doors in supermarkets. It proved to be prophetic because shortly after the series ended, closed-door display cases became a hot topic at the Food Marketing Institute Energy and Store Design Conference.


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Regulatory Challenges Discussed at Symposium

Refrigeration Technology, Regulations Headline Latest Meeting

Danfoss’ periodic EnVisioneering symposia look at a wide range of HVACR issues and topics. For its most recent event this past fall in Baltimore, the focus was on refrigeration, both in terms of regulations and the latest in technology. 


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Refrigeration Technology Considered at EnVisioneering Symposium

Event Also Looks at Regulatory Challenges
Danfoss’ periodic EnVisioneering symposia look at a wide range of HVACR issues and topics. For its most recent event this past fall in Baltimore, the focus was on refrigeration, both in terms of regulations and the latest in technology. 


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Changes to Compressors, Detectors, Freezers

Developments Reflect Changes in Refrigeration Technologies
The constant change in refrigeration technologies is reflected in recent developments in compressors, leak detectors, and absorption freezers.


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Where Does Refrigeration Figure into a Supermarket’s Plan?

For Some, Refrigeration Is Just Another Blip on the Map
The photograph with this column was taken from the balcony of a supermarket in the Baltimore area during a tour of several stores at the Food Marketing Institute Energy and Store Development Conference. Notice the massive amount of floor space and products on display.


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Contractors Crucial in Supermarket Perceptions

HVAC Contractors Essential in Supermarkets’ Freshness

To me, cleanliness is extremely important, especially as to what the meat preparation area looks like after it is closed for the evening. I would hope all customers put high priority on store cleanliness and store owners do the same.


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New Directions in Refrigeration

Cooling Uses Water, Magnetics, Stand-alone R-32

With all the talk in recent years, and even more so in recent months, regarding refrigerants like CO2 and hydrocarbons (HCs) making inroads in refrigeration equipment, the trends in the ‘R’ of HVACR are even more widespread. 


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Governmental Action on Refrigeration Safety, Regulations

Warehouses, Supermarkets Among Sites Being Watched
Refrigeration service technicians point out the need to keep up to date with what is happening elsewhere that could affect them. So, from time to time, we like to bring readers up to date on some news items related to refrigeration regulatory and safety issues.


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A ‘Natural’ Tilt by the EPA?

Where the Feds Seem to Stand on Certain Refrigerants
If you want to get some idea of where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is leaning when it comes to refrigerants, consider that EPA’s GreenChill program gave a “Best of the Best” award to a store using a transcritical CO2 system.


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Views from the 2014 SMACNA Annual Convention in San Antonio.

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NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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