As good ideas become old ideas, some will stand the test of time, and some will not. A good old idea that seems to be gathering momentum, especially as governmental bodies seek ways to ensure that equipment efficiency promises can be delivered upon, is the idea of installed quality.
Home Star is a proposed new national weatherization incentive program. There is one issue associated with the wording of the bill which troubles me, and no disrespect intended to the Building Performance Institute (BPI), but where are the other certifying and/or accrediting bodies such as North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and HVAC Excellence.
Good news: The recession is over. Even though Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke is shy about going out on a limb just yet, The NEWS is not quite so reluctant. Obviously, there are a lot of bad things still going on in the general economy. However, there have been enough good signs to point toward an end to the Great Recession.
To be sure, some real integration does take place thanks to cooperation among some suppliers and control protocols, but for the most part, a pipe dream still exists. As new protocols or control platforms are introduced that do not seamlessly and transparently cooperate with each other, a chasm seems to be widening.
one of the 20 million people who participated in the first Earth Day on April
22, 1970, I am happy to report that I will not join with the 500 million
worldwide participants on the 40th Anniversary.
When I happen upon an HVAC contracting company or a distributorship, I usually show up early for morning appointments and walk around to the back lot before ever knocking on the front door. The back lot is fun.
The Big Picture is not just a catchy slogan and logo. As the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) closed its 42nd Conference & Indoor Air Expo, immediate past-chairman Stan Johnson, president of Stan’s Air Conditioning & Heating of Austin, Texas, said, “ACCA’s 2010 Conference was not just about looking at ‘The Big Picture’ - it has been about taking control of it.”
In August 2009, Equiguard Inc. announced that it would seek bankruptcy protection in filing for Chapter 11 reorganization due in large part to a dispute with its insurer. As the Chapter 11 legal wheels began to turn, there were a few bumps in the road. With those bumps now behind it, Equiguard president Craig Funke recently told The NEWS that everything is again moving full-speed ahead.
In 2005, the green building movement was relatively small - only about 2 percent of both nonresidential and residential construction, valued at $10 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction’s Green Outlook 2009 report. In 2009, the green market was approximately $36 to $49 billion, and is projected to be between $96 and $140 billion by 2013.