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.
Unfortunately for most duct tape manufacturers, almost nobody recommends using duct tape to seal ducts because eventually the adhesive dries out and the tape begins to peel. So what good is duct tape if you can’t use it on your ducts?
According to a recent article in USA Today, a new generation is being identified that is even difficult for older siblings to completely understand. This latest demographic group is dubbed the iGeneration by some. The “i” in iGeneration might represent information, but more likely will stand for “individualized,” according to psychologist Larry Rosen.
It will come as no surprise that a lot of the new products at the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Exposition (AHR Expo), Orlando, Jan. 25–27, addressed some aspect of energy efficiency or alternative energy. In the vernacular of the day, some would simply call that being green.
Having been both booth peddler and booth-stroller, I love the AHR Expo. Some of my best memories of this industry seem to have occurred in late January while ambling along the aisles. Perhaps you feel the same. Invariably, one instance always stands out, and usually it is an occasion of the too much information (TMI) variety.
This poor role model for New Year’s resolutions did however wonder on New Year’s Day what this industry might do differently in 2010. From residential, light and heavy commercial, to industrial and institutional business practices in the HVACR world, there must be a lot of resolutions floating around offices this month.