Articles by Mike Murphy

POINT: Green is Losing its Luster

July 25, 2011
Green buildings: How’s that working out for you? After the huge rush for energy efficiency in new and existing buildings - a laudable and needed effort - it appears that the line at the picnic is starting to thin out.
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Business is Hotter than a Firecracker!

July 4, 2011
According to 300 member companies of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) that represent more than 90 percent of the residential and commercial air conditioning, heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment made in North America, business is heating up.
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Dry R-22 Units Under the Gun

June 27, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will not acknowledge the fact that seven major HVAC manufacturers will build upwards of 600,000 dry R-22 units in 2011, an amount that will begin to gnaw away at the energy efficiency savings that resulted from the 13 SEER Rulemaking of January 2006.
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HVACR Needs a Plan Like Toni Has

June 20, 2011
Young people who have an entrepreneurial spirit or who have an artisan/craftsman aptitude may want to consider Toni’s career and education strategy. A lot of people get into the routine of thinking: Get an education, get a job. Toni took a different tact: Get an education, get a job, then get more education.
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Carrier Asks EPA to Stop Dry R-22 Units

June 13, 2011
Carrier Corp. recently filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), formalizing a request to reclassify a residential condensing unit as a subsystem of a system to extend the manufacturing prohibition to dry R-22 condensing units. The petition urges EPA to reconsider its current position and to issue a new rulemaking.
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SkillsUSA Contestants Up to the Challenge

June 6, 2011
The 2011 SkillsUSA Ohio Regional Challenge was held March 26 at the W.R. Timken Center, Stark State College of Technology. The Akron Canton Area Chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) has sponsored the regional competition for high school students since about 2002.
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Corrosion is a Business Killer: Afraid to Put in a New System

May 30, 2011
Many contractors have responded to the issue of formicary corrosion - an issue well-known to have existed for decades, but one that seems to be on the rise in recent years. It appears that progress being made toward a solution may be too slow. A contractor can go out of business trying to stay afloat waiting for the right answer to surface.
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New Marketing Fits Your Business Better

May 23, 2011
For those of you who love the Yellow Pages®, or make your living helping people design ads and copy for the kind of big, thick books that usually end up at the end of my driveway, soaking wet before I get to them, I suggest you read a brief article that was posted to our LinkedIn Group - The NEWS Network.
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MCAA Zigs and Zags With the Times

May 16, 2011
David Allen of McKinstry, a Seattle-based construction, engineering, and facility services firm, borrowed from the 17-step process written by Marty Neumier in his book Zag during a presentation he made at the 2011 Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Annual Convention.
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Maui Meeting Attracts MCAA Faithful

May 16, 2011
In addition to numerous education opportunities that filled the agenda at the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s (MCAA’s) 122nd Annual Convention, social networking and big-name keynote speakers kept meeting rooms full, even though tropical breezes and the ocean beckoned just a few hundred yards away.
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