Articles by Mike Murphy

Summer's Ongoing Venting Crisis

While driving through a residential neighborhood, one with rows and rows of houses with air conditioning units, a thought occurred - about 19 out of 20 of those a/c systems might some day spew refrigerant into the atmosphere - that is, if refrigerant continues to be recovered at the same rate as today.
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MCAA Sessions Faster than a Speeding ‘Bullit'

Lonnie Coleman, president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), set the stage for all presenters at the MCAA annual convention. He put on his best driving clothes for the opening general session and raced Steve McQueen-style through the streets of San Francisco - just to get to the meeting on time.
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Murphy's Law: What Did You Do This Summer?

We can all remember that infamous first day back at school, and the teacher was waiting impatiently for us to finish The Writing Assignment - What I Did on My Summer Vacation. Let us fast forward to the end of the 2010 summer. If you were asked what you did with your summer, what might you be able to say?
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MCAA Convention Hits Streets of San Francisco

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) President Lonnie Coleman opened the association’s 121st annual convention to cheers of appreciation from more than 1,700 attendees. The youth choir Voena moved the audience, while a surprise video of Coleman speeding through the streets of San Francisco in a car chase caused waves of laughter.
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Murphy's Law: Contractor Quality Is What Matters

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.
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Why BPI? Where is NATE? Where is HVAC Excellence?

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.
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Murphy's Law: Let's Start the HVAC Recovery Sooner

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.
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Murphy's Law: The Controls Integration Dream

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.
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Earth Day Remorse

Being 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.
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Murphy's Law: The Back Lot - An HVAC Birthright

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.
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