Articles by Mike Murphy
October 18, 2010
After a few weeks on the road with a variety of contractor groups, it happened again. I learned some things about this business that I had thought I already knew. Or, at least thought I had heard a hundred times before and had probably stopped listening.
October 11, 2010
Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) President Kateri Callahan noted in her opening remarks at the gala Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner that the ASE has embarked upon the Decade of Energy Efficiency. The awards dinner brought dignitaries from industry, government, and academia.
October 11, 2010
The 18th annual Evening With the Stars of Energy Efficiency, a black-tie dinner and awards program hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) recognized the contributions and innovations of nine leading companies that have advanced the cause of energy efficiency. Danfoss received the Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency Award.
September 27, 2010
As often happens, I learned something new while talking to a contractor a few weeks ago. An interesting thing about learning something new is that I also often discover almost everyone else already knows what I am just figuring out for the first time. But, just in case, I thought I’d share some words of perspective from Tim McGuire.
September 17, 2010
A notable building scientist, Joseph Lstiburek, (perhaps even
more notable for his annual bash) challenges some popular beliefs about the
green movement.Read More
August 30, 2010
The Chiller Systems Group held its Spring 2010 meeting in style along the area known as the Magnificent Mile, one of the most popular shopping and sightseeing destinations in the U.S. The Fairmont Hotel Millennium Park played host to Chiller System Group (CSG) member companies in attendance during the three-day event.
August 2, 2010
The mechanical system drives more than 40 percent of the operating costs of a home. Consider that the entire envelope of the structure contributes to the operating costs, and it makes sense that HVAC contractors should offer complete home energy audits.
July 26, 2010
Reports from several of The NEWS’ sources in the industry indicate that the Summer of 2010 is shaping up to be a fairly good one. Yet, times are tough for some, even amid the recent good news that industry sales are beginning to climb. Why the dichotomy? How can things get better for some and worse for others?
July 12, 2010
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.
June 14, 2010
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.