Articles by John Conrad

The ‘Make Do’ Phenomenon

The residential end of the HVAC industry used to operate under the premise that it was weather driven. If we had a hot early summer, then it would be “Katy, bar the door” on sales of new central air conditioning systems. Well, we just had a hot early summer and what happened? Not much.


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Trends in the Insulated Duct Market

Over the last 10 years, there has been a growing trend toward using insulated products like fiberglass duct board and flexible duct, especially in the new construction market. Today this trend is continuing because of the emphasis on the whole-home approach to energy conservation and home performance contracting.


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Contractor Creates Unique Duct Rack

Teamwork and ingenuity helped contractors at Dynamic Systems Inc. turn a major shipping and handling problem into an innovative and award-winning duct rack system. Two employees located in the Phoenix office worked together to create a solution for shipping ductwork that saved over 1,000 man-hours.


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Brothers Partner to Grow Businesses

Randy Novak, president-elect of SMACNA, has urged his fellow contractors to follow his example and become involved in the home performance contracting market. Novak often works with Home Star Iowa and the firm’s chief building analyst, Rob Novak — who just happens to be his brother.


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Unique School Projects Offer Partnerships

There is a unique community development program underway in Phoenix that is bringing together manufacturers, architects, engineers, general contractors, sub-contractors, and the community to erect LEED platinum designed school structures built entirely by volunteers.


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2015 AHR Expo

Photos from the 2015 AHR Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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NEWSMakers: Michael Nark

Michael Nark, CEO of BuildingIQ, talks about the company’s software platform which works with existing building management systems in commercial buildings to adjust HVAC operations to increase cost savings and the future of the building automation and controls market. Posted on March 20.

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