Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Smarter Homes on the Horizon

Advancing Technology, Big Players Push Automation Ahead

As technology advances and major players like Apple and Google step into this market, more consumers are going to start demanding products that can integrate and function in a smart home system. And as consumers start to expect more from their HVAC equipment, they’ll also expect more from their contractor.


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IoT Transforms Commercial Buildings

Shift to Internet-Connected Systems Requires Progressive Outlook

These everyday objects include everything from light bulbs to HVAC equipment and systems. When these devices are connected to each other and to the Internet, the resulting communication and data will help enable buildings to operate at peak efficiency.


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Chipping Away at HVAC Energy Costs

Contractors Install Aftermarket SmartChip to Lower Utility Bills, Increase Efficiency

The SmartChip is an aftermarket product that intelligently controls both the fan and compressor runtimes to maximize HVAC system efficiency and, ultimately, save on utility costs.


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Opportunities in Building Automation

Trend Toward Integration Creates Opportunities, Challenges for Contractors

Those who understand BAS and are able to improve their clients’ overall energy efficiency are finding opportunities for growth.


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Coordinating a Green Building Code

Five Industry Organizations Combine to Develop Single Green Standard

While these organizations have been working together for years, they have never before attempted to coordinate their efforts into developing one comprehensive code. Now, they have committed to such a task and intend to release a green code in 2018.


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Inspiring Deep Energy Retrofits for Homes

Initiative Calls for 70 Percent Reduction in Energy Use

Linda Wigington runs the Thousand Home Challenge, a deep retrofit initiative geared at inspiring and enabling owners of existing homes to reduce their energy use by 70 percent or more.


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Designing Efficient Boiler Systems

Heat Load, Operating Temp, Piping Are Top Concerns

According to the experts, the most common mistake made by designers and installers is failing to calculate the correct heat load. 


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Radiant Market Focuses on Cost, Efficiency

New Products Aim to Speed Installation, Expand Options

As radiant's benefits are becoming more widely recognized, manufacturers are rolling out new products designed to lower labor costs and make radiant more affordable and accessible.


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Contractors Share Passion for Hydronic Systems

Experts in Hot Water and Steam Radiate Love for the Trade

It takes a special set of skills and passion for a contractor to become an expert in hydronic systems, and once these guys get started talking about their work, it’s hard to get them to stop.


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What’s New in HPC Credentials?

BPI, RESNET, ACCA Share Insight into Latest Home-Performance Contracting Programs

Here is a look at what’s new and coming soon in the world of home-performance credentials.


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