Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Overcoming High-performance Building Obstacles

Challenges, Opportunities Abound for Savvy HVAC Contractors

With today’s technology, it’s possible for a high-performance building to integrate and optimize all its major functions while also ensuring energy efficiency and comfort. Yet, while opportunities abound for HVAC contractors in this niche, many say there are still barriers restricting the growth of high-performance buildings.


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Optimizing Building Energy Use

System Integration, Advanced Diagnostics Boost High-performance Facilities

The goal of a high-performance building is to optimize its performance and energy use at all times, in all conditions. And, trends in smart controls and system integration are making this goal more achievable than ever before.


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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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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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