Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Opportunities in Chiller Optimization

Improving Chiller System Efficiency Benefits Contractors and Customers Alike

Enterprising companies and contractors are striving to lessen the burden of this expense by optimizing chiller systems to achieve greater efficiency.


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Chillers Striving for Greater Efficiency

Contractors Urged to Stay Up to Date as Products and Projects Evolve

Manufacturers are on a quest to create more efficient equipment than ever before, and they're urging contractors to stay up to date on the latest technology.


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GSA Studies Maglev Chiller Efficiency

Federal Program Recommends Variable-Speed Maglev Technology for Chiller Replacement

Because the recommendation is only for end-of-life replacement, the hope is that implementing this technology will result in a gradual greening of chillers across GSA’s facilities. 


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Post-Recession Guide to Getting Paid on Time

Prompt Payment, Credit Card Options Help Assure Business Success

It’s become more vital than ever for contractors to set up and enforce good policies to ensure they receive payment for the work they do.


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Commercial Geothermal Market Rising to the Surface

Outlook Bright for School, Hospitality, Government Geothermal Sectors

While there are still barriers to the growth of geothermal, including high first cost and logistical challenges, experts believe these can be overcome through advancing technology and educational efforts.


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Geothermal Lobbies to Join Renewable Ranks

Geothermal Industry Reps Continue to Fight for Renewable Label, Seek Extended Tax Credits

The Geothermal Exchange Organization is continuing to concentrate its lobbying efforts on including geothermal in federal and state definitions of renewable energy.


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Geo Standards and Training Available

New Personnel Standards and Commercial Training Courses Seek to Bridge Knowledge Gap

Efforts are underway to increase awareness and training to promote familiarity with geothermal systems.


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Contractors Looking to Hire in 2014

Business Growth Leads to Need for More Workers

Contractors' workloads are increasing, and they need to hire more employees to be able to meet the needs of their customers.


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Regional Standards Uncertainty Continues

Contractors Urged to Prepare for 2015 A/C Standards

As the regional standards ruling remains entangled in litigation, it is becoming more difficult for the HVAC industry to determine how to move ahead.


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Residential Regulations to Watch in 2014

DOE and EPA Expected to Continue High Level of Activity

According to AHRI, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued 86 rules regulating the HVAC industry in the past 13 years. And that’s just the DOE. 


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