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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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Contractors Endure Regulatory Burden

Changing Regulations, Health Care Act Top List of Worries

While the economy appears to be picking up for much of the country, some HVAC business owners are concerned that ever-increasing government regulation is threatening the market. 


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Defender Direct Expands into HVAC Market

Home Security Company Acquires Five HVAC Firms

The company has acquired five HVAC businesses in the Midwest and is now working to integrate them into its corporate culture.


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NEWS Panel Highlights Smartest Products

Contractor Board Shares Insight into the Most Intelligent Products They Install

We asked the contractors on our editorial advisory board to share which products they believe truly deserve to be called smart — and why.


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Bringing Work Home:

Contractors Sample Smart Products On Their Own

Hands-on Approach Allows Contractors to Practice What They Preach

Instead of just reading the literature or talking to their distributor about the product, some contractors are literally bringing their work home with them by installing these products inside their own residences.


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Smart HVAC Products Getting Even Smarter

Consumer Expectations Set Trends for More Data, Connected Solutions

As technology is becoming increasingly accessible and interconnected, consumer demand is fueling the rise of intelligent products in the HVAC marketplace.


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Green on the Upswing for HVAC Markets

Commercial and Residential Markets Trend Greener Post-Recession

The pressure is on to go green. As the construction market recaptures its warmth, the move toward greener building is heating up along with it.


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Philadelphia Ready to Ring in Greenbuild 2013

USGBC to Roll Out LEED v4 at Popular Event

Thirty-thousand people from 90 countries are expected to attend this year’s Greenbuild, which will consist of “three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor, and ample networking events.”


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Busting Customers’ Radiant Heating Myths

Customer Misconceptions Stem from Lack of Awareness, Fear of High Cost

Some customers consider radiant heating a new and untested technology, while others categorize it as a luxury beyond what they can afford. Either way, industry leaders agree it’s time to bust these myths and introduce radiant heat to the masses

 


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Hydronics Propels Technology Forward

Integration with HVAC, Energy Efficiency, Economy are Key Drivers

Once upon a time, air and water didn’t mix. But now, according to manufacturers in the hydronic and radiant heat market, there is an increasing move toward integrating hydronic and HVAC systems. 


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NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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