Articles by Herb Woerpel

Contractor Randy Weber Elected to Congress

The HVACR industry now has a voice in Congress. Republican Randy Weber, owner, Weber’s Air and Heat, Pearland, Texas. The freshman congressman is making headlines nationwide, including here in The NEWS as a 2012 NEWSmaker.


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Uncertainty Looms for Contractors in 2013

Government Regulation, Economy Remain Top Concerns
The election has come and gone. And while HVACR contractors held on to hope that November’s ballots would provide a bit of clarity, looming legislative gridlock and unstable economic conditions continue to provide a much murkier forecast.


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Forum Stresses Team Building, Profitability

For the fifth straight year, HVACR professionals met for Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) Service Managers Forum, focusing on streamlining the interaction between management, technician, and the customer.


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ACCA Hosts Inaugural Building Performance Forum

More than 150 HVACR professionals explored the topic of building performance, the transition to home performance contracting, and more at Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) inaugural Building Performance Forum, Oct. 9-10, in Austin, Texas.


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Examining Retrofits at ‘The Navy Yard’

An esteemed panel of energy-efficiency aficionados recently met inside Philadelphia’s Navy Yard for Danfoss’s 18th EnVisioneering Symposium, “Building Blueprint for a Clean Energy Future.” What happened during the symposium?


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Make Your Site Savvier for Online Shoppers

Cyber Monday is proof that more shoppers are going online. Does you website attract them to purchase your services?


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Voters Side with Efficient Candidates in Election

Barack Obama has been re-elected president, Republicans have retained control of the House of Representatives, and Democrats continue to rule the Senate. To naysayers, the election may have seemed like one big waste of energy; however, to energy-efficiency advocates, the election may help eliminate a great deal of energy waste.


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Regional Standards Lawsuit Enters Mediation

A ruling to the pending regional standards lawsuit may be less than a month away. American Public Gas Association (APGA) executive vice president Dave Schryver confirmed that the lawsuit, APGA v. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), has entered mediation and that an agreement between the two parties could occur very soon.


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Play to Win: Business is a Lot Like Baseball

During a recent conference, I had the pleasure of sitting in on a session led by Frank Besednjak, a trainer, teacher, coach, and consultant with decades of HVAC industry experience. Besednjak shared the thought-provoking claim that business is a lot like baseball.


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HVACR Isn’t a Club, Amateurs Need Not Apply

Competent contractors reduce risk of furnace explosions.


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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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