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Murphy's Law: 10 Next Big Things

June 17, 2009
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Have you ever thought about what new information or technologies might influence your future? Sure, while waiting in a city log jam you have thought of jet packs that can fly you across town in rush-hour traffic, but have you given consideration as to what might change your business life?

Though almost all of these are in the here and now, and I offer no guarantees as to when they become very mainstream, here is my list of things, in no particular order, that make you go hmmm.

1)      Net zero energy buildings

2)      Radiant heating

3)      Geothermal in places you thought it would not work

4)      The new refrigerant that nobody knows about yet

5)      Cooling beams in ceilings and walls

6)      Building Information Modeling (BIM) 3-D drawings

7)      Required air balancing

8)      Biodiesel burning furnaces

9)      Anything solar as it roars back from the bowels of the 1960s

10)   Certifications for everything in HVAC.
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the new refrigerants

joe maurer
June 27, 2009
The new refrigerant nobody knows about yet. I think the big question about the new refrigerants(the ones to replace the HFC,s) is not so much what they are, as what will it take to get them developed and into the applications currently being occupied by HFC's. At this point it appears it will take moving heaven and earth to even get the ball rolling in that direction. And considering what a puny effort Congress is making on climate legislation that ball is growing roots into the concrete for the time being. Still, as one of my service clients told me recently (and I believe it), God will get our attention on this matter and set it right, maybe not what we expected, but right.

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