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Taking Care of Business: Now We Know Green is Normal

March 10, 2008
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If you ever needed more evidence that going green is normal, look no further than this story.

The headline of this latest story reads, “Town of Normal works to improve local environmental standards.” Normal, Illinois made the news recently by taking steps to green their town - and bragged about it.

Planning for the new green team began back in November 2006 when Normal adopted an environmental stewardship policy intended to address issues of sustainable sites in the area.

The HVAC trade will get a lot of scrutiny as “common heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems being evaluated for efficiency by the town include furnaces” according to the Vidette story.

In the same story, Rand Veerman, electrical inspector for the town of Normal and a member of the Green Team, said, “As the older equipment breaks … it becomes cost efficient to replace it so that it favors the green effect. We’d rather spend money … lowering the carbon footprint.”

So there you have it, soon it will be Normal to see green teams pop up everywhere.
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joe maurer
March 9, 2008
This is an exciting time to be in the HVAC/R business. Under the mantel of energy efficiency for the sake of the environment we contractors are going to get a shot at a lot more high end business. The only problem is(soon to likely be discovered by the buying public I suspect) the HFC refrigerants which run these new machines are huge greenhouse gases. And, the political process, which is closing in on carbon emissions, has already figured it out. By next year expect HCFC and HFC refrigerants with GWP's above 100 to start costing much much more. So far the only defense proposed by the Industry(which is by the way a good start) is to tighten up these systems and promote recovery and reclaim. Currently less than five percent of all refrigerants are being reclaimed. We're talking about Big changes in recovery practices to do any good. And with the higher pressures, so likely more leaks. At least one of the equipment manufacturers have been claiming for some time that R410a systems will leak less than R22 systems because they are more beefed up including compressors, coils, expansion devices, etc. Maybe they are, but, a recent R410a class I attended for another manufacturer made clear that at least that manufacturer was using the same evaporator coils for both R22 and R410a. Duh. We all know that evaporator coils are big leakers.

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