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Refrigerant Report: HFCs Regain Foothold

November 19, 2012
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about natural refrigerants such as CO2 and hydrocarbons gaining a stronger foothold. Yet much of the talk is related to the possible phasedown of HFC production. And currently, while there may be some talk about a possible phasedown, no actual action seems to be taking place.


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Finding Home Performance Profitable

November 19, 2012
Home performance contracting is more than just an industry buzzword for the team at Minnick’s Heating, Cooling, Energy Solutions, and Insulation. Why did the three owners decide to start focusing on the home performance market?


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Regional Standards Lawsuit Enters Mediation

November 19, 2012
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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Facts + Figures: Shipments A Mixed Bag in August

November 19, 2012
Source: Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Industry figures are estimates that are derived from the best available figures supplied by a sample of AHRI member companies.


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Troubleshooting a Wimpy Steam Heater

November 19, 2012
So there’s this steam unit heater that won’t put out what it’s supposed to put out. It’s wimpy. The guy with the problem is telling me about it and he’s gesturing like he’s swatting bees. What is a contractor to do?


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Unions Sign Agreement

November 19, 2012
The UA and the PTEU of Australia signed an affiliation agreement. What does that mean for the unions and what else went on at UA Day?


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Saving Energy With VRF, Geothermal

November 19, 2012
In 2002, the board authorized the construction of a 25,000-square-foot county conservation learning center using a geothermal cooling and heating system. How did it turn out?


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Innovations Presented at Purdue Conference

November 19, 2012
Improving heat exchanger performance is one part — a critical one — in enhancing the overall system performance in HVACR systems. What is one way to do it?


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Contractors Offer VRF Advice

November 19, 2012
Various areas of the U.S. HVACR industry are considering variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology these days. What are contractors saying about it?


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Shedding Light on VRF Misconceptions

November 19, 2012
Since variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology is still relatively new in the United States, many contractors lack a full understanding about VRF equipment. But experts on these systems are striving to dispel false impressions and provide training opportunities for contractors who want to learn about VRF.


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Price Increase: Nov. 19, 2012

November 19, 2012
Swartwout raises prices.


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Software: Nov. 19, 2012

November 19, 2012
McCormick Systems’ Version 11 software named one of 20 Showstoppers at NECA show; QA Graphics announces hardware provider.


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Contractor Services: Nov. 19, 2012

November 19, 2012
ServiceChannel receives second Vendor Excellence award; Clean Energy Pathways forms new corporation in New York.


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Organizations: Nov. 19, 2012

November 19, 2012
RSES names three members who passed CMS exam; HVAC Excellence grants accreditation to Tennessee Technology Center – Memphis.


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Distributors: Nov. 19, 2012

November 19, 2012
1st Source Servall opens distribution center; Tencarva Machinery moves up in 2012 “Fast 50” listing; NuComfort Supply signs agreement to distribute Ruud products.


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Manufacturers: Nov. 19, 2012

November 19, 2012
IMS WaterJet names vice president of sales; Honeywell announces acquisition; Flowserve Corp. names vice president, treasurer and investor relations; Advantix Systems announces partnership with Desarrollos Hotelco Group; Waterjet Service Inc. changes company name.


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Training Track: Nov. 19, 2012

November 19, 2012
Residential Scroll presented by Emerson Climate Technologies Educational Services.


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Canada Shares Shipment Data

November 19, 2012
According to the Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Institute of Canada’s (HRAI) Manufacturer’s Division, second-quarter shipments increased across numerous HVAC sectors.


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TRC Awards ‘Big Man on Planet’

November 19, 2012
Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC) named Johnson Supply (Houston) the 2012 ‘Big Man On Planet’ (BMOP), an annual award given by TRC in partnership with HARDI to honor the HARDI member who has done the best job promoting the TRC mercury thermostat collection program.


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Utilities Honor Contractors

November 19, 2012
Eight New England contractors were honored this fall at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) annual golf tournament, sponsored by the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Cool Smart program.


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EPA Awards $1.2M for IAQ

November 19, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will provide a combined $1.2 million in funding to 32 state and local governments, tribes, and nonprofit organizations for indoor air quality projects.


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IRC Rebrands as InsideIQ

November 19, 2012
The Independent Representative Council (IRC) has a brand-new name — InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance — to complement a new brand.


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Jasper Celebrates Growth

November 19, 2012
Since ranking No. 1,743 on Inc. magazine’s 500|5,000 list in August, Jasper Contractors has continued its rapid growth throughout the nation.


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ASHRAE Touts IAQ 2013

November 19, 2012
ASHRAE announced a call for abstracts for IAQ 2013, “Environmental Health in Low-Energy Buildings.” The conference will occur Oct. 15-18, 2013, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


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Spokesperson Selected

November 19, 2012
The HVAC division of Mitsubishi Electric announced that it has partnered with Cortney Novogratz for a consumer-focused spokesperson campaign.


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Distributors Announce Growth

November 19, 2012
Heating, Air-conditioning, and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) announced nominal U.S. HVACR average distributor sales growth of 2.2 percent in August.


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ClimateMaster Inc.: Water-Source Heat Pumps

November 19, 2012
The Tranquility® 22 Two-Stage Compact (TY) Series water-source heat pumps exceed ASHRAE 90.1 efficiencies with two-stage operation. They also use EarthPure® (HFC-410A) zero ozone depletion refrigerant. They are available in sizes 2 through 5 tons with multiple cabinet options (vertical upflow and horizontal).


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Metal-Fab Inc.: Ceiling Radiation and Fire Dampers

November 19, 2012
A full line of fire dampers and ceiling radiation dampers is available for use wherever air distribution system duct-work penetrates fire-rated barriers. The line of dampers includes both gravity and dynamic models that are available in a wide variety of sizes for specific requirements, including hard ceilings.


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Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand: Unitary Rooftop Systems

November 19, 2012
The IntelliPak™ I unitary rooftop systems in configurations from 20 to 130 tons are available. The redesigned system is a packaged rooftop unit that has energy efficiency ratings (EER) of 11; some IntelliPak I configurations exceed the EER of 11 and achieve as high as 14.2.


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Eaton Corp.: Energy Usage Data Meter Gateway

November 19, 2012
The Power Xpert® Gateway 200E gateway collects energy usage data from meters, enabling customers to benchmark energy usage, set energy management goals, determine the effectiveness of energy management initiatives, and reduce their energy costs.


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Belimo Americas: Two-Way Pressure Control Valve

November 19, 2012
A two-way pressure independent control valve, the Belimo Energy Valve™ optimizes, documents, and proves water coil performance. It uses the Delta T Manager™ algorithm to directly control coil performance. It also monitors the coil performance characteristic curve and resulting energy/power output.


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Greenheck: Quick Delivery Product Catalog

November 19, 2012
Volume 24 of the manufacturer’s Quick Delivery Catalog offers a large selection of fan and ventilation products available on a quick delivery or quick build shipping basis. The 132-page catalog includes fans, kitchen ventilation systems, energy recovery ventilators, make-up air systems, and more.


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Fluke Corp.: True RMS Clamp Meters

November 19, 2012
The 320 Series true RMS clamp meters is a complete line of tools engineered to produce noise-free, reliable measurements in the toughest environments. Designed to be long-lasting and easy to use, the 323, 324, and 325 clamp meters are ideal for rugged, all-purpose use.


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