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Geothermal Market to Reach $147.6 Million

Long-Term Cost Savings Capturing Users' Attention
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The North American geothermal market claimed $102.8 million in revenue in 2012, and is expected to reach $147.6 million by 2017, according to Frost & Sullivan, a San Antonio-based market research and analysis firm.


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The Health of the Regulatory Landscape

Contractors Find Challenges, Opportunities in New Rules and Regulations
By Joanna R. Turpin
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Contractors who work in this market must be especially careful to keep up to date on changing requirements if they are to successfully navigate the complex system of regulatory compliance.


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Converting Constant to Variable Volume

Variable-Volume Conversion Can Offer Significant Energy Savings
By Ryan Rex
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Converting a constant-volume RTU to variable volume can save anywhere between 20-50 percent in energy savings if done correctly. 


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Geothermal Heat Pumps Add to Natatorium’s Efficiency

Quebec Aquatic Centre Boasts LEED Benefits through Green Technologies
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The 45,000-square-foot facility is recognized as one of Canada’s first natatoriums to use a cutting-edge reduced refrigerant HVAC dehumidifier strategy. 


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Ice Breaker: Relief Valves 101

Safety Device Helps Protect Equipment, Workers
By Joe Marchese
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Relief valves are used to release abnormally high pressure inside a vessel before that pressure causes the vessel to erupt. 


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New Directions in Refrigeration

Cooling Uses Water, Magnetics, Stand-alone R-32
By Peter Powell
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With all the talk in recent years, and even more so in recent months, regarding refrigerants like CO2 and hydrocarbons (HCs) making inroads in refrigeration equipment, the trends in the ‘R’ of HVACR are even more widespread. 


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ASHRAE Manual Focus: Hospital Design

Health Care Facility Designers will Benefit from ‘Good’ Practices Guide
By Joanna R. Turpin
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ASHRAE's newly published manual is based on the guidelines in Standard 170 and provides design recommendations for health care facilities with an emphasis on proven, cost-effective solutions that result in reduced infections, lower maintenance, and higher reliability.


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Maintenance Kicks Dirty Sock Syndrome

Contractors Discuss Diagnosis and Cleaning Issues
By Angela D. Harris
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Found in both commercial and residential units, dirty sock syndrome can take a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system owner straight to their junior high gym locker days. 


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The Professor: Refrigerant Undercharge

Dealing With R-134a Shortfall in a System
By John Tomczyk
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John Tomczyk, Professor of HVACR at Ferris State University and co-author of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology, discusses refrigerant undercharge.


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Understand Your Website’s Visit-to-Lead Conversion

Not Knowing Your Numbers Can Result in Wasted Advertising Dollars
By Ben Landers
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Your website is not a brochure; it’s a sales rep. If you want to grow your business, you need to change the way you think about your website. 


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Electronic Data Collection Vital in Hospitals

As Health Care Facilities Gather More Data, Additional Cooling Is Required
By Joanna R. Turpin
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With the expansion of hospital data centers comes the need for more precise cooling equipment, which is designed to keep the data safe through critical temperature, humidity, and air quality control.


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HVAC Organizations: Nov. 4, 2013

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HVAC Excellence accredits HVAC program at Greenville Technical College; ASHRAE seeks nominations for award.


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HVAC Utilities: Nov. 4, 2013

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Direct Energy closed the purchase of AWHR for $30 million in cash plus working capital.


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HVAC Software: Nov. 4, 2013

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Engineered Software Inc. releases new piping system design and hydraulic analysis software.


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HVAC Schools: Nov. 4, 2013

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Rose State College now offering building operator certification course.


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HVAC Financial Reports: Nov. 4, 2013

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Burnham Holdings Inc. announces third-quarter earnings.


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HVAC Manufacturers: Nov. 4, 2013

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Geo-Flo Products Corp. celebrates 25th anniversary; Beckhoff Automation LLC receives Award of Excellence; more HVAC manufacturer news briefs.


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ASHRAE Awards Grants to Advance HVAC Technology

Winners Will Receive $100,000 or More to Support Their Research
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The ASHRAE Innovative Research Grant carries a base grant of $50,000 per year for two years, with an additional $25,000 available in the third year if matched by an industrial contributor. 


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Project Files: VRF Works for LifeWorks

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The goal of the project was to provide energy-efficient HVAC solutions that reduce the client’s energy costs while providing flexible cooling/heating options to a multi-tenant/multiuse facility.


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Obituary: Skip Snyder

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Skip Snyder, chairman of Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) in 2004-05 and chairman of North American Technician Excellence (NATE) from 2000-03, passed away after a 13-year battle with cancer.


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Government Leaders Talk Energy Efficiency

Most Surveyed Say Energy is Important to Fulfilling Their Agency’s Core Mission
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A new survey of federal agency purchasing decision makers shows 74 percent agree energy efficiency is among the most powerful means of meeting increasing energy needs, achieving cost savings, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


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SpacePak: Hydronic Air Handler

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Modular, the AirCell is a compact, high-efficiency hydronic air handler for commercial and residential applications. 


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United CoolAir Corp.: Modular Air Conditioning System

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The VariCool EZ-FIT concept has been reintroduced. It is a self-contained, modular air conditioning system for use with floor-by-floor variable-air-volume (VAV) applications. 


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System Sensor: Fire-CO Detector

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The Advanced Multi-Criteria Fire/CO Detector (AMCF/CO) combines fire and CO protection using four wires and one footprint. 


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RectorSeal Corp.: Mini-Split Refrigerant Line Connectors

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Nonkinking and flexible, the NoKink refrigerant line connector is designed for quick, easy, and more reliable refrigerant lineset connections to wall- and ceiling-mounted mini-split evaporators. 


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Tjernlund Products Inc.: Register Booster Fans

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Duct Booster® register booster fans can help homeowners increase comfort in rooms that are uncomfortably hot or cold because their forced-air furnace/air conditioner blower cannot provide adequate velocity. 


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Wohler USA Inc.: Photo and Video Inspection Cameras

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Visual Inspection Camera models VIS 250, VIS 350, and VIS 400 have been added to the company’s product line. 


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The Fulton Cos.: Condensing Hydronic Boiler

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Designed for the commercial heating market, the Endura™ is a vertical firetube-design boiler.  


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