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VRF Gaining Acceptance in U.S. Marketplace

Value in VRF Found in the Equipment’s Benefits, Life Cycle Cost

The U.S. market was estimated to be worth $7.25 billion in 2012 and is expected to grow at a comound annual growth rate of 5.2 percent through 2019, according to a report by Transparency Market Research.


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Efficient, Practical VRF Installation Policies

Contractors, Manufacturers Recommend Reading, Following Equipment Manuals

If a system is not installed correctly, then it doesn’t work properly, and it will not reach its maximum energy-efficiency potential. VRF systems require the same level of care and quality work as ducted HVAC systems, maybe even slightly more.


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How to Effectively Sell VRF Technology

Contractors Highlight VRF’s Versatility, Energy Efficiency, and Ease of Installation

It’s the contractors job to educate consumers about the product and communicate the differences and benefits involved in order for them to fully understand what they are purchasing.


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Opportunities in Building Automation

Trend Toward Integration Creates Opportunities, Challenges for Contractors

Those who understand BAS and are able to improve their clients’ overall energy efficiency are finding opportunities for growth.


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States Incentivize High-efficiency Biomass Heating Systems

Commercial, Residential Programs Encourage New Installations

While those familiar with biomass heating are acutely aware of its numerous benefits and versatile applications, others remain unfamiliar with the recent technological advances that have made biomass heating an efficient, viable option for many customers.


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Coordinating a Green Building Code

Five Industry Organizations Combine to Develop Single Green Standard

While these organizations have been working together for years, they have never before attempted to coordinate their efforts into developing one comprehensive code. Now, they have committed to such a task and intend to release a green code in 2018.


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HVAC Equity Market Snapshot

Global Demand Forecast to Reach $113 Billion by 2019

As the market continues to grow, increasing HVAC system efficiency will be vital due to the increasing amount of regulation designed to reduce energy costs and the impact on the environment. 


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Convention Inspires Contracting Success

Sheet Metal Association Works Hard, Plays Hard in San Antonio

The convention offered more than 20 unique educational and self-development sessions designed to provide the newest ideas, information, and solutions necessary to meet the specific technical and business management needs of sheet metal and air conditioning contractors.


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Alternative HVAC Systems Popular in Hospital Applications

Health Care Facilities Embrace Nontraditional Equipment

While traditional hospital HVAC systems often consist of chillers and boilers, other types of equipment are becoming more widely accepted in the health care market, including variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems, air curtains, and geothermal heat pumps. 


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Taboo Tattoos: In HVAC, Appearance Still Matters

Contractors Weigh In on the Importance of First Impressions

Despite society’s growing acceptance of tattoos and piercings, several HVAC contractors still consider them to be deal breakers when interviewing potential employees.


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Cynthia Hutson, chairperson of ACCA of Central Ohio, talks about the organization’s Heat the Town events, the importance of carbon monoxide checks, and what is coming up for ACCA. Posted on Nov. 21.

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