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In this issue...
  • Top HVAC controls trends for 2015
  • Buy the heat, lease the heater: Will a new way of keeping Maine warm catch on?
  • Home heating oil delivery drivers battle frigid temps, ask for help
  • Welcome to our new Corporate Member — Thermo Poducts, LLC
  • Individual members who joined last week
  • Build it and they will come
  • Yes, it's coming
  • HVAC managers: People, planning, programs
  • SMACNA Energy Systems analysis and management manual available
  • Bill would mandate more biofuel in New York home heating oil
  • Geothermal loops back around
  • DOE issues notice of proposed rulemaking for residential furnace efficiency standards
  • 4 tips to making a positive first impression

  • Top HVAC controls trends for 2015
    Consulting-Specifying Engineer
    As the world becomes more concerned about carbon emissions and energy consumption, the overall efficiency of commercial buildings will remain a key area of focus. The processes and products used by buildings in 2015 will keep evolving as manufacturers, integrators and building owners continue to experiment in order to find better ways of cutting wasteful energy usage.
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    Buy the heat, lease the heater: Will a new way of keeping Maine warm catch on?
    Bangor Daily News
    Plummeting oil prices this winter changed the economics of switching off the fuel, but at least two companies in Maine are seeking to change the economics of heating itself. The Orono-based PelletCo and Portland-based Alodyne have pioneered new financing methods that have customers pay for heat energy, rather than paying for fuel, while their companies lease the heating units to the building owners.
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    Home heating oil delivery drivers battle frigid temps, ask for help
    WPTZ-TV
    With these dangerous temperatures, we've been reminding people to stay inside and stay warm, but there are some people, key to making that even a possibility, and they're asking for help in making their jobs a little easier this winter. "Our guys are out straight, working Saturdays and Sundays," said Matt Cota, Executive Director of the Vermont fuel Dealers Association. Like it does for most any outdoor worker, the cold makes getting the job done more difficult, but Cota says there are things homeowners can do to help, like keeping the area around the fill pipe clear.
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    UPDATES FROM OESP


    Welcome to our new Corporate Member — Thermo Poducts, LLC
    OESP
    The Association wishes to welcome our newest corporate member. Thermo Products, LLC is a manufacturer of high-quality Thermo Pride Series oil, gas and mobile home furnaces, air conditioning and heat pump condensers, and coils, as well as modular and hydronic air handlers. Thermo Products also offers the Spirit Series of oil and gas furnaces which is their economy line of furnaces.

    Thermo Pride also added three of their salesmen to local chapters — Scott Hunt, Central PA Chapter; Scott Sweigart remains a member of the Southeast PA and Mid-Atlantic Chapters; and Brian Bacon is joining the Rhode Island Chapter.

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    Individual members who joined last week
    OESP
    Randy Minnick, of Green Coast Fuel, and John Van Horne, of Arundel Cooling, both joined the Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Dave Isgriggs, with Gray Metal Products, joined the Central PA Chapter. And Raymond Norowski, with ServPro Bellmore/Wantagh, joined the Long Island Oil Heating and Cooling Chapter.

    On behalf of National, we welcome all of these new members to our organization.

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    Build it and they will come
    OESP
    It is tough to identify topics to be presented at regular chapter meetings. But sometimes you hit the right button and the doors open wide. The hot topic right now has to do with the new regulations going into effect for hot water heaters in April. Many of the chapters have had experts come to their meetings and let them know exactly how the changes will impact them and their customers. As a matter of fact, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter had a huge turnout at their February meeting.

    This is just one reason why it is important to belong to an organization. You get to hear things firsthand from manufacturers, local code officials, etc. You can also visit our website for important industry news.

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    Yes, it's coming
    OESP
    Registration for our 2015 annual convention and trade show will open this week! Stay tuned for another news brief that will announce the opening.
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    IN THE NEWS


    HVAC managers: People, planning, programs
    Contracting Business
    Service managers have a very specialized — and wide-ranging — role at a modern HVAC company. The tasks they might find on their to-do lists on any given day can include selling and maintaining service agreements, budgeting, scheduling and dispatching technicians, even giving on-site attention to service calls. But no matter what the scope of their duties entails, there are certain managerial attributes that can help them, and their employers, succeed.
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    SMACNA Energy Systems analysis and management manual available
    ACHR News
    Reducing the energy consumption of HVAC systems has become increasingly important. The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association has announced the new second edition of its Energy Systems Analysis and Management Manual, which addresses this topic and more. The manual discusses new construction and retrofits and provides an overview of a variety of energy-related business opportunities for commercial, residential and institutional buildings.
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    Bill would mandate more biofuel in New York home heating oil
    NY Daily News
    A new City Council bill would require heating oil used in New York's city buildings to contain at least 5 percent cleaner biofuel by next year. And the mandate would jump to 20 percent by 2030, under legislation being introduced by Councilman Costa Constantinides, D-Queens. Current city law requires 2 percent of heating oil to come from biofuel.
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    Geothermal loops back around
    Contrating Business
    Following a recession and some legislative hiccups, the geothermal industry is back in growth mode. Acording to Doug Dougherty, CEO of the Geothermal Exchange Organization, 2014 was a very good year for geothermal growth, despite the significant decline caused by the extreme cold weather (aka the "polar vortex"). He expects the same strong performance during 2015.
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    DOE issues notice of proposed rulemaking for residential furnace efficiency standards
    ACHR News
    The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and public meeting regarding energy efficiency standards for residential furnaces. DOE also announced that it will host a public meeting/webinar on March 26. For nonweatherized gas furnaces and mobile home gas furnaces, DOE is proposing a standard of 92 percent AFUE [annual fuel utilization efficiency].
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    4 tips to making a positive first impression
    By Anne Rose
    Much has been written about executing amazing customer service, but let's focus today on one aspect that's immediately implementable: first impressions. You've heard the axiom, "First impressions count." They do! So why do so many people pay so little attention to how they first greet or interact with a potential client? It takes a few seconds to properly impress a new client, and it takes days or weeks (or never) to undo a negative first impression.
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