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In this issue...
  • What every TAB technician needs to know about indoor air quality
  • The quiet protest to building permits
  • Creating predictive algorithms for HVAC optimization in MATLAB
  • We wish to welcome our newest members
  • Consider bidding on Dan Holohan for a day
  • Join us in Hershey, Pennsylvania, May 17-21
  • High-efficiency, low-emissions wood heating systems gain favor
  • Improving customer service experiences
  • ACCA initiates new standard on HVAC system design for energy efficient homes
  • Hometalk USA: How to defend against carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Americans wrongly assume indoor air is less polluted than outdoor air
  • 6 ways to market your small business for less than $100

  • What every TAB technician needs to know about indoor air quality
    Consulting-Specifying Engineer
    Poor indoor air quality contributes to a substantial number of health problems. Studies have linked it to poor performance in both the school and work environments. It is not the test-and-balance technician's job to design the project, but there are many aspects of the job that can ensure the design intent is fulfilled and the building occupants are provided a healthy facility for their use.
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    The quiet protest to building permits
    Contracting Business
    For quite some time, in most areas of the country, the amount of building permits taken out on retrofit jobs has been steadily declining. Unfortunately very few HVAC contractors regularly pull permits when replacing equipment and upgrading systems. Let's examine their reasons why.
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    Creating predictive algorithms for HVAC optimization in MATLAB
    Engineering.com
    A new cloud-based HVAC software, dubbed Predictive Energy Optimization, can help reduce energy consumption by 10-25 percent in large-scale buildings during normal operations. The tool uses the data analytic capabilities of MATLAB to create predictive algorithms that can optimize the HVAC systems.
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    UPDATES FROM OESP


    We wish to welcome our newest members
    OESP
    Daniel Nichols, a sales rep for W.P. Haney Co., South Easton, Massachusetts, has joined the Rhode Island Chapter. Joining the Bucks-Mont Chapter is Rich Moyer, comfort consultant for Clyde S. Walton, Inc., Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
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    Consider bidding on Dan Holohan for a day
    OESP
    Dan Holohan has been helping raise money for our Dave Nelsen Scholarship for years and also raising funds with seminars to benefit Oil Heat Cares. In recognition of his efforts, we named a new scholarship in his name. The Dan Holohan Grant will be awarded this summer at our OESP Forum, Aug. 5-6. This grant will be made to an individual who is currently teaching at our tech school. To help raise money for this award, we are "selling" Dan. You can bid on his services for the next nine days.

    Think about how you might use Dan's services — you could win him and then turn around and have your own seminar that benefits your chapter, a cause or simply have a day where you invite customers to a special seminar that Dan will teach. He goes to the highest bidder!

    As an industry let's raise the roof on funds to support Dan's scholarship!

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    Join us in Hershey, Pennsylvania, May 17-21
    OESP
    We've got something for everyone. For spouses, thanks to our chapters, we offer two events — Chocolate Bingo on Tuesday and a Wine and Chocolate event on Wednesday following the show.

    Technical classes galore are available on Tuesday and Wednesday. Just check out www.oesptradeshow.org and click on the the Education tab. You can click on the class and an outline will appear. All classes are complimentary thanks to our Premier Corporate Sponsors — Taco, Honeywell and Bioheat©.

    Evening events include our Opening Reception — compliments of OESP and our table sponsors — our Awards Banquet and our theme night party.

    Outlines for our Monday Management Sessions are are noted on the referenced website.

    And of course we have our event on Monday — the Care to Ride and Golf. Just click the "Read More" link to start your registration.

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    IN THE NEWS


    High-efficiency, low-emissions wood heating systems gain favor
    The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
    A growing number of schools, government buildings, nature centers and homes have switched from fossil fuels to renewable wood heat in Northern states to save money and support the local forestry economy. At least 10 states offer incentives including grants, low-interest loans, tax credits and training programs to promote biomass heating, according to the Alliance for Green Heat.
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    Improving customer service experiences
    Contractor Magazine
    We are turning quickly into a service-based economy. With ever advancing technologies and more options and resources to choose from, customers no longer want to buy just a product — they want an experience. That means you need to provide quality service encounters that make customers feel like they're valued and cared for.
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    ACCA initiates new standard on HVAC system design for energy efficient homes
    ACHR News
    The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute Standards Task Team announced that it has initiated the development of BSR/ACCA 16 Manual E-201x, "HVAC System Design for Energy Efficient Homes" as a new industry standard.
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    Hometalk USA: How to defend against carbon monoxide poisoning
    Vimeo
    VideoBrief It's called your home's silent killer and causes more than 400 deaths a year in the U.S.: carbon monoxide poisoning. Bill Spohn, of YourCOalarms.com, has found that consumers are very interested in carbon monoxide, but often the choices of how best to detect it are difficult for them to make. So he started to sell directly to consumers alarms that they can use in their businesses and homes to make sure they are maintaining their safety.
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    Americans wrongly assume indoor air is less polluted than outdoor air
    ACHR News
    A survey commissioned by the Filtrete brand of 3M shows that while indoor air pollutants are ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health, parents are not always aware of the steps they can take to make the air inside their homes cleaner for their families. The survey found that 2 in 5 parents (39 percent) don't include changing their home's HVAC air filter as part of their healthy living habits. The survey findings show that Americans need to be more indoor air aware.
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    6 ways to market your small business for less than $100
    Entrepreneur
    For large brands with big marketing and advertising budgets, one or even several hundred dollars is just a drop in the monthly marketing budget. But for entrepreneurs and small business owners, every dollar counts — and investments need to pay off in real and immediate marketing ROI. That's why we came up with these six scenarios that show how you can distribute a mere $100 while still having a robust marketing plan that can help you grow your business.
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