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In this issue...
  • Proportion of new build, retrofit projects speaks volumes for HVAC opportunities
  • How everyone wins with service agreements
  • Revision of ASHRAE IAQ Guideline open for public comment
  • We wish to welcome our newest member
  • Consider bidding on Dan Holohan for a day
  • Join us May 17-21 in in Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Awards Banquet — Tuesday, May 19
  • Developer proposes Maine's largest solar power installation
  • Report: Big shift from electricity to solar power
  • Renewable Heat New York projects support growth of biomass industry
  • NFIB: Small business owners less upbeat in March
  • Corporate funding for solar sector reaches $6.4 billion in Q1
  • Dealing with underachieving employees
  • 5 steps to a leadership self evaluation

  • Proportion of new build, retrofit projects speaks volumes for HVAC opportunities
    Facility Executive
    While the total construction market in the U.S. has grown at a modest CAGR of 2.4 percent from 2012 to 2014, IHS found in its recent report, titled the "World Market for HVAC Equipment," that 65.2 percent of total HVAC units sold into nonresidential buildings were retrofit sales. Due to the large install base of equipment in the U.S. following the 2009 economic collapse, IHS was not entirely surprised by the high retrofit rate of HVAC systems, nevertheless, it was interesting to see the broad variations that can occur among end-users within the same country.
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    How everyone wins with service agreements
    Contracting Business
    Any business in the service and repair space should offer a service or maintenance agreement. Correctly designed, a service agreement program is one of the biggest no-brainers around because everyone wins. The customers win. The employees win. The company wins. Everyone wins. Here's how.
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    Revision of ASHRAE IAQ Guideline open for public comment
    ACHR News
    ASHRAE announced that it is seeking public input into a proposed revision of its residential IAQ guideline. ASHRAE Guideline 24-2008, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is the companion guideline to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Guideline 24 provides information on achieving good IAQ that goes beyond the requirements contained in Standard 62.2 by providing explanatory and educational material not included in the code-intended standard.
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    We wish to welcome our newest member
    OESP
    Sal DiMaio, Ward Heating & AC, joined the South Jersey Chapter
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    Consider bidding on Dan Holohan for a day
    OESP
    Think about how you could use Dan Holohan for a chapter function or a private session for your technicians. You could raise money for your chapter or for a special cause. The successful winner can make that determination. And the winner will be helping raise money for a good cause.

    As you know, 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. As recognition of his efforts, we named a new scholarship in his name. The Dan Holohan Grant, which 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 tech school. To help raise money for this award, we are "selling" Dan. Interested? The clock is ticking so make your bid now.

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

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    Join us May 17-21 in in Hershey, Pennsylvania
    OESP
    We've got some new events planned for Hershey, Pennsylvania — for example, our Industry Breakfast. This event will be held at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. There is a modest charge for the breakfast and you can pay that when you register for our event. The intent of the breakfast is to bring the industry up to speed with what's happening with NORA Education, R&D and Bioheat®.

    We've got something for everyone. For spouses, thanks to our chapters, we have two events: Chocolate Bingo on Tuesday and a Wine and Chocolate event on Wednesday following the show.

    We will offer technical classes galore on Tuesday and Wednesday. Just check out www.oesptradeshow.org and click on 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®.

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    Awards Banquet — Tuesday, May 19
    OESP
    Join us on Tuesday evening as we recognize our 2015 Scholarship Winners and Industry Award Winners. You can purchase a ticket or even a table — you can do that during the registration process, or you can call Judy Garber at 888-552-0900 for tickets.

    A special thanks goes out to Carlin-Hydrolevel for sponsoring the Cocktail party prior to the Awards Banquet.

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    IN THE NEWS


    Developer proposes Maine's largest solar power installation
    The Associated Press via The State
    A developer wants to build Maine's largest solar power array at a former Navy radar site in Hancock County, but the project hinges on lawmakers passing a proposed law aimed in part at creating financial incentives for solar power. Gouldsboro Solar LLC has signed a letter of intent with The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor to sell power from a 2.8 megawatt solar installation to the biomedical research lab. The $9 million project would generate enough power each year to serve 58,000 average Maine homes.
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    Report: Big shift from electricity to solar power
    Standard Examiner
    In recent years, the growth of the rooftop solar market has been astounding. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the growth rate for at-home solar has been above 50 percent for three years running (2012, 2013 and 2014). But if a new study is to be believed, the changes have only begun.
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    Renewable Heat New York projects support growth of biomass industry
    Biomass Magazine
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Vincent's Heating and Fuel Service have announced the kickoff of 15 commercial and residential high-efficiency, low-emission wood pellet-fired heating projects and the availability of bulk pellet delivery in the Mohawk Valley and North Country. As New York shifts the way it does business with the energy industry to a more market-based approach, these projects are spurring the growth of the biomass industry and providing examples of the ways new technology works in various settings.
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    NFIB: Small business owners less upbeat in March
    The Wall Street Journal
    Small business owners scaled back their enthusiasm in March, according to a report released April 14. In turn, they plan on less hiring and capital spending in the near term. The National Federation of Independent Business's small-business optimism index fell to 95.2 in March, from 98 in February. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal projected the index to hold at 98.0. The NFIB said the index is the lowest since June 2014 and is back below its long-term average. All 10 subindexes declined last month.
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    Corporate funding for solar sector reaches $6.4 billion in Q1
    Clean Technica
    A new report by Mercom Capital Group, investigating corporate funding and merger and acquisition activity for the solar sector in the first quarter of 2015, found funding had almost doubled to $6.4 billion in the first quarter of 2015. The report covered total corporate funding in the solar sector, including venture capital and private equity, debt financing, and public market financing raised by public companies, as well as merger and acquisition activity for the quarter.
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    Dealing with underachieving employees
    By Billy Arcement
    In today's competitive work environment, leaders are charged with maximizing employee productivity, minimizing costs and improving profits — not always an easy task keeping all three going well. Among the monitoring responsibilities, people performance is high on the list. So, how should a leader approach an employee who is clearly underachieving and impacting productivity, costs and profits?
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    5 steps to a leadership self evaluation
    Contracting Business
    It is important to conduct a regular self-evaluation, to determine how you are performing as a leader. This self-examination is important in analyzing your ability to be innovative, adapt to change and lead in an ever-changing world. The objective with these five points of evaluation is to constantly improve. Engaging in this practice will allow you to see your strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to grow in your leadership roles and be a successful and trustworthy manager.
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