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In this issue...
  • Finding and recruiting great HVAC talent
  • HVAC Quality Installation Specification out for second ANSI public review
  • EIA: US to add 48GW solar capacity by 2040
  • Contractors in social media: A proper HVAC maintenance checklist
  • Building Robotics tunes HVAC to personal preferences
  • Vermont energy bill shifts focus to renewables, electricity
  • DOE invests $4 million to strengthen Building America program
  • Pros and cons of buying vs. leasing commercial property
  • New law to allow tenants to showcase their energy efficiency efforts
  • Big-data tips for small businesses from eBay's head of data


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    Finding and recruiting great HVAC talent
    Contracting Business
    For an organization to be successful, the management team must find, recruit and hire outstanding talent. From the management team to front line employees — it's important that everyone in the organization is involved in the recruiting process because it is critical to the long-term success of the entire business. But what is recruiting?
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    HVAC Quality Installation Specification out for second ANSI public review
    ACHR News
    The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute Standards Task Team has announced an American National Standards Institute public review period for its BSR/ACCA 5 QI -201x, "HVAC Quality Installation Specification" as a revised industry standard. The public review period has a comment deadline of May 31.
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    EIA: US to add 48GW solar capacity by 2040
    Solar Novus Today
    In the coming decades, additions to U.S. electricity generation capacity are expected to be lower than in the recent past. In EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2015 Reference case, which reflects current laws and policies and does not include EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, total generating capacity (including end-use generators like rooftop solar panels) increases from 1,065 gigawatts (GW) in 2013 to 1,261GW in 2040. The amount of capacity added is more than three times the amount that is expected to retire, with 287 GW added and 90 GW retired.
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    Contractors in social media: A proper HVAC maintenance checklist
    Contracting Business
    At Contracting Business.com we're always keeping an eye out for unique stories on social media. This week's top tweets include a HVAC maintenance checklist for your customers. Help your customers prolong the life of their HVAC units by providing them with a check list like this one from the National Association of Realtors.
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    Building Robotics tunes HVAC to personal preferences
    Energy Manager Today
    Glumac's new 17,500-sq-foot office is the first Net Zero Tenant Improvement Living Building Challenge-registered project in the United States. With limited opportunity to implement renewable energy strategies, Glumac turned its focus toward innovative energy reduction techniques. One technique was to employ Building Robotics' Comfy to tune HVAC to occupant requests to eliminate unnecessary conditioning.
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    Vermont energy bill shifts focus to renewables, electricity
    Burlington Free Press
    The Vermont Senate gave preliminary approval on May 13 to an energy bill that requires utility companies for the first time to provide renewable electricity to their customers and to devise programs to help customers use less fossil fuel. The bil — H. 40 — sets a statewide renewable energy standard designed to reduce greenhouse gases in the state and to avoid a potential 6-percent electricity rate hike.
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    DOE invests $4 million to strengthen Building America program
    ACHR News
    The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $4 million in funding to develop and demonstrate new energy efficiency solutions for homes through its Building America program. DOE’s Building America program develops cutting-edge innovations and resources with industry partners to spur the residential buildings market to adopt energy efficiency measures that will provide 50 percent savings in new homes by 2025 and 40 percent savings in existing homes by 2030.
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    Pros and cons of buying vs. leasing commercial property
    By Dale Willerton and Jeff Grandfield
    The most common reason tenants lease space instead of buying a location is because 95 percent of all commercial, retail and office space is not for sale. If you are in an enviable position to purchase property, there are several opportunities available to you: a business condo where you occupy the one unit, a strata title unit, small strip plazas or centers where you're now a landlord to other tenants as well, or standalone buildings on a small parcel of land. For those tenants able to purchase, here are a few pros and cons to consider.
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    New law to allow tenants to showcase their energy efficiency efforts
    National Real Estate Investor
    President Barack Obama signed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 on April 30. The bipartisan-sponsored law promises to align the interests of building owners and tenants with regard to investments in cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation measures. The law includes a new federally-sponsored green building designation that's similar to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's popular Energy Star system.
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    Big-data tips for small businesses from eBay's head of data
    VentureBeat
    After more than 15 years developing analytic solutions to enable companies to understand and act on customer behavior, I still see businesses of all sizes struggle with how they can use an understanding of their customers to accelerate their business. Despite the buzz around "customer-centricity" and "big data," the reality is that most companies do not take full advantage of everything they know about their customers or their relationship with them.
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