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Department of Energy establishes uniform protocols for determining energy efficiency savings
The Department of Energy has just published a new series of protocols for calculating the savings from energy efficiency upgrades in homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities. Although voluntary, the new protocols, issued on May 15, are designed to create a common approach for calculating energy savings based on common residential and commercial efficiency measures used in utility-based energy efficiency programs.
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ASHRAE 62.2: A design standard lacking verification?
Contracting Business
While the newest revision of ASHRAE 62.2 is an excellent design standard, its weakness is that it's only a design standard. From an installing contractor's perspective, shouldn't a ventilation standard also direct how you can make certain what's designed is actually achieved in the field?
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How strong is the economic impact of the US oil and gas boom?
By Stefanie Heerwig
Since the fracking boom, the media has been awash with articles about the impacts of the oil and gas industry on the U.S. economy. True, oil and gas extraction has risen by 24 percent since 2009 while the U.S. economy expanded by 7.6 percent, recovering 20 percent of its jobs lost since the financial meltdown. But how strong is the correlation between the oil and gas boom and the economic situation in the U.S. — or more exactly, is it as high as anticipated by so many?
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On the road in 2014
As you read this, our 60th Annual Convention and Trade Show is coming to a close. One of the major announcements made on Tuesday was the fact that we are taking OESP on the road in 2014. We will be hosting two unique events next year: the first will be May 12-13 at the Mohegan Sun casino in Montville, Conn.; the other will be Sept. 22-23 in Gettysburg, Pa.

We promise you that you'll have the opportunity to see all of the new products on display as well as those you use each and every day and have plenty of opportunity to take a variety of classes and continue earning CEUs and get involved in certification programs.

So stay tuned for more exciting news about the 2014 OESP Roadshow!

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Membership cards
Members in good standing should have received their new membership card, as well as a couple of others items. We delayed mailing these as long as possible. Have any of you ever been involved in the implementation of new company software? Association software is no different. It all sounds good. But once you get the keys to the product, the issues arise. We are just about ready to launch the first of several modules but with the trade show we had to put on the brakes. Within the next week, though, you will be set up to upload your personal profile. So please be patient!

Later this summer we'll be launching a new website and this new software will allow us to offer more interaction between members and chapters.

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Carlin Upgrades Primary Controls

Following the launch of the Universal Replacement ProMaxx 70200 Primary in 2012, Carlin is pleased to introduce the Series E line of primaries. With an improved look, retrofit terminals, LED lights, pump prime and better protection against water, these revised models are direct replacements for Carlin’s 40230, 48245, 50200, and 60200.
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Indoor air quality: 1 of the EPA's top 5 environmental risks to public health
The Times of Northwest Indiana
When it comes to air sealing and ventilating, new residential building codes are now in place to ensure energy efficiency as well as the comfort of the homeowner. With a host of indoor air pollutants contributing to poor indoor quality that causes or contributes to a variety of health concerns, it's extremely important to understand the role of proper ventilation or air exchanges.
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Crude oil supplies down slightly
U.S. crude oil inventories remain historically high, despite a slight draw down in the week ending May 10, the Energy Information Administration said. Crude oil stockpiles dropped 600,000 barrels to 394.9 million barrels. Supplies, however, are near levels unseen for 82 years and remain above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Supplies of distillate fuels, which include home heating oil, rose 2.3 million barrels to 119.9 million barrels.
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Integration: HVAC fans and smoke control
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Smoke control systems using mechanical equipment, such as fans and dampers, rely on the integrity of this equipment to control the spread of smoke within a building. Fire/life safety and HVAC systems must be carefully integrated to ensure reliability in smoke control systems.
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Geothermal guide 1st in RSES 'Sustainability Series'
Contracting Business
Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) has published "Understanding Geothermal Systems," the first title in the RSES Sustainability Series. A comprehensive study and resource manual that serves as a best practices guide for the design, installation and maintenance of geothermal systems, this book draws on the author's more than 30 years of hands-on geothermal field experience.

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Iran oil sanctions push up global price
Iran's inability to export its large oil stores is pushing up the global price of oil. The situation in the Middle-Eastern country has become so dire that it has had to use oil tankers as floating storage facilities, with land-based tanks completely full of oil that, if utilized, would reduce the global price significantly.

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Service clinic: Make the most of pre-season A/C tune-ups
Contracting Business
As temperatures moderate, spring is often a "slow season" for contractors, compared to winter and summer, so offering special pre-season check-ups for residential ducted air conditioning systems can provide a steady stream of income at a time when there are fewer emergency service calls.

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Solar power is getting much easier to store — and at a much cheaper price
The Week
The total solar energy hitting Earth each year is equivalent to 12.2 trillion watt-hours. That's over 20,000 times more than the total energy all of humanity consumes each year. And yet photovoltaic solar panels, the instruments that convert solar radiation into electricity, produce only 0.7 percent of the energy the world uses. But thanks to huge advances, solar's cost and technology problems are increasingly closer to being solved.
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Research and Markets: Analysis of the North American HVAC equipment market
Rock Hill Herald
Research and Markets has announced the addition of Frost & Sullivan's new report "Analysis of the North American HVAC Equipment Market" to their offering. This research is primarily driven by the energy savings that can be achieved by upgrading to high-efficiency products and equipment replacements. This research service provides an in-depth analysis of the North American HVAC equipment market. It provides revenue forecasts for the total market and considers the various drivers and restraints that affect the market in North America.
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Alternate home heating and cooling systems discussed at property owner's meeting
Levittown Patch
As many residents are aware, heating and cooling options available in Levittown, N.Y., can be frustratingly limited, due in part to construction issues and the lack of basements. However, at a recent meeting of the Levittown Property Owners Association, President Jim Morrow presented a possible solution for locals to modernize their climate control capabilities in time for the fast-approaching summer season.
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