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In this issue...
  • ASHRAE, IAQA to join forces to grow resources for indoor air quality professionals
  • OHCNH to hold meeting with New Hampshire senator on industry issues
  • Study finds biomass boilers are a viable option for heating federal buildings
  • 2nd Roadshow coming to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • The principals of single-phase voltage measurement in HVAC systems
  • South Portland, Maine, approves law barring tar sands oil
  • A tune-up on how your HVAC business is valued
  • Indoor air pollutant levels often surpass outdoor levels by 5 times or more
  • Managing cash flow: 4 tips for small businesses
  • Attract the next generation to the trades
  • Don't forget to write a business plan

  • ASHRAE, IAQA to join forces to grow resources for indoor air quality professionals
    Fuel Oil News
    ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association have agreed in principle to join forces, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. "This merger is beneficial to both ASHRAE and IAQA in that it strengthens the programs and services of both organizations," Tom Phoenix, ASHRAE president, said. "The work of IAQA complements the work of ASHRAE in its standards, research, publications and educational offerings. We now combine our resources to ensure the industry receives the best indoor air quality technical guidance and educational programs possible, which means improved indoor air quality for the world around us."
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    OHCNH to hold meeting with New Hampshire senator on industry issues
    Fuel Oil News
    The members of the Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire are invited to join the members of the New Hampshire Motor Transport Association at a meeting on Aug. 20 from 10-11 a.m. at the Association/Council building in Concord, New Hampshire. This is not a fund raising event but an opportunity for Senator Kelly Ayotte to meet with members and employees of the Council and Association to discuss issues that are of importance to them.
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    Study finds biomass boilers are a viable option for heating federal buildings
    SitNews
    After operating the first biomass boiler in the Ketchikan Federal Building, the U.S. General Services Administration has concluded that biomass boilers are a viable alternative for hot-water-heated buildings where natural gas is unavailable. According to a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, biomass boilers will be most cost-effective for buildings in cold northern climates within 50 miles of a wood pellet mill.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      B100 Oil Filter Gaskets
    Sid Harvey’s, your Oil Heat Innovator, announces the industry’s first line of fuel oil filter that come with UL-approved BIO gaskets. BIO gaskets are approved for use with all bio-fuel blends rated up to and including B100. Sid Harvey’s operates 80 branches nationally. 605 Locust St., Garden City, NY 11530 (516) 745-9200. Visit the website at www.sidharvey.com
     


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    2nd Roadshow coming to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    OESP
    We'll host our 2nd Roadshow, Sept. 21-23, at the Wyndham Hotel, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. That Sunday, we'll have two charity events: our annual Dave Nelsen Golf tournament, beginning at 1 p.m., at the Links of Gettysburg (a 4 1/2 star course), and our Care to Ride event that benefits our foundation, Oil Heat Cares. Gettysburg is a perfect place for the entire family and these charity events are a great way to show your family what our industry is all about. You can visit our schedule of events for all activities.

    The Roadshow officially opens Monday (but we'll have a reception Sunday night for those who participated in Sunday's events). Based upon surveys conducted, we're keeping Monday the same as it was at Mohegan Sun, meaning that will be treated as a VIP event. The $179 charge includes food and a choice of 25 classes and the Opening Reception on the show floor. Tuesday is where the change takes place. The display area will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. We encourage and invite everyone to join us for ongoing education, visiting outdoor displays as well as indoor displays. Some of the classes will be timed just right for the start of the winter season. Tuesday, will be complimentary for everyone.

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    The principals of single-phase voltage measurement in HVAC systems
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    Correctly measuring and interpreting voltage is essential to every HVAC professional in the field. Installers, maintenance technicians and service technicians measure voltage daily to gain insight into the electrical functions essential for proper mechanical system equipment operation. Let's take a look at the procedures for measuring single-phase voltage.

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    BPI's Home Energy Auditing Standard released for public comment
    Contractor Magazine
    The Building Performance Institute Inc. announced that BPI-1100-T-201x: Home Energy Auditing Standard is now available for public comment for a period of 45 days. BPI-1100-T-201x was developed in an effort to standardize and clarify what is included in a whole-building, science-based energy audit of existing homes.

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    Who says that warranty is for 1 year?
    Contractor Magazine
    In our experience, warranties are one of the most misunderstood concepts in the construction industry. Many owners, designers and contractors think they have put a one-year warranty in their contracts, when in fact they are 100 percent wrong. Many times, they don't even understand what a warranty is. Most of the time, they don't understand what it covers and how long the contractor or vendor is on the hook.

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    IN THE NEWS


    South Portland, Maine, approves law barring tar sands oil
    Portland Press Herald
    The South Portland (Maine) City Council gave final approval on July 21 to controversial zoning changes that are expected to block the potential export of Canadian tar sands oil from the city's waterfront. Councilor Michael Pock provided the sole vote against the changes, after offering an unsuccessful amendment to limit the ban to "non-American crude oil."
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    A tune-up on how your HVAC business is valued
    Contracting Business
    What is the value of your HVAC business? Business owners will commonly answer the question with the notion that their business is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. Unfortunately, whatever one person is willing to pay for anything is actually a price and not necessarily a value. In reality, the value of your business is determined by a calculation that is based on multiple characteristics and factors of your business.
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    Indoor air pollutant levels often surpass outdoor levels by 5 times or more
    PRNewswire via Pollution Online
    With the average American spending some 90 percent of their time indoors, the quality of indoor air is of paramount importance for health, productivity and comfort. Yet while many individuals are aware of — and rightly concerned by — high levels of outdoor air pollution, one statistic may surprise and even shock them: Indoor levels of air pollutants are often two to five times higher than outdoor pollutant levels. And at times, they can be more than 100 times higher.
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    Managing cash flow: 4 tips for small businesses
    BusinessNewsDaily via Fox Business
    Managing cash flow is a challenge that many small business owners don't realize can make or break a business. But streamlining the process is easier than you might think. "Many great operators who understand their industry and how to deliver for the customers don't have an understanding of what it takes to grow, maintain or create efficiencies in their operating cycle to empower their business," said Quincy Miller, executive vice president and head of business and commercial enterprise banking sales at RBS Citizens Financial Group.
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    Attract the next generation to the trades
    Contractor Magazine
    There is an old saying that a rising tide lifts all boats. What this essentially means is that we all benefit from an industry on the rise. And while we might not all be in the same boat, we're all affected by the same tide. So, it makes sense that manufacturers and professionals in the plumbing and HVAC industry should partner to learn from each other, share best practices and provide strategic forward progress with products and technology.
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    Don't forget to write a business plan
    Small Business Trends
    Some entrepreneurship advocates have suggested that would-be entrepreneurs abandon the writing of business plans. In the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship, business plans are obsolete, they say. To these observers, entrepreneurs are better off just acting, pivoting when they get something wrong, rather than taking the time to write plans.
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