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In this issue...
  • New commercial HVAC static pressure test methods
  • Electrical and HVAC contractors to students: Want a job? Know about renewable energy
  • DesignBuilder eases whole building energy simulation
  • Sept. 21 is Play Day
  • Dead Men Steam School — Tuesday, Sept. 23
  • Indoor air quality standard modified
  • Disruptive technologies: Coming soon to the HVAC industry?
  • Solar is mainstream — and that means more rules
  • Why is worker misclassification a problem?
  • 6 marketing tips for small business on a budget
  • View from Europe: Sainsbury's marches on
  • 6 must-know accounting tips for your small business

  • New commercial HVAC static pressure test methods
    Contracting Business
    Static pressure measurement on commercial HVAC systems can vary significantly from one type of equipment to another. Commercial pressure testing also requires the balancer to interpret and report internal equipment pressure drops. To remain savvy on the latest commercial air pressure testing, let's take a look at this latest commercial pressure testing update.
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    Electrical and HVAC contractors to students: Want a job? Know about renewable energy
    AL.com
    Want a good job in heating/air-conditioning? Make sure you get some training in energy conservation and renewable energy. It can make a difference in getting that first job, officials at Calhoun Community College and Drake State Technical College say. "We had area contractors coming to us and saying they need graduates with training in renewable energy," says Drake State President Dr. John Reutter. "We're seeing more future jobs that require energy training."
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    DesignBuilder eases whole building energy simulation
    ACHR News
    DesignBuilder Software has released version 4 of its whole building energy simulation program, DesignBuilder. The company said this new version adds a substantial set of new features and improvements. It consists of a set of tools to assist with the integration of mechanical systems within sustainable building designs. Various design scenarios for HVAC systems and controls can be evaluated with relative ease. Using drag and drop air and water components, HVAC systems can be constructed within DesignBuilder from scratch. In addition, pre-defined HVAC templates, autosizing and zone grouping features save significant input time.
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    Sept. 21 is Play Day
    OESP
    As we gather in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for our 2nd Roadshow, those that want to come for just Sunday are welcome. Or you can come early for the full Roadshow Schedule. But we've got a day full of activity for Sunday. You can golf and help raise money for our Dave Nelsen Scholarship fund. We need to give the course a headcount, so if you are planning to golf and haven't yet registered, please do so asap. We also have opportunities for running, walking, riding your bike or taking a motorcycle ride, if you prefer other activities. All proceeds go to our foundation, Oil Heat Cares. To register for Care to Ride, click here.
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    Dead Men Steam School — Tuesday, Sept. 23
    OESP
    At the close of the 2nd Roadshow, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Dan Holohan will present this popular school. Remember, Dan's very last seminar will be January 2016. So you won't have many more opportunities to learn from the master.

    Dan held a benefit seminar for us back in April. Knowing the commitment to education and the ongoing support he has provided to our Dave Nelsen Scholarship fund, we wanted to honor him as well. We named a scholarship in his name, the Dan Holohan Award. His award will be given to HVAC instructors to aid their efforts in the training of future technicians. You can register by clicking here.

    We thank Peerless Boilers for sponsoring this seminar!

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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      Ductless Mini-Split Kit

    Sid Harvey’s introduces a time-saving idea to speed the installation of the most popular mini split systems. The Sid Harvey Mini-Split Installation Kit includes communication cable, drain hose, disconnect, whip, ring terminals, and cable ties to make installation quick and easy and comes in either 25 foot or 50 foot lengths. The Mini-Split Installation Kits are available at all Sid Harvey Stores. 

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    Indoor air quality standard modified
    Environmental Leader
    ASHRAE has proposed an alternate compliance path for existing buildings in its indoor air quality standard, in a move that recognizes that the ventilation rate procedure may be difficult to apply in these facilities. Proposed addendum b is one of six addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, open for public comment through Oct. 5.

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    How the Internet of Things is affecting the HVAC industry
    H&V News
    Concirrus looked at how consumers can control the heating in their own homes and how the Internet of Things is transforming the business models within the HVAC industry. They are transforming how their energy is consumed and as a result changing the cost of their bills. Consumers have more control. What will be interesting to watch is how the energy companies embrace this change and begin to interact with their consumers.

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    5 common HVAC contractor enterpreneurial mistakes
    Contracting Business
    You own a business because you like being the boss. You have the drive and desire to succeed. You are a person of action and like getting things done. You own the business because, as Frank Sinatra once sang, you like doing things your way. And the very characteristics that make you a successful entrepreneur may be what make you a bad manager.

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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
     
    NEW RAUBOARD™ RADIANT HEATING SYSTEMS

    RAUBOARD low-profile heat transfer panels are used in floors, walls and ceilings to efficiently and evenly distribute heat from REHAU RAUPEX® (PEXa) pipe into the room. Panels are installed between the subfloor and the finished floor or between the joists and the wall/ceiling coverings. After screwing the panels to the subfloor or wall/ceiling joists, the 10.1 mm RAUPEX (PEXa) pipe snaps into the groove for convenient installation.
     


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    Disruptive technologies: Coming soon to the HVAC industry?
    Contracting Business
    Creative destruction is a hallmark of capitalism. New, better, faster, cheaper technologies and methods eat old, inferior, slower, more expensive technologies and methods. In our industry, as the pace of technology accelerates, HVAC becomes more overdue for creative destruction. One example of this is something called "sharing technologies."
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    Solar is mainstream — and that means more rules
    Contractor Magazine
    Solar has been booming in the U.S. over the past four years, a bright spot in a mediocre economy and evidence that consumers are paying attention to trending price-points in renewable energy technologies. According to CleanTechnica.com, solar energy capacity in the U.S. grew 418 percent from 2010-2014, and upward trends are forecast through 2016.
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    Why is worker misclassification a problem?
    Belleville News-Democrat
    Treating workers as independent contractors isn't a business decision that company owners have the right to make without considering federal laws. The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor have the final word. Each agency has a list of rules and tests — sanctioned by the courts — to figure out whether someone is an employee or an independent contractor. The tests center on control, both financial and behavioral.
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    6 marketing tips for small business on a budget
    ValueWalk
    When money is tight, one of the first things many business owners cut back on is advertising and marketing. However, when potential clients don't know about you, your business can't grow. So how do you market your business on a shoestring budget? It's easier than you might think. Here are six key areas to develop.
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    View from Europe: Sainsbury's marches on
    By Andrew Gaved
    In the cooling industry in the United Kingdom, perhaps more than in any country in Europe, it is the supermarkets that are in the forefront of technology change. For instance, most U.K. supermarkets are not particularly fazed by the increased emphasis on low-GWP refrigerants that is being prompted by the EU’s forthcoming F-Gas regulation, because they are already pretty well advanced on their own natural refrigerant strategies. Among the U.K.'s Big Six supermarket brands, Sainsbury's has stood out for its sustainability initiatives and achievements.
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    6 must-know accounting tips for your small business
    Business 2 Community
    Accounting is and always will be a critical function of the savvy business owner, but accounting doesn't have to be a nightmare or something to dread. It just takes a little perseverance and planning to ensure that your records are as accurate and complete as possible. Follow these six accounting tips. Each of these activities is an "accounting best practice" and represents steps to take throughout your fiscal year.
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