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In this issue...
  • Rooftop retrofits put HVAC contractors in control
  • ASHRAE explores path toward involvement in residential
  • Massachusetts governor signs law promoting use of renewable energy sources in building or cooling systems
  • Time is running out
  • After the show Tuesday
  • Combined Bucks-Mont Chapter and DE Valley Fuel Oil Dealers
  • Solving problems effectively
  • Changes to Northeast US heating oil sulfur specifications
  • HVAC advances make compelling energy value proposition
  • Study examines HVAC service franchises
  • Advanced energy technology of the week: District energy
  • 5 email marketing tips for any size business
  • Totally transparent solar cells could turn windows into solar panels



  • Rooftop retrofits put HVAC contractors in control
    ACHR News
    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, packaged rooftop units (RTUs) are used in 46 percent (2.1 million) of all commercial buildings, serving more than 60 percent (39 billion square feet) of the commercial building floor space in the U.S. Many of these units are older and inefficient, wasting between $1,000-$3,700 per unit each year, depending on the building size and type. They may also be costly to maintain and less able to adequately control space temperature and humidity. The answer may be for contractors to retrofit these units with advanced controls that can help save energy costs as well as improve comfort.
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    ASHRAE explores path toward involvement in residential
    Contractor Magazine
    When it comes to energy, the residential sector consumes a fifth of all the primary energy used by the United States (21 percent) and more than half (54 percent) of all energy used by buildings. Those figures reflect big energy use. They also present big opportunities for sustainability. Just as importantly, the indoor environments of residential buildings have a very significant impact on health, productivity and comfort. As such, ASHRAE is exploring its role in residential, looking at how it can contribute most effectively to the improvement of the performance of residential buildings.
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    Massachusetts governor signs law promoting use of renewable energy sources in building or cooling systems
    Contractor Magazine
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed into law a bill that will promote the research, development and use of environmentally conscious technologies by awarding alternative energy credits to any building or cooling system that uses renewable energy sources. Starting Jan. 1, 2015, The Renewable Thermal Energy Act (S. 2214) will provide financial incentives for several thermal renewable energy heating and cooling alternatives.
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    Time is running out
    OESP
    If you want a day or two packed full of education, you better hurry and register for our 2nd Roadshow to be held Sept. 22-23 at the Wyndham, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Click the "Read More" link for our class schedule.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      The Best Just Got Better! Introducing the new SMART-FLO+
    Sid Harvey’s new Smart-Flo+ De-Aerator provides today’s technicians with state-of-the-art bio technology. Smart-Flo+ (#P131-45) offers superior flow characteristics over competitive models. It includes Sid Harvey’s B20 10-Micron spin-on filter, easy access mounting bracket and vacuum gauge. Available this heating season at all Sid Harvey branches nationwide – go to www.sidharvey.com
     


    After the show Tuesday
    OESP
    At 3 p.m., Dan Holohan will present his popular workshop, Deadmen Steam. This will be one of the last opportunities to hear Dan speak in this area. Thanks to Peerless Boilers, all proceeds for this seminar will go to a special scholarship fund being set up in Dan's name. The cost to attend is $99 per person and includes an early dinner.
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    Combined Bucks-Mont Chapter and DE Valley Fuel Oil Dealers
    OESP
    Sometimes the chapters can do it better — with tech training nights that is. The Bucks-Mont Chapter and DE Valley Fuel Oil Dealers hosted a Carlin/Hydrolevel training class, presented by Bruce Graham, and had a great turnout of 35 people.

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    Solving problems effectively
    Contracting Business
    A service business is essentially a problem solving business; in this case, you are solving your customer's problems for them. Albert Einstein said, "If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes."

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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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    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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    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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    Changes to Northeast US heating oil sulfur specifications
    Energy Global
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, reductions in the maximum sulfur content of heating fuels in five northeastern states will likely result in higher demand for ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD). On July 1, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island reduced the maximum allowable content of sulfur in heating oil to 500 parts per million (ppm) from 20,000-3,000 ppm. The 500 ppm sulfur limit for heating fuel is an interim step in most Northeast states' plans to reduce the acceptable maximum sulfur levels to 15 ppm by mid-2016 (new Jersey) or during 2018.
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    HVAC advances make compelling energy value proposition
    FierceEnergy
    HVAC in commercial buildings accounts for approximately 40 percent of total building energy consumption, but advances in HVAC technology can provide for much more efficient and less energy intensive operation. Although adoption of these technologies has been low, the reduced energy consumption these technologies can provide makes a compelling case. Building owners, operators and especially governments and regulatory agencies are increasingly focusing on optimizing commercial building energy use through improved HVAC controls. Navigant Research predicts that revenue from advanced HVAC controls will grow from $7 billion annually in 2014 to $11.7 billion in 2023 worldwide.
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    Study examines HVAC service franchises
    ACHR News
    The HVAC service franchises industry is highly dependent on activity in the downstream construction sector as many HVAC systems are installed at the time of construction. After the housing bubble burst, the value of nonresidential and residential construction plummeted, pushing industry revenue down from 2009 to 2010. Since then, demand for HVAC services has quickly increased as construction expenditures recovered. In 2014, industry revenue is expected to continue to rise as demand fully recovers, according to IBISWorld.
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    Advanced energy technology of the week: District energy
    The Energy Collective
    Just as electricity is distributed over networks of wires to many buildings, it is also possible to distribute heating and cooling via networks of pipes. District energy systems produce steam, hot water, and/or chilled water at central plants and, through a network of insulated pipes, distribute the steam or water to multiple buildings. District energy plants often include power generation, typically CHP, which further increases overall efficiency. By accommodating a variety of fuel types (heating oil, natural gas, geothermal fluids, etc.), district energy systems can reduce cost by switching fuels during periods of price volatility.
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    5 email marketing tips for any size business
    Business 2 Community
    Business large and small can benefit from email marketing. Sending email newsletter communications is an excellent way for businesses to communicate with their clients and customers. Email marketing has developed a stigma because of so much unwanted email and spam. However, you can still use it to message your permissioned email lists and stay in touch with your consumers. Even though you may think that email marketing is not a viable solution for your business, it can be, when you follow best practices and these 5 email marketing tips.
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    Totally transparent solar cells could turn windows into solar panels
    Co.Exist
    In the future, you'll be able to charge your phone just by placing it in the sun, and you'll generate electricity through your windows, not just from the panels on the roof. How? By covering glass in a material that captures energy from the invisible parts of the light spectrum, but still lets in visible light. In other words: translucent solar cells.
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