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In this issue...
  • Where do whole-building analytics fit in the energy professional's toolkit?
  • DOE updates national reference standard for commercial buildings to 90.1-2013
  • 2015 Northeast Indoor Air Quality & Energy Conference opens registration
  • OESP welcomes 2 new members
  • Updated Online Training Center
  • Oil Heat Cares continues to help those in need
  • Not air balancing yet?
  • Mainers cashing in on lower heating oil prices
  • A green light for HVAC efficiency
  • 4 ways to measure airflow
  • Ohio State researchers build rechargeable solar battery
  • Is wearable tech the next big thing in energy?
  • 4 difficult work personalities — and how to deal with them



  • Where do whole-building analytics fit in the energy professional's toolkit?
    AutomatedBuildings.com
    New York City just announced a building retrofit plan to move it towards the goal of an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2050. This dynamic increases demand for energy benchmarking, energy audits, energy savings estimates, new construction and retrofit commissioning, among other activities. Yet, while the need for building energy analysis is growing, the talent pool of building energy experts is limited. New whole-building energy performance assessment tools are one way technology innovators are trying to fill the gap.
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    DOE updates national reference standard for commercial buildings to 90.1-2013
    ACHR News
    Following preliminary analysis that ASHRAE/IES's 2013 energy efficiency standard contains energy savings over the 2010 standard — 8.5 percent source energy savings and 7.6 site energy savings — the U.S. Department of Energy has issued a ruling that establishes the 2013 standard as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes.
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    2015 Northeast Indoor Air Quality & Energy Conference opens registration
    Cochrane & Associates, LLC via Environmental Expert
    Since 1999, the annual Maine Indoor Air Quality Conference has been New England's premier event dedicated to improving the indoor environment. Over the years, the conference has continued to grow and now attracts attendees and exhibitors from all across New England and the entire country. The conference — now called the Northeast Indoor Air Quality & Energy Conference — is the largest IAQ conference in New England and the second largest conference of its kind in the nation.
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    OESP welcomes 2 new members
    OESP
    • Chris Herb, Executive Director of the CT Energy Marketers Association — CEMA joined the CT Valley Chapter.
    • James Mooney, Mid-Atlantic Chapter — James works for C. Hoffberger Company.

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    Updated Online Training Center
    OESP
    As a member benefit, within the next week you will be receiving an invitation to check out our online training center. Several of the classes held at our Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Roadshow were taped and synced with the presenter's presentation. Be sure to look for that email.
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    Oil Heat Cares continues to help those in need
    OESP
    Last week, we shared with you the financial success of our Care to Ride event. You should also know that our chapters continue to help their neighbors in need. For example, the Fairfield County Chapter recently completed this project.

    Others are popping all around the Northeast. If you know someone in need who meets the criteria of Oil Heat Cares, consider taking on a project either as a company or as a chapter.

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    Not air balancing yet?
    Contracting Business
    In the residential and commercial sectors of the HVAC industry air balancing is becoming part of everyday shop talk. This profession within our trade has come of age and is now included in nearly every emerging standard requiring quality assurance. Let's take a look at how the tools of air balancing are being applied and utilized today.

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    ASHRAE explores getting involved in residential market
    ACHR News
    ASHRAE announced that it is exploring its role in the residential market, looking at how it can contribute most effectively to improve the performance of residential buildings. "Our members do work on buildings all day and then go home, failing to effectively bring the best of ASHRAE home with us to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality," said Tom Phoenix, ASHRAE president.

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    New Hampshire attorney general monitoring heating oil lawsuit
    The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
    New Hampshire's attorney general is closely monitoring a lawsuit filed by a major supplier of home heating oil against a dealer who supplies about 30,000 customers with fuel to be sure the dealer can fulfill its obligations. Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti said that he will meet with lawyers for Hudson-based Fred Fuller Oil, in light of a lawsuit filed by Sprague Energy. The company claims Fuller owes $4.7 million in unpaid bills and is seeking to seize Fuller's delivery trucks and other assets.

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    Mainers cashing in on lower heating oil prices
    WMTW-TV
    VideoBrief Many Mainers are cashing in on lower heating oil prices, with the average price of a gallon at its lowest levels since June 2012. The state average for heating oil is $3.32, but some heating oil companies are selling it for less than $3 per gallon.
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    A green light for HVAC efficiency
    ACHR News
    Green projects are constantly underway throughout the nation. HVAC contractors have embarked upon a number of environmentally conscious efforts, showcasing innovative displays of green awareness that improve energy efficiency and are cost-effective.
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    4 ways to measure airflow
    Contracting Business
    While industry standards specifying ventilation rates are coming out of the woodwork, a practical standard describing how to measure ventilation airflows that can be applied in the field is hard to find. Let's take a look how you can determine residential and commercial exhaust fan airflow in the field.
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    Ohio State researchers build rechargeable solar battery
    The Associated Press via Fuel Fix
    Researchers at Ohio State University say they've invented the first rechargeable solar battery. The researchers say the new battery could make solar energy more affordable and open the door for its widespread use as a sustainable power source. A researcher says the battery should cut manufacturing costs for solar-energy systems by about 25 percent. And the solar batteries should last about the same as rechargeable batteries already on the market.
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    Is wearable tech the next big thing in energy?
    RMI Outlet via The Christian Science Monitor
    Smartphones and their apps have already been doing great things for users managing their energy, and it looks like smart watches and other wearable technologies could offer added benefits. Wearable tech opens up energy management opportunities at home, at the office and elsewhere. Wearable tech can help better match our homes' energy use — especially heating and cooling — to our needs.
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    4 difficult work personalities — and how to deal with them
    By Caitlin Harrison
    It goes without saying that if you don't like someone you have to work with, it's going to make your job harder — and possibly even slow productivity. Of course, it's important to remember that a perfect workplace doesn't exist, so naturally, the people won't be perfect either. With that in mind, here's a rundown of a few difficult personality types I've seen in the workplace over the years, along with a few tips on how best to deal with them.
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