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In this issue...
  • Survey: HVAC contractors greet efficiency standards with mixed emotions
  • Engineering workable, successful office space: HVAC
  • The fruits of our labor
  • Did you know?
  • Big changes in US heating oil
  • Home heating fuel regulations take effect in Maine
  • Suppliers, manufacturers preparing for low GWP future in Europe
  • 9 ways to leverage HVAC company awards
  • ACCA urges HVAC manufacturers to develop universal communication protocols
  • People filling oil tanks paying less
  • Solar struggles to compete with other renewables on cost



  • Survey: HVAC contractors greet efficiency standards with mixed emotions
    Contracting Business
    While many HVAC contractors remain uninformed about changes in energy efficiency regulations coming in 2015, some are thinking ahead to how these changes will affect their businesses. A survey by Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., a business of Emerson, found that 40 percent of commercial contractors and 42 percent of residential contractors in the Northern U.S. foresee upsell opportunities. Some contractors surveyed were concerned that the new regulations would limit their ability to compete.
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    Engineering workable, successful office space: HVAC
    Consulting-Specifying Engineer
    Whether new or retrofit, office buildings can be a challenge for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) or fire protection engineer. Air quality, DOAS and HVAC systems are discussed.
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    Big changes in US heating oil
    Platts
    VideoBrief Sulfur levels used in heating oil in the Northeastern U.S. are tightening and about to get tighter. Some of these new restrictions requiring states to cut the maximum sulfur content in home heating oil by 75 percent will be in full force this winter. John Kingston, director of news, and David Henry, associate editor, U.S. diesels, discuss how the restrictions could affect distribution companies and the potential affect of a supply squeeze on diesel.
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    The fruits of our labor
    OESP
    Monday, Oct. 27, a group of OESP representatives visited the Pennsylvania College of Technology, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The visit included a tour of their outstanding School of Construction and Design Technologies. We enjoyed lunch with Dean Marc Bridgens, Rick Taylor, Associate Professor and Co-Department Head, HVAC and Faculty HVAC Technology Lecturer, Ken Welker. Rick is also a member of our Association and Ken will soon be a member. The reason behind the visit was to recognize the students of the school who won 2014 scholarships from us and our partners.


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    Did you know?
    OESP
    Speaking of scholarships, did you know that OESP has awarded well over $250,000 in awards since 1999. Our only funding mechanism is our annual Dave Nelsen Scholarship Golf Tournament. So when you secure a tee box or play golf, you play an important role in keeping our scholarship fund financially healthy.

    Next year's tournament will be held on Monday, May 18, at the Deer Valley Golf Course. So plan now to join us.

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    Home heating fuel regulations take effect in Maine
    WABI-TV
    There are rules for fuel dealers and consumers this winter, and the attorney general is reminding everyone about them. Fuel regulations take effect in Maine from Oct. 15 through April 30. They pertain to sellers of home heating oil, propane, natural gas, electricity and firewood.
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    Suppliers, manufacturers preparing for low GWP future in Europe
    By Andrew Gaved
    The big Chillventa show in Nuremberg, Germany, is a meeting place for the European cooling industry. Alongside the wealth of innovation that is on display, there is always good debate. Shows such as these are a rare chance to get the senior management from suppliers in one building, and they always prove to be a good place to discern trends in the European supply chain. What was clearly on everyone's minds this time around was the absolute imperative for the industry to move to lower-GWP refrigerants.
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    9 ways to leverage HVAC company awards
    Contracting Business
    It's been said that eventually, everyone wins an award. Kind of like that "15 minutes of fame" thing. But when you win one, what will you do to publicize that award in a way that brings attention and, hopefully, sales? When you show customers and prospects that you have received recognition — in other words, you're an industry leader — results will come.
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    ACCA urges HVAC manufacturers to develop universal communication protocols
    ACHR News
    ACCA is urging HVAC industry manufacturers to become engaged in the development and implementation of universal communication protocols for equipment commissioning and ongoing diagnosis for the purposes of ensuring that HVAC equipment is properly installed and maintained. Similar to what the automotive industry has achieved, initial objectives would be the development of a common set of error codes and a standardized access method (e.g., connection port or wireless) for data collection.
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    People filling oil tanks paying less
    Republican Herald
    Residents in Pennsylvania are taking advantage of lower prices and are filling their oil tanks before the winter. "This is a busier fall season because people are trying to jump on the lower prices," Shannon Masser, an office manager at Liberty Oil Co., said. According to the EIA, the national average price for heating oil was $2.64 per gallon on Oct. 20, down 45 cents from last year and 2 cents from the previous week. The average for Pennsylvania was $2.57, down 50 cents from last year and 6 cents from the previous week.
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    Solar struggles to compete with other renewables on cost
    Oilprice.com
    The world now gets about one-fifth of its electricity from sustainable sources, but one, solar power, remains a relatively expensive option, according to a new study. The review balanced the monetary costs of pollution, resource depletion and climate change against the price of a given mode of generating electricity at plants powered by all currently available sources of energy, from coal to wind. It also measured the cost of environmental damage, if any, that is caused by the plants.
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