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Cooling Tower Motors Handle Tough Duty

Cooling Tower Motors Handle Tough Duty
Marathon Motors line of totally-enclosed air-over (TEAO) cooling tower motors with BCP (Bearing Current Protection) feature AEGIS Shaft Grounding Rings. These NEMA Premium Severe-Duty motors feature BlueChip quality 100% cast iron construction for rigidity and reduced vibration. AEGIS Ring [...]

Analytics Maintenance - The Future is Here

Analytics Maintenance - The Future is Here
When it comes to HVAC maintenance offered and provided by service contractors across the country, things have not materially changed with it since it was first introduced by Honeywell in the 1950s. Even with today’s ever increasing competition, falling maintenance prices, and extreme [...]

NAIMA Guide Provides Methods for Insulating Chilled Water Systems

NAIMA Guide Provides Methods for Insulating Chilled Water Systems
The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has issued a new publication entitled Guide to Insulating Chilled Water Piping Systems With Mineral Fiber Pipe Insulation.  This comprehensive 36-page guide recommends methods for insulating chilled water piping systems using a [...]

Seeley International Acquires Coolerado

Seeley International Acquires Coolerado
Coolerado HMX units achieve the highest quality of fresh, cool air while typically using one-tenth the energy of traditional AC units, sources report. Seeley International reported today it had acquired the business of Coolerado Corporation, a Denver-based manufacturer of innovative, award- [...]

New York Packaged Units Meet Efficiency Standard

New York Packaged Units Meet Efficiency Standard
York Sunline packaged units from Johnson Controls now meet 2015 regional efficiency standards. The three- to five-ton 14 SEER units use the same footprint. In addition to an easy-to-read, built-in LCD display and standard temperature sensors, the controls provide wireless capabilities for start [...]

Titus Introduces the Revolution TFX Air Handling Unit

Titus Introduces the Revolution TFX Air Handling Unit
Titus HVAC, a leader in air management, introduces the RevolutionTFX air-handling unit (AHU). This air handler expands the contractor’s ability to meet the wide range of retrofit challenges present in office, government and educational projects. RevolutionTFX features a highly configurabl [...]

HVAC Fun & Profit with the Internet of Things

HVAC Fun & Profit with the Internet of Things
What do the Nest Thermostat, Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts, and Fitbit Motion Trackers have in common? Here’s a hint: it has to do with the Internet of Things. All three companies managed to take saturated commodity markets and release products with obscene profit margins. Therefore th [...]

We Need Great HVAC Salespeople, Too!

We Need Great HVAC Salespeople, Too!
Salespeople in the commercial HVAC industry serve a compound function: they must articulate complex technological information, yet fuse this with a knack for sales-oriented interpersonal skills. Many consider this discipline to require finesse and aptitude; but more importantly, this requires st [...]

Service Clinic: Compressor Replacement Tips

Service Clinic: Compressor Replacement Tips
Each and every contractor knows that customer satisfaction is of utmost importance. But, providing high levels of service goes beyond the initial equipment installation; it also requires a technician to be able to efficiently and accurately identify and resolve any system failures. A  [...]

More Than One Delta

More Than One Delta
"Delta T." is a common term used by HVAC techs, meaning temperature difference. If the temperature in a supply duct is 100F degrees and the temperature in the attic around the duct is 60F; subtract 60F from a 100F to find a Delta T of 40F. Let’s take a look at some other “deltas [...]

When HVAC Franchising is the Answer

When HVAC Franchising is the Answer
Many existing HVAC and plumbing business owners feel that their businesses can do better. They’re working hard, but aren’t satisfied with their current lifestyle. They seek something bigger and are curious about what franchising has to offer. The decision to convert an exis [...]

Upticks ahead for school, office, recreation and manufacturing sectors

Upticks ahead for school, office, recreation and manufacturing sectors
Robert Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics, said in November that "Construction firms should anticipate a sense of deceleration heading into 2018, but the industry still has room to grow this year as some sectors show continued expansion in terms of starts and spending". Getti [...]

How to mitigate the construction industry's effects on climate change

How to mitigate the construction industry's effects on climate change
It’s time the industry takes a look at its own CO2 contributions and take steps to cut emissions and embodied carbon. 40% of CO2 emissions in 2010 were caused by the building sector, through greenfield development, cement production and the burning of fossil fuels—that’s more t [...]

2018 Canadian Construction Outlook

2018 Canadian Construction Outlook
In the fall, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz characterized the country’s economy as having its head in the oven and feet in the freezer. For the construction industry specifically, total permit values are expected to fall 4 percent in 2018 after rising 1 percent in both 2016 and 2017 [...]

The important role contractors play in achieving sustainable outcomes for infrastructure projects

The important role contractors play in achieving sustainable outcomes for infrastructure projects
Influencing the sustainable outcomes of infrastructure projects is an important role played by contractors. One tool in their belt is Envision, a planning and design framework launched in 2012 by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). For example, the industry [...]

High Tech solutions for the education sectors deferred maintenance problem

High Tech solutions for the education sectors deferred maintenance problem
U.S. college campuses build in the 1960's and 1970's are showing their age, and not in a good way. Cracking brickwork, old pipes and leaky roofs—not to mention outdated building systems—are just some of the symptoms plaguing campuses of all sizes across the country. Postponing repair [...]

Major infrastructure investments needed as global urban populations increase

Major infrastructure investments needed as global urban populations increase
In the next 10 years, 70 percent of the worlds population will live in cities, due to urbinization, 21st century’s most transformative trend. This reality places them at the forefront of sustainable development and facing global challenges, including climate change. The world&rsqu [...]

ABC Chief Economist predicts stable 2018 Economy

ABC Chief Economist predicts stable 2018 Economy
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu predicts stability for the construction industry’s economy and expanding nonresidential construction spending in 2018. “With wage pressures building, healthcare costs surging and fuel prices edging higher, inflati [...]

A Blueprint for constructing communities

A Blueprint for constructing communities
The Callahans brought their five sons into the business as it grew, beginning a tradition of service that continues to this day. “At Callahan, we believe that in order to work successfully in a community, we must first become a true partner,” says President Patrick Callahan. [...]

Understanding bonding capacity in a soft market

Understanding bonding capacity in a soft market
There is unprecedented competition among bond companies largely driven by their agents, who work on a commission-basis. The express bond programs have been a huge game-changer, empowering small contractors to grow their businesses much faster than ever before. A major benefit of any expres [...]