The Advantage
Sep. 18, 2013

Mechanical and plumbing systems in mixed-use buildings
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Engineering mixed-use buildings is a fine art. Specifiers must combine multiple engineered systems for several business and residence types into one structure. Mechanical systems and plumbing systems must be carefully designed and aligned.More

The power of Energy Star
Contracting Business
There's one tool of sorts, which we may overlook, and perhaps have overlooked for a long time. Without it, some of our work and success would be greatly reduced. This tool is provided by our government at no cost to those of us who are constantly talking with customers. The EPA has not only worked long and hard to help shape energy use in this country, they've also built a brand that's as important to your homeowners as your company name or the brand of any piece of equipment you sell: the Energy Star designation.More

New panel studies possibility of no Rhode Island sales tax
Providence Journal
Imagine this: no more Rhode Island sales tax. Sound good? But how should the state make up for the $887,201,672 in lost tax revenue? Hikes in other taxes? Budget cuts? Those were among the questions state lawmakers and others faced as they gathered on Smith Hill for the first meeting of the Special Joint Legislative Commission to Study the Sales Tax Repeal Act of 2013. One solution, proposed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, is a new 1-percent sales tax on exempt goods, such as clothing, footwear and home heating oil.More

Oilheat Retreat 2013 — A weekend of networking, fun and science
September is a wonderful time of the year for a retreat, and the weather this past weekend could not have been any better. Skies were blue and the temperature was in the high 60s.

The Retreat opened with a Thursday welcome reception. Friday, the group went to Brookhaven Labs and met with our industry friend and host, Dr. Tom Butcher. Our tour escort, Tara Shiels, accompanied us on the bus as we took a driving tour of the campus. Brookhaven Labs sits on over 1,400 acres of developed land with plenty of additional acres that are undeveloped. The Lab was established in 1947.

We learned they have a 200-acre solar farm situated on the property that is managed by BP Solar & Met Life. Long Island Power Authority purchases the output. We are told that this supplies enough energy for 4,500 homes.

Our first stop was at the Interdisciplinary Science Building — a new building that officially opened in April. The goals within this building are to develop breakthrough technology for batteries, biofuels and solar panels.

After another stop at the Applied Physical and Chemical Science Building, we enjoyed a lively discussion with Tom about the future of energy and work currently being done on Bioheat™.

Next week we’ll share with you more on the details of our retreat. More

Oilheat Retreat 2014
Our 2014 Retreat will be tied with our Roadshow, scheduled for Sept. 22-23, in Gettysburg, Pa. The Retreat will begin on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Stay tuned for further details.

Want to know more about our 2014 Roadshows? Check it out on YouTube. More

Emerson X-REF 3.0 app provides mobile access to a compressor data base
Contracting Business
Emerson Climate Technologies' Copeland X-REF version 3.0 is an updated version of the first X-REF mobile application. It provides mobile access to Emerson's online compressor cross-reference database for air conditioning products, for product specifications and to determine compatible replacement Copeland brand compressors.More

The alternative energy space has been hot in 2013
ETF Daily News
2013 has been a good year for the alternative energy space, pretty much across the board. This has been especially true for solar companies which have seen their share prices edging up. Lately, high oil prices have helped solar stocks to make new highs. Moreover, strong macroeconomic factors have helped this sector rise above others in the energy space. According to the Solar Foundation, U.S. companies that manufacture and install solar equipment account for 119,000 jobs.More

Free CPD Guide to ventilation available from Mitsubishi Electric
Specification Online
Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new, CPD certified guide to illustrate how effective ventilation can help both the wellbeing of occupants and overall building efficiency. A good ventilation system is at the heart of many aspects of occupant health and comfort. As well as providing a healthy atmosphere it also contributes to the heating and cooling of the building. Getting it right is therefore an important step to delivering a "good" building.More

DOE invests $11 million for new HVAC, energy-saving technology
Contractor Magazine
The Energy Department has announced 12 projects to develop innovative heating, cooling and insulation technologies as well as open source energy efficiency software to help homes and commercial buildings save energy and money. These projects will receive an approximately $11 million Energy Department investment, matched by about $1 million in private sector funding.More

Indoor air quality: What you can't see can hurt you
Idaho State Journal
The Environmental Protection Agency has named indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health citing research that indoor air may be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside. With Americans spending 90 percent of their time indoors, purifying indoor air is paramount to keeping families healthy — especially those with family members suffering from asthma and allergies.More

Credit card fees and overtime charges are HVAC customer service issues
Contracting Business
Convenience fees, overhead charges, handling fees — these are billing items that just drive consumers nits. By calculating your costs correctly you can eliminate these charges and still earn the profits that your company needs.More

Western Massachusetts heating oil business owners, customers keeping a nervous eye on Syria
The Republican via MassLive
As governments weigh their potential involvement in Syria and investors calculate how instability in the Middle East will affect the oil supply, the fallout of that uncertainty is being felt by homeowners in Western Massachusetts who are trying to secure oil for the heating season.More

Oakhurst, Maine Standard Biofuels honored for emission reductions
Biodiesel Magazine
Oakhurst and Maine Standard Biofuels announced Sept. 13 that they have received a Breathe Easy Leadership Honorable Mention Award from the Northeast Diesel Collaborative. The NEDC Breathe Easy Leadership Awards are given to organizations that have taken significant steps to reduce diesel emissions beyond what law in their locality requires and whose efforts best reflect the goals of the NEDC.More

Ridgid awards four PHCC scholarships
Contractor Magazine
Ridgid has awarded four scholarships through the Educational Foundation of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association to students enrolled in plumbing-heating-cooling apprentice programs. PHCC administers the scholarship program, which is designed to attract new talent essential to the future of the plumbing and HVACR industry. PHCC is also responsible for selecting the award winners. Scholarship recipients will receive up to $1,000 in tuition assistance and $1,500 in Ridgid tools.More

4 tips for accurate cash flow forecasting via Fox Business
Cash flow forecasting is, hands down, one of the most important things your business should be doing. In short, its how your company can predict your annual profits vs. your end-of-year debt. It also allows you to get a clear glimpse of where you are making the most and see who you owe money. It will help you set your financial goals for the next year.More