Clark's Remarks http://hpac.com/blog/9271/feed en The Robots Are Coming! http://hpac.com/blog/robots-are-coming <div class="node-body blog-body">The 2016 Economic Report of the President discusses how increased robot utilization might affect jobs and notes the concern robots could take a substantial number of jobs away from workers, rendering their jobs obsolete and leaving them unemployed.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/robots-are-coming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/robots-are-coming#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:43:00 +0000 26311 at http://hpac.com <p>David Fairfield/Photodisc</p> Gorrie Details: Air-Conditioning Sales Rising in Emerging Countries http://hpac.com/blog/gorrie-details-air-conditioning-sales-rising-emerging-countries <div class="node-body blog-body">Although Willis Carrier generally is credited with inventing air conditioning, in Florida, we recognize Dr. John Gorrie.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/gorrie-details-air-conditioning-sales-rising-emerging-countries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/gorrie-details-air-conditioning-sales-rising-emerging-countries#comments Air Conditioning Clark&#039;s Remarks Wed, 08 Jun 2016 01:35:00 +0000 25551 at http://hpac.com One Project, Two Green-Building Certifications: LEED and Green Globes http://hpac.com/blog/one-project-two-green-building-certifications-leed-and-green-globes <div class="node-body blog-body">I have written several articles comparing green-building rating systems. All of the conclusions drawn were based on projects certified under one rating system or another. In this blog post, I discuss a project that has achieved two certifications.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/one-project-two-green-building-certifications-leed-and-green-globes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/one-project-two-green-building-certifications-leed-and-green-globes#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 23 May 2016 18:13:00 +0000 24941 at http://hpac.com Green Globes and Sea-Level Rise: A Tale of Two Summits http://hpac.com/blog/green-globes-and-sea-level-rise-tale-two-summits <div class="node-body blog-body">Last week, I attended two summits: Green Globes in Atlanta and Sea-Level Rise in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. What the events had in common was a call to participants not to use "green shame" or "green blame" to promote their individual (or corporate) points of view.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/green-globes-and-sea-level-rise-tale-two-summits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/green-globes-and-sea-level-rise-tale-two-summits#comments Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 10 May 2016 18:39:00 +0000 24531 at http://hpac.com <p>Rawpixel Ltd/iStock</p> 7-Eleven: Committed to Green Building and Veterans http://hpac.com/blog/7-eleven-committed-green-building-and-veterans <div class="node-body blog-body">Our firm recently assisted in the Green Globes certification of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Miami. The new-construction project has the distinction of being not only the first 7-Eleven store in the world to achieve Green Globes certification, but a franchise awarded to a U.S. military veteran under 7-Eleven’s Operation: Take Command program.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/7-eleven-committed-green-building-and-veterans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/7-eleven-committed-green-building-and-veterans#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 26 Apr 2016 01:29:00 +0000 23551 at http://hpac.com Droning on: More on Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Construction http://hpac.com/blog/droning-more-use-unmanned-aircraft-systems-construction <div class="node-body blog-body">In assisting clients with green-building certification, our firm often recommends pre- and post-construction photographic evidence. Because this evidence can be provided with drones, we have been closely following their use. The most recent development was a March 10 Senate hearing.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/droning-more-use-unmanned-aircraft-systems-construction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/droning-more-use-unmanned-aircraft-systems-construction#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:25:00 +0000 23101 at http://hpac.com <p>abadonian/iStock</p> Energy Efficiency and Biofuels: Some Things Never Change http://hpac.com/blog/energy-efficiency-and-biofuels-some-things-never-change <div class="node-body blog-body">“It’s like déjà vu all over again,” baseball great Yogi Berra once said. It is one of my favorite “Yogi-isms,” and it is the one that came to mind when I ran across a copy of the August 1908 issue of The Engineering Magazine. The titles of two of the articles immediately jumped out at me because they appeared to still be topical.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/energy-efficiency-and-biofuels-some-things-never-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/energy-efficiency-and-biofuels-some-things-never-change#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 21 Mar 2016 22:49:00 +0000 22471 at http://hpac.com <p>A fan of the New York Yankees holds up a sign reading, &ldquo;It&#39;s D&eacute;j&agrave; Vu,&rdquo; in reference to Hall of Famer Yogi Berra during Game 2 of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City Oct. 29, 2009. The Series pitted the Yankees against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)</p> Giving Back: Making the HVAC Industry—and World—a Better Place http://hpac.com/blog/giving-back-making-hvac-industry-and-world-better-place <div class="node-body blog-body">When I became involved in HVAC in the late 1990s, I was pleasantly surprised to learn our industry, as competitive—some might even say ruthless or cutthroat—as it is, is actually quite generous when it comes to giving back to our communities and professions.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/giving-back-making-hvac-industry-and-world-better-place" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/giving-back-making-hvac-industry-and-world-better-place#comments Air Conditioning Building Controls Fire / Smoke Heating Humidity Control IAQ & Ventilation Motors / Drives Piping / Pumping Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 08 Mar 2016 14:13:00 +0000 22291 at http://hpac.com <p>Tashatuvango/iStock</p> Reflections on the 2016 AHR Expo http://hpac.com/blog/reflections-2016-ahr-expo <div class="node-body blog-body">There were some interesting new products being exhibited at the 2016 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) in Orlando, Fla., including one I nearly missed.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/reflections-2016-ahr-expo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/reflections-2016-ahr-expo#comments AHR Expo Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:32:00 +0000 22001 at http://hpac.com Porter Ranch Natural-Gas Leak: Another Wake-up Call http://hpac.com/blog/porter-ranch-natural-gas-leak-another-wake-call <div class="node-body blog-body">Around the time a state of emergency was being declared for the water crisis in Flint, Mich., the governor of California was declaring a state of emergency in Porter Ranch, a suburb of Los Angeles.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/porter-ranch-natural-gas-leak-another-wake-call" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/porter-ranch-natural-gas-leak-another-wake-call#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 09 Feb 2016 20:15:00 +0000 21821 at http://hpac.com <p>A woman holds a sign while attending a public hearing before the South Coast Air Quality Management District regarding a proposed stipulated abatement order to stop the natural-gas leak in Granada Hills, near Porter Ranch, Calif., on Jan. 16, 2016. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)</p> The Flint Water Crisis and Legionellosis http://hpac.com/blog/flint-water-crisis-and-legionellosis <div class="node-body blog-body">Although officials maintain there is no clear evidence of a direct connection between Flint’s potable-water supply and an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease, 87 cases, 10 of them fatal, in 17 months, compared with six to 13 cases in the four years prior, is disturbing.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/flint-water-crisis-and-legionellosis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/flint-water-crisis-and-legionellosis#comments Air Conditioning Piping / Pumping Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 26 Jan 2016 02:48:00 +0000 21161 at http://hpac.com <p>A shirt worn by a man during a rally at Flint City Hall in Flint, Mich., on Jan. 24, 2016, displays a poisonous logo alongside the text &quot;City of Flint MI Water Dept.&quot; The event was organized by Genesee County Volunteer Militia to protest government corruption the group sees in relation to the Flint water crisis, which resulted in a federal state of emergency. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)</p> Women in Engineering http://hpac.com/blog/women-engineering <div class="node-body blog-body">During a visit last summer, Kendahl, our 16-year-old granddaughter, shared with my wife and me her interest in pursuing a career in engineering. Unfortunately, she had heard a female role model state engineering is not an appropriate career for a woman.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/women-engineering" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/women-engineering#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 11 Jan 2016 20:04:00 +0000 19431 at http://hpac.com <p>Highwaystarz-Photography/iStock</p> (I'm Dreaming of a) Green Christmas http://hpac.com/blog/im-dreaming-green-christmas <div class="node-body blog-body">For those of you who read my Christmas postings the last two years, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is I’m not spoiling any long Christmas poems or songs this year; the bad news is I’m ruining a short song!</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/im-dreaming-green-christmas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/im-dreaming-green-christmas#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Wed, 23 Dec 2015 04:19:00 +0000 19321 at http://hpac.com Funding HVACR Energy-Efficiency Research and Development http://hpac.com/blog/funding-hvacr-energy-efficiency-research-and-development <div class="node-body blog-body">During a press conference on the opening day of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Bill Gates described his new initiative, Breakthrough Energy Coalition.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/funding-hvacr-energy-efficiency-research-and-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/funding-hvacr-energy-efficiency-research-and-development#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 07 Dec 2015 20:56:00 +0000 19101 at http://hpac.com <p>Bill Gates participates in a panel discussion during the Financial Inclusion Forum Dec. 1, 2015, at the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)</p> Giving Thanks http://hpac.com/blog/giving-thanks <div class="node-body blog-body">This post is all about giving thanks.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/giving-thanks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/giving-thanks#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:47:00 +0000 18961 at http://hpac.com <p>bhofack2/iStock</p>