Clark's Remarks http://hpac.com/blog/9271/feed en The Customer Isn’t Always Right http://hpac.com/blog/customer-isn-t-always-right <div class="node-body blog-body">How do we influence building owners and operators without just telling them they’re wrong?</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/customer-isn-t-always-right" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/customer-isn-t-always-right#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:27:00 +0000 12601 at http://hpac.com HVAC and Cloud Computing: More Similar Than You Think http://hpac.com/blog/hvac-and-cloud-computing-more-similar-you-think <div class="node-body blog-body">If you are like me, at some point, you have had a “Microsoft moment” and lost some important document or file on your computer because—in spite of all the warnings—your computer was not backed up properly.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/hvac-and-cloud-computing-more-similar-you-think" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/hvac-and-cloud-computing-more-similar-you-think#comments Air Conditioning Heating IAQ & Ventilation Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:36:00 +0000 12441 at http://hpac.com Getting What You Pay For http://hpac.com/blog/getting-what-you-pay <div class="node-body blog-body">Replacing equipment with the lowest-priced option may cost more in the long run.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/getting-what-you-pay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/getting-what-you-pay#comments Air Conditioning Building Controls Fire / Smoke Heating Humidity Control IAQ & Ventilation Motors / Drives Piping / Pumping Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:04:00 +0000 12351 at http://hpac.com Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease http://hpac.com/blog/preventing-legionnaires-disease <div class="node-body blog-body">As both a HVAC professional and a member of The American Legion, I find Legionnaires’ disease to be one of the most troubling problems facing our industry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/preventing-legionnaires-disease" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/preventing-legionnaires-disease#comments Air Conditioning Piping / Pumping Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:54:00 +0000 12161 at http://hpac.com The Importance of Mentoring http://hpac.com/blog/importance-mentoring <div class="node-body blog-body">Before moving to South Florida seven years ago, my career was in manufacturing—first of process equipment, then of HVAC products. And I was fortunate to have something many young managers today do not: a mentor.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/importance-mentoring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/importance-mentoring#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 11 Feb 2014 03:09:00 +0000 12061 at http://hpac.com Google and HVAC http://hpac.com/blog/google-and-hvac <div class="node-body blog-body">It often is said, “Google can do anything!” In fact, a learned colleague of mine—a practicing electrical engineer—thinks we should give Google all of the world’s (or at least our country’s) problems to solve. And he’s only half-joking.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/google-and-hvac" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/google-and-hvac#comments Air Conditioning Heating IAQ & Ventilation Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:32:00 +0000 11831 at http://hpac.com HVAC and … Football? http://hpac.com/blog/hvac-and-football <div class="node-body blog-body">Those who know me well know I love football, especially the college game (Go Hokies!). This time of year, with all of the bowl games (and, obviously, the National Football League playoffs and Super Bowl), we get a lot of big-time competition. That got me thinking about how our industry—the manufacturers of HVAC products in particular—compares to major college athletic programs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/hvac-and-football" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/hvac-and-football#comments Air Conditioning Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:11:00 +0000 11581 at http://hpac.com The 12 Days of Christmas (HVAC Version) http://hpac.com/blog/12-days-christmas-hvac-version <div class="node-body blog-body">On the first day of Christmas, my client got from me ... </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/12-days-christmas-hvac-version" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/12-days-christmas-hvac-version#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:30:00 +0000 11351 at http://hpac.com If It Ain’t Broke, (Sometimes) Fix It! http://hpac.com/blog/if-it-ain-t-broke-sometimes-fix-it <div class="node-body blog-body">“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” How many times have we heard that expression? And yet how often is that our advice to our clients? Can you imagine a HVAC service company telling a customer to ignore an obviously frayed and brittle V-belt and not replace it until it breaks? In some industries, a failure can be catastrophic, so replacement before failure is a standard best practice. In our industry, however, it is rare. Why is that?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/if-it-ain-t-broke-sometimes-fix-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/if-it-ain-t-broke-sometimes-fix-it#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Wed, 11 Dec 2013 02:52:00 +0000 11171 at http://hpac.com Niche Products in the HVAC Industry http://hpac.com/blog/niche-products-hvac-industry <div class="node-body blog-body">What niche products are emerging or gaining traction in our industry? Here are three energy-efficiency products Larry Clark likes and has been talking about with clients.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/niche-products-hvac-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/niche-products-hvac-industry#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:44:00 +0000 10961 at http://hpac.com When It Comes to Sea-Level Rise, Size Does Matter http://hpac.com/blog/when-it-comes-sea-level-rise-size-does-matter <div class="node-body blog-body">I live at the beach in South Florida, an area considered by many to be at the greatest economic risk from sea-level rise in the world.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/when-it-comes-sea-level-rise-size-does-matter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/when-it-comes-sea-level-rise-size-does-matter#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:30:00 +0000 10871 at http://hpac.com As-Built Drawings: Getting What You Pay For http://hpac.com/blog/built-drawings-getting-what-you-pay <div class="node-body blog-body">How often do we go on a site visit and find there are no as-built drawings? Not only are there no as-built drawings, there is no original permit set of plans! Because most of my work is with existing buildings, many of them older buildings, I’ve become accustomed to this. More frequently than I like to admit, the only floor plan we’re provided for an energy audit is the emergency evacuation map posted by the elevators!</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/built-drawings-getting-what-you-pay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/built-drawings-getting-what-you-pay#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:21:00 +0000 10641 at http://hpac.com Embodied Energy http://hpac.com/blog/embodied-energy <div class="node-body blog-body">The embodied-energy debate continues to rage. For those unfamiliar with the concept, embodied energy is the total energy required to produce a product and deliver it to its point of use.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/embodied-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/embodied-energy#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:06:00 +0000 10451 at http://hpac.com Beyond Buildings: Achieving Sustainable Communities http://hpac.com/blog/beyond-buildings-achieving-sustainable-communities <div class="node-body blog-body">As a member of the Smart Growth Partnership board of directors, I recently saw a presentation about STAR (Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating) Communities’ STAR Community Rating System, a free “voluntary self-reporting framework for evaluating, quantifying, and improving the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/beyond-buildings-achieving-sustainable-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/beyond-buildings-achieving-sustainable-communities#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:28:00 +0000 10141 at http://hpac.com Balancing Energy Conservation and Occupant Comfort http://hpac.com/blog/balancing-energy-conservation-and-occupant-comfort <div class="node-body blog-body">Lately, there has been a lot of talk concerning the adverse effect of energy conservation on occupant comfort, blogger Larry Clark says, admitting that although he makes his living helping clients reduce energy consumption, it is a real issue.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/balancing-energy-conservation-and-occupant-comfort" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/balancing-energy-conservation-and-occupant-comfort#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:31:00 +0000 10041 at http://hpac.com