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  • Dec 24, 2013

    The 12 Days of Christmas (HVAC Version)

    On the first day of Christmas, my client got from me ......More
  • Dec 10, 2013

    If It Ain’t Broke, (Sometimes) Fix It! 1

    “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?...More
  • Nov 26, 2013

    Niche Products in the HVAC Industry

    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....More
  • Nov 13, 2013

    When It Comes to Sea-Level Rise, Size Does Matter 1

    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....More
  • Oct 22, 2013

    China’s Pollution Peril Vividly Demonstrates Our Industry’s Value

    The ongoing focus on energy-efficiency brings many opportunities to the HVAC industry, and also helps us avoid environmental woes....More
  • Oct 22, 2013

    As-Built Drawings: Getting What You Pay For

    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!...More
  • Oct 8, 2013

    Embodied Energy

    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....More

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