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Ingersoll Rand Offers Greener Refrigerant-Bearing Products

Linda Hardesty

Ingersoll Rand has created the EcoWise portfolio for its climate and industrial refrigerant-bearing products that are designed to lower environmental impact with low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and energy efficient operation. Two of the first products to earn the EcoWise endorsement are: Trane Sintesis air-cooled chiller offers customers the choice of operating with a   …Continue Reading


Constellation Wins $25.8M Energy Efficiency Contract

Karen Henry

Constellation has been awarded phase 2 of a contract from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to install $25.8 million in energy efficiency and water conservation measures. Under the terms of the contract, the upgrades are expected to save the Port Authority more than $27 million in operating costs over 20 years.   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Saves School District $30,000 per Year

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric completed an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for Tenino School District in Washington, which will help save the district $30,000 in energy and operational costs annually over 15 years. Funded in part through a $1 million Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) energy grant, the school district addressed utility and maintenance improvements   …Continue Reading


Master-Planned Community Goes with Geothermal Heat Pump Closed-Loop System

Linda Hardesty

A new 1,500-acre, master-planned, mixed-use community being developed in Richland, Wash., will utilize a geothermal heat-pump system for heating and cooling every new home, and will offer a compatible hot water solution, supplied by Bosch. Orca Energy, a geothermal utility provider, will supply the geothermal loop infrastructure. The community will include 5,000 new energy-smart homes,   …Continue Reading


Civilight Launches Lighting Rep Network

Linda Hardesty

Civilight North America announced a manufacturer rep network throughout the United States and Canada, consisting of 30 commercial and industrial and showroom representative agencies. Additional agencies will be added throughout the first half of 2015. This rep and showroom network is aimed at bringing Civilight’s LED lamps into local markets. In the eastern region, there   …Continue Reading


Johnson Controls Acquires 60% of Hitachi Air Conditioning Business

Linda Hardesty

Johnson Controls, Hitachi and Hitachi Appliances entered into a definitive agreement for their global joint venture in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Through the agreement, Johnson Controls will obtain a 60 percent ownership stake in Hitachi Appliances’ global air conditioning business, excluding sales and service operations in Japan. The Johnson Controls-Hitachi joint   …Continue Reading


Global HVAC Market to Reach $116.6B by 2019, Says BCC

Linda Hardesty

A BCC Research report report “Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning: Global Markets,” predicts this market will grow from $75.4 billion in 2014 to $116.6 billion in 2019, registering a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.1 percent. The transformation the HVAC business is experiencing will open the door to new vendors that are likely   …Continue Reading


Siemens Brings Enterprise-Level Energy Management to Mid-Size Businesses

Karen Henry

Average energy demand per square foot in the commercial sector is growing at 1.5 percent per year. According to a 2009 McKinsey report, Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the US Economy, the commercial sector will consume 20 percent of all the energy used in the United States by 2020. Retail & Commercial Systems (RCS), a unit   …Continue Reading


Trane Creates Mobile Product Selection System

Linda Hardesty

Trane launched a mobile version of its Trane Official Product Selection System (TOPSS), a web-based tool that helps customers determine which Trane HVAC system best suits their needs. Historically, TOPSS was a standalone software program that customers downloaded and installed on their local desktop workstations, but this model became outdated. Mobile TOPSS was developed with   …Continue Reading


Retrofitting with VRF

Karen Henry

A variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system with heat recovery may be an energy efficient alternative for buildings with inefficient fans and leaky ductwork. Variable frequency drive motors allow a VRF system to adjust to a variety of loads. The refrigerant serves as both the heating and cooling medium that can be delivered to multiple fan-coil   …Continue Reading