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As quickly as the sun disappeared from the sky on Aug. 21, 2017, hidden by the moon, did it reappear once again. Little did I know this cosmic event — the first time since 1918 that the continental United States has been able to witness such a moment of wonder — would also mark my move to a new job.
Federal preemption rules major roadblock for higher energy efficiency, organization says
June 29, 2017
I recently spoke with Ralph DiNola, CEO of Portland, Oregon-based New Buildings Institute, a nonprofit working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings, who told me about a decades-old bump in the road: federal preemption rules.
The expected rise in steel prices does not necessarily mean the rise of total costs. In the HVAC industry, one way to offset increased steel prices is to reduce the cost of labor to make ducts and fittings by being more efficient. How do we do this? Machine automation.
I find it hard to believe that very many contractors would decide to check out the online equivalent of a rummage sale if they needed a few parts. But plenty of people with access to ductwork seem to think it’s a good idea.