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From Plumbing & Heating Nightmares to Best Trucks, we bring you the photos the mechanical contracting industry is talking about.
Congregation embraces geothermal thanks to Buffalo GeoThermal Heating
According to Church Council President Robert Richards, embracing geothermal was a sound business decision based on years of research.
Ductless system combats energy price hikes
Through funding from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Low-income Energy Affordability Network is making energy efficiency upgrades at low-income housing facilities throughout the state by focusing on biomass and air-source heat pump technologies for retrofits.
Plumbers Without Borders provides clean water worldwide
"Everyone needs clean water," said DiGregorio. Unfortunately, a lot of people in developing countries don't have access to it, and some people here at home can't afford it.”
5 considerations for contractors selecting a service truck, van body 34
Ask any plumbing contractor about the one thing that makes their work easier, and they will most likely answer, their tools. Good tools make for good work. Nowhere else is this more important than when it comes to the work vehicle.
Cashing in on hybrid systems 6
Hybrid systems can capture everything radiant has to offer, while blending in the advantages of other technologies to provide the best comfort, value and efficiency.
Little League Baseball World Series opts for Noritz tankless to keep energy consumption lean 8
The washing equipment was fed hot water from a pair of 86-gal. storage-type water heaters. Most of the malfunctions were the result of stuck gas valves that would somehow oxidize, evidently because of the chemicals used in the washing process.
Uponor Wirsbo hePEX Tubing Used in Award Winning Pier 15 Project
The award-winning project showcases 200,000 feet of Uponor North America’s Wirsbo hePEX crosslinked polyethylene (PEX-a) tubing for the unique radiant heating and cooling system that uses the San Francisco Bay as a heat sink/heat source.
Remote medicine school obtains LEED Platinum certification  2
The Wyss campus itself is just as unique and hard-core as the training offered there. Striving for an off-grid existence, and to create self-sustaining buildings, NOLS directors worked hard to achieve LEED Platinum status, awarded in November 2013.
Alaska contractor standardizes residential, commercial projects 3
Klebs Mechanical’s work runs the gamut, from residential boiler swap-outs to work at Elmendorf-Richardson Air Force Base and Anchorage Zoo. Its 50 employees have found ways to apply prefab work to almost every application.
Seattle’s Via6 is poised for LEED Gold certification  3
Poised for LEED Gold certification, Via6 is an eco-friendly, centrally located building consisting of two 24-story towers with a six-story podium in between and three levels of below-grade parking. The $200 million real estate project began construction in late 2011 and was completed in spring 2013.
Pennsylvania DCNR seeks renewable fuel to fire a district hydronic heating system, Part 2  2
PINE GROVE, PA. — Over the past several decades, the term “automatic heating system” was lost in the cold, ash heap of time. Once in the vernacular of heating professionals, the term was conceived when oil took America’s heating systems by storm after M.A. Fessler invented the oil burner to take advantage of the crude oil that was seeping out of the California ground in 1903.
Ground-source heat pumps will heat, cool entire apartment complex  3
When finished, Solaire Apartments, in Brighton, Colo., will be entirely heated and cooled by ground-source heat pumps. The 252 unit, 12-building complex uses 112 wells to provide 326 tons of heating and cooling capacity.
Comfortech 365 will sharpen business skills, streamline operations 1
CONTRACTOR and Contracting Business magazines present Comfortech 365, a free online and educational forum geared for business owners and contractors in the hydronics, plumbing and HVACR industries, March 5, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.
Pennsylvania DCNR seeks renewable fuel to fire a district hydronic heating system, Part 1 
PINE GROVE, PA. — Over the past several decades, the term “automatic heating system” was lost in the cold, ash heap of time. Once in the vernacular of heating professionals, the term was conceived when oil took America’s heating systems by storm after M.A. Fessler invented the oil burner to take advantage of the crude oil that was seeping out of the California ground in 1903.

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