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INDUSTRY NEWS

US To Invest $4 Billion In Energy Efficient Building Upgrades

PCMag GCT - President Obama and former President Clinton have revealed a new plan to invest $4 billion in improving the energy efficiency of buildings across the United States.
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Green Retrofitting Surpasses New Green Construction for First Time

Insurance Journal - The trend could mean that more building owners may believe that bringing their buildings up to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification may not only be cost efficient, but the environmentally conscious thing to do. It could also mean that new construction has continued to plummet in the last four years, yielding few new green building projects on the drawing boards.
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Green Construction Projects Have Higher Injury Rates

Green Source - Matthew R. Hallowell, an assistant professor in CU's department of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, led the study, which reviewed construction projects built to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification.

His team's study revealed that LEED-certified buildings have a perceived 9 percent higher injury rate than non-LEED buildings.  Read More
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PRODUCT REVIEW
Product Review by Dominic Porte

With all the technology advancements in HVAC industry, Ecobee is definitely a company out in front with their line of  “Smart Thermostats.” The Ecobee stat is cutting edge in both looks and performance, and they are rapidly gaining recognition as a top of the line control.   
 
Climate control makes up over 50% of a residential home energy costs and the Ecobee stat is a great solution to significantly reducing usage, especially during unoccupied times.
 
The Ecobee Smart Thermostat has the capability of being accessed from a remote location by laptop or smart phone via their web portal. Access from virtually anywhere allows homeowners to turn off or lower the temperature, saving money and reducing the carbon footprint.
 
For more information on Ecobee and their Smart Thermostat, contact us at ControlsCentral.com. We would be happy to answer any questions you have.
 
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Do You Experience Uneven Heating and Cooling?

Do You Experience Uneven
Heating and Cooling?

While a home with poor ductwork may experience unequal levels of climate control, changing to a properly zoned system will not only offer tailored comfort for each zone, but increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system as a whole. This means a blend of comfort and savings for the entire family. For any questions regarding zoning systems for residential and light commercial applications please email sales@controlscentral.com

JUST ANNOUNCED

Honeywell

Honeywell Launches
RIM Blackberry® App
for Total Connect™ 2.0 Remote Services

Honeywell has launched a new application for RIM BlackBerry® devices, letting users control their security systems and view live, streaming video from any remote location. Read Press Release

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

Honeywell

Universal Combination
Fan and Limit Controllers

Homebuilders, heating and cooling contractors, building automation specialists and heating equipment manufacturers rely on the sensing and control expertise and innovation that drives Honeywell's Environmental and Combustion Control (ECC) business. In more than 100 million homes and 5 million buildings worldwide, Honeywell products, components and systems deliver temperature control, comfort, energy conservation and safety.
 

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Belimo

Superior functionality in products designed for today’s intelligent systems.

The simple, well-thought-out designs of the company’s long-life actuators, made of top-quality materials, greatly reduce the cost of installation and upkeep. Their excellent functionality and precision allow HVAC systems to achieve optimum performance and so reduce power consumption.


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Tips for Energy Efficiency
  • "Tune-up" your heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system with an annual maintenance contract. Even a new ENERGY STAR qualified HVAC system, like a new car, will decline in performance without regular maintenance. A contract automatically ensures that your HVAC contractor will provide "pre-season" tune-ups before each cooling and heating season. You save energy and money, and your system may last years longer with minimal costs for yearly maintenance fees.
     
  • Regularly change (or clean if reusable) HVAC filters every month during peak cooling or heating seasons. New filters usually only cost a few dollars. Dirty filters cost more to use, overwork the equipment and result in lower indoor air quality.
     
  • Install an ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostat to automate your HVAC system. This solid-state, electronic device optimizes HVAC operation "24/7" based on your schedule, and can be "overridden" as needed for unscheduled events. This "smart thermostat" can also turn on the HVAC system one hour before staff arrival, instead of heating or cooling unoccupied space to ensure the facility is comfortable and saving energy.
     
  • Control direct sun through windows, depending on the season and local climate. During cooling season, block direct heat gain from the sun shining through glass on the East and especially West sides of the facility. Depending on your facility, options such as "solar screens," "solar films," awnings, and vegetation can help keep facilities more cool. Over time, trees can attractively shade the facility, and help clean the air. Interior curtains or drapes can help, but it's best to prevent the summer heat from getting past the glass and inside. During heating season, with the sun low in the South, unobstructed southern windows can contribute solar heat gained during the day.
     
  • Use fans to maintain comfortable temperature, humidity and air movement, and save energy year round. Moving air can make a somewhat higher temperature and/or humidity feel comfortable. Fans can help delay or reduce the need for air conditioning, and a temperature setting of only three to five degrees higher can feel as comfortable with fans. Each degree of higher temperature can save about 3 percent on cooling costs. When the temperature outside is more comfortable than inside, a "box fan" in the window, or large "whole facility" fan in the attic can push air out and pull in comfortable air from the outside.
     
  • Plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking. Caulking and weather stripping let you manage your ventilation, which is the deliberate controlled exchange of stuffy inside air for fresher outdoor air. To learn more about indoor air quality in your facility visit the Environmental Protection Agency's EPA Indoor Air Quality.

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