Air conditioning technologies and solutions firm, LG Electronics USA is continuing to pave the way for the future of connected buildings, with the expansion of its award-winning controls platform, LG MultiSITE. Empowering building owners and operators to optimize their operations and efficiency, especially with Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems, the MultiSITE lineup is packed with advanced features that deliver more building synergy and accessibility than ever before. LG MultiSITE contro...
Carrier Commercial Refrigeration’s PowerCO2OL™ system for high capacity refrigeration has won the gold Innovation of the Year award at the ATMO Natural Refrigerants Virtual Trade Show (VTS). Carrier Commercial Refrigeration is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, the pioneering global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions. VTS attendees voted on the winning products. Five natural refrigerant systems were finalists for 2021 Innovation of the Y...
The practice of working from home soared during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and many observers see a likely continuation of the trend, as infection risks gradually subside. Both environments – home and office – depend on HVAC systems to keep occupants comfortable (and safe!). Therefore, the industry stands to be impacted whichever way the trend plays out. We asked our Expert Panel Roundtable: How will remote working affect residential and commercial HVAC?
Johnson Controls, the global company in smart, healthy and sustainable building solutions, will host its ‘Game On’ Rooftop HVAC Conference virtually on April 21, 2021. The interactive training conference will offer a free online learning experience, with in-depth presentations developed by our HVAC experts. The courses will cover the product and service of Johnson Controls, YORK and TempMaster commercial rooftop systems along with trending industry topics, which are available for pr...
In what can only be described as a very turbulent year, many businesses have had to shut their doors and have all but forgotten about the general upkeep of their sites. With priorities shifted to keeping companies afloat and staff employed, maintenance and servicing has taken a backseat, and many systems will be deteriorating unnoticed. It goes without saying that one of the first tasks that employers will have to tackle when returning to work is a deep clean. As we are still in the throes of a...
The cruise ship industry has cracked the code on keeping passengers and crew safe from the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread, including changes to on-board HVAC systems to use more outside air and to filter out particles as small as the novel coronavirus. The industry, which voluntarily suspended worldwide operations at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, under the guidance of international and national health authorities, plans to resume worldwide operations fully later in 2021. Health protoc...
Jobber, the globally renowned provider of home service management software, has unveiled Boost by Jobber, a grant program to further support the hard-working entrepreneurs within the home services sector. Aspiring entrepreneurs, new business owners, and long-time home service entrepreneurs are invited to apply for free grants, ranging from US$ 1,000 to US$ 20,000, depending on the category that their business qualifies for. Funding for Entreprenuers Twenty home service businesses across 50+ industries, such as lawn care, plumbing, residential cleaning, and painting, will be awarded US$ 100,000 funding in total. Applications are now open through May 5, 2021. Finalists will be announced in July 2021, with the list of winners announced in August 2021. Home service entrepreneurs impact their local communities and neighborhoods in meaningful ways" “Home service entrepreneurs impact their local communities and neighborhoods in meaningful ways,” said Sam Pillar, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Co-Founder at Jobber, adding “They employ millions of people while operating behind-the-scenes to keep homes, offices, and other spaces safe and in good working order, yet, despite their important contributions, small businesses are largely underserved when it comes to business financing.” Boost by Jobber grant program Sam Pillar adds, “Boost by Jobber helps address this gap by providing service business entrepreneurs with some extra working capital that may not otherwise be available through traditional banks and government grant programs.” Royce Ard, who owns My Amazing Maid with his wife, Tamara, further validates this statement. “Typically when I see a grant, I’m almost always assuming it's for a specific cohort and I wouldn’t qualify,” explained Royce Ard, adding “Loans are very, very, very hard to get. As far as going to a bank and getting US$ 10,000 for a small business like ours, you're not going to get it.” Grants Organized into categories Boost by Jobber grants are organized into categories that reflect various stages of company growth, from ideas on paper to recently launched ventures to established businesses, as well as an additional category for COVID-19 support. Five winners will be selected from each of the following: Almost-entrepreneurs (pre-business): Entrepreneurs who have the drive to start and run a home service business, however, are in need of funds to get started. New business owners (0 - 3 years): Entrepreneurs who are in the early stages of building their team, client list, and services. Experienced business owners (3+ years): Entrepreneurs who are ready to scale their mature business to the next growth stage. COVID-19 support: Entrepreneurs seeking financial support or resources for their team’s well-being. Helping home service businesses grow Jobber spoke service professionals to better understand the impact that extra cash flow could have on a business Jobber spoke with dozens of service professionals to better understand the impact that extra cash flow could have on a business, to create the grant categories, and to determine the dollar values assigned to each grant. Whether a company is looking to purchase new equipment, increase marketing dollars, launch a new service, train teams, or is in need of financial relief, funds from the Boost by Jobber program can make a big difference in helping small business owners be more successful. The value of cash flow “People don't understand the value of the cash flow,” stated Steven Knight, partner at Mosaic Home Services Ltd, adding “It's not necessarily only helping the business. It's helping the business owners as well with their ability to lead people. Cash flow helps them be a better business leader.” Boost by Jobber is one of many initiatives within Jobber’s home service ecosystem that is dedicated to supporting the home service entrepreneur, whether it’s through the company’s award-winning business management software, resources such as Jobber Academy, community building via the company’s Entrepreneurship Group on Facebook, and more.
Baxi Heating and Worcester Bosch are proud to be able to showcase hydrogen boilers in the UK’s first 100% Hydrogen Home public demonstration. The project will demonstrate the use of hydrogen-fuelled appliances in a real-world setting, and signals a clear step in the progression of clean, sustainable hydrogen technology for heating, hot water and cooking in UK homes. The innovative semi-detached properties, built in partnership with Northern Gas Networks, the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and gas distribution network company Cadent, will be located at Northern Gas Network’s Low Thornley site, near Gateshead. Hy4Heat project The modular homes will be built by the end of March with appliances installed by the end of April. Alongside the hydrogen boilers, prototypes of hydrogen-fuelled fires, cookers and hobs will also be installed by partners working with BEIS on the Hy4Heat project. Both companies have already been involved in a number of trials including ‘HyStreet’ at Spadeadam in Cumbria, where hydrogen boilers were installed in specially built demonstration houses, to enable tests and research to prove the safety of converting homes and gas networks to hydrogen fuel. Karen Boswell, Managing Director at Baxi Heating UK and Ireland, said: “We are hugely proud to be a part of another ground-breaking hydrogen heating project and remain at the forefront of low carbon development. “Baxi Heating’s innovation and expertise with hydrogen technology, from lab research to participation in real-world trials, forms a key part of our commitment to a sustainable heating future. We are thrilled that this development will be used as a benchmark to educate the next generation in how we can provide clean, green energy to the homes of the future.” The trials underway there are an important step towards a zero-carbon future" hydrogen boilers Carl Arntzen, CEO of Worcester Bosch, said; “The Hydrogen House project will help spearhead the safe implementation of hydrogen gas into the gas network and ultimately our homes. The trials underway there are an important step towards a zero-carbon future and we’re proud that our hydrogen boiler prototype is playing a pivotal part." “As the UK’s leading boiler manufacturer, Worcester Bosch realise the importance that hydrogen gas will play in decarbonizing home heating. Being involved in this project is testament to our passion to be at the forefront of its exciting development.” Stella Matthews, Business Development Manager at Northern Gas Networks said “We’re excited to work with Worcester Bosch to bring hydrogen boilers to the public for the first time. The boilers look and feel just like those we use today with one key difference – they don’t create carbon when used. We hope to reassure visitors to the houses that they can still enjoy a safe and reliable gas supply in the future with minimal disruption to meet the government’s net zero target.”
The pandemic has upended way of life around the world and the impact on the future of buildings, building performance, and building use is in many ways still unknown. Danfoss recently convened a virtual EnVisioneering Workshop to explore the pandemic’s impact and how it might reset building markets and energy-performance strategy whether new building use patterns will slow or accelerate energy decarbonization and electrification, and what their significance will be on indoor air quality solutions. Carbon-Neutral buildings Pre-pandemic, building design was already experiencing early waves of transformation, said Lisa Tryson, director of corporate communications at Danfoss. Now, a shaken world economy, new public health priorities, evolving standards, and a possible shift in the way everyone goes to work are pointing toward a market reset. Pre-pandemic, building design was already experiencing early waves of transformation Moving forward, they see opportunities emerging around healthy and carbon-neutral buildings but the industry will need scale and speed to reach these ambitious and evolving targets. Remote work and retail cannibalization sending consumers to virtual platforms for shopping and entertainment lead the list of notable trends impacting the built environment. Rich Overmoyer, president and CEO of Fourth Economy, suggested to Workshop participants that both trends are impacting the urbanization of the past decade. Flexible work arrangements Flexible work arrangements are allowing people to move away from major cities to more idyllic suburban and rural communities, leading building owners to consider reconfiguring space use for both health and profitability. New opportunities, Overmoyer indicated, include innovations on home ownership finance particularly as population shifts drive home costs and an emerging affordability crisis and in construction models that can encourage commercial building renovation and rehabilitation. Scott Foster, director of sustainable energy at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva, Switzerland, maintained that high-performance building design addresses many of the challenges the pandemic has brought to the world of buildings, including the need for healthy indoor environments, new and expanded technology integration, and long-term cost reduction. High-Performance buildings A move to high-performance buildings would create an improved new normal in buildings Moreover, deploying high-performance buildings would drive an economic restart, boost social equity in the built environment, improve quality of life in the broadest terms, and attenuate the global climate crisis through reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions. In brief, rather than being derailed by the pandemic, a move to high-performance buildings would create an improved new normal in buildings and establish a new trajectory for truly sustainable development. Jenna Cramer, executive director of Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance, outlined how the City of Pittsburgh has developed a track record and useful experience base in how to act on the new possibilities that Foster highlighted. Indoor air quality Pittsburgh was the second city in the United States, after New York, to adopt the UN Sustainable Development Goals and its 2030 Agenda. The City has a well-established 2030 District, which in 2019 already had 86.3 million square feet and 556 buildings committed, achieving an array of performance improvements for the District: 23.1 percent energy use reduction; 19.8 percent water use reduction; 122 individual buildings providing indoor air quality (IAQ) data; and 26 percent cut in carbon emissions from transit (2018 data). Drilling down on IAQ, 2030 District Property Partners are monitoring CO2 and odors in the reporting buildings, establishing no idling zones outside them, and moving on several other interventions. Pittsburgh’s work to make the UN’s vision of sustainability in and by buildings a reality is showing important results. Sustaining new direction Building owners need to be incentivized to commit to that new building future The task now, Cramer suggested, is to organize the building community across the country to establish and sustain a new direction for buildings that can meet the demands of sustainable development broadly defined which embraces the specific challenges to which the pandemic has given rise. Pittsburgh is proving what can be done. Building owners need to be incentivized to commit to that new building future. Drake Erbe, vice president for market development at Airxchange who has served in senior positions supporting an array of standard creating organizations, nationally and internationally reported on trends in emerging standards that he expects will further strengthen the high-performance tide in the U.S. and abroad. Energy performance requirements He noted the development of data as a key element in the evolution of building design through Building Information Modeling for construction, and how maturing data capacity is now empowering other players in the building marketplace. Utilities, power generators, local jurisdictions, financial institutions, and others are able to harness the same capacity for better performance reporting requirements, operation management, and determining asset financial value. In Europe, that has meant the emergence of Smart Standards development that can leverage data capabilities to achieve and maintain wholly new levels of building energy performance requirements. Through the international cooperation on standards and the mounting of global market forces, the U.S. can expect to be under growing pressure to move in the same direction. High-Performance standards Several forces are slowing the implementation and impact of high-performance standards Thought leadership in the standards arena, then, is adding to global and local aspirations and demonstrated performance capabilities to drive the shift to high performance despite the pandemic. Richard Lord, a senior fellow at Carrier, however, expressed concern that several forces are slowing the implementation and impact of high-performance standards. He pointed to action being taken by cities, on the other hand, as successful efforts to work around standards to achieve aspirational building performance levels. The emergence of the Healthy Building movement, which focuses on the physical, psychological, and social health of building inhabitants, he suggested, is becoming a potent force driving building performance. Currently emerging standards Overall, Lord sees the impact of currently emerging standards being perhaps superseded by reactions to market forces, policy demands, and MaxTech, as the demands for energy performance lie adjacent to the physical properties and the science of cooling and heating. The turn to a holistic approach to buildings is, consequently, gaining a momentum of its own The turn to a holistic approach to buildings is, consequently, gaining a momentum of its own a holistic, or systemic, approach positing that all building related energy uses, and both outdoor and indoor climatic requirements, are considered in integrated design and management of an individual building or cluster of buildings. Urban Green CEO John Mandyck saw the future in similar terms and offered the New York City experience as an illustration. The risks of climate change are simply too great for city government to turn a blind eye, and, as a consequence, the city is moving ahead forcefully on implementation of performance requirements set in motion pre-pandemic. Retrofit-Based strategies In addition, health and climate have shown themselves to be inseparable. Finally, the transition to a high-performance building stock would rely on retrofit-based strategies with the potential to create more than 140,000 new jobs. High-performance buildings are required not only by rising aspirations for building quality, but also as a response to a pandemic battered economic future. The Workshop was part of Danfoss EnVisioneering Symposia Series, which for more than 15 years, has sought to drive conversation and engagement on the urgent and emerging trends challenging the HVACR industry.
A high-performance pipe designed to make heating systems more sustainable than ever before has been launched by Uponor, a total solutions provider of systems for the safe transportation of water around a building. Ecoflex VIP Thermo Ecoflex VIP Thermo represents the next generation of pre-insulated pipes, thanks to its ability to significantly minimize heat and energy losses. The product’s efficiency stems from its unique hybrid design that combines technology from bonded and unbonded insulated pipes to create a solution that delivers up to 48% lower heat loss, compared to unbonded pipes and 34% compared to bonded pipes. In addition, Ecoflex VIP Thermo is also highly flexible and durable, making it ideal for complex designs and projects, where the installer is working in confined spaces. With up to 60% less bending force compared to alternative solutions on the market, Ecoflex VIP Thermo can be navigated around obstacles or laid across bumpy ground, without requiring additional connections. This minimizes potential weak points that could lead to leaks after the pipes have been laid. Ideal for local and district heating networks Uponor’s new pipes are ideal for use in both local heating networks as well as the district heating networks Uponor’s new pipes are ideal for use in both local heating networks that supply individual properties and where house-to-house connections are required, as well as the district heating networks that are being increasingly used for large complexes and multi-residential developments. Installers working on projects where efficiency and sustainability considerations are key can rest assured that using Ecoflex VIP Thermo will ensure a heating system that meets the highest standards for both. Choosing such high-performance solutions is vital, especially as the pipes which connect heating systems to the buildings that people live and work in can account for up to 50% of a system’s heat loss. A further benefit of Ecoflex VIP Thermo is that the outer diameter of the pipe is up to 30% smaller than other alternatives available on the market. This means that the trenches running from a heating network to a building can be smaller, saving on time and labor, while also making it easier for the installer to find suitable pathways for the pipes to run. Energy-efficient and low carbon heating Mark Dowdeswell, Senior Category Manager at Uponor, said “Our extensive experience at Uponor working on high-performance heating systems means that we know what installers need their pipes to provide. We’ve used this expertise and insight to create Ecoflex VIP Thermo, a pre-insulated pipe that combines the highest standards of energy efficiency with advanced installation benefits.” Mark adds, “Ecoflex VIP Thermo delivers energy-efficient, low carbon heating by significantly reducing the heat losses that typically occur when water travels from a heating network to a building. We’ve not sacrificed functionality in place of sustainability to achieve this, as thanks to its flexible, compact design, Ecoflex VIP Thermo simplifies the application process while being highly reliable. These properties mean installers can rest assured that not only will the pipes be easier to work with but that they will keep on working without leaks or issues for an extended period of time.”
In a new video series from Motili, the company has outlined how strategic electrification and variable refrigerant flow or VRF systems are bringing environmentally-friendly heating and cooling options to residential and commercial building owners. Strategic electrification in HVAC Recent government programs, code requirements, and utility rebates have been driving a movement of the electrification of the HVAC industry. This strategic electrification in HVAC sees increased use of electricity instead of fossil fuels within systems, to bring about positive impacts, such as more easily decrease pollution, decarbonizing the atmosphere, and drive down overall HVAC cost to run. Additionally, the electrification within HVAC systems frees up the building owner or homeowner from worrying about fluctuations in the fossil fuel market and eliminates any potential carbon monoxide poisoning, as there is no gas. Variable refrigerant flow or VRF systems Electrification is applied to an HVAC system by variable refrigerant flow or VRF Electrification is applied to an HVAC system by variable refrigerant flow or VRF. VRF systems are large and ductless systems that use heat pumps to provide simultaneous heating and cooling between different rooms or zones. This type of system optimizes the action of heating and cooling, significantly reducing carbon footprint along the way. VRF supports strategic electrification by reducing the overall heating and cooling costs for building owners, consumers, and society as a whole and helps address issues that are on the rise in decarbonization legislation. Benefits of VRF systems “The benefits of a VRF system are many - tax credits, utility rebates, and consumers can customize systems with their heating and cooling needs,” said Matthew Sallee, Vice President of Business Development at Motili. Matthew adds, “VRF systems are also quiet, easy to install, and are 30% more efficient than conventional HVAC systems. Here at Motili, we are constantly looking for ways to make the planet a healthier place and strategic electrification is one of the ways we can support a greener HVAC experience.” Assessing and completing HVAC systems work Motili brings contractors, operations teams, and the industry’s most advanced property management technology platform together to assess and complete HVAC work requests from start to finish. Motili automatically schedules, dispatches, manages, and invoices job requests and its predictive analytics improves budgeting accuracy by predicting product life cycle. Motili leverages its nationwide network of over 2,000 contractors and 1,000 distribution centers to provide HVAC and hot water services, across the US, to customers large and small.
Johnson Controls, the globally renowned company for smart, healthy, and sustainable building solutions, through its YORK brand, has expanded its line of premium commercial rooftop units, now available in 25-80 tons variants with new and dynamic features. YORK Sun Premier platform The expanded YORK Sun Premier platform is designed to offer contractors faster installation and simplified start-up while providing building owners with high-efficiency levels that significantly reduce operational costs over the life of the unit. The expanded Premier line gives our customers additional features to ensure efficient start-up and installation" “YORK is committed to creating industry-leading equipment designed for performance, confidence, and long-term value to customers,” said Kevin Stockton, Senior Product Manager at Johnson Controls. Kevin Stockton adds, “The expanded Premier line gives our customers additional features to ensure efficient start-up and installation so contractors can finish their jobs faster while providing unmatched efficiency and reliability in the long term.” Featuring start-up wizards and OLED display To simplify system configuration and minimize start-up time, units feature start-up wizards, a 5.5-inch OLED display and an optimized numeric keypad, which are standard on all units. This can be upgraded to the optional new high-end graphical user interface, which features a full-color touchscreen that provides quick access to system status, performance metrics, and schedule parameters. RTUToolkit app Start-up is further simplified with the new RTUToolkit app for Android and iOS. With the app, contractors simply scan a unique QR code on each rooftop, which enables on-demand access to unit-specific details, technical literature, and direct connection to technical support. Premier rooftop units streamline the design process with integrated system selection tools, easily accessible building information modeling files, improved submittals, and simplified specification. The high-performance base models offer a complete range of factory options. These include various airflow path configurations, indoor environmental quality options, such as ultraviolet lights, and modulating options for improved comfort. Easy maintenance with service-friendly features Maintenance is also simplified with service-friendly features, such as an optional Mobile Access Portal gateway Maintenance is also simplified with service-friendly features, such as an optional Mobile Access Portal gateway that offers remote monitoring for ease of connection while at the jobsite, allowing technicians to interface with units without getting out of the truck. In addition, the smart equipment-enabled units provide seamless integration with state-of-the-art building controls systems, including Verasys, and with OpenBlue, a dynamic connected platform for smart, healthy, and sustainable building solutions from Johnson Controls. YORK Sun Premier commercial rooftop units YORK Sun Premier commercial rooftop units meet aggressive Department of Energy 2023 energy efficiency standards. Offered in standard efficiency (up to 10.9 EER/15.8 IEER), high capacity, or high efficiency (up to 11.4 EER/16.9 IEER), the Sun Premier units can provide up to 50 percent greater efficiency at part-load than is required, depending on the standard. Modulating options, such as compressors, an energy recovery wheel, and gas or electric heat, further improve energy efficiency. Premier units are backed by industry-renowned warranties, offering greater peace of mind. Standard one-year parts warranty A one-year parts warranty is standard on all Premier units, along with either a six-month or one-year promotional labor warranty (vs. the industry-standard, 30-day labor warranty) when started by a certified contractor.
How grooved solutions have been making contractors and engineers reimagine the way they construct risers in vertical buildings? Enter into the right pub, or head to a city’s museum or town hall, and you can often find a picture of how the surrounding area used to look. An image from twenty years ago and the difference isn’t too vast. Fifty years back and there’s a definite change. A picture from over a hundred years ago and it’s practically unrecognizable. And what’s the common theme running through these images? Cities are getting taller. As more people migrated to urban areas, developers saw the need to go higher. But with this comes its own unique set of challenges. How can the safety of ground floor be transferred to, in the most extreme case, level 163? Grooved mechanical pipe joining solutions When it comes to high-rise buildings, there are a number of potential challenges for a piping engineer To find out how grooved mechanical pipe joining solutions are helping developers & engineers go higher, we spoke to Matthew Strohm, Director of Product Development (Piping System Design) at Victaulic. When it comes to high-rise buildings, there are a number of potential challenges that a piping engineer will need to take into consideration, most of which relate to thermal movement and the resulting forces on the building. Other issues such as seismic activity and building creep (the natural movement of a building due to settlement) also need to be taken into account. Compensating for thermal expansion and contraction Specifically related to piping systems and subsequently, pipe joining solutions, is the unique problem of having to compensate for thermal expansion and contraction, while at the same time, accommodating for higher pressure. Change in pipe diameter is not an uncommon concern for engineers, however, providing a solution which could operate at a pressure gauge of 25 bars, or the fluctuating temperature of water, presents its own challenges. It’s with these issues in mind that engineers choose their joining solutions, which is why these are the very criteria we set our Victaulic pipe joining solutions against. Grooved vs. Traditional Pipe Joining For decades, the traditional solutions for joining pipes have been welding, threading or flanging. These are good solutions to choose from, but there is a distinct lack of flexibility in a solution that fuses or flanges system components together. This is where flexible grooved couplings come in. They are solutions that allow controlled linear and angular movement at each joint to accommodate not only for thermal expansion and contraction, but also building sway and creep. So how do flexible grooved couplings manage this? It’s essentially down to the design of their components. The dimensions of the pipe coupling housing key is narrower than the pipe groove, allowing room for movement. Furthermore, the width of the pipe coupling housing allows for pipe end separation, which in turn allows the grooved pipe joint to accommodate movement. Benefits of Grooved couplings There are many benefits of grooved couplings, with space-saving being a key advantage on projects, both large and small There are many benefits of grooved couplings, with space-saving being a key advantage on projects, both large and small. As many project managers and engineers know, saving on space can be the key to unlocking extra value above initial planning. Additionally, grooved couplings are perfectly placed to accommodate for piping movement, whereas welded joints that in their very nature are designed to be fixed in place, need to have an area of space to allow for a welded expansion loop or alternatively, enough space to allow the star-pattern tightening of a flanged flex connector. Saving time, money and labor Besides the savings on space, grooved connections offer contractors savings in three key areas: time, money and labor. The installation-ready design of Victaulic’s grooved couplings allow for an easier installation, meaning a process which might take 30 minutes through a welded solution for instance, can now take just five minutes. As any contractor will testify to, this is valuable time that can be used for other parts of the project. With a reduction in time comes savings in cost and labor. Naturally, less labor is used for the same job and in the case of grooved couplings, less skilled labor is required (in comparison to the high skill level needed for welded joints). It’s these aspects that will ultimately deliver contractors with valuable project savings. Grooved connections offer savings in three key areas: time, money and labor Mechanical riser solutions There are 3 ways to accommodate for thermal movement within risers using a grooved mechanical system: The first method is called top of riser free-floating method and involves installing rigid couplings on the riser and two flexible couplings on the horizontal adjacent piping at the top of the riser, which can reduce the need for riser clamps or other structural during installation and allows the system to move freely within the design tolerances. The second method involves working with grooved expansion loops that help to save up as much as 2/3rd of the size of welded U-shaped expansion loops and avoids forced welded pipe deflection. While welded expansion loops require eight welded joints to assemble, the forces exerted on the joint are far greater than those applied on a grooved expansion loop, and generate greater stress, which ultimately requires larger anchors and guides in order to direct the movement. The third method is working with grooved expansion joints instead of traditional in-line expansion joints, which typically have wear parts and manufacturer-recommended maintenance cycles of five years, which also poses problems due to riser accessibility once the construction is complete. Grooved expansion joints like the Victaulic Style 155 are maintenance-free for the life of the system. Importance of anchors In a system using only flexible joints, risers are installed with anchors at the top and bottom and the piping guided every other length to prevent angular deflection at the joints within the piping run. Anchors distribute the movement forces across the structure and also provide the important task of directing pipe movement. At the pipe anchor location, there will be no differential movement between the piping and the building structure, which forces the pipe to thermally expand or contract from that location. This allows the design engineer to control how and where the movement in a system occurs and to provide the best solution to accommodate that movement. A10 Grooved Riser Anchors upgraded A good manufacturer will always listen to customer demand, especially in an evolving market A good manufacturer will always listen to customer demand, especially in an evolving market. Off the back of strong feedback from contractors, Victaulic recently upgraded its A10 Grooved Riser Anchors to a standard product. With the primary functions of carrying the weights and forces that act downward to the base of the riser and connecting the riser to the rest of the structure, the anchor has been providing sturdy support for some of the tallest buildings around the world. Future trends for high-rise buildings One trend already taking place, and I expect to continue, is contractors bringing riser experts into the project at an earlier stage. It just seems to make logistical sense to operate in this fashion. it’s a more efficient use of time to collaborate early in the process. I believe contractors and engineers will seek assistance from companies such as us to help design blueprints together, working in tandem to produce the right solution. Vertical buildings are on the rise. For generations, people have been moving to urban areas, putting greater demand on housing residents and employees. Through the use of grooved coupling solutions as an alternative to traditional methods, contractors can benefit from greater flexibility, reliability, ease of installation and ultimately and most importantly, speed of the installation process.
Air conditioning has become a huge part of our lives whether we know it or not. Most offices have them so that members of staff can enjoy a regulated working environment without having to shiver or overheat. This often makes the office a nice place to work in and helps staff to stay productive throughout the day, regardless of what is going on with the weather. Commercial air conditioning is something that we often take for granted because we barely realize that it’s there. The only time that we notice it is when it breaks down or it doesn’t function as efficiently as we want it to. Why is it important to regularly maintain an HVAC unit? When an AC unit isn’t looked after in the right way, there can be a number of things that can either go wrong Air conditioning maintenance is something that so many people overlook. This can be for a whole host of reasons, including whether it’s that they are unaware that it needs regular maintenance or they think it’s too costly to take on. These are often the most common reasons that air conditioning units aren’t looked after properly. When an air conditioner unit isn’t looked after in the right way, there can be a number of things that can either go wrong and disable air conditioning or just hinder its ability to do its job. Temperatures With a well looked after, fully functioning commercial air conditioner, you’ll find that the temperatures are very accurate and work as intended. This means that everything within your unit is in top condition and working well. For example, on a hot day, when you set your thermostat to a low temperature, you’ll get exactly that. Over time you may find that your air conditioning starts to struggle a little. This can be in a few different forms. You may detect that it takes a lot longer for your air conditioning to get up or down to the right temperature. This can be for a whole host of reasons and so keeping it regularly maintained will help to reduce this risk. Cost-effective As mentioned, a poorly maintained air conditioning unit will likely mean that it takes longer to get to the right temperatures or it may not be efficient enough to even reach the temperature you’re after. With that in mind, it can start to cost a lot more to run your HVAC system in this state. Due to the fact that it might take longer to reach your preferred temperature, you could end up paying more as time goes on. If you don’t rectify this problem, you may end up with an air conditioning unit that no longer works enough to be worth running. This will have adverse effects on the working environment and your members of staff. Safety of staff Depending on where you are in the world, heatstroke is also a very dangerous problem One of the biggest concerns for a business owner, the HR department and the individuals themselves, is that the office needs to be suitable to work in. From a health and safety standpoint, employees need to be safe and protected. Often air conditioning maintenance falls under this and is a necessity. Depending on where you are in the world, heatstroke is also a very dangerous problem. Having an inefficient air conditioning unit that can’t keep up with the rising temperatures could potentially put your employees at risk! The same also goes for those in more densely populated cities like London, New York City and even France. The air quality in and around these cities can be awful and so having air conditioning to clean and filter the air before it arrives in your office can make a big difference. Preventative maintenance Preventative maintenance is possibly one of the most important parts of owning any sort of machinery. Whether we’re talking about a car or air conditioning, preventative maintenance is a must. Preventative maintenance is just the act of regular maintenance throughout the lifetime of a product. It often involves changing of parts or fluids, even if they don’t need it in that instant. For example, if you take your car for a service and the engine oil is still sort of okay but will need replacing in 2 months’ time, would you just leave it or get it changed there and then? This type of preventative maintenance is designed to make sure that everything is in top condition and works perfectly all of the time. The biggest problem we face is that people think preventative maintenance isn’t necessary and while, yes your AC system will run without it, it’s likely to cost you so much more in the long run and could end up upsetting your staff too with a drop in temperatures. Employee satisfaction Commercial air conditioning is still a huge part of employee satisfaction Although at the time of writing this, many people are working from home, commercial air conditioning is still a huge part of employee satisfaction. Having an operating office, warehouse, school or indeed home, with air conditioning can help to keep people happy throughout the year. As a business owner, HR or general manager, it’s part of your job to keep employees happy and working in an optimal environment. Without this, employees may start to get fed up with attending an office that’s way too hot to work in. Importance of a regular maintenance plan A regular maintenance plan is going to help you keep your air conditioning system in the best state possible. You‘ll be able to detect faults and malfunctions before they have a direct impact on your commercial air conditioning system and prevent any further damage. Through the utilization of a proper plan, you should find that your system has a longer lifespan than those that don’t and should work more efficiently saving you time, money and the hassle of a broken system. Keeping your staff members happy is also a must and so dedicating some of your budget to air conditioning maintenance might just help you to keep morale and employee satisfaction on the right level.
For designers, installers and operators of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, energy efficiency is rightly the number one selection criteria. This applies particularly to fan motors. However, while EC fans - the popular solution that integrates a fan, motor and speed control – are regarded as something of a de-facto guarantee for efficiency, that is not always the case. When evaluating the efficiency of your fan, motor and speed control combination it is vital to consider the ‘wire to air’ efficiency. Therefore, the total effect of both electrical and mechanical performance must be taken into account. Some EC fans have the motor mounted inside the fan wheel which disrupts the air flow. The result is decreased aerodynamic efficiency, and that impacts the overall efficiency of the fan unit. In contrast, a fan ‘package’ that comprises a high efficiency motor operating in combination with a variable frequency drive (VFD) that matches the motor speed with the required load could offer superior overall efficiency. Part-load efficiency is crucial In most cases, EC fans are fitted with brushless DC motors, known also as permanent magnet (PM) motors. When operating at full speed they can offer efficiency better than the IE4 standard. That sounds good until you consider that their motor efficiency can drop rapidly at part loads. In fact, they might not even deliver IE3 efficiency at speeds below 60 percent. This part-load efficiency is crucial since the majority of HVAC installations operate at less than 80 percent speed for 99 percent of the time. A more cost-effective, and energy-efficient, alternative can be to reduce the dimensions of the mechanical components such as air handling units (AHUs), ducting and auxiliary equipment to match the most common operating conditions. This approach must make provision to over-speed the fan motors to handle the 1 percent peak requirement, accepting that for this brief period there will be slightly lower efficiency and increased audible noise. EC fans cannot be over-speeded. Yet with VFDs it could, for example, be possible to over-speed a motor by up to 15 percent of its nominal speed. ABB EC Titanium™ motors are a highly efficient integrated motor drive solution for HVAC applications Power factor makes an important difference Harmonic currents are an additional energy efficiency consideration as they lower the total true power factor (PF) of the network by increasing the total line current. This extra current is not active current, but reactive current that results in higher system losses. Harmonics can result in added infrastructure costs due to the need to over-size equipment such as transformers, cables and fuses. Electricity bills might be increased while some utilities also impose penalties on their commercial customers with a low power factor. When evaluating the efficiency of your fan, motor and speed control combination it is vital to consider the ‘wire to air’ efficiency A traditional EC motor might have a power factor of around 0.78, drawing some 25 to 40 percent more current from the network than its actual load. That is why many EC fan systems require the installation of costly, centralized harmonic mitigation equipment. Instead, a fan package approach enables the use of a state-of-the-art VFD with active front end (AFE) technology that eliminates harmonics at source. The benefit is a power factor of 1, so that the motor draws only the current it actually needs. What happens when motors need replacing? There is also a sustainability issue regarding the ease of servicing and replacement of the fan motors. Should an EC fan fail it is not serviceable and the complete unit will need replacing, with implications for both costs and the lead time to get a suitable replacement. With a separate drive, motor and fan set up based on standard equipment, if the VFD fails it can be replaced the same day, with no need to go inside the AHU. If the motor fails it can also be replaced the same day.
The connectivity of the Internet of Things (IoT) provides new tools to monitor the well-being of an HVAC system, to provide instant alerts to any operational problems and even to predict when problems are likely to occur. Being alert to early warning signs of a problem enables deployment of less-expensive fixes before the problem escalates. predictive analytics Remote monitoring and predictive analytics of HVAC systems have been even more valuable during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many buildings have been empty. Potential problems come to light faster and can be repaired less expensively, even if no one is on site to complain about an obvious failure. When buildings are occupied, the customer experience is even better and operational and maintenance costs are lower. These capabilities can be integrated with other Building Management Systems (BMS) to provide a broad-based view of various operating systems throughout a facility. In addition to early warning of system failure, system monitoring can also provide new and smarter tools for keeping track of indoor air quality (IAQ) and to minimize energy consumption. Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Cloud Predictive and preventive maintenance are key to ensuring that issues are addressed before they can do damage Sensors and other devices deployed in today’s systems provide hundreds of new data points that are interpreted by Artificial Intelligence (AI) operating in the Cloud. The combination provides detailed and useful insights into how a system operates over time, thus maximizing operation and minimizing energy usage in ways that are more in tune with environmental needs than ever before. Predictive and preventive maintenance are key to ensuring that issues are addressed before they can do serious damage, according to Johnson Controls (JCI). Smart data analysis enables more informed and smarter decisions, thus resulting in reduced maintenance costs, improved efficiency, and overall peace of mind, as per the company. Connected Services Johnson Controls (JCI) offers Connected Services to provide customers with constant equipment monitoring and data analysis, and uses the data proactively to identify faults before they occur and even predict future optimization opportunities and efficiencies. Integration of both equipment and software into a single system makes it more than a sum of its parts. Johnson Controls lists some key benefits of implementing an integrated system: Identify energy savings opportunities. Regular reports on the operational performance provide insights on areas of improvement. Extend asset life. Identifying and managing required maintenance helps to extend equipment lifespan. Minimize repair costs. Faults mitigated at an early stage avoid major failures. Reduced emissions. Operational performance reporting enables chillers to operate in the most efficient range. Monitoring system performance Emerson’s Sensi Predict line goes to the root of HVAC systems to monitor performance, identify issues and alert contractors and home owners to the efficiency, energy usage and overall performance of HVAC units. An internal Emerson study reviewed the most common HVAC failures and determined that installing the technology could detect up to 80% of failures in these areas, before a home owner suffers system outage. Real-time and connected systems use a variety of sensors that constantly monitor the functioning of an HVAC system. Connectivity puts more information than ever at the fingertips of HVAC professionals, making them more responsive than ever to customer needs.
The demographics of the HVAC workforce are changing and more women are being welcomed into the HVAC industry in a wider variety of roles. In part, the changes are because of necessity as Baby Boomers retire from the workforce and leave a labor and skills gap to be filled. HVAC commercial service business, HB McClure Company, based out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is embracing change and encouraging more women to consider a career in the HVAC workspace. The company’s female employees are happy to speak up about the advantages of working in the HVAC industry. Promoting women in HVAC industry Kara Boeckel began working at HB McClure Company as an HVAC technician and is now a Preventive Maintenance Coordinator. Back in trade school, she was the only woman in her class. She faced negative preconceptions about her capabilities compared to male counterparts and there were no female role models. Women were 50% of the U.S. labor force in 2019, but only 2% of employees in the HVAC field were women Despite the challenges, Boeckel found her vocational pathway. Now, her peers at HB McClure Company give her support and help her get past any fear of being a minority in a male-dominated field. “Now I don’t see being a female as a weakness,” said Kara Boeckel, adding “I see it as a strength.” Women were 50% of the U.S. labor force in 2019, but only 2% of employees in the HVAC field were women. And that number had increased from an even lower figure eight years before – 0.6%. Need for more HVAC technicians According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC employment will likely increase 15% through 2026. The growth, combined with the current labor shortage, means technicians are needed to fill the estimated 115,000 new positions that the industry expects to have available by 2022. If trends continue, many of them are likely to be women. However, more awareness is needed to attract employees of any gender to the HVAC market. “Students are not as exposed to the prospects in this industry,” said Shelly Matter, HB McClure’s Director of Business Development, adding “There is a shortage of skilled tradespeople, male and female.” Monetary benefits in HVAC After completing the required field training and certifications, many possibilities open up for women to grow their career, with job positions ranging from Foreman to Project Manager, Engineering to Sales. Shelly Matter has been in the commercial/industrial HVAC industry for more than 20 years. Now, she makes presentations at expos, conferences and local school career fairs. The number one question among prospective HVAC employees that she meets is, ‘How much does it pay?’ Shelly Matter is happy to assure students that it’s possible to make a generous living in HVAC, after one establishes capability and reliability. Challenges and opportunities in HVAC The best part is meeting wonderful customers and helping them solve their commercial HVAC problems" Kelly Overlander, New Business Development Representative at HB McClure, was formerly the owner of a successful hair salon for more than 15 years. After she sold her salon and entered the mechanical trades industry, Overlander is proud of her ability to bring value to customers. “My job delivers a variety of challenges and many opportunities for professional growth,” said Kelly Overlander, adding “The best part is meeting wonderful customers and helping them solve their commercial HVAC problems.” Importance of role models Having good role models is a critical aspect of women seeking to enter the HVAC business. Angela Klingler, HB McClure New Business Developer, sees a need for more female trade school instructors and appreciates the value of women surrounding themselves with people who have expertise and then learning from their strengths. She advocates mentoring, sharing industry opportunities and partnering with organizations, such as the Partnership for Career Development, to help bridge the gap between industry and education. It all comes down to identifying what one is passionate about, and then combining that passion with a career that aligns with those passions. “When you go to a nursing home and the heater isn’t working, you not only fix it, but you have taken care of bringing warmth to someone’s grandmother, and she’s thanking you,” said Kelly Overlander, adding “Working in HVAC is very rewarding.”
The computing power we know as the Internet actually resides in millions of data centers that house rows and rows of computer servers. And each data center represents a unique HVAC challenge: How to keep the equipment cool, the air pure and the humidity low. Providing the ideal operating conditions for a room full of computers requires the best that the HVAC market can offer. Data centers come in all shapes, sizes and configurations. Some are huge facilities that serve the needs of giants, such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Others are smaller and might contain the servers for a single company. In every case, there is expensive equipment operating, creating enormous amounts of heat and there is important data to be preserved. Air quality and temperature monitoring Data centers have a narrower range of acceptable environmental factors when compared to typical buildings Air quality and temperatures are monitored around the clock, and even small discrepancies can undermine the whole operation. Data centers have a narrower range of acceptable environmental factors when compared to typical buildings. ASHRAE provides guidelines and best practices for mission-critical facilities, which should be followed by any contractor working with data centers. The layout of a data center is an important consideration – what is the location of servers and other key equipment? Appropriate parameters in various zones ensure correct temperatures and humidity levels. Managing power loads Access must be maintained to the electrical infrastructure and supplies, and attention must be paid to electric loads. Typically, an HVAC system uses its own electrical supply, separate from the system that the servers depend on. This approach helps with managing power loads. Often server rooms have raised floors to provide technicians access to the infrastructures. Fans placed under the floor can discharge air in a wider pattern for more uniform cooling. Server rooms may also have higher ceilings to provide room for large equipment racks. These features can impact air flow, temperature and humidity and should be incorporated into HVAC system designs. ‘Hot aisle, cold aisle’ approach Managing higher heat loads of computer servers arranged in rows at data centers can use a ‘hot aisle, cold aisle’ approach. Cold air intakes and hot air exhausts face alternating rows. Because of moisture concerns, only plumbing that relate to fire suppression should be located near the server rooms. Server rooms typically do not have windows or outside doors or outside-facing walls. Air filtration For air quality, filters eliminate the smallest particles such as dust or pollen. HEPA filters are effective For air quality, filters eliminate the smallest particles such as dust or pollen. HEPA filters are effective. Other factors include new motor types, fewer moving parts, and more sensors to provide predictive maintenance. Preventive maintenance is a better approach than facing the possible dire consequences of an emergency. Keeping spare parts on hand is a good way to minimize risk. Variable-speed fans save energy, and they use motors that do not require belts, pulleys or bearing hardware for cleaner operation and less contamination, and less frequent maintenance. However, monthly HVAC inspections should be implemented to ensure maximum data center uptime. Mission-critical HVAC systems Mission-critical HVAC systems for data centers fall into two categories. One is Computer Room Air Conditioners (CRAC), which use compressors and are deployed for perimeter cooling. The other is Computer Room Air Handlers (CRAH), which use water from a centralized chiller and a control valve to provide cooling. Stand-alone ultrasonic units take the place of internal humidifiers on CRAC and CRAH units.
Very few homeowners ignore the need for keeping temperatures in their homes at comfortable levels. One isn’t going to overlook the need for an effective heater when it is freezing cold outside, right? Of course not. That need is obvious. Not all needs are quite as obvious, though, even if they are equally important. For instance, the need for great indoor air quality in one’s home. Make IAQ services part of on-going HVAC services in Loveland. The problem with indoor air quality is that there are just so many different ways in which it may suffer. Fortunately, the IAQ professionals on the company’s team ensure that, no matter what is wrong with the indoor air quality, one will have the right solutions in place. Humidity Issues The company is sure that some people have little experience with portable humidifier and dehumidifier units Humidity is a tough nut to crack. Too little humidity in the home is certainly not desirable and can have a number of unpleasant consequences. These can include dry, itchy skin, nosebleeds, increased instances of illness, and more. However, too much humidity is not great, either. If the air in the home is too humid, then one may run into musty odors, issues with warping wooden floorboards, wood rot, and even the promotion of mold growth. The company is sure that some people have little experience with portable humidifier and dehumidifier units. However, if one is serious about optimizing humidity in the home, these are not what one should choose. One should want whole-house solutions to humidity problems, and that means that wanting a whole-house humidifier and/or dehumidifier installed in the residence. And that means hiring a professional to do the right job. Airborne Pollutants Perhaps the most common issue that homeowners encounter with their indoor air quality is that of airborne pollutants. Dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen, and other debris can get into the air in the home. Also about breathing all of those pollutants into the lungs. But, what can one do about it, right? It’s not like one is going to ditch Fido just because he sheds. The company suggests that there may be a way to completely eliminate the risk of airborne pollutants making their way into the home. However, one can remove the pollutants from the air that they breathe quite effectively with the right equipment in place. Whole-house air filtration systems, for example, or more advanced air cleaning systems, may be used to clean the air that fills the home. Biological Pollutants It may sound scary and the company is not trying to alarm the people. However, it has to be said. Biological pollutants in the home pose a health threat. With UV germicidal lights, one can destroy biological pollutants like viruses, mold spores, and bacteria that are putting health at risk.
After a successful trial of two seed vehicles, Petit Forestier has supplied 123 new rigid trucks into a major logistics customer, all featuring Carrier Transicold SYBERIA MT (multi-temperature) systems. The largest UK order to-date for Carrier Transicold’s powerful engineless truck refrigeration technology, the new vehicles will help to improve sustainability across the customer’s fleet. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, the pioneering global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions. Supplied by Petit Forestier on full-service contract hire, the new assets include a mix of 15, 18 and 26-tonne DAF trucks and will make food and beverage deliveries to well-known high street coffee shops and a national chain of hotels. The vehicles feature specialist bodywork from Solomon Commercials, with chilled and frozen compartments that incorporate a moving interior spine to allow both cages and pallets to be transported. In addition, as the SYBERIA unit is mounted above the cab and has no need for a separate fuel tank, space is freed on the chassis to store and carry waste intended for recycling. Carrier’s engineless technology The SYBERIA system runs on power derived directly from the truck’s ultra-clean Euro VI diesel engine “We’ve worked closely with Carrier and our customer to ensure every aspect of the build helps them improve the sustainability of the fleet,” said Helder Ribeiro, Managing Director, Petit Forestier. “Having performed impeccably on two trial vehicles, Carrier’s engineless technology plays an integral role in this process. With no need to run an auxiliary diesel engine, we can deliver a significant cut in emissions, without sacrificing performance.” The vehicles delivering to coffee shops feature twin compartments for transporting chilled and frozen food to a chain of 2,500 outlets. Those operating on the hotel contract benefit from triple compartments for delivering frozen, chilled and ambient products. All the trucks will operate on high-intensity, multi-drop delivery routes, making powerful, reliable refrigeration unit performance imperative. The SYBERIA system runs on power derived directly from the truck’s ultra-clean Euro VI diesel engine, thanks to Carrier Transicold’s ECO-DRIVE power module. The system uses a hydraulic pump connected to the truck engine’s power take-off, driving a generator capable of delivering electrical power to the unit that can provide 100% refrigeration capacity, even at standard idle speed. SYBERIA system This project was designed to showcase our customer’s commitment to sustainability and the environment" Each ECO-DRIVE unit is fully integrated into the SYBERIA system above the cab, leaving more space on the chassis to house the truck’s recycling lockers. The SYBERIA system also boasts rapid temperature pull-down capability and operates at a PIEK-compliant level below 60 dB(A) – making it an ideal solution for any intensive urban delivery route. The 123 vehicles replace older assets, after Petit Forestier won a competitive tender to supply the trucks on a seven-year contract hire basis. “The build process has gone seamlessly from start to finish, and that’s down to how closely all involved have worked together,” said Ribeiro. “This project was designed to showcase our customer’s commitment to sustainability and the environment, and Carrier has played a major role in this successful outcome.” The vehicles will operate across the UK, clocking up between 45,000 and 67,000 miles per year. The SYBERIA MT system is one of the solutions offered through Carrier’s Healthy, Safe, Sustainable Cold Chain Program to preserve and protect the supply of food, medicine and vaccines.
Tribe Transportation is expanding its fleet with 111 new 53-foot trailers equipped with Carrier Transicold X4™ 7500 refrigeration units to help it meet demand in the fast-growing life sciences sector, which includes the transport of pharmaceutical products. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, a pioneering global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions. The acquisition includes Carrier Transicold TRU-Mount solar panels, which help to maintain the charge of the refrigeration unit batteries. Additionally, Tribe acquired 100 Carrier Transicold ComfortPro® diesel auxiliary power units (APUs) to help maintain cab climate control for its drivers. “The new refrigeration units, with their high capacities, precise temperature control and proven reliability, are helping us to meet the exacting needs of our pharmaceutical and life sciences customers,” said Todd Gooch, Vice President of Transportation for the Gainesville, Georgia-based fleet. X4 7500 model Tribe’s trailers are equipped with telematics devices powered by the refrigeration units’ batteries Native American woman-owned Tribe Transportation is one of the fastest-growing minority carriers in North America. Now in its 16th year of operation, the fleet has more than 400 tractors and nearly 900 trailers, serving the refrigerated and deep-frozen freight needs of its expanding customer base. “We haul everything from candy and produce to ice cream and cryogenic pharmaceutical products, and that unit serves us best over a wide array of customers,” Gooch said about the X4 7500 model, Carrier Transicold’s highest capacity trailer refrigeration unit. For temperature monitoring and asset tracking, Tribe’s trailers are equipped with telematics devices powered by the refrigeration units’ batteries. Carrier Transicold’s high-performance TRU-Mount solar charging system supplements battery charging, helping to keep all trailers visible through Tribe’s telematics system. ComfortPro diesel APUs “That’s a big plus for us,” Gooch explained, noting that in a drop-type environment where a trailer may be parked without the refrigeration unit running, the battery could lose its charge without the support of the solar panel. The fully featured ComfortPro diesel APUs provide air conditioning, heating, cab power and engine warming Tribe considers the panel’s secure mounting to the top of the refrigeration unit an advantage because it stays with the unit if it is relocated to another trailer. The fully featured ComfortPro diesel APUs provide air conditioning, heating, cab power, engine warming, and truck battery monitoring and charging. In addition to reducing engine wear and fuel consumption, the APUs improve comfort, which helps with driver retention. fleet expansion “The APUs are rock solid and the drivers love them,” Gooch said, adding that Tribe’s commitment to the Carrier Transicold brand extends beyond the local dealership, MHC Carrier Transicold, to the entire Carrier Transicold dealer network, which provides service support to the fleet throughout the contiguous United States and Canada. “Tribe’s fleet expansion moves the cold chain forward to help ensure that medicines reach the people who need them,” said Bill Maddox, Senior Manager, Product Management, Carrier Transicold. “We are pleased to support this effort, at a time when it matters most.”
Panasonic Corporation has announced, in collaboration with Grab Holdings Inc. (Grab), the international superapp creator in Southeast Asia, to further raise GrabCar Premium standards by providing cleaner and more comfortable traveling experience for GrabCar Premium passengers, using nanoe X. The initiative will see 5,500 GrabCar Premium vehicles in five cities across four countries, including Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi (Vietnam), and Jakarta (Indonesia), to be equipped with nanoe X generators, which will be available from the middle of January 2021. Panasonic air quality solutions In recent years, interest in air quality has been increasing worldwide. Under the slogan of ‘Quality Air for Life’ mainly in Southeast Asia, Panasonic is providing air quality solutions that control temperature, humidity, ventilation, and airflow to deliver high-quality air environments tailored to homes, stores, offices, etc. At the core of these solutions is Panasonic’s proprietary nanoe clean technology. nanoe X nanoe X is a nanosized particulate ion produced by applying a high voltage to water in the air and contains hydroxyl radicals nanoe X is a nanosized particulate ion produced by applying a high voltage to water in the air and contains hydroxyl radicals (highly reactive components) that easily act on various substances. The production of these hydroxyl radicals has been increased tenfold, compared to conventional products. nanoe X is used in home appliances such as air purifiers, air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators, as well as in automobiles, trains, and commercial air conditioning equipment because of its various effects such as deodorization, suppression of bacteria and allergens. nanoe X generator The nanoe X generator, which will be installed in GrabCar Premium vehicles, is powered by a USB port and is compact enough to fit in a car cup-holder, making it easy to generate nanoe X to clean the air inside the car. Panasonic will continue to pursue the realization of ‘Quality Air for Life’ in various areas of everyday lives and society, including home appliances, automotive, and housing-related fields, to deliver a healthy lifestyle.
Florida-based tanker transportation and fleet management company, Oakley Transport is no stranger to success. Its roots date back to 1961, starting out as an independent citrus fruit broker, before entering into the harvest and hauling sector of the citrus industry. Specialized tanker transport In 1986, Oakley Transport diversified into the transport of liquid food grade products and quickly became one of the top transporters in specialized tanker transportation services. And just four years ago, the company expanded once again, however, this time into the reefer segment. “With a request from key partners, we entered the refrigerated side of business in late 2016 to move many of the finished goods that came from the tanker division. It was a natural way to further diversify and a great growth opportunity,” said Thomas E. Oakley of Oakley Transport. It allowed us an opportunity to introduce the Thermo King brand into our fleet" Tom adds, “It also allowed us an opportunity to introduce the Thermo King brand into our fleet, an opportunity that continues to expand.” ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certification Those opportunities are no accident. According to Thomas E. Oakley, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Oakley Transport, “The company has always aligned its vision with core values – and that has provided competitive advantages. Indeed Oakley Transport’s reputation for reliable service, dependable drivers, and industry leadership as early adopters of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act and ELDs, has earned the organization certification in ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 standards, positioning them well throughout the industry.” TriPac Evolution auxiliary power units Reliability of equipment is paramount for Oakley Transport as it ensures timely deliveries, offers performance efficiencies and contributes to driver retention rates. Oakley was pleased with the quality its first Thermo King reefers provided so in 2019, decided to give the TriPac Evolution auxiliary power unit (APU) a try as well. The company conducted a pilot test of Thermo King’s TriPac Evolution APUs with the support of Thermo King of the Southeast (TKSE), the local Thermo King dealership. Reduced fuel consumption and emissions “We were looking to improve truck idle times and keep them in the single digits – nine percent or less,” said Pete Nativo, Vice President of fleet maintenance for Oakley Transport, adding “While APUs reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise levels, they also keep the drivers comfortable – by providing heat and power for amenities that make road life a little more like home life.” Feedback from our drivers has been good – they like the TriPac’s easy-to-use controls" Pete Nativo adds, “Feedback from our drivers has been good – they like the TriPac’s easy-to-use controls. They also believe it starts easier. Most importantly, the TriPac has been very reliable. TKSE is a great local partner and if something does go wrong out on the road, Thermo King’s expansive dealer network allows for easy serviceability for our long-haul drivers.” He further states, “Bottom line is that Thermo King of the Southeast and Thermo King have proven to be trusting and reliable partners who offer consistent, quality service that aligns with our own standards.” Reliability of Tripac Evolution APUs The pilot of five TriPac Evolution auxiliary power units (APUs) in 2019 led to an order of approximately 200 more in 2020, demonstrating Oakley’s commitment to driver comfort and ultimately, retention. “We were really excited to work with Oakley Transport on the TriPac pilot as it allowed us the opportunity to demonstrate the performance and reliability of our APU with actual documentation on idling time, fuel consumption and more,” said Rob Race, Senior Account Executive at Thermo King of the Southeast (TKSE).
Karl Reeves, CEO of Consolidated Elevator Industries announced that his company has taken their initial delivery of Delos air filtration systems. Although one may only be in the cab for a few seconds, protecting commercial elevator passengers is one of the top priorities in the nationwide effort to keep buildings safe in the era of COVID-19. That's why at Consolidated Elevator, they’ve identified air filtration as one of the first and most important ways to ensure the confined space of an Elevator cab meets high standards of health and safety. Delos air filtration solutions To accomplish this, they have partnered with wellness experts at Delos to provide top-of-the-line air filtration options for the building owners of New York City. The Delos air filtration solutions installed by Consolidated Elevator feature High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration to help improve the quality of the air in the elevator cab. The Delos solution helps reduce air particles that may carry bacteria and viruses by targeting allergens, toxins, pathogens, pollen and other pollutants in the air. Even with air purification in place, face coverings should also be required at all times while in, and waiting for, the elevator. Building managers should ensure that there is signage stating this policy that is visible from a distance. This aligns with CDC recommendations on the use of cloth face coverings "in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain" to help slow the spread of the virus.
Round table discussion
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects embedded with sensors, software and other technologies to facilitate connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet. Use of the IoT is expanding among both business and residential applications. However, there are hurdles to overcome, including security, privacy and networking challenges. As more HVAC devices embrace the IoT, we asked our Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on the HVAC market?
New technologies continue to drive change in the HVAC market. HVAC’s image as a mature and stable industry can overshadow the high level of innovation taking place. Meeting environmental challenges and creating more cost-efficient systems are among the forces fueling the change. We asked our Expert Panel Roundtable: What will be the next big product trend in the HVAC market?