Around 1,900 exhibitors display the latest HVACR products and services at the AHR Expo 2020, Feb. 3-5, in Orlando. Show organizers are expecting a great turnout, judging by pre-registration activities. The 500,000-square-foot exhibition, billed as “The World’s Largest HVACR Marketplace,” includes well-known HVACR brands such as Emerson, Samsung, Johnson Controls, Daikin and Mitsubishi Electric. “The show is unique in that it is the gathering place for professionals from...
Ingersoll-Rand plc, a pioneer in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, has been named one of the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ by Fortune for the eighth consecutive year. “It’s an honor to be recognized once again as one of the world’s most admired companies,” said Michael W. Lamach, chairman and chief executive officer of Ingersoll Rand and of the future Trane Technologies. “Our dedicated employees around the globe are...
Infinitum Electric, creator of the breakthrough printed circuit board motor (PCB), announces the launch of its IEx Series motor, an IoT-enabled electric motor that’s a third of the size and weight of conventional motors while delivering class-leading efficiency and IoT capabilities. Infinitum has reached OEM sales agreements with Twin City Fans, Comefri and ACME Fan for the new IEx Series motor and the first shipment of motors is scheduled for June. The company’s first product is a...
Trade jobs in general are really struggling to find talented individuals interested in the opportunities. The “dark and dangerous” stigma needs to start being overturned, and people need to realize the great success that can be found in industries like HVACR. That’s why HARDI, Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International, is working on a workforce recruitment initiative that includes a video project to highlight different people with different backgro...
Each January, hundreds of thousands of technology enthusiasts attend CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. It’s the global showcase for the latest in consumer technology. And while there are miles of trade show aisles to peruse, the best of the best can be found in one spot: the CES Innovation Showcase. This year, Resideo's Honeywell Home M5 Series received a CES Innovation Award for elevating the expectation beyond just temperature control to monitoring a home's critical systems....
The Viessmann Group takes over IAC Vestcold As, a well-established refrigeration installation and service partner in Norway. IAC offers full range of services covering all areas of air-conditioning and ventilation technology, industrial and commercial refrigeration, cold storage construction, as well as the sales and distribution of refrigerated cabinets. Commercial refrigeration "We are delighted that our long-term cooperation has resulted in joining our skills and competencies in comm...
When it comes to business opportunities, the potential upside for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) solutions is huge. It’s expected to be a $15 billion market by 2022. Many technicians are unsure of how to best address air quality issues with homeowners, which can cause some HVAC companies to miss out on significant new revenues. The Resideo AirCycle Program is here to change everything – starting with the conversations that techs have with homeowners about their home’s air quality. Resideo AirCycle Program Many IAQ selling strategies have focused on health-scare tactics and vague diagnoses such as warnings about asthma or mold. But this approach can lead to homeowner skepticism, and quickly take technicians out of their comfort zone of focusing on HVAC challenges and solutions. The Resideo AirCycle Program helps techs confidently reframe the air quality conversation around real data that can be measured and controlled, to help restore optimal home comfort. The system monitors these six essential air quality factors: Carbon monoxide Carbon dioxide Air particles Humidity Odors and smells Temperature A manager can leverage the program’s Opportunity Dashboard, which helps make better business decisions After just 30 minutes, the system generates an easy-to-read report that’s instantly available, illustrating the condition of the home’s air. Now, instead of struggling with indoor air quality conversation starters, techs can simply point to the areas of the report that highlight which air quality factors are beyond the expected ranges, and guide the homeowner through the recommended Honeywell Home solutions. AirCycle Pro Monitor Armed with this reliable, customized data from the AirCycle Pro Monitor, techs can build tiered recommendations of Honeywell Home solutions, starting with the air quality factors most out of the “control” ranges. Some issues may be handled that same day, but others can be solved in follow-up service calls, creating ongoing sales opportunities for your business. Plus, a manager can leverage the program’s Opportunity Dashboard, which helps make better business decisions by providing: Revenue forecasting to help manage sales goals Technician comparison reports for goal setting and performance tracking Localized trend analysis to give direct insight into common homeowner needs Building IAQ opportunities The AirCycle Program includes in-depth online and in-person training sessions, coaching technicians on how to successfully use the monitor, interpret reports for homeowners and make recommendations with confidence. They’ll learn how to build IAQ opportunities into every conversation with every customer, to drive short-term sales and also create long-term relationships that add value to businesses.
Ingersoll-Rand plc introduces its pure-play climate company, announcing the new company name, strategy and executive leadership team. The climate company will be named Trane Technologies plc, elevating its Trane® brand and celebrating the power of technological innovation. Trane Technologies will be a pioneer in climate control and is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker ‘TT.’ Through its strategic brands, Trane® and Thermo King®, and portfolio of climate-focused innovations, Trane Technologies will create efficient and sustainable solutions for buildings, homes and transportation. Advanced Technologies And Powerful Innovation Global megatrends are pushing climate action to the forefront of the world’s agenda" “Global megatrends are pushing climate action to the forefront of the world’s agenda,” said Michael W. Lamach, chairman and CEO of the current Ingersoll Rand and of the future Trane Technologies. “We excel where these megatrends intersect with our advanced technologies and powerful innovation. Building on our leadership in sustainability, Trane Technologies will redefine the status quo for our industry and challenge what is possible for our customers and the world.” Lamach added: “Our focus will be on sustainable businesses that directly address these megatrends and create customer value, a proven business operating system that generates productivity and execution excellence and a winning culture that empowers people to deliver their best. As a global leader in climate markets, Trane Technologies will have greater focus, more targeted investments and a simplified business model that will allow us to increase speed and agility and deliver value for shareholders, customers and employees.” Creating Positive Impact For Society Trane Technologies will continue to aggressively pursue Ingersoll Rand’s previously announced 2030 sustainability targets, designed to create positive impact for society and enable a premier performing company. These commitments include: The Gigaton Challenge to reduce our customers’ carbon emissions by one gigaton by the year 2030. A gigaton is equivalent to the annual emissions of Italy, France and the United Kingdom combined – or about 2% of the world’s annual emissions. Leading by Example to ensure that our operations have a restorative impact on the environment including achieving carbon-neutral operations and zero waste to landfill, and giving back more water than we use in water-stressed Opportunity for All in our workplace, with goals to achieve gender parity in leadership and workforce diversity reflective of our communities. We also will enhance opportunity in our communities through investments in education and workforce development, access to housing and comfort and food and nutrition for under-served populations. Enterprise-Wide Functions Trane Technologies’ executive leadership team will be effective January 1, 2020, in readiness for the close of the Reverse Morris Trust (RMT) transaction, and report directly to Mike Lamach, chairman and CEO. Dave Regnery has been appointed president and chief operating officer. Regnery currently serves as executive vice president for Ingersoll Rand’s Climate and Industrial segments, overseeing financial and operating performance and reporting to Lamach. Dave has done an outstanding job leading both our Climate and Industrial segments over the past two years" “Dave has done an outstanding job leading both our Climate and Industrial segments over the past two years. His success, extensive knowledge of our businesses and operations and passion for our customers make this expanded role a logical step,” said Lamach. The following executives will oversee Trane Technologies’ enterprise-wide functions that support its strategy, people, culture and governance, as the climate company prepares for its separation from Ingersoll Rand, and ensure continuity of leadership within the new company: Strong Leadership Team Marcia Avedon, executive vice president and chief human resources, marketing and communications officer; Paul Camuti, executive vice president and chief technology and strategy officer; Sue Carter, senior vice president and chief financial officer, who, as previously announced, has communicated her planned retirement in conjunction with the RMT transaction close, in early 2020. At that time, she will be succeeded by Chris Kuehn, who currently serves as vice president and chief accounting officer; Ray Pittard, leader of the company’s Transformation and execution excellence; and Evan Turtz, senior vice president and general counsel. Lamach concluded: “I am looking forward to leading Trane Technologies into the future, backed by this strong leadership team. Together, we will deliver on our strategy and commitments — for the benefit of our employees, customers and shareholders. We are encouraged by the great progress we are making on closing our transaction and are confident that we are positioning Trane Technologies for success.”
Johnson Controls broke ground on an expansion of its air-handling unit manufacturing facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The 22,000 square-foot expansion will create 40-50 new assembly jobs to boost production and the local economy. The facility, which manufactures both YORK and Miller-Picking brand systems, is increasing its footprint in response to the growing demand for custom air-handling units. Creating Attractive Employment Opportunities “We’re excited to start this project, create attractive employment opportunities for area residents and serve the growing needs of the heating and air conditioning industry,” said Ramiro Rodriguez, plant manager, Johnson Controls. “This expansion is another chapter in our long-term commitment to employees, Forrest County and area business partners.” Johnson Controls will also install a new crane system that will move products during the manufacturing process The expansion, which will increase the facility’s size to 120,000 square feet, includes the relocation of several sub-assembly cells and opens more manufacturing space in the main plant. Johnson Controls will also install a new crane system that will move products during the manufacturing process. The project is slated to be completed in May 2020. Forward-Thinking Leadership "It is always welcome news when one of Hattiesburg's longstanding manufacturing employers adds additional jobs,” said Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker. "We congratulate Johnson Controls on this expansion. It is a testament to the company's forward-thinking leadership and to Hattiesburg’s dynamic and skilled workforce." Johnson Controls currently employs 225 workers at the facility. It is one of the top five preferred manufacturing employers in Hattiesburg. The existing plant was built in 1968, and the last building expansion was completed more than 20 years ago. The new expansion involves ongoing collaboration among many partners, including the City of Hattiesburg, Forrest County and Area Development Partnership. The general contractor is Rustin Metal Buildings and Construction, Laurel, Mississippi. Strong Manufacturing Sector We’re honored to hear Johnson Controls is expanding here in Forrest County" Chad Driskell, chair, Area Development Partnership, stated: “Johnson Controls’ expansion in Hattiesburg speaks to our pro-business operating environment and the quality of our regional workforce. Employees drive from across South Mississippi to work in the regional hub, which also creates more opportunities here for them to dine, shop and play.” David Hogan, president of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, said: “We’re honored to hear Johnson Controls is expanding here in Forrest County. The company has a history of success here in the Forrest County Industrial Park that dates back 50 years, and we look forward to the company’s presence for another 50 years as a major contributor to our strong manufacturing sector.” While the expansion is a boon to the local economy, it also demonstrates the continued investment and leadership of Johnson Controls in the heating and air conditioning industry. Manufactured in Hattiesburg, YORK and Miller-Picking air-handling units are used in commercial buildings throughout the world. The plant complements the company’s Airside Center of Excellence in York County, Pennsylvania, which features 40,000 square feet of office space and 285,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
Johnson Controls will showcase its unmatched portfolio of advanced, sustainable and future-ready HVACR solutions at the 2020 AHR Expo (Booth 3833) Feb. 3-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The Johnson Controls booth will be centered around the company’s new brand focus – ‘The power behind your mission’ – which reinforces its commitment to advancing the safety, comfort and intelligence of spaces and places to power its customers’ business goals. “The HVACR industry is constantly evolving and Johnson Controls is well-positioned to meet changing consumer demand with more efficient, sustainable and smart-ready products,” said Jeff Williams, president, Global Products, Johnson Controls. “The 2020 AHR Expo brings together a collection of our latest and most advanced products to help simplify building management, increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs.” seamless integration The units are Smart Equipment enabled and provide seamless integration with building controls systems YORK Sun Choice: The new 15-27.5-ton commercial rooftop units exceed Department of Energy (DOE) 2018 regulations by up to 25% and surpass future DOE 2023 part-load standards by nearly 10%. The units feature a lightweight design that is up to 33% lighter than existing Johnson Controls models and up to 22% lighter than competing products. Large-tonnage commercial rooftop units: The new series of 27.5–50-ton commercial rooftop units seek to provide class-leading performance to deliver comfort without compromise – all in a cost-effective package. The units are Smart Equipment enabled and provide seamless integration with building controls systems, including Verasys, which helps maximize control for greater efficiency, extended equipment life and reduced operating costs. communicating zoning system New Communicating Zoning System: YORK will launch the new Wi-Fi-enabled Hx 3 communicating zoning solution, offering a range of devices to build systems supporting up to eight zones in homes resulting in maximum efficiency of equipment. The communicating zoning system can be controlled on the equipment, individual room thermostats or remotely controlled on the upgraded Hx Pro mobile application. When paired with this new technology, YORK Affinity Variable Capacity Systems are smarter, more connected, more efficient and more reliable than ever before. The Ducted Systems group will also feature the 2020 AHR Innovation Award-winning YORK TL9E Ultra-Low NOx Gas Furnace. Metasys Release 10.1: The latest version of the Metasys building automation system (BAS) includes an award-winning Cyber Health Dashboard and a new family of Network Engines to help drive system performance and cybersecurity. An exclusive first look at Metasys enhancements that will be available later this year will also be on display, including new supervisory and equipment controller models and fault detection, and fault triage capabilities. commercial refrigeration system The Johnson Controls building automation team will also exhibit next-generation hardware for Facility Explorer, including a brand new supervisory controller, a new family of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) for critical environments and other additions to its robust building automation portfolio as part of the recent EasyIO acquisition. YZ offers outstanding efficiency, an impressive operating map and a low total cost of ownership PENN Connected Refrigeration: This new tool leverages the cloud, IoT, mobile applications and data analytics to provide real-time data to optimize commercial refrigeration system efficiency, performance and reliability. It’s a cost-effective solution to ensure food stored in refrigeration equipment is always safe. Johnson Controls will feature a wide range of commercial and residential thermostat controls. Designed to help occupants efficiently and easily manage indoor comfort, the LUX portfolio provides a commercial line of thermostats of all types – from mechanical and pneumatic to smart Zigbee and zWave controls – to fit almost any project. HVAC systems design process Pros can see first-hand the simplicity and design of the LUX line of smart thermostats, including the KONO Smart, KONOz and KONOzw, CS1, GEO and the award-winning LUX P series of programmable thermostats, as well as the latest Johnson Controls TEC3000 and WT4K for commercial applications. HVAC Designer: This new web-based tool speeds up the HVAC systems design process by assisting with many time-consuming tasks necessary to design a complete system, such as a rooftop system with Verasys controls. The tool can import loads from diverse sources, create your schematics, automatically complete industry-standard HVAC calculations, guide product selections that meet system performance requirements, and create project documentation. heat recovery systems Hitachi multi-module water source VRF heat pump and heat recovery systems (Booth # 3819): The new multi-module systems are the largest capacity water source variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems in the industry – ranging from 6-48 tons – and offer the capability of connecting multiple single-module units. A new development for the award-winning YORK YZ Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller will be announced at the show. Johnson Controls has developed an integrated heat exchanger option available in YORK air handlers Launched in early 2018, the YZ is the first chiller fully optimized for ultimate performance with a next generation low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant. The YZ offers outstanding efficiency, an impressive operating map, sustainability and a low total cost of ownership. Johnson Controls Innovates Wrap-Around Heater Exchangers for a Compact Air Handler Footprint: With the growing need for energy-efficient dehumidification methods, Johnson Controls has developed an integrated wrap-around heat exchanger option exclusively available in YORK air handlers. temperature and lighting control The result is a compact design offering a significant footprint reduction vs. alternative systems. Wrap-around heat exchangers offer dehumidification benefits for many HVAC system applications including schools, hospitals, laboratories and gymnasiums. Manufactured on the same line as other YORK AHRI 410-certified coils, Johnson Controls guarantees the performance and reliability of the entire system without need for onsite installation or additional manufacturing lead time. Johnson Controls Companion: This personal occupant app combines temperature and lighting control, space reservation, desk usage, way finding, helpdesk, ticket request and mobile access/e-badge management to enable the workplace and workforce of the future. The easy-to-use app gives occupants more control while making buildings smarter and more efficient. advanced cloud-based platform Smart Connected Chillers provide machine learning-enabled, value-added analysis, including vibration analysis Johnson Controls Enterprise Management: This advanced cloud-based platform is machine learning-enabled and allows users to monitor and manage building operations data, space utilization, tenants, equipment and systems from a single pane of glass. An advanced Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD) engine, predictive capabilities and integration with preferred work order system provides quick and measurable ROI. Smart Connected Chillers: Evolving from preventive to predictive condition-based maintenance, Smart Connected Chillers provide machine learning-enabled, value-added analysis, including vibration analysis, to aid in early detection of machine faults with proactive recommendations to make smart decisions around equipment performance. critical environment controls FMS-2000 Critical Environment Controller: Triatek will display the latest addition to the critical environment controls portfolio, the FMS-2000 Critical Environment Controller. It features a larger five-inch-high definition touch screen with increased font size that makes verifying temperature, pressure and humidity easier across operating rooms and other critical spaces. An updated interface will provide a consistent user experience across Johnson Controls products, and users can customize which parameter(s) to display on the screen. Two different password-protected access levels provide facility managers and healthcare staff with the peace of mind that certain settings are only accessible to approved staff. The FMS-2000 can control and monitor up to six parameters across four rooms, which makes it a cost- effective choice. It includes the patented Safety Halo edge lighting that provides 360˚ of color-coded status visibility. The FMS-2000 seamlessly integrates with Metasys and Facility Explorer, and will be available globally in 17 languages in March 2020. energy efficiency Service and Maintenance: Johnson Controls offers the industry’s most comprehensive options for service and maintenance of HVAC equipment and controls in North America, including both smart-ready Johnson Controls products as well as competitive products. Johnson Controls will also offer educational presentations addressing key trends in the industry, including the 2019 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey. Clay Nesler, Vice President, global energy and sustainability for Johnson Controls, will unveil findings of the 2019 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI). The annual survey tracks current and planned investments, key drivers and organizational barriers to improving energy efficiency in facilities.
Nigel Evans, Conservative Candidate for Ribble Valley, has visited Baxi Heating in Club Street, Bamber Bridge, Preston to see the hydrogen boiler that the heating manufacturer is developing. The prototype boiler, that has been developed in conjunction with Baxi Heating’s parent company, BDR Thermea Group, works using 100% pure hydrogen, which does not produce any carbon emissions. That means no carbon dioxide is emitted through the flue into the atmosphere, and there is no danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. hydrogen-ready boilers Engineers in Baxi Heating’s Research and Development laboratory demonstrated the boiler to Mr Evans and explained how hydrogen-ready boilers are being developed that will run firstly on a 20% mix of hydrogen into the normal natural gas fuel, making a substantial reduction in carbon emissions, ready for a time when the gas network could run on 100% pure hydrogen. Nigel Evans stated: “I am excited and proud of the research and development that is taking place in my constituency to develop the next generation of green boiler that will heat our homes and protect the environment. If I am returned to Parliament, I will be inviting Ministers to visit the site. The Government needs to get behind this technology that will keep people warm and comfortable in their homes and protect our environment, both in the UK and across the world.”
Resideo Technologies, Inc. announced the launch of the Resideo Home app, which will make whole-home monitoring possible for the four critical networks of the home – water, air, energy and security. At an event for industry professionals and partners at the historic Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theatre in Austin, the company showcased its vision for the future of the smart home and upcoming subscription services made possible by the new app. Through these services, homeowners will easily connect with professionals who can help ensure home networks are operating efficiently and can intervene to help prevent costly damages, like water leaks and major appliance failures. "At Resideo, we’re committed to helping homeowners make sense of their homes, and in the process, help professionals modernize and expand their businesses while giving a better experience to customers,” said Mike Nefkens, President and CEO of Resideo. Resideo Home And Resideo Pro Apps We do not believe that the critical systems of the home should be a do-it-yourself adventure" “We do not believe that the critical systems of the home should be a do-it-yourself adventure. Through the new Resideo Home app, we’re going to bring the world of proactive, professional monitoring to the entire home, helping better protect the people inside and mitigating problems before they arise.” Designed to provide homeowners with a simple, unified platform that connects and manages the home, Resideo will enable the migration of the company’s 6.5 million connected customers, currently spread out among its existing apps, into the Resideo Home app throughout 2020. Users of Resideo’s recently launched Buoy Whole Home Water Controller and Buoy Water Leak Detectors can begin using the new app and access its free features, or upgrade to premium services like advanced automatic water shutoff and leak alerts. In the coming months, Resideo will integrate air products, such as the T Series line of smart thermostats, into the app. home security systems By the end of 2020, the app will support Resideo whole-home security systems as well. Unlike other smart-home apps that merely control gadgets, the Resideo Home app looks at the entire home by offering a glimpse into how the air, water, security and energy systems are performing. The bright and visually rich user experience offers insights through analytics that will help the homeowner identify energy savings, water usage and other tips over time. A professional version of the app, Resideo Pro, will provide professionals with installation tools, help them better service customers through account management and service calls, and provide access to new business opportunities. The Resideo Home and Resideo Pro apps are available now in the iOS and Android app stores. New Whole-Home Services We’re giving the entire home a pulse to help both homeowners and the trade professionals save time and resources" Resideo also unveiled its new portfolio of connected, whole-home monitoring solutions that will be accessible through the app. Approximately 25% of homes in the United States have professionally monitored security. In a first for the industry, the new subscription services from Resideo extend professional monitoring to the other critical networks of the home. Resideo’s new subscription services will help pros and homeowners use the data already being produced by the critical systems of the home in ways that make the home work better and more efficiently. “We’re giving the entire home a pulse to help both homeowners and the trade professionals save time and resources,” said Niccolo de Masi, Chief Innovation Officer and President of Products & Solutions, Resideo. advanced machine-learning algorithms “For most people, their home is their largest financial investment – where they live with their loved ones and keep their most precious possessions. We are proud to bring this much-needed enhanced protection to the home.” Smart Water Management is now available on the Resideo app and integrates with the Buoy Whole Home Water Controller and the Buoy Water Leak Detector. Through the new $9.99 subscription service, homeowners can start to make informed choices about their water use. Using data from the water controller, the Resideo Home app categorizes water usage, measures flow rate, applies advanced machine-learning algorithms and analyzes insights in real-time to help homeowners better conserve water while protecting their home. Indoor Air Quality Monitor Critical Appliance Monitoring Services will help homeowners stay ahead of equipment maintenance issues Energy Services will launch on existing T Series Smart Thermostats in the Resideo app in 2020. The software service understands how the home’s HVAC system reacts and recovers to changing weather conditions. With that data, the smart thermostat knows how to adjust the schedule while using the least amount of energy possible. Indoor Air Quality Services will provide real-time monitoring of factors affecting indoor air quality (IAQ) and provide tips that help the homeowner take action. Resideo announced its new Indoor Air Quality Monitor, which will pair with the app to let homeowners and their home pros see real-time carbon dioxide levels, particles, chemicals and humidity to understand the air inside and do something about it. Critical Appliance Monitoring Services will help homeowners stay ahead of equipment maintenance issues and breakdowns. Before aging or failing appliances quit altogether, they tend to draw more energy as their efficiency decreases. smart home security solution Pros and homeowners using the Resideo app and upcoming monitoring equipment will have access to data that can help diagnose a problem before it gets more serious and prevent premature failure in costly appliances like water heaters and furnaces. Security Services integration in the app will allow homeowners to control Resideo’s ProSeries Home Security and Smart Home Platform coming to market in 2020. This revolutionary platform delivers entry-level security protection with the ability to scale to a fully integrated smart home security solution. It features new self-contained wireless and hybrid panels, an expanded line of advanced encrypted sensors and life safety devices, technology expansion modules interchangeable across the entire platform to help reduce inventory and training costs, and end-user replaceable parts creating operational cost efficiencies for dealers with increased account longevity. Services For Professionals A new training and loyalty program called Resideo Pro PERKS launches in January 2020 Coupled with the new app, this platform brings security, life safety and connected technology to homes, with a host of features and benefits in one scalable, flexible, end-to-end platform. Resideo also announced a new digital experience that can help its network of 110,000 trade professionals – and their 1 million technicians – build business for the future, simplify operations and strengthen relationships with homeowners. The Resideo Pro Portal offers a single destination for product information, product support, access to services and tools to promote and drive leads. A new training and loyalty program called Resideo Pro PERKS launches in January 2020. smart home solutions Through the Pro PERKS program, pros and distributors will be able to access a tiered system of benefits, including strategic partnerships with other pros in Resideo’s network to take advantage of new business opportunities across the homes’ critical networks, new marketing tools to sell smart home solutions, and new video courses to become experts on the latest technologies. “Resideo’s value proposition is firmly grounded in the belief that DIY companies are simply not equipped to address the installation and integration challenges due to the vast number of smart-home devices on the market, as well as lacking the know-how that local contractors have,” said Mark Vena, Senior smart home analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy. "In addition, to manage critical systems in the home like air conditioning, heating, water management and energy utilization, advanced technical training and professional-grade equipment is required – two things the average consumer or the DIY companies don’t possess.” Next Generation Comfort Platform Resideo also unveiled concepts for its next-generation smart thermostat it will develop in partnership with professional contractors. Much more than a thermostat, the device will fully integrate with the Resideo Home app, providing insight into the four critical networks and access to subscription services through on-the-wall control with a modern user interface. The company plans to launch alpha and beta test programs with professionals in 2020. “We have an enormous advantage to deliver whole-home monitoring because of our presence in 150 million homes and decades of experience,” Nefkens said. “Our professional network of suppliers, dealers, contractors and installers ensures the job is done right, that dedicated support is always within reach, and will lay the groundwork to bring the next era of the connected home to life.”
Smart homes are a key focus at CES 2020, the world’s largest technology event, January 7-10 in Las Vegas. The giant show features more than 170,000 attendees, 4,500 exhibitors and 1,100 industry thought-leaders featured on the CES stage. A range of technologies will be on display, from artificial intelligence (AI) to 5G, vehicle technology to AR/VR (augmented and virtual reality), robotics to home automation. smart home environment The role of intelligent HVAC systems in the smart home will be featured at the show, and the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on HVAC systems (among other technologies) will be prominent. HVAC is an element that provides measurable value in the smart home environment. The Nest intelligent thermostat is almost a decade old. In the years since its introduction, HVAC has become even more intrinsically integrated into the intelligent home. “Market players are looking to expand beyond established smart home devices like smart thermostats and networked cameras to products like smart water leak detectors, smart pet feeders, and smart air purifiers,” says Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. Electronic door lock approach The Resideo T-Series smart thermostats support wireless Smart Room Sensors “For the smart home market at CES this year, we expect to see numerous announcements regarding home awareness,” says Blake Kozak, Senior Principal Analyst at IHS Markit. “The impact of this [event] for the smart home could be about delivering home analytics and enhancing privacy through cloudless architectures and new electronic door lock approaches,” he adds. An example of home analytics is the Resideo Home app, introduced in December, which will make whole-home monitoring possible for four critical networks of the home – water, air, energy and security. Resideo promises a “simplified and integrated smart home experience.” The Resideo T-Series smart thermostats support wireless Smart Room Sensors to balance and prioritize temperatures in the home. air management controller Daikin North America will be showing the Daikin One+ smart thermostat, an intelligent home air management controller. Beyond a typical smart thermostat, it is a controller for a full professional HVAC system with a growing ecosystem of air quality modules to give consumers more control over the air they breathe and a premium HVAC experience. OxiCool is launching HomeCool, a clean and resilient AC technology. It is designed to provide clean and silent air-conditioning for the home. The product can be configured to operate off solar thermal, natural gas, propane or electricity. It uses no harmful refrigerant and only four natural elements—earth, water, fire and air. The clean technology uses molecular sieves in vacuum-sealed units made from stainless steel and uses zero GWP water as its refrigerant. unified solution to consumers “Consumers who already own smart home products are buying more devices,” says Parks. “A key issue to address though is the lack of purchases occurring with the non-owners of these devices. Despite purchase intentions being high, consumers are not making the purchase to move adoption of products. After 10 years of being in the market, smart thermostats still only have about 11-13% adoption rate in the U.S." "In 2020, we will see companies working to provide a unified solution to consumers through professional installation and also continue to see the single-point solution pushed to get consumers in the door with a single product and expand from there.”
Teenage students at Greenfield-Central High School in Indiana are learning about the installation, operation and maintenance of air-handling systems. The career and technical education class is giving them a head start toward a decent-paying career in HVAC, including the opportunity to earn multiple certifications. “You’ll get a job if someone else doesn’t have the certifications you do, so [there are] more job opportunities,” one student told the Greenfield Daily Reporter. Addressing the industry's labor shortage The program highlights an opportunity to address the HVAC industry’s labor shortage by nurturing a next-generation workforce starting at an early age – in high school. Vocational programs teach HVAC as well as masonry, carpentry, electrical and plumbing Marathon High School in Wisconsin is another example; their vocational programs teach HVAC as well as masonry, carpentry, electrical and plumbing. “This course only exists because local contractors have been contacting me about the need to meet the demands of society,” John Vanderwyst, Tech Education Teacher at Marathon High School, told WZAW Fox7. “What we find is that a lot of these young adults don’t even realize that our profession exists,” says Jon Hirsch, Director of Business Development at Auer Steel in Milwaukee. “Unfortunately, there are more jobs than there are people to fill them,” he told WZAW Fox7. Statistical projections bear out the observation nationwide: Training and education programs will graduate only a fraction of the 115,000 additional HVAC workers needed by the year 2022. Career or College? Training and education programs will graduate only a fraction of the 115,000 additional HVAC workers needed by the year 2022 In an age when college debt can ruin a graduate’s finances even as he or she struggles to find employment, career path alternatives may seem more appealing. College is clearly not for everyone: More than half of all Americans who enroll in college become dropouts. College can also be cost-prohibitive, with a private four-year degree costing approximately $48,000 a year. It’s a great time to remind students and young adults about the value of a career in HVAC, where the median pay for mechanics and installers in 2018 was $47,610 per year. There is also a higher-than-average outlook for job growth in the industry – 13% growth over the next decade, from 367,900 employees to 414,200. HVAC Career opportunities The median pay for mechanics and installers in 2018 was $47,610 per year The reality is that graduates of technical school programs can earn more and have better career opportunities. The highest degree level needed for HVAC work is an associate (2-year) course of study, which is much less expensive than a bachelor’s degree program. According to a Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce study, HVAC techs with a high school diploma (or less) stand to earn $1.6 million in their lifetime. Having some college and/or an associate degree only raises that outlook by $200,000 to $1.8 million. More than half of employees in the HVAC field (51.1%) have a high school diploma or less. As Baby Boomers retire from the workforce, there will be a gaping hole of experience and knowledge to fill. Dan Canter is doing his part. Since retiring from the HVAC industry, he has been serving as the instructor for the course at Greenfield-Center High School.
There is a gap between how buildings are designed and how they operate. For one thing, designers may not be focused on operability during the design process. Secondly, technology is playing a greater role in more complex buildings today, but it may not perform to expectations. These were among the observations by Darryl K. Boyce, P.Eng. ASHRAE’s 2019-2020 President, at a luncheon address at the 2019 Annual Conference. Importance of data security “Technology is not evil,” Boyce said. “We can have unrealistic expectations, and technology can be misused.” Additionally, technology can provide a large amount of data/information that can be overwhelming to control technicians. “Operators are being overwhelmed,” said Boyce. “Generally, they do not have the skills to operate today’s buildings and are not properly trained. At building turnover, operators are rarely properly oriented.” Green buildings When green buildings do not operate as intended, the result is ‘performance slippage’When green buildings do not operate as intended, the result is ‘performance slippage’ – the energy consumption is much higher than modeled targets. This can be because buildings were designed with systems that are beyond the capacity of building managers to operate. It could be that systems are complex and require several years to refine and understand. Finally, there is a correlation between performance and level of commissioning. One solution Boyce suggests is to include a building operations team representative throughout the design process. “The design should reflect the capabilities of the people operating the building,” says Boyce. “As a result, we will not be leaving operators wondering ‘How do I make this work?’” An effective turnover and orientation training process are critical. Building automation Boyce said ASHRAE should work with building owner-operator organizations to develop strategies to prepare the operators to effectively operate the building through enhanced training and effective use of building automation and analytical and other operational tools. “We should also engage with building operators at the Chapter and Society level to improve our understanding of their problems and develop educational and training programs to reduce the gap between design, construction and operations,” Boyce said. Facilities management “Facilities management must adopt technology more quickly and far more deeply,” he added. “It must move beyond technology to monitor space utilization and energy consumption. And we need to focus on using technology, data and analytics to enhance the workplace experience.” ASHARE is the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, a professional association seeking to advance HVAC&R systems design and construction. It has more than 57,000 members in 132 countries. ‘Building for People & Performance - Operational Excellence’ The theme focuses on overcoming the challenges associated with the efficient operationDuring his inaugural presidential address, Boyce announced the Society theme will be ‘Building for People & Performance - Achieving Operational Excellence’. The theme focuses on overcoming the challenges associated with the efficient operation and performance of buildings. “People must succeed within the buildings we create,” says Boyce. “ASHRAE is committed to preparing building professionals through learning opportunities, engagement and adopting better practices. These are the steps needed to achieve effective operational performance and operator experience.” Boyce is special advisor to the vice-president (Finance and Administration) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Johnson Controls will enhance classroom environments throughout three Tennessee school districts – a combined 22 schools – with projects estimated to be completed this fall. Updates throughout the districts will include infrastructure, energy management and water conservation strategies to address deferred maintenance and improve efficiencies. Energy Savings Performance The school districts partnering with Johnson Controls include Lake County School District in Tiptonville, Overton County School District in Livingston and Smith County School District in Carthage. The combined $7.7 million in improvements are enabled through Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) and Tennessee’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative (EESI). These engagements will help fund project implementations using guaranteed savings to offset the cost of the upgrades. The HVAC unit provides air conditioning in a gym that previously had no temperature regulating systems Lake County School District’s $1.6 million in improvements include LED lighting, Wi-Fi thermostats, window and cooling tower replacements, and an HVAC rooftop unit above the district’s high school gymnasium, completed in May. The HVAC unit provides air conditioning in a gym that previously had no temperature regulating systems. Upon completion, Lake County will have realized more than $1.9 million dollars in energy, operations and maintenance savings, guaranteed over the 16-year agreement. The district also utilized a Tennessee Valley Authority incentive to fund electrical needs. Energy savings “Through our partnerships, we can help Lake County, Overton County and Smith County School Districts capture energy savings that can be reinvested to address deferred maintenance and improve district learning environments.” said, Ryan Ball, Performance Infrastructure Account Executive, Johnson Controls “For years, our gymnasium has been uncomfortable for classes and graduations. The installation of air conditioning is a monumental step towards improving the comfort and productivity of our learning environment for students and faculty,” said Sherry Darnell, Superintendent, Lake County Schools. Partnering with Johnson Controls “Partnering with Johnson Controls not only allowed us to make necessary infrastructure upgrades that will help enhance energy and operational efficiencies, but also to truly understand what implementations were vital for our unique needs and goals.” Overton County School District is implementing $2.9 million to improve its infrastructure, including the installation of HVAC rooftop units, LED lighting, energy management systems and water conservation methods, as well as boiler, pump and WSHP unit replacements. These upgrades will result in $3.5 million in energy, operations and maintenance savings, guaranteed over the 12-year agreement. The district can then reinvest these savings into additional curriculum upgrades for students, including Advanced’s STEM Program, to foster a more creative and productive learning environment. Energy management systems Smith County School District’s energy efficiency upgrades include LED lighting and energy management systems Smith County School District’s energy efficiency upgrades include LED lighting, water conservation methods and energy management systems. The $3.1 million in improvements will also be used to install access controls, in addition to the replacement of its cooling tower, boiler and pumps, WSHP unit and PTAC unit. These updates will help the district provide a more comfortable, efficient and safer learning environment for students and faculty. Upon completion, Smith County School District will have realized over $5.6 million dollars in energy, operations and maintenance savings over the 12-year agreement, allowing for these savings to be reinvested into additional student resources, including Advanced’s STEM Program. STEM Program “Through our partnerships, we can help Lake County, Overton County and Smith County School Districts capture energy savings that can be reinvested to address deferred maintenance and improve district learning environments,” said Ryan Ball, Performance Infrastructure account executive, Johnson Controls. “These improvements will help further the mission of each school and enhance student and faculty comfort and productivity.” Johnson Controls has a long history of working with K-12 schools and educators throughout North America to create environments that inspire and engage both students and faculty. Through Performance Infrastructure projects, we have helped 1,018 schools modernize equipment and building systems, improve infrastructure and energy spend, and address on-going maintenance needs.
Together with its partners and customers, Viessmann is expanding its involvement in China. The family-run company has built a new plant in Pinghu, a city close to the metropolis of Shanghai. The plant was inaugurated on November 5, 2019. Wall-mounted gas boilers will be manufactured here on a floor area of 12,000 sq. m. The site also has a research and development center for new technologies and services. Viessmann's Pinghu facility Through this newly acquired proximity, we will be able to supply the market with solutions even more effectively" “We see an enormous potential on the Chinese market. Because of that, we decided to expand our production capacities here,” said Dr. Martin Viessmann in his welcome address. The inauguration of the Pinghu site, approximately 90 kilometers southwest of Shanghai, represents a further milestone in the company’s involvement in China, which extends back over 20 years. The new site is centrally located in one of the most important commercial areas of the country. In addition to Viessmann’s partners and customers, many suppliers are also based here. “Through this newly acquired proximity, we will be able to supply the market with solutions even more effectively,” said Martin, CEO of the Viessmann Group. Altogether, the company has five sales offices and hundreds of showrooms. China, major HVAC solutions and equipment market “China is one of the most important markets in the world, not only for individual heating systems but also for innovative and comfortable living,” said his son Maximilian Viessmann, co-CEO of the Viessmann Group. The country is a true champion of innovation, especially concerning digital applications – and is therefore also a role model for Europe. “We want to make the most out of these opportunities,” said Maximilian. Alongside their Chinese partners, the goal is to create living spaces for generations to come. To symbolize this and the joint commitment to climate protection, a tree will be planted in the dry western region of China for each of the attendees present at the inauguration ceremony. Wall-mounted gas boilers The plan is to constantly expand the manufacturing of wall-mounted gas boilers and increase the capacity in the medium term from one to three production lines. In addition to a tour through the manufacturing area, the program also included an ‘Experience Tour’ for the guests of the inauguration – which included representatives from the management, politics and around 70 Viessmann partners. The Integrated Solution Offering of Viessmann was presented during the inauguration using a typical Chinese housing scenario as an example. Vitopure water treatment system Viessmann is offering the Vitopure water treatment system for the purification and softening of drinking water In addition to heat, clean drinking water is also one the basic human needs. Because of that, Viessmann is now also offering the Vitopure water treatment system for the purification and softening of drinking water. Water treatment using the Vitopure system can also ensure the optimal efficiency and durability of heating systems. A further core theme of the ‘Experience Tour’ was the seamless networking of heating systems and services – the also an important step in creating comfortable living spaces for generations to come. Integrated Solution Offering Viessmann is constantly evolving from a heating manufacturer to a solutions provider for the complete living space. For this, the company develops seamless climate solutions that fill people’s surroundings with the optimal room temperature, warm water, energy and good air quality. In its Integrated Solution Offering, Viessmann seamlessly unites products and systems through platforms and digital services on the foundation of the right energy source. On top of that, it also offers a variety of additional services. The focus here is on finding the right balance between renewable energy sources and obtaining the maximum energy efficiency from fossil fuel sources.
AAON, Inc., global manufacturer of heating and cooling products, has selected Sospes’ EHS management software as its environmental, health and safety platform partner for its operations in Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. AAON products are regularly recognized as industry-leading, most recently winning awards in July 2019 for excellence in product design in the 16th annual Dealer Design Awards Program. Sospes’ EHS management software Sospes’ EHS software improves communication between workers and their companies Sospes’ EHS software improves communication between workers and their companies, creating a collaborative environment for improving safety and productivity. “As a leading manufacturer of HVAC equipment, safety is a priority for AAON. Our company has continued to experience rapid growth over the last several years, and we recognized that our safety programs need to keep up with the rest of our growth,” said Scott Asbjornson, AAON Chief Financial Officer. “This software will allow us to be more efficient, and we look forward to working with Sospes and their innovative approach to safety management.” Safety management “AAON is a remarkable manufacturing success story, and like any manufacturing operation, their employees are faced with workplace hazards,” said Tom Carson, President of Sospes. “We are proud to have been selected as their partner in safety management and look forward to supporting their commitment to worker safety and continuous process improvement.” AAON is engaged in the engineering, manufacturing, marketing and sale of air conditioning and heating equipment consisting of standard, semi-custom and custom rooftop units, chillers, packaged outdoor mechanical rooms, air handling units, condensing units, makeup air units, energy recovery units, geothermal/water-source heat pumps, coils, and controls. Data analytics and task management Sospes’ award-winning EHS management software makes organizations better by engaging employees with easy incident reporting, accountable task management and powerful data analytics, all within a single integrated mobile application.
Manchester-based Courier Express Refrigerated Transport has updated its fleet with two high-performance Carrier Transicold Supra® 850 MT (multi-temperature) units mounted to new 18-tonners, to support the company’s temperature-critical pharmaceutical and foodservice deliveries. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. Supra units provide constant airflow, independent of engine speed, which means rapid pull-down Courier Express has been specifying Carrier Transicold units across its entire heavy goods vehicle fleet since its founding 16 years ago. The new Supra 850 MT units – fitted to bespoke-built Gray & Adams rigid bodies on Iveco Eurocargo chassis – are like-for-like replacements for older units that had provided the company with exceptional performance and reliability over a long life. Multi-Temperature Set Point Control “Carrier Transicold produces some of the most reliable temperature-controlled truck systems in the industry,” said John Lee, managing director, Courier Express Refrigerated Transport. “On top of this, every Carrier product we operate is intuitive and easy to use; the performance we get across our entire fleet is unparalleled.” The powerful Supra units provide constant airflow, independent of engine speed, which means rapid pull-down and accurate multi-temperature set point control. 24-Hour Operation Working on multi-drop delivery routes across the UK, each new vehicle will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is expected to clock up around 140,000 kilometres per year. With its consistent performance, the Supra 850 MT unit is the ideal choice for high intensity delivery schedules. The service we get from Carrier Transicold Manchester is fantastic" With the fleet in constant operation, Courier Express can rely on Carrier Transicold Manchester – a member of Carrier Transicold’s extensive independent service partner network – to provide expert maintenance and service support if any issues occur. Carrier Transicold’s network service partners, based in 22 key locations across the UK, are independent companies that provide support to customers operating Carrier Transicold equipment on their light commercials, trucks and trailers. Between-Routine Servicing “On the rare occasion we’ve had any problems, the service we get from Carrier Transicold Manchester is fantastic. If we need to call them between routine servicing, the engineers always respond quickly and efficiently. They really look after us,” Lee said. Courier Express Refrigerated Transport was established in 2003. It operates nationwide and delivers a range of refrigerated transport services, including chilled and frozen foods, product samples, pharmaceuticals and emergency palletised goods.
Lancashire-based GBA Services, specialists in time-critical logistics, has taken delivery of six new 3.5-tonne Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, specified with lightweight and powerful Carrier Transicold Xarios 350 refrigeration units. The vans will be used for long-distance temperature-sensitive deliveries across the UK and Europe, each covering up to 100,000 miles per year. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. Xarios 350 refrigeration units The new vehicles will be used on various contracts covering deliveries of controlled and patient-critical pharmaceuticals, as well as supplying research drugs to laboratories as far north as the Arctic Circle, and south to Greece. The Xarios 350 unit provides GBA Services with a system capable of maintaining precise temperature set points when outside temperatures could range from -25 to +50 degrees Celsius. GBA Services expects each new Sprinter to remain in the fleet for around four years “We transport specialist loads to customers, frequently over very long distances, and we are required to maintain pinpoint temperature set points throughout the cold chain,” said Mark Hailwood, fleet manager, GBA Services. “We have to be sure the vehicles we specify are up to the task, and if there is ever a problem that we’ll be able to fix it, quickly. We’ve been working with Carrier Transicold for more than 10 years and they’ve never let us down. The combination of reliable transport refrigeration systems and a Europe-wide service network is exactly what we need to keep our operation on the road.” oneCALL 24/7 incident management All the new systems are covered by Carrier Transicold’s comprehensive everCOLD full-service repair and maintenance package. This includes annual temperature control testing and certification, full regulatory checks and access to Carrier Transicold’s Europe-wide oneCALL 24/7 incident management service. GBA Services expects each new Sprinter to remain in the fleet for around four years. This most recent order is comprised of four Solomon converted panel vans and two chassis cabs with Solomon box bodies. They join a fleet of 16 Carrier-cooled Sprinters already in service, complimenting seven refrigerated trailers fitted with Carrier Transicold Vector units. GBA Services was established in 1987 and specializes in movements of time-critical, dedicated, temperature-controlled, high security and hazardous freight.
Supporting Utah Food Bank’s initiatives to fight hunger and food insecurity, Carrier Transicold recently provided the organization with a new generation Supra truck refrigeration unit to keep perishable food at the right temperature as it is delivered to food pantries around the state. The grant is funded in part by Carrier and its parent company, United Technologies Corporation, to aid food banks in the Feeding America network. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. Carrier – Utah Food Bank partnership The value of the Supra unit is equal to the cost of about 48,100 meals provided by our organization" “With this gift, Carrier Transicold is helping Utah Food Bank to collect food from local drives, food manufacturers and grocery rescue programs and transport that food –free of cost – to our partner agencies, so it’s available for seniors, adults and children at moments in their lives when they simply don’t have enough money for food,” said Ginette Bott, president and chief executive officer, Utah Food Bank. “The value of the Supra unit is equal to the cost of about 48,100 meals provided by our organization.” For more than 110 years, Utah Food Bank has stayed true to its objective of serving those in need throughout the state. In 2018, it distributed more than 36 million meals through its network of 150 partner agencies located in all 29 counties. Utah Food Bank is the state’s only member of Feeding America, the nation’s renowned domestic hunger-relief organization. In its mission to serve the one in eight Utahans at risk of missing a meal on any given day, Utah Food Bank’s 47-vehicle fleet travels enough miles in a year to encircle the earth 19 times at the equator. Truck/trailer refrigeration units “Utah Food Bank does great work for people in need locally and in communities throughout the state,” said Royal Richards, territory manager, Carrier Transicold of Utah, the dealership that installed the Supra unit onto a 24-foot box truck for the food bank. “Our employees were especially proud to be a part of this initiative.” Our cold-chain technologies help preserve, protect and deliver the world’s food supply" Established in 2017, Carrier Transicold’s grant program in support of Feeding America network food banks across the U.S. has funded $300,000 worth of equipment and installation of truck and trailer refrigeration units for individual food banks that are part of the Feeding America network. Cold-chain technologies In addition to Utah, to date more than a dozen food banks covering parts of Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, South Dakota, Arizona, Nevada and California have been helped through the program. “Our cold-chain technologies help preserve, protect and deliver the world’s food supply,” said Jon Shaw, director, global communications & sustainability, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems. “In supporting Feeding America and its network members, such as Utah Food Bank, we are also helping to get nutritious and healthy perishable food to those most in need here in the United States.”