Training, Education + Certification Trends: Page 1. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 May 28, 2012 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn Report: Huge Potential Savings from Commercial Controls fyi hvac briefs U Contractors • AirTight (Charlotte, N.C.) appointed Bruce Wright as production coordinator. .S. commercial building owners could save an average of 38 per-cent on their heating and cooling bills if they installed a handful of controls to make their HVAC systems more energy efficient, according to a recent report. The report, titled “Energy Savings and Eco-nomics of Advanced Control Strategies for Packaged Air-Conditioning Units with Gas Heat,” was published by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a U.S. Depart-ment of Energy (DOE) national laboratory. PNNL’s study examined options for improv-ing the efficiency of packaged commercial rooftop systems and estimated the potential savings based on computer modeling and simulation of building energy usage. “The potential savings from adding advanced controls to existing packaged air con-ditioners with gas furnaces is enormous,” said PNNL engineer Srinivas Katipamula, who led the study. “The estimated savings depend on local climate and energy prices and range from • See HUGE SAVINGS | page 16 Wright Manufacturers • ClimaCool Corp. (Ok-lahoma City) hired Doug Sparks as na-tional service manager. Sparks • Carrier Corp.’s (Indianapolis) Infin-ity ® 20 heat pump with Greenspeed™ intelligence was chosen as one of the Hot 50 Products of 2012 by Green-Builder magazine. • WaterFurnace Inter-national Inc. (Fort Wayne, Ind.) CEO Tom Huntington was elected chairman of Huntington the Geothermal Exchange Organi-zation (GEO). • Trane’s (Tyler, Texas) Comfort-Link ™ II Control received top honors in product design from Design Journal’s annual Awards for Design Excellence competition. Today’s Lessons for Tomorrow’s Technicians By Herb Woerpel Of The NEWS Staff A ccording to HVAC Excellence, 65.6 percent of service technicians in the HVACR industry will not be in the industry in eight years. The next generation of the industry is now in the classroom learning skills and approaches to match the demands of the ever-evolving market, and there is a growing sense of the need to recruit those who will serve as the technicians of the future. Skills in Demand Future HVACR technicians are busy learning tomorrow’s technology today. A growing desire for computer skills is appar-ent in the HVAC industry, just as they are in most other employment sectors. David White, director, Advanced Robotic Technology, Brisbane, Australia, said every student with a technical aptitude has a desire to work with computers. “The HVAC industry has a lot of computer-related areas including drafting, design, con-• See TECH LESSONS | page 12 Schools • Binghamton University’s (Bing-hamton, N.Y.) mechanical engi-neering department recently established the Mechanical Con-tractors Association of Ameri-ca’s (MCAA) 48th student chapter. The chapter is the first of its kind in the state of New York. Contractor Services • Rapid Recovery (Peoria, Ariz.) opened a mobile refrigerant recov-ery services business in Detroit. The opening is the company’s 30th territory location nationwide. — compiled by Herb Woerpel Right: John Kuefler, HVACR instructor at Atlantic Vocational Center, Coconut Creek, Fla., and ATI Career Training Center, Oakland Park, Fla., leads students through a discussion on air pressure. A end this FREE Webinar! Follow The NEWS on Twi er > www.twitter.com/ACHRNews LEADER INHVACRNEWS! FOLLOWTHE Follow The NEWS on Facebook > www.facebook.com/ACHRNews Follow The NEWS on LinkedIn > http://linkd.in/oGYNol Geothermal Hybrid Applications and ASHRAE HQ Energy Comparison Study DATETHURSDAYJUNE•TIMEPMET Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com.