FOCUS BEGINS ON PAGE 1 IAQ PRODUCTS AND SERVICES THE H VAC R CONTR ACTOR’S W EEK LY NE WS M AG A ZI NE S I NCE 1926 JULY 18, 2011 ■ $5.00 ■ VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW.ACHRNEWS.COM ■ fyi Contractors ■ ■ INDUSTRY BRIEFS Energy Forum Links Efficiency and National Security By Greg Mazurkiewicz Of The NEWS Staff MSI Mechanical Systems Inc. (Salem, N.H.) has received the 2011 Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) designation from Asso-ciated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Manufacturers Enertech (Greenville, Ill.) announced that Steve Scholz has joined the company as territory sales manager for the Wisconsin region. Jackson Systems LLC (Indianapolis) wel-comes Amanda Balz as marketing assis-tant. Emerson (St. Louis) named D. Scott Barbour executive vice president of Emerson and business leader of Emer-son Network Power Systems. Edward K. Feeney became chairman of Emerson Network Power Systems. Ram R. Krish-nan has been named president of Emer-son Climate Technologies-Asia. Robert P. Bauer has assumed the post of presi-dent, Refrigeration Division. ecobee (Toronto) teamed with Maca-damian , to design a Wi-Fi-enabled full-color, touch screen home thermostat, and was recognized with two Interna-tional Design Awards (IDA) awards: the Gold award for Energy Conservation Equipment and the Silver award for Residential Sustainable Design. ■ ■ Charles O. Holliday, chairman of Bank of America, and former chairman and CEO of DuPont, urged, “Do those energy efficiency projects right now. They make sense. They’re proven.” while speaking at the North American Energy Efficiency Forum co-sponsored by Johnson Controls and the United States Energy Association. ASHINGTON — The theme of the 22 nd annual North American Energy Efficiency Forum was “Energy Efficiency: The Smart Path to Energy Security and Economic Growth” and speakers addressed the importance of pursuing energy efficiency and alternative energy sources not only to reduce energy costs but also enhance national security. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., chair-man of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, noted that it’s prov-ing difficult to get a lot of things done in the current Congress. One area where he believes Congress can make progress is on energy. “Energy always becomes an issue when the price of gas goes up,” he said. Bingaman pointed out that investment in clean energy reached a quarter of a tril-lion dollars worldwide in 2010, about a 100 percent increase since 2006. “Most of the W ■ See ENERGY FORUM page 21 ■ IAQ Testing Becomes More Critical By John R. Hall For The NEWS Organizations ■ Nexstar ® Network’s (Little Canada, Minn.) board of directors announced that Jack Tester has been appointed presi-dent & CEO, effective in November. — compiled by Cherie Preville ndoor air quality is something that can’t be seen or heard — but it can be measured. And the better the method of measurement, the better the chances of reducing contaminant, allergen, and dust levels in the environment. Ian Cull, technical director for the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), said, “HVAC contractors should recommend that build-ing owners monitor their humidity and ven-I tilation levels. If these are already measured by a building automation system in a large building, it would still be worthwhile to spot check the facility with handheld instruments. Carbon dioxide levels in fully occupied areas can indicate if the ventilation is inadequate.” • Test instruments have reached new levels of sophistication. Here are some examples: • Hand-held particle counters register down to 0.3 micrograms while measuring several other parameters. • Hand-held sensors measure pollution levels in time increments, allowing the user to determine a baseline for each parameter, identify the size and timing of any spikes, and better understand pollution sources. • Plug-and-play monitors that use an outlet for power and phone line for communi-cation. The monitor collects and time stamps measurements and uploads that data, which is analyzed — identifying accepted norms and pointing out anomalies, with suggested cor-rective actions. ■ See IAQ TESTING page 16 Attend this FREE webinar! DIGITAL EDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: Maximizing Energy Efﬁ ciency in Belt Driven HVAC and Fan Applications DATE: August 10 | TIME: 1 PM ET Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com.