FOCUS SCHOOL MARKET BEGINS ON PAGE 1 THE H VAC R CONTR ACTOR’S W EEK LY NE WS M AG A ZI NE S I NCE 1926 AUGUST 1, 2011 ■ $5.00 ■ VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW.ACHRNEWS.COM ■ fyi ■ INDUSTRY BRIEFS On-The-Job Safety Tips During Crazy Weather Patterns By Angela D. Harris Of The NEWS Staff Price Increase Carrier Corp. (Indianapolis) announced a price increase of up to 6 percent on its residential and commercial HVAC equipment. Wholesalers ■ T Pro Kontrol (Laval, Québec) has hired Dan Meloff to the Markham team as product solutions sales – account rep-resentative. hese days, contractors and their cus-tomers find themselves endeavoring to maintain not only comfort — but something far more important. The NEWS interviewed contractors around the country who are taking steps to handle unex-pected weather and extreme conditions that may compromise safety. The Center for Dis-ease Control and Prevention and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have pro-vided safety tips and action items for busi-nesses and consumers who can be adversely affected by this year’s strange weather patterns. The national weather picture painted across the nightly news is at best inconvenient and at worst tragic. In between lies a multitude of weather conditions. Hail, wildfires, torren-tial rains, floods, drought, and record break-ing heat, have dealt a handful of troublesome weather challenges. Arguments as to the cause of these wild weather patterns have pushed to the forefront again and those touting global warming are being met head on by those plac-ing blame on normal, cyclical changes. MELTING AWAY HEAT DANGER One weather challenge that contractors are likely the most familiar with is extreme temperature. The record-breaking tem-■ See CRAZY WEATHER page 31 Manufacturers ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ AAON Inc. (Tulsa, Okla.) announced that its RQ Series high-efficiency rooftop unit has been recognized as the 2011 Product of the Year in the large com-pany category from the National Society of Professional Engineers. Grundfos Pumps Corp. (Olathe, Kan.) was named as the Lochinvar Corp. 2010 Supplier of the Year for its overall business perfor-mance in providing high-performing parts and services. Enertech Manufacturing LLC (Greenville, Ill.) announced Kyle Weyer has joined the company as territory sales manager for the Northwest region of the United States, serving Washington and Idaho. Johnson Controls (Milwaukee) announced that the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has given York Model YMC² chiller OSHPD special seismic certification preapproval. Marvair ® (Cordele, Ga.) promoted Mike White-hurst to senior account manager to support Gemaire in its efforts to sell and market Mar-vair’s packaged air conditioners and heat pumps in Va., N.C., S.C., Texas, and north La. — compiled by Cherie Preville Sustainable Schools Provide Growth chools seem to go to extremes when it comes to their mechani-cal systems. For many, the trend has been to ignore them, fix them on the cheap to remain within constrained budgets, and operate them in ways that often provide a disservice to the very bud-gets they try to conform to. However, lately they have been trending green, as examples to the students and the community. Colleges and universities, indeed, have long been recognized as being at the fore-front of important societal and scientific trends. Recent reports from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) state that of all LEED-certified buildings, nearly 14 per-cent are on college campuses, and 3,430 higher education projects were registered or certified under the LEED family of rating systems. K-12 schools are increas-ingly interested. S ELEMENTARY SOLAR From left: David Tate, facility director with Fayetteville, Ark. Public Schools; Michael Bolin (center), HVAC technician with Fayetteville Public Schools; Don Lumsargis, HVAC technician with Fayetteville Public Schools; and David Justice, HVAC technician with Fayetteville Public Schools. Of course, opportunities to use less energy via mechanical system improvements exist in most all school facilities, and they tend to ■ See SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS page 18 PODCASTS NEWS you can listen to for the latest NEWSUpdates and lively interviews. Catch our podcasts online at www.achrnews.com or subscribe at the iTunes store. www.achrnews.com Attend this FREE webinar! 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.