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HVAC Systems Expertise

Women are shattering HVAC’s glass ceiling

While HVAC’s crop of experienced workers are beginning to hang up their hard hats and retire, HVAC companies are struggling to replenish their reserves of skilled workers. The DOL estimates that 115,000 new HVACR workers must be trained by 2022 to meet the anticipated demand.
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SMACNA contractor Dee Cramer knows how a sheet metal shop should flow

After almost eight decades in the business, SMACNA contractor Dee Cramer Inc., Holly, Mich., knows how a sheet metal shop should flow.
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Western Allied Mechanical does some "sweet" metal contracting

SMACNA contractor Western Allied Mechanical of Menlo Park, Calif., used 3,500 square feet of pre-insulated non-fibrous, rigid thermoset, modified resin phenolic ductwork for a recent job for the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company.
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Artlip and Sons helps schools get heat from the Earth instead of natural gas

SMACNA contractor Artlip and Sons Inc., based in Aurora, Ill., recently helped two elementary schools in Illinois’ West Aurora School District 129 go from heating with natural gas to heating with energy efficient geothermal heat pump systems.
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Lean construction methods: efficient work, happy customers

“Lean construction” may be an industry buzz term, but in reality, it’s a practice many sheet metal workers already do as part of their day-to-day work. Lean processes have been found to reduce waste, encourage ideas, and help projects finish early and on budget.
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Improve your operations with these new SMACNA resources

Now available, SMACNA is providing three quick resource guides to help contractors fine-tune their business operations. These quick, easy-to-read books demonstrate how to improve your IT decision-making and management, manage your purchasing and inventory systems, and control risk through an effective job costing system. Free to members-only, they also contain valuable sample plans you can apply directly to your business.
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Refrigerant phase-outs on the horizon: How to prepare

The world of refrigerants is a complex landscape. With contractors on the front line, staying informed about what’s coming will help ensure you are offering your customers the best approach to safety and efficiency.
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Order new, revised ConcensusDocs and get your member discount

he ConsensusDocs Coalition recently revised many of its prime and subcontract agreements to address changes and best-practices including design, construction, insurance, legal, technology, and terminology.
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Perform only profitable work in 2017

Thomas Schleifer, PhD, says that the construction business isn’t that hard. However, construction profit is. There is much to be said about managing or controlling losses.
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Winning with BIM: Before you realize its potential you have to get past a few obstacles

very decision-maker in the building industry has at least a working knowledge of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Although fewer than 5 percent of builders currently take advantage of BIM’s transformational platform, a number of large and smaller firms have been implementing BIM over the last few years.
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