Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

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Control Air North completes 24 percent more work with no extension

Bay Area SMACNA member Control Air North, Inc. Hayward, Calif., received the 2016 Tom Guilfoy Memorial Craftsmanship of the Year Award (mechanical category) for project work on the Samsung American Headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif. Successful project completion required extensive collaboration between trades, innovative techniques and construction, and a high level of craftsmanship.
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Success! New Cleveland ordinance requires certified fire life safety technicians

The city of Cleveland recently passed an ordinance that requires the building owner to repair or replace faulty dampers within 60 days of inspection. This development, and others across Ohio, signals new opportunities for SMACNA contractors.
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SMACNA research shows BIM brings profitability, new opportunities

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become a requirement on most mid-sized to large commercial construction projects. But sheet metal and HVAC contractors want to know--do the benefits of BIM justify the cost?
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DOE announces $14M for small business retrofits

The U.S. Energy Department recently announced $14 million in project awards to dramatically increase the efficiency of U.S. homes and businesses. The funds will be awarded through two Department programs—the Commercial Buildings Integration Program, to retrofit office buildings and businesses, and the Building America program, to create more comfortable homes.
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Wiegmann Associates saves GameWorks a ton of money

SMACNA’s Wiegmann Associates, a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor, recently completed a design-assist HVAC project for the new family entertainment center GameWorks Denver. Wiegmann’s HVAC solution reduced equipment and installation costs, and will result in annual energy savings.
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Richard Sheet Metal takes a big leap with a big tube cutting laser

SMACNA contractor Richards Sheet Metal Works, Ogden, Utah, focused on the future and embarked on a new growth strategy when faced with the challenge of where to invest next. What changes would make the most difference?
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Construction jobs increase in 234 out of 358 metro areas

Demand for construction continues to grow around the country, as construction employment saw substantial increases in numerous metro areas last year. California and New York added the most jobs, as the Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine area (12,500 jobs, 15 percent) and New York City (11,900 jobs, 9 percent) topped the growth list, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
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SMACNA’s HVAC Systems: Understanding the Basics—updated 2016

SMACNA’s new manual “HVAC Systems: Understanding the Basics,” 2nd edition, 2016, is a non-technical overview of HVAC systems used in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. It covers system operation and components; and presents helpful diagrams and figures illustrating the systems.
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Detroit company shows its dedication to the community

SMACNA contractor SET Duct Manufacturing of Detroit has made giving back to the community an integral part of its business plan.
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SMACNA advocates landmark energy legislation

SMACNA has spent many years pushing Congress to pass a variety of energy efficiency initiatives to benefit the residential, commercial, public, and industrial/manufacturing sectors. Therefore, SMACNA was elated when the House and Senate each passed complex energy packages late last year and earlier this spring.
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Lean Design: What’s it all about? True collaboration, better outcomes

Interest in Lean design and construction has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, reflected in enhanced national media reporting, major presentations at COAA (Construction Owners Association of America) conferences and other national meetings, and rapid growth in attendance at Lean workshops and events around the country.
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GEO, CSA release ground-breaking geothermal standard

A first of its kind in the U.S., American and Canadian firms have just released a binational standard that outlines requirements and best practices for geothermal project design, installation, and commissioning in both the U.S. and Canada.
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Energy market study shows vast commercial potential of CHP

A new U.S. Department of Energy report “Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Potential in the United States,” provides impressive data on the potential of CHP in commercial buildings and industrial facilities throughout the U.S.
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SMACNA helps DOE finalize new efficiency standards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. The new standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the department to date.
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