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Thermostat Manufacturers Look to Entice Contractors with Added Value, Service and Support

In the HVAC industry everyone wins when contractors are able to flourish. This has led some forward-thinking thermostat manufacturers to think up bigger and better ways to provide additional value that can make install jobs easier and more profitable. While a high-quality, accurate device at a competitive price clearly tops the list, there are other […]

California High-Speed Rail Ready to Lay Some Track*

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After years of prep work, Gov. Jerry Brown’s finance department decided March 3 that California’s $64 billion high-speed rail project is ready to lay some track. The administration approved the rail authority’s request to spend $2.6 billion on work in the Central Valley. The decision lets the authority […]

Drones Tested for Minnesota Bridge Inspections

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is testing the use of drones to inspect bridges. Transportation officials expect the technology will save money and provide another perspective on how the state’s bridges are holding up, KARE-TV reports. The drone allows inspectors not only to see the bridge, but to detect temperature […]

Tear Out or Replace: Facility Managers Face Critical Decision When Replacing Aging Induction Units

Many facilities built in the ’70s and ’80s continue to operate and maintain aging induction-based air conditioning units originally installed in each room or space. Not to be confused with fan-driven systems, these quieter, more efficient alternatives have no fans, blowers or moving parts, and so can continue to operate for decades. However, as these […]

WellSpan York Hospital Launches Radiantly Heated Helipad

The earliest recorded use of air transport to get trauma victims to medical treatment occurred in 1870, by means of hot air balloons. Wounded soldiers were airlifted from the front to medical care during the siege of Paris in the Franco-Prussian War. Today, medevac helicopters have twin jet engines, terrain awareness systems, on-board weather radar, […]