NEWSmakers: Jim Crowder

The NEWSMakers podcast features the movers and the shakers of the industry. Managing Editor, Kyle Gargaro, speaks with the individuals making and reacting to the latest HVAC headlines. Scroll down and click an episode to listen. It will automatically begin in the player below.

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Energy Services Platform Helps Improve Comfort, Lower Costs for Courthouse

HPAC Engineering |

Constructed in 1921, the Jackson County Courthouse in Holton, Kan., had an Energy Star score of under 50, meaning it was less efficient than more than 50 percent of peer buildings. Discomfort issues were frequent, given the 34,390-sq-ft building’s original steam-boiler heating system, window air-conditioning units, and single-paned windows, as well as the state’s notorious temperature swings.

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Soefker Services LLC uses software package to offer energy services

Contractor Magazine |

MEMPHIS — Soefker Services LLChad a problem. Its parent company, W.A. Soefker & Son, had been in the general construction business since 1944. In 1990 it started Soefker Services LLC as a dedicated services company. The service division has since grown to the point it now does $10 million annually.

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J.E. Shekell Uses Building Advice to Slash Energy Bills in Half

Smart Solutions |

Using BuildingAdvice, J.E. Shekell, Inc., of Evansville, IN, helped a nonprofit human services provider cut its energy expenses in half, stay in line with state building code requirements, and qualify for energy rebates. Contractors like J.E. Shekell know it’s not enough to promise energy savings over time by replacing outdated systems with new, more efficient ones; those new systems must demonstrate significant savings—quickly—and meet strict standards to qualify for utility rebates.

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Facility Energy Audit Leads to Huge Savings


Last year, the Evansville ARC (EARC), a nonprofit adult disability rehab and child daycare facility located in Indiana, was feeling the recession’s effects in decreased revenues from fundraising. To offset the bottom line, EARC’s executive director turned to contractor J.E. Shekell (Evansville, Ind.) for guidance in how to seek savings opportunities in utility bills. EARC had been a commercial maintenance agreement customer with J.E. Shekell for 25 years, and its 36-year-old building was ripe for improvement.

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