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New factory orders up, jobs (way, way) down
New factory orders up, jobs (way, way) down
Chalk up the latest batch of recent reports as a mixed bag at best, a frustrating and perhaps ominous start to summer at worst. New factory orders increased 1.9 percent in April, according to the Commerce Department —the biggest bump in six month...
Negotiators make progress but HFC phasedown deal 'not a given yet'
Negotiators make progress but HFC phasedown deal 'not a given yet'
U.S. and other negotiators made progress toward a deal to phase down high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants during last week's meetings in Vienna, though both environmentalist and industry observers say more must be do...
The energy efficiency sector should take a bow
The energy efficiency sector should take a bow
Energy managers, facilities managers and everyone else in the sector should take a moment to congratulate themselves. A number of recently released studies and surveys show that investment in energy efficiency in general - and commercial buildings in p...
Sound insights about the birth of air conditioning
Sound insights about the birth of air conditioning
On July 17, 1902, engineer Willis Carrier produced drawings for the first practical air-conditioning system. The invention thoroughly transformed patterns of work and leisure - not least of all, concertgoing. But that transformation reached the concert...
What will it take for transition to lower-GWP refrigerants?
What will it take for transition to lower-GWP refrigerants?
The combination of the forthcoming bans on higher-GWP refrigerants in Europe and mandated reductions in the HFCs being sold into the EU are in danger of catching the end-users on the hop. Simply put, if customers don't soon convert to lower-GWP options...
A 'cool' way to combat climate change under the Montreal Protocol
A 'cool' way to combat climate change under the Montreal Protocol
World climate leaders are meeting this week in Vienna for the next stage of international discussions about a global phase-down of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
Saving the ozone layer is warming the planet but it can be fixed
Saving the ozone layer is warming the planet but it can be fixed
It belongs to the law of unintended consequences. Back in the 1980s, when the hole in the ozone layer was the world's number-one environmental problem, few people worried about global warming.
Court rejects refrigeration efficiency action
Court rejects refrigeration efficiency action
Manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment must comply with new US energy efficiency standards by March 2017 after a US court rejected a challenge from industry. The U.S. Department of Energy final rule on energy conservation standards for com...
Manufacturing added less to real GDP in the first quarter than in the prior 2 quarters
Manufacturing added less to real GDP in the first quarter than in the prior 2 quarters
As noted earlier, the U.S. economy grew by an annualized 1.1 percent in the first quarter, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis has now released data breaking out that growth by industry.
US manufacturers grow at fastest pace in 15 months
US manufacturers grow at fastest pace in 15 months
U.S. manufacturers grew in June at the fastest pace in 15 months, signaling a clear if modest uptrend after a bout of extended weakness.
Can the House and Senate turn 2 energy bills into 1 law?
Can the House and Senate turn 2 energy bills into 1 law?
Last month, the U.S. Senate defied the beltway trope of legislative gridlock that has characterized the Obama era, passing a broad energy bill in an 82-12 vote.
Guide to 'natural' refrigerants in Japan
Guide to 'natural' refrigerants in Japan
Shecco's latest regional report tackles the current and future use of natural refrigerants in Japan.
How net zero buildings help modernize the grid
How net zero buildings help modernize the grid
The electricity grid was never intended to support a two-way flow of energy – it was designed as a one-way street from power plants to buildings. But with the growth of renewable energy systems and other generation and storage technologies, the g...
AHRI calls for US energy efficiency reforms
AHRI calls for US energy efficiency reforms
The AHRI has called on the U.S. government to reform current energy efficiency policies to reflect new technologies and economic realities. Speaking before the before the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on energy and power, AHRI president & ...
Cleaning up our act on indoor air quality
Cleaning up our act on indoor air quality
Almost overnight, air quality has become a big issue in the U.K. Whether it is the government being "sued" by environmental law group Client Earth for again missing its air-quality targets, or the prime minister being forced to defend his government's ...
Factory orders came right in line
Factory orders came right in line
Factory orders came right in line. The latest report from the Census Bureau showed that factory orders increased by 1.9 percent in April. This was exactly what economists were expecting, according to the Bloomberg consensus. Last month, factory orders ...
EPA warns that recharging air conditioners with wrong refrigerant poses injury, fire risks
EPA warns that recharging air conditioners with wrong refrigerant poses injury, fire risks
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is cautioning homeowners, manufacturers of propane-based refrigerants, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of the safety hazards related to the use of propane in existing motor ve...
Reshoring has become an economic development strategy
Reshoring has become an economic development strategy
Michele Nash-Hoff writes, "As a result of my writing and speaking about returning manufacturing to America through reshoring, I recently received information from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) inviting me to educate my audience ...
Treasuries fall as rising manufacturing costs hint at inflation
Treasuries fall as rising manufacturing costs hint at inflation
Treasuries fell after a report showed U.S. manufacturers are paying higher prices for raw materials, a sign of upward pressure on inflation.
AHRI: Hydrocarbons to feature in US research this fall
AHRI: Hydrocarbons to feature in US research this fall
The first research on hydrocarbons will begin this fall. Additional research will follow, said Monica Cardenas, senior director (communications) at AHRI. The U.S. government is working together with AHRI, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating ...
Business conditions in US manufacturing sector likely to have improved strongly in July
Business conditions in US manufacturing sector likely to have improved strongly in July
Business conditions throughout the U.S. manufacturing sector are expected to have rebounded further, according to the flash PMI for July.
Why American manufacturing is more competitive
Why American manufacturing is more competitive
How competitive is American manufacturing? By the year 2020, the United States is projected to take the top spot in the Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index (GMCI), a multi-year research platform from Deloitte and the Council on Competitiveness. ...
Could Brexit disrupt HFC phase down?
Could Brexit disrupt HFC phase down?
Concerns have been raised regarding the phase-down of HFC refrigerants following the U.K.'s decision to quit the European Union. The F-gas regulation has been adopted into U.K. law and therefore, without a change to that law, the provisions in it will ...
HVAC industry at a crossroads: Step up or be stepped on
HVAC industry at a crossroads: Step up or be stepped on
Twenty-two years ago National Comfort Institute (NCI) set out on a mission to help the HVAC industry move towards measured performance. We believed the industry would soon fix a large percentage of HVAC systems in customers’ homes and buildings o...
Commercial building energy use is down
Commercial building energy use is down
The commercial sector reduced energy use by 12 percent during the period from 2003 to 2012, according to The Energy Information Administration. The in-depth Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey is made about every five years.
Fed says economy growing modestly amid scant price pressures
Fed says economy growing modestly amid scant price pressures
The U.S. economy expanded at a modest pace since mid-May amid "slight" price pressures and some softening in consumer spending, according to a report from the Federal Reserve's 12 districts that lacked any sense of urgency on the need to raise interest...
Making an integrated heating and cooling strategy work
Making an integrated heating and cooling strategy work
The European Union's heating and cooling strategy — currently out for consultation — could be a driver for bringing the respective industries closer together for the common good of energy reduction. Now, the European Partnership for Energy ...
Energy appropriations bill 'underfunds' clean energy research, White House says
Energy appropriations bill 'underfunds' clean energy research, White House says
The U.S. Senate is moving forward with the energy appropriations bill, and The Hill reports initial procedural votes could come soon. The measure would increase 2017 funding for the Department of Energy by more than $350 million, but the bulk of ne...