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Maker of space heater sued after house fire

TYLER - The manufacturer of a space heater is being sued for negligence following a fire that destroyed a Canton woman's home. Succeeding the rights of its subrogor Temple Bolt, Texas Farm Bureau Management Corp. filed the lawsuit against Suarez Corp. In dustries, also known as Sci Direct, on Aug. 10 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.  According to the lawsuit, Bolt's house, which was located in Canton, sustained significant damage on Dec. 27, 2010, due to a fire allegedly caused by an EdenPURE infrared space heater, model 1000XL. The house was considered a total loss. (more) Read More

Carrier Acquires Major Stake in Chinese Company

Carrier Corp. said Wednesday it had acquired a controlling interest in a Chinese company that develops and manufactures heating and cooling systems that pump heat to and from the ground. (more) Read More

Retrofitting Affordable Housing: HUD, Fannie Increase Loan Amounts to Increase Energy Efficiency

A new lending programs hold promise to open the doors for financing improvements to the energy efficiency of existing multifamily properties. Commercial lenders see potential to originate loans for that purpose under a program launched by Fannie Mae and HUD’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA) called Green Refinance Plus. (more) Read More

Honeywell Recalls Electric Baseboard and Fan Heater Thermostats Due to Burn Hazard

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DOE and ASHRAE Sign Agreement to Improve Building Energy Standards

he U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) announced a new agreement to develop achievable and cost effective standards, jointly promote educational programs, and support one another’s products and services. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) underscores the commitment between DOE and ASHRAE to improve building energy standards that reduce energy costs and carbon pollution nationwide. These concerted efforts help home and business owners save money on their annual utility bills, enhance our nation’s energy security by reducing fossil fuel use, and strengthen America’s position as a leader in energy-efficient building construction. (more) Read More

Little-known law will force MA oil heat upgrades

DRACUT -- The day Lucky Oil owner Leo Vezina told longtime customer Omer Matte he had to upgrade his oil heating system to comply with a new state law, the two men nearly came to blows. "They had quite an argument," confirmed Matte's wife, Camille. The Mattes have lived in their Leo Avenue home for 54 years; the heating system is original to the house. "The oil line was already under a concrete floor and he wanted to dig it up," Omer Matte said. "But, he explained it to me and I wasn't happy about it, but it's the law." The Massachusetts Homeowner Oil Heating System Upgrade and Insurance Law goes into effect Sept. 30. It requires heating-oil systems in one- to four-family homes, primarily those installed before 1990, to be upgraded through either the addition of a oil safety valve or encasing the oil line in a protective sleeve. ... Read More

Ingersoll CEO: Higher Costs Hurt Profit From New HVAC Products

Ingersoll-Rand Co. Ltd. (IR) fumbled the long-awaited rollout of a new line of heating and air-conditioning equipment aimed at cost-conscious homeowners, company Chief Executive Michael Lamach said Thursday. Weakness in Ingersoll's residential solutions business contributed to the company's second-quarter results coming in below analyst expectations. The residential business, which includes Trane heating and air-conditioning equipment, has struggled to increase sales and profit in the midst of anemic consumer spending and a dismal U.S. housing market. But the company revamped Trane products at the low end of the energy efficiency scale on the belief that consumers would likely migrate to lower-cost models once federal tax credits expired for more expensive, high-efficiency equipment. (more) Read More

AO Smith buys boiler maker Lochinvar for $418M

MILWAUKEE -- Water heater maker A.O. Smith Corp. said on Tuesday that it will acquire boiler maker Lochinvar Corp. for $418 million.The deal does not include the privately held company's existing debt, A.O. Smith said. The deal should add to A.O. Smith's profits by 10 cents per share starting in the fourth quarter, except for one-time accounting charges related to the purchase, and 40 cents to 50 cents per share in 2012. (more) Read More

Church loses 13 air conditioning units to thieves

ASH GROVE, Mo. - Tucked away in the quiet hills of northwestern Greene County is a little country church.  The isolation of Center Baptist paints a quaint picture, and perhaps an ideal setting for a crime."Back last summer, toward the end of the season, we had seven air conditioning units taken," recalled pastor Mitch Fisher.Fisher and his flock were stunned following the crime.  But last month, just in time for the heat, the church finally installed its new A-C units."We were in the process of getting the fencing and the caging and that type of thing going.  Just, unfortunately, didn't get that in quick enough," Fisher said.The thieves struck again, this time hauling off four of these new 300-pound appliances. (more) Read More

Robert Bean wins ASHRAE award

JUNE 27, 2011 — The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has presented the prestigious 2011 Lou Flagg Historical Award to Canadian Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L. (Eng.) and two collaborators from Denmark and South Korea on a recently published, two-part historical series on radiant heating and cooling. The trio was recognized at the 2011 ASHRAE Annual Conference in Montreal, held June 24-29, for the most outstanding recorded history of either projects or persons related to the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry. Bean, who served as the lead researcher, and co-authors Professor Bjarne Olesen, Ph.D., from the Danish Technical University and Professor Kwang Woo Kim, Arch.D., from the Seoul National University were recognized for their global collaborative work on the "History of Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems," published in the January and February 2010 issues of the ASHRAE Journal. Bean, Olesen and Kim, who began ... Read More
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