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Sun reflecting off windows melts siding

Two years ago, Rick and Annette McWane were about to close on a new home in Woodbury when they noticed that one side of the house looked as though it had had a bad facelift. They decided to buy it anyway after the builder promised to fix the patch of vinyl siding. (continue) Read More

Honeywell Refrigerant Helps Homeowners Convert The Sun's Heat Into Power

Organic rankine cycle using Honeywell’s 245fa refrigerant turns heat from solar panels into electricity MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Oct. 28, 2009 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that its Genetron® R-245fa refrigerant is being used to help homeowners generate electricity from the sun’s heat while offsetting energy costs. Honeywell’s energy-efficient refrigerant is being used in an organic rankine cycle (ORC) called the 35Z Micro Power Plant, manufactured by Germany-based Turbolina GmbH & Co. KG. The 35Z Micro Power Plant has a unique design that uses water heated by thermal solar panels to evaporate the refrigerant, which in turn drives a turbine to generate electricity. Because no fuel is burned to create the electricity, the unit does not produce any carbon dioxide emissions. The remaining heat from the 35Z can be used to supply heating and hot water. (continue) Read More

New Hampshire and EPA Launch Campaigns to Replace Old Non-EPA Certified Wood Stoves and to “Burn Wise”

(Boston, Mass. - Oct. 22, 2009) – Today EPA joined the City of Keene and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) in announcing the start of a three-month wood-stove changeout campaign in Keene, NH. This campaign offers financial incentives to homeowners in the Keene area to replace or “changeout” old non-EPA certified wood stoves with much cleaner, certified wood stoves or pellet stoves, or with vented gas-heating appliances. Funds for the Keene campaign - about $100,000 - are from a regional environmental settlement with American Electric Power. The goal is to replace 100 woodstoves with certified models. (continue) Read More

HVAC Control Market Poised for Growth

The Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) market, like nearly all other markets, has been significantly impacted by the economic turmoil that materialized in 2008 and accelerated through the first half of 2009.  The HVAC market enjoyed a strong 2007 and early in 2008 the market looked like it was going to enjoy another strong year, but the collapse of the US housing market and subsequent chain reaction of events made for a very difficult business climate for the remainder of 2008 and into 2009. (continue) Read More

Residents say baseboard heating caused fire in home

LANCASTER -- A young couple, displaced after a Monday morning fire, say they have no doubt what caused the blaze that destroyed their home. "Oh, yeah, it's baseboard heating," said a despondent Maria Hurst, who took turns with her husband, Jonathan, at holding their 1-year-old son, Gage. The two said their family-room couch caught fire while they were in another room, and that fire spread through the living room. (continue) Read More

Man in New York charged with altering oil receipt sent to insurer

An Ulster County, N.Y., man was charged with altering a home heating oil receipt to support a $20,000 insurance claim for damages to a home in Kingston. (continue) Read More

Chinese wall-hung boiler market is developing rapidly

Individual heating has been developing in China for more than ten years. In the beginning, there were only a few foreign brands present in the market, but now with annual unit sales reaching hundreds of thousands, China is becoming the most important market for European wall-hung boiler manufacturers. (continue) Read More

Wash your hands, flush... all in the same place

AT first blush -- make that flush -- it didn't sound like a product consumers would wildly embrace.One of the stars of a plumbing-and-heating trade show that rolled through Winnipeg on Thursday was a new Australian product that combines a toilet and a sink to create a single unit that uses the same water for both purposes. (continue) Read More

Boiler blast no surprise, union says Questions of plant safety due to poor staffing rise after explosion kills engineer

OTTAWA — Questions about safety in a steam plant near Parliament Hill remained unanswered Tuesday as family and friends grappled with the death of Peter Kennedy, a 50-year-old engineer who was tossed over a railing and badly burned when a boiler blew. (continue) Read More

Germany wins Solar Decathlon 2009

The Solar Dechelon took place on the Washington D.C. Mall, October 9-13 and October 15-18. University of Illinois took 2nd Place, Team California took 3rd Place. Team Germany won. Here is a link to the event brochure. Read More
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