Green at its Best

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  • Survival of the fittest.  Steady evolution of commercial hydronic systems is tied to not only extreme efficiency, comfort and flexibility, but also to much-improved connectedness to other building systems.  John’s article is one of the year’s most definitive descriptions of how and why hydronics continues to succeed.
  • Our Thomas Home renovation article received a big, two-page spread for its broad coverage of complex changes . . . and high efficiency, water quality, comfort solutions.
  • Here’s a Big (green) Apple story: In New York City, a super-efficient co-gen installation for Ronald McDonald House has won broad accolades.  This Federal Construction cover story tells all, including the role of Laars hydronic equipment.
  • Our multi-client cover story promotes effective, super-efficient technology on a demanding residential job site.  It entailed broad use of geothermal, hydronic, electronic and water treatment systems.
  • Frey home is green as it gets and every once in a while, a project comes along where a homeowner builds a home around green mechanical systems.  This was one of those projects!
  • Our article, bylined by Bradford White’s Wade Bernreuter, served as the magazine’s scheduled feature about commercial solar thermal systems, promoting both Bradford White + Niles Steel Tanks technology and expertise.
  • Dan’s NYC Ronald McDonald house retrofit article gets about as close to defining “green” as any job we’ll likely see in the near future.  Our hats are off to Integrated HVAC Systems & Services.
  • Rachel’s “Six essential principles to achieve Passive House status” article levels an objective eye at how one Passive House pro brings the message home.
  • Dan’s article about the John Wayne Museum’s geothermal system appears as a prominent, 3-page story.
  • Following a trip to Montana, this article written by Dan offers insights into an amazingly “green” and energy efficient mechanical system at a new health facility in Missoula.
  • Rachel’s feature article about Molenaar Greenhouse tells of a greenhouse “re-greening.”
  • Dan’s story about a Montana Ranch mechanical system was edited specifically for Washington DC-based Propane E&R Council’s newsletter, going out to broad new audiences.  Watts + Modine are promoted.
  • Tropical Heating and Air uses a Triton Fusion system and Watts Radiant tubing on a large, custom home in Toronto.  Water-to-water geothermal is employed for heating and cooling of a concrete home.
  • Our “Re-Greened” home story covers new geothermal integrated with existing hydronics.  Owners are delighted!
  • John’s article about optimizing hydronic system flow offers a look at how designers are integrating state-of-the-art technology to achieve greatest efficiency.
  • Our article about a commercial rainwater harvesting system points its innovative use as a coolant to improve HVAC efficiency. That’s smart use of a natural resource!
  • John developed this Minneapolis hi-eff residential HVAC profile for Fujitsu. There’s a lot to be said for mini-split efficiency and ease of installation.
  • John Abularrage, president of Advanced Radiant Design in New York, completed this unique biofuel job; Watts R-Flex, Taco technology and the boiler manufacturer are recognized.
  • Dan’s “Montana wood-fired heat” cover story promotes the best in bio-fuel heating solutions for a home and business that severs its dependence on expensive fossil fuel.
  • Dan’s article about a cancer patient healthcare facility in Missoula, MT – heatedand cooled by tapping a giant, underground aquifer – won the cover story spot in PME’s March ’14 issue.
  • February ’14 Water Quality Products – John’s Pier 27 “Green at its Best,” article for Watts’ BRAE rainwater harvesting technology at San Francisco’s Pier 27 tells about a precedent-setting installation for a city determined to go green.
  • Dan’s article about SMC Geothermal’s huge, multifamily geo job in Colorado won a cover story spot, promoting Watts’ Triton pipe fusion technology.
  • Commercial Building Products 12/13 – John’s article provides insights into a competition of sorts between VRF and chilled beam technologies. Each offers unique advantages for commercial buildings.
  • Commercial  Building Products 10/13 – One of the often-misunderstood and neglected facets of commercial building design is indoor air quality (IAQ). Here, John offers insights into the importance of IAQ and how it can be achieved.
  • ACHR News, July 29 issue – Joanna Turpin’s “Bells, Whistles for Geothermal Heat pumps” industry round-up article includes a photo of a Geofinity installation + quotes from Jesse Robbenolt, promoting Modine technology + expertise.
  • The ACHR News’ for March 4, 2013 offered great visibility for Taco with Dan’s Alaska chilled beam installation story, and also in the “Hydronic Trends” feature.
  • John wrote this article about a light commercial biofuel solution built by John Abularrage and the pros at Advanced Radiant Design.
  • Dan’s “Green Giant of a Home” article – about a large, geothermally-conditioned custom home in Virginia – was published in the February ’13 issue of Phc News.
  • Dan’s article about this “re-greening” hydronic home renovation in Manheim, PA won a top spot in the ACHR News‘ January 28, 2013 issue.
  • Dan’t article about Vertex Mechanical‘s superb installation of green mechanical systems – promoting ClimateMaster, Taco and Bradford White technology – appeared as a cover story in the November 5’12 issue of the ACHR News.
  • Rachel’s feature story profile for Denver-based Major Geothermal won the cop, cover story position in the November ’12 issue of Reeves Journal, promoting ClimateMaster, Laars + Taco.
  • Rachel’s “Reidhead Solar” profile ran as a lead feature in the fall ’12 issue of Green Mechanical Contractor, appearing in Contractor, Contracting Business and HPAC Engineering. Plenty of visibility for Bradford White and Taco in this upbeat story about a sharp installer’s recipe for success in the Phoenix area.
  • Dan wrote this in-depth case study about a large nursing facility that went all-geo, requiring 615 tons of heating and cooling. It appeared in the September ’12 issue of Engineered Systems magazine.
  • Dan’s story about Apple’s use of Taco’s new iWorx controls technology at their über-cool Grand Central Station retail space won some nice coverage in the August issue of Phc News.
  • John’s “Renewable Energy: a Tale of Four Projects” feature was published in the July/August ’12 issue of Commercial Building Products. ClimateMaster, Fröling and Watts Radiant technologies all receive great coverage.
  • John’s cover story profile of John Abullarage and his firm, Advanced Radiant Design, won the top spot in the May ’12 issue of Phc News.
  • Our “Baby Steps” article about the realities of solar thermal heating, was developed with author Dave Sweet, Taco inventor and product manager. It won a big placement in the April ’12 issue of Reeves Journal.
  • Our article about the Wenger’s ultra-green, light commercial biofuel heating system won the cover spot in the May ’11 issue of Fuel Oil News.
  • Dan V’s North Pole, AK story looks at large-scale mechanical ingenuity, turning waste heat into home comfort for thousands who serve.
  • Water Quality Products magazine asked John to develop this technical water treatment feature for their January ’11 issue.
  • John worked with Taco’s Greg Cunniff to develop an end-of-2010 article about emerging, new technology – chilled beams. It appeared in the industry’s
    newest magazine, Canadian Journal of Green Building & Design.
  • Dan’s article about Seaman’s Mech in the September ’10 issue of Contractor is one of the year’s largest articles. It’s all about geo + radiant + green technology, smartly applied.
  • Chicagoland’s big monthly, Chief Engineer, ran our über-green, Midtown Exchange retrofit article as a cover story in their August ’10 issue.
  • Chicago’s Chief Engineer magazine ran our thermal energy transfer article as the June ’10 cover story. It promotes ClimateMaster, Taco and Laars technology and expertise.
  • Dan Vastyan developed this ultra-green (geo, solar + HRV) home story for the ACHR News‘ Aug. 23 ’10 issue.
  • Dan’s article about an old PA farm house with a geothermal retrofit wins one of the top spots in Contractor magazine’s July ’10 issue.
  • April ’10: The ultra-green Wenger log home remodel project is presented to southern states trade readers.
  • The January ’10 issue of Contractor carried John’s log home story, part 3, focusing on solar thermal installations.
  • The Dec. ’09 issue of Contractor carried John’s log home story, part 2, focusing on an ultra-green geo-to-radiant system, rainwater harvesting and high-efficiency HVAC.
  • In part 2 of Home Power magazine’s log-home-goes-green article, John focuses on Dave Yates’ installation of solar thermal systems.
  • This November 09 cover story for Contractor magazine (part 1) extols the virtues of a geo-to-radiant system for ultra-green home comfort.
  • Plumbing Engineer ran John’s ‘thermal energy transfer‘ article as a cover story in the June ’09 issue.
  • This TecHome Builder cover story tells how Habitat for Humanity combined radiant and solar for a home that’s “as green as it gets.
  • Our mechanical systems story about the Phoenix Convention Center’s re-green retrofit won a Building Power cover story.
  • This cover story for HPAC Engineering ’08 issue reveals one of the greenest movements in the commercial building industry.
  • John developed this über-green, geo-to-radiant system story for the 12/09-1/10 issue of Home Power magazine.
  • iGreenBuild.com – one of the nation’s leading green e-zines – ran our Laars/Phoenix Convention Center story as a lead article in August.
  • The popular e-zine, iGreenBuild.com, ran our “First LEED platinum Habitat for Humanity home” story in their Aug. ’09 issue.
  • The July ’09 issue of HPAC Engineering ran this Common Ground “tax incentives” placement for ClimateMaster.
  • Geo-to-radiant’s the rage with new, hotter-water geothermal systems. For those who covet warm floors, look no further than the back yard for a source of heat.
  • Occasionally, journalists surprise us. This editorial by Jim Wheeler, Supply House Times, sends an unusually positive message about technology, and relationships, too.
  • This story won broad national (and here: regional, Chicagoland) attention for ClimateMaster, promoting the many advantages of their super-efficient technology.
  • This USGBC LEED-certified condo in D.C. has won the attention of journalists nationwide. ClimateMaster technology (not initially spec’d for the job) made it all possible.
  • John developed this über-green commercial HVAC story for the Nov/Dec ’08 issue of Commercial Building Products.
  • Habitat for Humanity has taken “green” all the way with this LEED Platinum home, the first won by HFH, thanks for Watts Radiant, Hot Rod Rohr and th’ Green Gang at Drury University.
  • This ultra-green story evolved over a 5-year period. John first visited the recycled barn, geo-to-radiant jobsite in ’03. Mechanical wizard Mark Eatherton presides.
  • Contractor magazine asked John for this high efficiency water heating story. Bradford White has helped to put the green into 232 year-old inn.
  • A 600% efficiency HVAC solution for buildings? It’s readily available today at less than the cost of traditional chiller/boiler/cooling tower solutions.
  • Living Lands & Waters lives n’ breathes the green lifestyle. No surprise they went über-green when selecting mechanical systems for their new HQ facility.