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Daikin-McQuay First to Meet DOE Rooftop Unit Challenge Numbers
Daikin McQuay is the first HVAC manufacturer to successfully meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Rooftop Unit Challenge.” The goal of the challenge is to satisfy a DOE-issued specification for energy savings and performance. This includes meeting an integrated energy efficiency rating (IEER) of 18 or higher, with a 50 to 60% reduction in energy use.

The DOE and independent testing organization Intertek conducted the performance testing for the challenge. The testing confirmed manufacturer claims that the Rebel commercial rooftop system exceeds the DOE’s energy savings and performance specifications with part-load efficiencies of up to 20.6 IEER and energy savings of up to 60 to 70%. Learn more at

Danfoss EnVisioneering Symposium Explores Energy Efficiency Possibilities
Danfoss recently hosted its 17th EnVisioneering Symposium, “The Path of Renewable Energy in Buildings,” in Washington, D.C. The event convened executives in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), government, and industry associations, to discuss the role renewable energy resources can play in the U.S. building sector, and identify the opportunities and obstacles as they pertain to HVAC manufacturers and consulting engineers.

Presenters included Robert Wilkins, Danfoss director of public affairs; Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT); Congressman Charles Bass (R-NH); Steve Lindenberg, senior advisor for renewable energy,U.S. Department of Energy; Scott Hennessey, director of legislative affairs and general counsel at Solar Energies Industries Association; and Ron Domitrovic, senior project manager, energy efficiency at the Electric Power Research Institute.

These experts joined with others to offer solutions and progress reports related to achieving greater energy efficiency in buildings, and fostering a greater appreciation for renewable energy sources. For a report on the Symposium, visit

Trane Wins Product Design, Women’s Choice Award
The Trane ComfortLink II Control has been recognized by Design Journal, with top honors in its annual Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX) competition. The Trane ComfortLink II Control was named a Platinum ADEX award winner in the “Product Design” category. The annual ADEX Awards are dedicated to recognizing the best in form, function, and aesthetics of appliances, furniture, and fixtures marketed to the design trade.

In other news, Trane received a Women’s Choice Award from WomenCertified. The survey polled more than 5,000 female consumers about their favorite HVAC brands.

Jon Wayne Heating & Air Named Bryant Dealer of the Year
Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems has named San Antonio, Texas-based Jon Wayne Heating & Air Conditioning, San Antonio, TX as the 2011 Bryant Dealer of the Year.

Jon Wayne Heating & Air Conditioning is one of 15 Bryant dealers in the U.S. and Canada to be selected as a Medal of Excellence regional winner out of more than 3,500 Bryant dealers in North America.

This is fifth consecutive year that the Jon Wayne company has received the Bryant Medal of Excellence award.

‘Power House’ Reclaims Electricity
A new product offered by Comfort Supply, a Tennessee-based wholesaler of Ruud HVAC products — gives home and business owners an opportunity to reduce energy and maintenance costs by reclaiming electricity normally lost to the ground.

The Power House conditioning system, by Black Hawk Energy Products, installs on a building’s electrical system. The Power House was invented by Jerry Johnson, a 40-year electrician who was inspired to develop it by rising energy costs. It was tested in residential, restaurant, and industrial applications.

Mike Paulson has been named president of the new, California-based air conditioning company, AmeriCool Inc. AmeriCool, Inc., has entered into an exclusive deal with Korean-based Weltem Co., Ltd. Weltem air conditioners are described as ideal for the “mission critical” needs of highly technological applications. Additionally, AmeriCool sources say the units are built to withstand harsh, industrial applications.

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