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EMCOR's UMEC Wins Caris Life Sciences HVAC Installation
EMCOR Group, Inc. Norwalk, CT, has announced that its University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors, Inc. subsidiary (UMEC) has been awarded a contract for the installation of mechanical systems at Caris Life Sciences, a division of Caris Life Sciences, Inc., in Phoenix, AZ.

The project includes 30,000 sq.ft. of laboratory and office space, as well as a 5,000 sq.ft. mechanical mezzanine. UMEC will also be responsible for the installation of a central plant and service yard, which includes a chiller, cooling tower, and exhaust systems with energy recovery. Additionally, UMEC will coordinate electrical and plumbing work for the project.

Caris Life Sciences is a leading provider of high quality diagnostic and pharmaceutical services related to anatomic pathology and molecular testing. More than 2,000 physicians across the U.S. use its services.

GreenHomes America Awarded for Energy Program Results
GreenHomes America by EnTherm has received a 2010 Home Performance with Energy Star Century Club Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

This is the second consecutive year GreenHomes by EnTherm has received the award, which recognizes GreenHomes America as having improved the energy efficiency of a minimum of 100 homes in the past year through the "Home Performance with Energy Star" program. Home Performance with Energy Star offers homeowners a comprehensive, whole house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort, while saving money on utility bills and helping to protect the environment.

With their participation, contractors receive specialized training and diagnostic tools to inspect homes to determine where improvements are needed. Rather than focusing on a single problem, such as an old heating or cooling system, not enough insulation in the attic, or leaky windows, they look at how improvements throughout a home can work together to give homeowners the best results.

"This is the second year in a row we’ve received this honor. We're proud to be one of only 40 contractors in the country to receive this award this year," says Frank LaSala, general manager of GreenHomes America by EnTherm. "Our employees are dedicated to making Central New York customers more energy efficient and saving them money on their utility bills. Home Performance with Energy Star, and the whole-home approach helps us meet and exceed their expectations every time," LaSala says.

Tweet/Garot 'Safely' Works its Way Toward Another WCS Award
Tweet/Garot Mechanical,Green Bay, WI, has received the 2009 Wisconsin Corporate Safety Grand Award from the Wisconsin Council of Safety (WCS) and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

The award honors Wisconsin businesses for exemplary safety records and excellence in safety and health management. The Grand awards are presented to one Wisconsin business in each of 16 categories each year, grouped by size and type of business.

Tweet/Garot also won the Wisconsin Corporate Safety Grand Award in seven previous years. Tweet/Garot employees have currently worked 5,294,239 hours without a lost-time incident, spanning a period of almost eight years, beginning in June 2002.

Tweet/Garot Mechanical employs approximately 350 people, with offices in Green Bay, Wisconsin Rapids and Waukesha, WI and Menominee, MI.

BPI Seeks Comment on Revisions to Insulation Standards
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is accepting public comment on a revision to its Envelope Professional Standard relating to materials selection for dense-pack wall insulation applications. The revised standard references a materials specification standard and a test method standard that are also being released for public comment. Deadline for comments is June 16, 2010.

BPI sources say it's revising its requirements for dense-pack wall insulation materials used in existing homes. The updates will permit the use of a relatively new class of fiberglass and rock wool insulation materials, which meet the BPI performance requirements. They can be used for the dense-pack insulation of wall cavities in existing homes in addition to cellulose and spray foam.

"These changes enforce the need for materials neutrality in the development of standards. BPI is committed to developing and maintaining standards that meet the needs of a rapidly evolving home performance contracting industry," says David Hepinstall, BPI chairman. The new standards actions by BPI's Standards Technical Committee are major steps towards improving residential energy efficiency retrofit programs by providing contractors with a wider array of technology options.

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