World Refrigeration Day: A look at the numbers in the USA

June 26, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, refrigerants, private governance, Regulation, recycling, World Refrigeration Day, emissions

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Today is the first Annual World Refrigeration Day! All around the world, companies, agencies and associations responsible for providing equipment, services, support, R&D, regulations, protocols, policies, safety and health will share their knowledge. The core purpose is bringing recognition to the importance of refrigeration (and HVAC/R), its impact on the world, and plans for the future. 

Our favorite topic is refrigerant and refrigerant management. Each week we talk about leaks, impact, controls, best practices and evolving regulations. So we’re taking today to share some of the statistics that drive us, and our overriding goal of controlling emissions and leaks by building tools, processes and protocols.

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The Door is Wide Open & Your Profits are Stepping Out

May 17, 2019 / by Ted Atwood & Jennifer Brosius posted in Facilities Management, HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, Industry Insights, Refrigerant Management, compliance, refrigerants, private governance, Regulation, best practices, HFCs, EIA

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Together we lose $27 billion dollars (US) - if you own or manage a building, your share is $6,750/year

We regularly share information about how to better manage refrigerants, we talk about their impact, results from our work, and stories we hear from others. This week we’re reviewing a report by the EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency). Yes they are a European environmental group, and their goal of spreading climate change awareness may seem out of touch with the day to day responsibilities of the average building owner/manager in the US. But if you replace the word climate change with lost profit, this story has some revealing results.

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SNAP Rules Struck Down, But States Step Up

April 25, 2019 / by Ted Atwood & Jennifer Brosius posted in Announcements, Facilities Management, HVAC/R, Industry Insights, HVAC News Roundups, Refrigerant Management, compliance, CARB, climate change, refrigerants, private governance, vanderbilt university, Regulation, SNAP

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First SNAP Rule 20, Now SNAP Rule 21

As you may recall, we took a close look at SNAP Rule 20 back in November, and how the Mexichem Fluor, Inc., v. EPA decision struck it down, allowing the use of HFC’s previously considered unacceptable.

Why?

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It's Hard Out Here for a PMP (Preventative Maintenance Program)

April 10, 2019 / by Joel Punausuia posted in Announcements, Facilities Management, HVAC/R, Industry Insights, HVAC News Roundups, Refrigerant Management, climate change, refrigerants, private governance, vanderbilt university

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Performance management (plan) isn’t some phrase reserved for late night TV ads but rather an important part of success to any business, especially in the HVAC/R industry since your job is tied to equipment performance. Compliance is a measurement of the success of your PMP. Whether you’re looking to improve your current processes or instill a new culture of success (not to mention making your job easier), there are some common challenges you’ll face. 

*Spolier alert*

Trakref solves these problems 😉

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The Great Refrigerant Leak Conundrum:      AI & IOT

April 4, 2019 / by Ted Atwood and Joel Punausuia posted in Announcements, Facilities Management, HVAC/R, Industry Insights, HVAC News Roundups, Refrigerant Management, climate change, refrigerants, private governance, vanderbilt university

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We began to focus solely on refrigerant leak tracking in 2014. The Internet of Things (IoT) was an existing trend that was supposed to help track refrigerant leaks and wind down 50 years of uncontrolled leaks. There were 15 BILLION IoT devices in 2015 and today there’s nearly 27 billion devices. Leak rates still continue to average 25%, though. More connectivity has not yielded better results. Why?

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