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    An Open Letter to the School Communities in Westchester and Putnam Counties from the Leadership of Teacher and Staff Unions – HamletHub - August 16, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    We feel compelled to write to you in a shared voice, as there are universal elements to our concerns about re-entry into the schools this September. It is important to note that this is a discussion about re-entry, not re-opening. The education of children has always been our top concern. One truth that cannot be ignored as a necessary precursor to any successful model of instruction is a safe learning space. Though we will open this September for instruction, the only question is the modality of that instruction.

    All districts in New York were required to create a re-entry plan that addressed three options: full virtual, hybrid, and full in-person instruction. The hybrid model is the most popular one for re-entry this September, but it poses significant risks. The hybrid model requirement gained traction in the state early on, but unfortunately, most of what we have recently learned about COVID-19 and children calls the safety of this model into question. These risks are not a reflection of inadequate efforts by any district or administrative team in protecting the children and staff in their schools. Rather, they are inherent inadequacies when a system designed around instructing students is tasked with creating learning environments that will protect children and teachers during a viral pandemic. Additionally, there has been a failure in state and federal governments to ensure that adequate testing, PPE, and HVAC filtration systems are readily available. The requirements for the district plans were provided by the Governors office and the State Education Department in the middle of July and they were to be completed by July 31. The Governor even added new testing and contact tracing requirements in the first week of August.

    To create truly safe re-entry plans, districts would require more time, direction, and resources. It is telling that neither the state nor federal governments have provided additional resources to help ensure a safe re-entry; districts have been on their own.

    Educators approach every task with a can do attitude. Throughout the months of July and August, teams in each district leaned in and got the job done. The plans were made and it is truly impressive work. The problem, however, is that they are plans to meet government requirements for safety; they are not necessarily plans to make the schools as safe as they can be. The limits of these plans hit close to home this summer when the Greenburgh-North Castle school experienced an outbreak of COVID-19, despite meeting or exceeding all Department of Health guidelines and having a very small student population. As anyone with any experience planning school events can attest, even the best plans on paper never match what happens once actual students are brought in. Every plan assumes a well-behaved student body that will follow all directives and maintain masks and social distancing, even during hall passing. Plans assume we will be able to hire enough leave replacements, substitutes, and monitors to supervise students in the next three weeks. This will not occur. When schools reopen with the potential of being understaffed, it will make an already unsafe situation even worse.

    In every survey conducted about re-entry, the most important condition people require is that the schools be safe. The phrase Maslow before Bloom is never more applicable than the current situation. It is irrational to expect students will be able to learn in any reasonable manner when their teachers and administrators are constantly conveying the need for vigilance in mask- wearing and social distancing. The constant need for vigilance cannot help but be internalized as fear and anxiety. At best, schools will be more similar to a well-meaning prison than an actual rich learning environment where thoughts can be shared and joy can be expressed.

    Before we can return to schools, we must be sure that every reasonable precaution has been met in order for schools to be safe. The goal cannot be to just mitigate risk, but to create the safest possible learning environment. Many of these requirements go well beyond the capability of an individual school district and require action at the state or federal level. We may feel powerless to secure what is necessary; that, however, does not change the reality of its necessity.

    To ensure that in-person instruction begins safely, every school district should be putting into place the following measures that create the highest health and safety standards for our students, teachers, and staff:

    1. All building-wide HVAC systems must be upgraded to a minimum of MERV-13 filtration, and if existing systems cannot be upgraded, portable units with HEPA filtration must be available for all indoor spaces.2. There must be uniform standards for COVID testing that help monitor asymptomatic spread. COVID testing must provide accurate and reliable results within 24 hours in order to monitor asymptomatic spread. The current wait time can be as high as 12 days, which is not adequate to help prevent the spread of COVID by asymptomatic individuals infected with COVID in our schools.3. Supply lines for PPE must be prioritized to deliver all necessary PPE to schools in a timely fashion. All schools must have an adequate supply of PPE at all times, including enhanced PPE for students and employees who require it.4. School districts must be able to guarantee that there is sufficient staff to supervise students and provide instruction, even as individual staff members are absent for illness or quarantine, child-care, or personal leaves.5. There must be a 100% virtual option for teachers and students who are medically compromised.6. Plans should require a minimum 14-day shutdown once closed for COVID-19 issues.

    Last year was the most challenging instructional year any teacher experienced. There is no teacher who looks forward to beginning the year using remote instruction. Everything about teaching virtually is more complicated. For educators, their classroom is their space. It is where they conjure childrens dreams and give them the tools to fulfill them. Computers are sterile imposters that rob the experience of the richness of our relationships with our students. Educators and students need to not only feel safe but must actuallybe safein their working and learning environments. Districts and governments need to strive to meet these expectations. There is too much at stake to fall short of the safest possible model.

    Additional Resources

    Hybrid Model Risks:https://www.wired.com/story/hybrid-schooling-is-the-most-dangerous-option-of-all/

    Testing:https://covidstates.net/COVID19%20CONSORTIUM%20REPORT%208%20TEST%20JULY%202020.pdf

    New Information on Children and COVID-19:https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-scientists-know-about-how-children-spread-covid-19-180975396/

    https://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/2020/08/12/westchester-doctor-school-chronic-illness/3331348001/

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/12/health/covid-kids-school-gupta-essay/index.html

    https://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2020/07/29/greenburgh-north-castle-summer-school-coronavirus/5530181002/

    Co-signing PresidentsMichael Lillis, Lakeland Federation of TeachersNate Morgan, Hastings Teachers AssociationVanessa Vaccaro, Ossining Teachers AssociationTom McMahon, Mahopac Teachers AssociationJennifer Maldonado, Hendrick Hudson Education AssociationElisa Rosen, Hendrick Hudson Education AssociationDavid Wixted Scarsdale Teachers AssociationAnthony Nicodemo, Greenburgh North Castle United TeachersMary Claire Breslin, New Rochelle Federation of United School EmployeesSamantha Rosado-Ciriello, Yonkers Federation of TeachersBrenda OShea, Somers Faculty AssociationAndrea McCue, Haldane Faculty AssociationJames Groven, Irvington Faculty AssociationJudith A. Kelly, Teachers Association of the TarrytownsChris Tyler, Harrison Association of TeachersJeanne Whelan, Tuckahoe Teachers AssociationRoseanna Cutietta, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Federation of TeachersRick Tivnan, Brewster Teachers AssociationCarene Domato, Mt. Vernon Federation of TeachersMelissa Barreto, BOCES Teachers AssociationJeff Yonkers, NYSUT ED 16 DirectorSean Kennedy, Yorktown Congress of TeachersLisa Jackson, Carmel Teachers AssociationJanet Knight, Mamaroneck Teachers AssociationJos Fernandez, Peekskill Faculty AssociationAmy Geiger, Katonah-Lewisboro District Teachers AssociationKathleen Fox, Edgemont Teachers AssociationMiriam Longobardi, Chappaqua Congress of TeachersJennifer Cole, Greenburgh Eleven Federation of TeachersClare Delongchamp Eastchester Teachers Association

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    How to maintain and manage your property during COVID-19 outbreak – Khmer Times - August 12, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced a majority of people all over the world to stay indoors for an extended and unknown period of time a situation that puts a special strain on the facilities of any property

    So, whether you lease or own your space, have a broad portfolio, or a single asset, as a property owner, the attention you give to your assets, and its facilities, is more crucial now than ever

    CBRE, a property consulting firm, oversees a number of buildings throughout Cambodia and across China, South East Asia, Europe, and America

    We have a regional hub in South East Asia where each of the heads of Property Management is in regular contact; sharing information/ experiences and jointly developing plans and procedures, especially in these times

    This has imparted valuable lessons behind my no-regrets, action-oriented recommendations: Manage entries The best way to keep your facility safe is to keep people with the virus at home

    There are several ways to approach this, including temperature screening and other sophisticated equipment that could become permanent installations

    There are also low-cost options, like increasing lobby signage reminding people to stay home if ill, restricting visitors, and setting up selfcheck temperature stations

    Plan for an exposure-related shutdown It is likely that you will experience a suspected or confirmed case in at least one of your facilities

    Rather than waiting for that moment and having to scramble, prepare a written plan, and educate your site managers, staff, and providers proactively

    What to do with the individual? How to isolate them? How to get them home safely? What steps to take? If you think all of this through and get it in writing beforehand (working with your legal, HR, building owner, and key stakeholders) you will mitigate risk and reduce anxiety when the event happens

    Clean often Increased cleaning has a direct, infection-control benefit and should be implemented as a preventative move

    A full daily disinfection may not be necessary, but the virus lives on surfaces for up to 3 days; and proper, increased cleaning will help lower your exposure

    Clean more often and be visible with these services, especially in common areas

    As the world opens back up for business, we should expect a lot more cleaning

    Use the downtime to prepare for re-opening Every facility has deferred projects and tasks that were waiting for a weekend when the building sits empty

    Planned correctly, now is your chance for these projects

    We are working with clients to complete delayed projects, replacements, and repairs

    Our teams in China realized that deferred maintenance on older equipment just could not respond to more intensive HVAC demands, so we are working hard to repair, replace, and upgrade

    Communication Keep up to date with all local newspapers and government departments so that you are ready for any changes that may be enforced

    Keep your company, all your clients, tenants and occupiers updated regularly but also limit the channels of communication and avoid participating in gossip groups as misinformation creates confusion and worry

    The Future New Normal As you plan for re-opening, your employees, customers, and suppliers are going to have new expectations for how to run, clean, and manage your facility

    Consider focusing on three areas: Operations: Inspect and test key building systems to ensure the building is safe and comfortable as you come back to full occupancy

    Service Planning: Allow providers of cleaning, food, concierge, HVAC, security, etc

    ample lead time to ensure they can get their teams back on-site and fully operational Transparency: Ensure the occupants are aware of whats been done, whats different, and what protections need to stay in place to keep everyone healthy

    Set up a hotline to take their questions

    Original link: https://www.realestate.com.kh/guides/how-to-maintain-your-properties-duringcovid-19-outbreak/

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    Energy Efficiency As a Service: Doing the Groundwork to Reduce Emissions – Grit Daily - June 27, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    For the last decade, governments and private businesses have talked of grand ideas to reduce carbon emissions and stave off climate change, committing to a variety of future targets. But what does it really take to meet these targets? A company called Minimise USA is doing work on the ground to make buildings more efficient from understanding a companys consumption habits, retrofitting their buildings by investing in more energy efficient lighting and HVAC-R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) systems, and educating clients and their employees about how to reduce their energy consumption.

    Minimise USA is an energy-efficiency-as-a-service company based out of Tampa, Florida. Grit Daily caught up with CEO Daniel Badran, a two-time cancer survivor who leads the operation, to learn more about how energy-efficiency-as-a-service companies function. Badran has a strict understanding of the term as a service, claiming that only the companies that offer no capital outlay, take no collateral, and include maintenance, are truly offering energy efficiency as a service.

    The model is simple. Minimise goes to a client, looks at their energy bills for the previous 2 years, takes measurements to get a better understanding of the facility, and tests the equipment to see how much each energy consuming asset uses on a regular basis. This is all part of the investment grade audit Minimise conducts to get an idea of what retrofits and replacements are worth investing in. The audit aligns with the IPMV (International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol), which provides an overview of best practice techniques for energy and water efficiency and renewable energy projects.

    Then, Minimise suggests areas for improvement, and commits to investing in the project to ensure energy savings, aiming for savings of 15-17%, to eventually reduce energy use by up to 40%. This means installing LED light bulbs, more efficient heating and cooling equipment, solar panels, low flow water valves and leakage detectors, etc.

    The final step is educating the staff, what Minimise calls mindset change management to make sure that the end user effectively adapts to the new equipment.

    Minimises largest project to date is in partnership with the Hillsborough County School District, where so far, they have replaced over 300 thousand light bulbs with LEDs, installed Eniscope software to monitor energy consumption in real time, and significantly reduced energy bills. Sean Ewais, a Senior Project Executive at Minimise says of the NCOPA (No Capital Outlay Plan Agreement) model, We dont want your money. We know that you are going to have an energy bill. We know that were going to reduce energy, so were just going after saving from the energy bill to pay for the cost of the project.

    Minimise has a global presence, partnering with companies in South Africa, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, and New Zealand, who are interested in applying the NCOPA model to get maximum cost savings without having to make the hefty initial investment to make their facilities more energy efficient. Minimises contracts are off the balance sheet, and they do not take the equipment as collateral for payment, nor do they treat the agreement as a loan or lease. Theyre making long-term investments, which include maintenance of equipment.

    Minimise USA is currently offering double payouts to clients during the coronavirus pandemic, something that the CEO hopes can continue on indefinitely. Badran prides himself on having partnerships with clients, and is not out to milk every dollar. He says, The client should be very happy with the fact that were risk takers and were not risking their money; were risking ours, and in return were putting our technology where our money is.

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    WCPS Board of Education budget increases approved | Worcester County News Bayside Gazette – baysideoc.com - June 25, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer

    (June 25, 2020) The Worcester County Board of Education on Tuesday, June 16, approved its $116.2 million operating budget for the 2021 fiscal year.

    Of that total, $95.2 million is from the Worcester County Commissioners, for an increase in local spending of $2.8 million

    Of that increase, $633,000 is allocated for one-time capital projects.

    The funding for one-time capital projects is divided into $283,000 for schematic and design development fees for Stephen Decatur Middle School, $200,000 for additional HVAC unit replacements and $150,000 for central office improvements.

    The other nearly $20 million came from the state, and the remaining $792,463 came from other revenue sources.

    In addition to the increase in unrestricted funding, Worcester County approved $50,000 in local restricted grant funding to continue the Pocomoke Middle School Afterschool Program.

    Toward expenditure increases, the 2021 fiscal year budget includes $468,104 for new positions.

    Vince Tolbert

    They are being funded by health insurance savings that have been recognized this year, said Chief Financial Officer Vince Tolbert. Theres two behavioral health workers the need for mental health in our school systems continue to increase, and were adding these two behavioral health workers to help address that need.

    Showell Elementary will add an art teacher, a guidance counselor, a 10-month secretary, a part-time nurse and two more custodians.

    The budget includes salary increases, totaling $2.4 million, and $59,816 will go to employee pension costs.

    Tolbert added that there is a $200,000 funding increase for tuition reimbursements and $150,000 will be used for technology upgrades.

    Another $1,500 will go toward SkillsUSA program.

    During the meeting, the school board approved an updated bus contract, which involves the following increases: a 2 percent increase in hourly, mileage and PVA rates, $32,000 for contractors purchasing new buses and $200,000 for support increased transportation costs.

    For more information, visit worcesterk12.org.

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    HVAC Control Systems Market 2020 | Analyzing The COVID-19 Impact Followed By Restraints, Opportunities And Projected Developments – 3rd Watch News - June 25, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Trusted Business Insights answers what are the scenarios for growth and recovery and whether there will be any lasting structural impact from the unfolding crisis for the HVAC Control Systems market.

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    The global HVAC control systems market size was valued at USD 13.1 billion in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 12.2% from 2019 to 2025. The anticipated market growth is attributed to ascending demand for building automation systems, coupled with technological advancements associated with HVAC control units. Furthermore, rising customer inclination towards comfort has increased the demand for HVAC controls that can be operated remotely. All these factors are expected to positively influence the market over the forecast period.Demand for HVAC equipment is soaring owing to an increase in construction sector spending, rapid urbanization, and rising disposable incomes across major economies. Another major factor contributing to increased HVAC demand across the globe is climate change. Due to rising temperature and unpredictable climatic conditions, HVAC equipment have become a necessity rather than comfort. As control systems are intrinsic to all HVAC equipment, the growing demand for HVAC equipment is further expected to fuel market growth.

    The HVAC control systems market is expected to experience considerable growth owing to government initiatives aimed at creating a green, clean, and sustainable environment. Several governments around the world are offering financial benefits to promote use of energy saving equipment in both residential and commercial spaces. For instance, the U.S. government introduced the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which provides a tax deduction of up to USD 1.80 per square foot for new commercial buildings. The tax benefit is awarded to buildings that reduce regulated energy consumption by 50 percent relative to the requirements stated in the 2001 new construction standard developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE 90.1). Such government initiatives, along with rising awareness about environmental degradation and energy management, are expected to upkeep the demand for energy efficient HVAC control systems.The demand for HVAC controls is also anticipated to gain momentum owing to the introduction of technologically advanced smart controls. Manufacturers are focusing on providing Internet of Things (IoT) enabled HVAC control systems to support connectivity and home automation. For instance, CoolAutomation ltd. has designed a smart HVAC controller named ControlPad for home automation. The controller is equipped with the RS485 network and ASCII interface that helps in communicating with multiple equipment such as heating, cooling, lighting, and curtains.The need for replacement of existing old control systems with newer, more sophisticated controllers is expected to fuel the market growth. Advanced systems offer numerous benefits over existing systems, including reduced operating costs and increased energy efficiency. Thus, retrofits, replacements, and incremental upgrades to existing systems are expected to drive the market in developed economies such as U.S., U.K., Germany, and Japan. Moreover, advancements in functionalities of HVAC sensors used to measure CO2, humidity, occupancy, and temperature are also expected to upkeep the market demand over the forecast period.

    Component Insights of HVAC Control Systems Market

    Components that constitute an HVAC control unit include sensors, controllers, and controlled devices. The sensor is an imperative component used to measure the environmental variables such as temperature and humidity. This information is then communicated to the controllers and used to maintain a controlled environment. Although multiple sensors are used in HVAC control systems, temperature sensors are most commonly used. Other sensors used include humidity, occupancy, economizer, dew point, and CO2 sensors. The sensors segment held the largest market share in 2018 and is expected to dominate the market throughout the forecast period.The controllers segment is expected to register a CAGR of more than 11.0% from 2019 to 2025. The high growth rate is attributed to the increasing use of thermostats across the globe. Thermostats are the most commonly used controllers that maintain the desired temperature by switching the heating/cooling device on or off. Some thermostats maintain temperature by regulating the flow of a heat transfer fluid.

    Application Insights of HVAC Control Systems Market

    Based on application type, the market has been segmented into residential, commercial, and industrial HVAC control systems. The residential segment dominated the overall market in 2018, accounting for more than 50% of the revenue share. Increasing HVAC demand across the residential sector, particularly in developing economies, was a major factor contributing to high market share. This trend is expected to continue over the forecast period, further driving market growth.The commercial segment is expected to witness a CAGR of approximately 10.0% over the forecast period. Increased construction spending in the commercial sector, particularly in the Middle East and developed countries such as the U.S., are expected to boost segment growth. Increased deployment of building management systems in commercial buildings, government initiatives that promote use of environmental friendly HVAC systems, and availability of energy efficient HVAC controls are also fuelling product demand in the commercial segment.System InsightsBased on system, the HVAC control systems market has been segregated into temperature and humidity control, ventilation control, and integrated control systems. In 2018, the temperature and humidity control system segment accounted for over 40% of the overall revenue. High market share of the segment is attributed to rising adoption of heating and cooling equipment across the globe.Companies focus on offering systems that combine temperature and humidity control capabilities in a single unit. For instance, Preservatech offers Maxi T control unit equipped to manage humidity and temperature and also includes an interactive display panel for ease of operation. Similarly, Munters offers ML Plus standalone system provides dehumidification and is incorporated with temperature and humidity control. Owing to the onset of such systems that offer temperature and humidity control through single units, the segment is expected to continue its dominance over the next six years.

    Meanwhile, the integrated control system segment is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 12.0% over the forecast period. Integrated control systems include the combination of ventilation, temperature, humidity, and other control systems. Combining all the systems offers convenience to the users and also saves space.In an attempt to sustain competition, certain companies are providing integration solutions for HVAC control systems manufactured by other OEMs. For instance, Integrated Controls Environmental, LLC (ICE), a building management service operator, provides integrated systems that are manufactured by Automated Logic Corporation.

    Regional Insights of HVAC Control Systems Market

    The Asia Pacific market dominated the overall industry in 2018 and accounted for over 40% of the revenue that year. The regional market is likely to retain its dominance over the forecast period as well. The growth is attributed to increasing demand from emerging economies such as China and India. Furthermore, rising disposable income, coupled with availability of low-priced systems in these countries, is anticipated to intensify the competition in the region.North America is expected to witness substantial growth, registering a CAGR of more than 10.0% from 2019 to 2025. The regional HVAC equipment market has achieved stability over the years. However, the need to replace or upgrade the existing aging systems with newer control systems is anticipated to drive market growth in the region. Another major reason for the expected growth is a higher percentage of smart homes particularly in the U.S. The connected devices in smart homes allow integration of smart HVAC control systems, which provides ease of control and increased efficiency. Additionally, the region is characterized by the presence of manufacturers, OEMs, and a large consumer base. Companies such as Honeywell International, Nest, and Johnson Controls based in the region are significantly contributing to the growth of the market.

    Market Share Insights of HVAC Control Systems Market

    The market is consolidated and is characterized by high competition. Key players operating in the market include Honeywell International, Johnson Controls, Schneider Electric, Delta Controls, Nest, Ingersoll-Rand plc, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. These market players particularly focus on entering into mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures/collaborations in order to enhance their market presence.Market players are increasingly investing in research and development in response to the growing demand for advanced technology from developed economies. For instance, In June 2019, Telstar announced its Smart Cleanroom, an innovative HVAC control system for pharmaceutical companies that considerably reduces energy consumption and operational costs. The advent of smart control systems and the use of IoT are anticipated to boost the growth of the market over the forecast period.

    Segmentations, Sub Segmentations, CAGR, & High-Level Analysis overview of HVAC Control Systems Market Research ReportThe report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2015 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, this market research report has segmented the global HVAC control systems market report based on component, system, application, and region:

    Component Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2019 2030)

    Sensors

    Controllers

    Controlled Devices

    System Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2019 2030)

    Temperature & Humidity Control

    Ventilation Control

    Integrated Control

    Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2019 2030)

    Residential

    Commercial

    Industrial

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    Roofing, HVAC replacements in progress at Hood Family Housing – The Fort Hood Sentinel - June 12, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Residents of Fort Hood Family Housing, operated by Lendlease LLC, received an update Friday, on summertime projects and improvements to on-post housing areas.

    Among the home improvement projects underway, Lendlease noted in a press release Friday that it has replaced over 750 roofs throughout multiple neighborhoods and is scheduled to replace over 250 shingle roofs in the next eight months.

    Additionally, the release stated there are more than 1,500 heating and cooling system replacements in progress, with more than 50 percent completed to date. Additionally, there are various upgrades and improvements to almost 300 homes in legacy Comanche III Village to include HVAC and appliance replacements, new front, interior and sliding glass doors, plumbing and lighting fixture updates, new vinyl tile bathrooms, kitchen and utility rooms, and carpet flooring in bedrooms.

    We are committed to providing safe and healthy homes where our families can live, work and thrive, and these projects exemplify how we continue to do so in a proactive, thoughtful way, Chris Albus, project director for Fort Hood Family Housing, who is also an Army retiree, said. Should residents have any questions about any of the activity in their community, they are encouraged to reach out to our community managers or myself who will be more than happy to assist.

    According to Fridays release, the Army approved a new exterior project to repair roofing and stucco/stone siding in four neighborhood villages: Comanche II, Comanche III East and West, Kouma II and III, and Montague III and IV.

    This work is being necessitated due to the age of certain homes and a corresponding potential water intrusion, which FHFH swiftly and proactively identified and has been working diligently to investigate, the release stated. We have been able to isolate and identify potential issues requiring attention and have prepared a detailed plan to address and repair the impacted homes.

    This work, fully funded from FHFHs capital re-investment account, will begin this month and is expected to last approximately 15 months.

    While all FHFH residents received a status update regarding all ongoing projects via email June 5, those residents directly impacted by the improvement projects received a second email providing additional details.

    Furthermore, residents who will receive work on their home will be notified two-weeks prior to work commencing, and again, 48 hours before work commences, the Lendlease release stated.

    A website, https://www.forthoodfh.com/exterior-home-repairs, has been established to communicate with Fort Hood residents regarding the scope of work, responses to frequently asked questions and maps showing impacted areas.

    According to Lendlease, the work is being performed by a qualified third-party company with oversight by a FHFH project management team, along with the Armys Directorate of Public Works and a third-party, independent architectural, engineering and building science firm. Resident health is not a risk while work is being performed, as confirmed by third-party health consultants.

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    COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Analysis – HVAC Services Market 2020-2024 | Growing Demand For Replacements In Developed Countries to Boost Growth |… - June 12, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    The market is concentrated, and the degree of concentration will accelerate during the forecast period. AB Electrolux, Daikin Industries Ltd., Emerson Electric Co., Gardner Denver Holdings Inc., Johnson Controls International Plc, LG Electronics Inc., Nortek Inc., Robert Bosch GmbH, Siemens AG, and United Technologies Corp. are some of the major market participants. To make the most of the opportunities, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

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    Growing demand for replacements in developed countries has been instrumental in driving the growth of the market. However, intensified market competition might hamper the market growth.

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    Affordable Starter Homes in the Park Hills Area – Mason City Globe Gazette - June 12, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Webster Groves Ranch, super cute exterior, large front tree for optimal shade. Living room entry, warm inviting paint color, gleaming hardwood floors, large windows for optimal natural light. Great eat-in kitchen, stainless steel appliances, mosaic tiled back splash, custom cabinets. Two bedrooms, both with ample closet space, hardwood floors, ceiling fans. Modern full bathroom. Spacious finished walk-out basement, utility room, over sized closet, plush carpeting. Impressive fenced backyard oasis featuring covered patio for outdoor entertaining, potential areas for gardening, shed to house lawn equipment, and fire pit for hosting evening get-togethers. Home was fully renovated 5 years ago and brand new roof in 2017. Convenient location! 15 minutes to Downtown, Zoo, Science Center, City Museum, the Magic House. Walking distance to restaurants and shopping, plus Blackburn Park. Quiet neighborhood, great neighbors, welcome home!

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    AirThreds releases the HVAC Filter doing more for homes and the planet – PR Web - June 6, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    AirThreds began with a mission to find the best solution for one of the most easily forgotten home comfort systems, the furnace.

    DENVER (PRWEB) June 01, 2020

    Transitioning to hot weather means its time to turn up the A/C. While our homes cant get enough of that powerful cool breeze, 82 percent of Americans fail to change their air filter on a regular basis to ensure that refreshing air is clean.

    AirThreds is a recycle-friendly concept further benefiting homeowners with a machine washable design that lasts. While the product might seem like a small consumer convenience, something as simple as a clean air filter can financially impact a homeowner. Furnaces, just like people, require regular attention to stay healthy and theyre often neglected until its too late. Replacing an HVAC system is likely the second most expensive home repair behind replacing the roof.

    In addition to preventing costly repairs, this summers indoor air quality has become an important topic as 90 percent of people are spending 20 hours inside each day during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The typical disposable HVAC filter is made most commonly with polyester or fiberglass woven fibers. They can also expose you to dust, dirt and even potentially harmful chemicals.

    AirThreds brings more awareness to the waste these disposable products create. Due to their materials, many cities will not accept them in recycle programs.

    An AirThred filter on the other hand is both reusable and made with 100 percent recyclable materials. In addition to utilizing eco-friendly materials, these filter fibers were designed to work smarter, not harder.

    Not only do they create the perfect balance between airflow and particle capture, the fabric is antimicrobial treated. This helps prevent bacteria, mold and allergens that collect on a filter from blowing back into your home. Its one extra benefit for those suffering from asthma, allergies and those more susceptible to illness.

    AirThreds retail for $59, but for cost comparison, one outlasts the life of 36 disposable filters. They come available in standard HVAC sizes.

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    HVAC Contractors Find Creative Way to Help Their Communities Weather COVID-19 – ACHR NEWS - May 24, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    HVAC Contractors Find Creative Way to Help Their Communities Weather COVID-19 | 2020-05-23 | ACHR News This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn MoreThis website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more.

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