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    Northwest Plumbing, Heating & AC Offers Heating & Furnace Installation and Repair in the Quad Cities – Press Release – Digital Journal - February 16, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    DAVENPORT, IA / ACCESSWIRE / February 16, 2021 / Northwest Plumbing, Heating & AC is pleased to announced that they are providing heating and furnace installation and repair services in the Quad Cities of Bettendorf and Davenport in Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline in Illinois, and neighboring areas. Since it has been a long and very cold winter, heating is vital to ensure a warm and comfortable home. Visitors to their website may also want to check out their "Deal of the Month," which is available for the month of February. And for those who are planning to replace their heating equipment, they offer free estimates for furnace replacement. More information about their heating services can be gleaned from

    Bill Durand, General Manager for Northwest Plumbing, Heating & AC, says, "Our knowledgeable technicians have experience with all makes, models, and types of heaters and furnaces, including oil, gas, propane, electric, geothermal and more. And our White Glove Guarantee provides you with assurance our technicians will leave your home as clean as it was before their arrival."

    They offer a 24-hour service to ensure that those who encounter unexpected problems with their furnace or heating equipment can contact Northwest Plumbing, Heating & AC at any time of the day. They offer all kinds of heating services, such as: furnace repair & installation; humidifier installation; boiler repair & installation; annual heating system check; geothermal systems; steam heat; humidification; mini-splits (ductless); high-efficiency heating and cooling systems; geothermal systems; high-efficiency heating and cooling systems; steam heat; hot water heat; and zoning maintenance agreement that includes annual system check.

    Meanwhile, they recommend that homeowners and other property owners use their furnace preventative maintenance plans. This is because preventative maintenance offers different kinds of benefits, including prolonging the life of the furnace and heating equipment. They offer service partner agreements include a yearly furnace check and service partners are not charged after hours or weekend fees. There is also an option where all heating, plumbing, and cooling maintenance programs can be combined. They also offer affordable financing deals to ensure that the cost of their services can fit people's budgets.

    Northwest Plumbing, Heating & AC also provides plumbing services, offering solutions to various issues, such as leaky pipes, misbehaving toilets, clogged drains, and backed up showers. They provide a 24-hour service for plumbing problems and they offer their White Glove Guarantee that assures customers that the technicians will leave the home as clean as it was before they arrived. More about their plumbing services can be learned from Plumbing services for residential homes include: drain cleaning; waste piping; water heater repair & installation; toilets; fixture replacements; showers and bathtubs; sump pumps and battery backup systems; camera inspection; sinks; remote monitoring and flood alarms; leaks; on demand (tankless) water heaters; backflow preventers; remote monitoring and alarms for flooding; camera inspection; garbage disposals; water service and water mains; sump pump and battery backup systems; waste piping; and maintenance agreement that includes annual plumbing inspection.

    They also offer air conditioning installation or repair, including 24-hour emergency services. They have experienced and qualified air conditioning technicians who are not just skilled in replacing old broken AC equipment but also in repairing those AC units that can still be repaired. Their cooling services include: air conditioner repair & installation; air purification & air quality systems; mini-split ductless cooling; annual AC system check; mini-splits (ductless cooling); zoning; thermostat installation; thermostat repair and maintenance; whole house humidification; and service partner agreements.

    Northwest Plumbing, Heating & AC was established in 1923, which means that it has several decades of experience. It has grown into one of the most trusted residential heating, cooling, and plumbing services provider for the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. The company is an honored member of the Nexstar Network, which is a group of HVAC industry leaders.

    Homeowners and other property owners who are looking for heating & furnace installation and repair may want to check out the Northwest Plumbing, Heating & AC website at, or contact them on the phone or through email.


    For more information about Northwest Plumbing, Heating & AC, contact the company here:

    Northwest Plumbing, Heating & ACBill Durand(563) 391-1344bdurand@northwestmech.com5885 Tremont AveDavenport, IA 52807

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    Troys 2021 State of the City Address – NEWS10 ABC - February 11, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Posted: Feb 4, 2021 / 04:18 PM EST / Updated: Feb 8, 2021 / 11:52 AM EST

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    TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) Troy Mayor Patrick Madden virtually broadcast the 2021 State of the City Address on Thursday evening. The address was broadcast ontheCitys official YouTube channelandFacebook page, and can also be viewed below:

    During the address, Mayor Madden outlined the Citys response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the Troy community has navigated an unprecedented year of challenges. This was the first-ever virtual State of the City Address, held in accordance with public health guidelines that limit gatherings due to the coronavirus.

    Mayor Madden detailed steps taken to preserve essential services and protect employee health in response to COVID-19, as well as revenue shortfalls and reductions in state aid. The address also highlighted major accomplishments in neighborhood revitalization, water and sewer infrastructure, expanding public access to the waterfront, renewable energy, and investments in City parks.

    Some of the key highlights of the 2021 address included:

    Mayor Madden also identified several ongoing initiatives and unfinished projects that would be prioritized in 2021, including the replacement of Fire Station 1 in Lansingburgh, and strengthening relationships between the community and the Troy Police Department through the Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative.

    For additional information, visit the Citys website.

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    US HVAC Services Market Share Analysis Of Key Market Participants And Their Competitive Landscape – Murphy’s Hockey Law - January 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Overview Of HVAC Services Industry 2020-2025:

    This has brought along several changes in This report also covers the impact of COVID-19 on the global market.

    The HVAC Services Market analysis summary by Reports Insights is a thorough study of the current trends leading to this vertical trend in various regions. Research summarizes important details related to market share, market size, applications, statistics and sales. In addition, this study emphasizes thorough competition analysis on market prospects, especially growth strategies that market experts claim.

    The report offers detailed coverage of HVAC Services industry and main market trends. The market research includes historical and forecast market data, demand, application details, price trends, and company shares of the leading HVAC Services by geography. The report splits the market size, by volume and value, on the basis of application type and geography.

    Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) is the technology of indoor and vehicular environmental comfort. Its goal is to provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality. HVAC system design is a subdiscipline of mechanical engineering, based on the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer.The growing demand for HVAC replacements in developed countries will drive the growth prospects for the global HVAC services market until the end of 2021. The market is witnessing a huge shift towards the reduction of operating costs, increasing energy efficiency, and utilizing the favorable government incentives to replace existing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment in various countries such as the US, the UK, Germany, and Japan. Also, the regulations about the use of refrigerants and energy efficiency will increase the number of investments in the replacement of old HVAC systems. Furthermore, reducing the Freon, other CFC refrigerants production, energy consumption during peak summers, and utility costs by at least 15% will influence the need for replacing the existing HVAC equipment, which, in turn, will accelerate the revenue generation in global HVAC services market.APAC accounted for the majority market share during 2019 and will continue to dominate the market during the forecasted period. Some of the major factors responsible for the growing demand for HVAC installation services in APAC includes rising investments in the real estate sector, the constant demand for infrastructure projects in terms of quality and quantity, the trend for urbanization, and the improved connectivity between different regions.

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    HVAC Services Market competition by top manufacturers as follow:CarrierDAIKIN INDUSTRIESIngersoll RandJohnson Controls International

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    Market segment by Regions/Countries, this report coversNorth AmericaEuropeChinaRest of Asia PacificCentral & South AmericaMiddle East & Africa

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    For the Record | Building permits | Business World | – - December 3, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Chelan County

    Gailanne Molver, 627 Chelan Ranch Road, Chelan, $96,871, single-family residence

    Curtis L. and Colleen M. Foster, 750 First Creek Road, Chelan, $245,698, single-family residence

    Real Homes, 356 Margaux Loop, Malaga, $150,619, single-family residence

    Real Homes, 374 Margaux Loop, Malaga, $239,938, single-family residence

    Real Homes, 371 Margaux Loop, Malaga, $247,272, single-family residence

    Central Washington Health Services Association, 1201 S. Miller St., $472,000, dialysis department renovations

    Michael G. and Maureen A. Poirier, 1900 Cumbo Court, $307,459, single-family residence

    Justin Clare, 1245 Ninth St., $1,800, residential remodel

    Nikolay and Natalya Zhuk, 150 Pine Crest Place, Manson, $7,000, single-family residenceaddition/alteration

    First Presbyterian Church of Wenatchee, 1400 S. Miller St., $335,255, commons addition and entry canopy

    Zufall Investments LLC, 1111 N. Mission St. Unit A, no valuation, one wall sign

    Marco and Victoria Ramirez, 601 Highland Drive, no valuation, removal of outdoor shed

    MJ Neal Associates, 975 Summit Blvd., Manson, no valuation, residential mechanical

    Jeffrey and Brigid Chvilicek, 1209 Orchard Ave., $25,000, kitchen remodel

    Rookard Custom Pool LLC, 585 Burnett Ranch Lane, Chelan, no valuation, pool/spa

    Chelan County Fire District No. 1, 731 N. Wenatchee Ave., no valuation, one wall sign

    Jacinto Bedolla et al, 448-A Wilson St., $94,434, single family housing

    Rachel Cooper, 132 N. Franklin Ave., $30,000, main floor remodel, front porch enclosure, finish basement

    Gabriel Scott and Jason Midkiff, 825 First St., no valuation, gas line and one appliance

    Donald W. Murray, 1143 Appleland Drive, $10,000, converting gas to electric furnace

    Victor E. and Brenda J. Flint, 1217 Red Apple Road, $13,000, HVAC replacement

    Evgeny G. Kozhevnikov et al, 2570 Emerson Acres Road, Manson, $3,000, dock

    Lopez Design LLC, 8414 Entiat River Road, Entiat, $289,789, single-family residenceaddition/alteration

    Lolos Construction LLC, 920 Loop Ave., Manson, $312,051, single-family residence

    Forte Architects Inc., 115 Bella Lane, Manson, $613,959, single-family residence

    Parsons Rentals LLC, 15 S. Mission St., no valuation, one wall sign

    Dreger Security LLC, 151 S. Worthen St., $9,550, HVAC replacement

    Omgayatri LLC, 1004 N. Wenatchee Ave., $8,000, fire damage repair

    Stemilt Growers LLC, 3607 Highway 97A, no valuation, fuel line replacement

    Micky R. and Amy L. Jennings, 109 S. Franklin Ave., no valuation, residential backflow

    Jerry L. and Tracy M. Bishop, 1288 Homesteader Lane, Chelan, $383,429, single-family residence

    Jerry L. and Tracy M. Bishop, 1288 Homesteader Lane, Chelan, no valuation, accessory dwelling unit

    Anderson Residential Design, 2619 Larch Drive, Leavenworth, $217,326, single-family residence addition/alteration

    600 Mission LLC, 600 S. Mission St., $219,093, new office building

    Chris Loeken et al, 1207B N. Wenatchee Ave., $16,500, interior remodel

    Alturas Mission Village LLC, 212 Fifth St. Suite 9A, no valuation, one wall-mounted sign

    Kellogg Valley North Properties LLC et al, 1304 N. Miller St. Unit E, no valuation, one wall sign

    Tanya M. Chavez, 1646 Ridgeview Lane, $150,000, manufactured home replacement

    Central Development Inc., 23505 Highway 97A, Chelan, $224,928, single-family residence

    Real Homes, 443 Margaux Loop Unit A and B, Malaga, $362,527, duplex

    Lexar Homes Wenatchee, 142 Manzanita Drive, Manson, $295,665, single-family residence

    Lopez Design LLC, 86 Bonham Lane, Leavenworth, $213,611, single-family residence

    James B. and Mary R. Painter, 12225 Camp 12 Road, Leavenworth, no valuation, residential mechanical

    Joseph and Maya P. Grantham, 114 N. Miller St., $4,405, roof covering stairway to basement

    James L. Duck, 1917 Second St., $21,148, covered patio and deck

    Jason and Tara J. Breidert, 1511 Pershing St., $29,473, office and bedroom addition

    Lowes Company Inc., 1200 Walla Walla Ave., $80,474, roof top unit replacement

    Central Washington Health Services Association, 933 Red Apple Road, $22,700, gas package RTU

    Ariel Oquist and Hector Vazquez, 1607 A Maiden Lane, $2,500, replace footings and rotten wood on existing deck

    Michael P. and Leanne M. Emerson, 8213 Williams Canyon Road, Cashmere, no valuation, residential mechanical

    Larry and Shelly M. Lowe, 22584 Alpine Hills Road, Leavenworth, $45,319, single-family residence addition/alteration

    Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council, 1585 Crescent St., $20,895, reroof three buildings

    Taylor A. and Andrew D. Smoke et al, 520 Pearl St., no valuation, egress window

    Eva Martinez, 1207 Brown St., $15,000, HVAC replacement

    Samuel R. Wentzel and Cassandra M. Wentzel, 17635 High Mountain Meadows Road, Leavenworth, $334,277, single-family residence

    Andrew J. Schauer, 25 Owl Lane, $135,240, accessory structure

    Real Homes, 180 Margaux Loop, Malaga, $247,135, single-family residence

    Real Homes, 195 Margaux Loop, Malaga, $150,571, single-family residence

    Gunnar and Heidi Ildhuso, 278 Wapato Way, Manson, no valuation, demolition

    Gunnar and Heidi Ildhuso, 590 Highway 150, Manson, no valuation, demolition

    Gunnar and Heidi Ildhuso, 94 Wapato Point Parkway, Manson, no valuation, demolition

    Michael Wheat, 935 River Rock Lane, Chelan Falls, no valuation, single-family residence

    Jeffrey B. and Laura K. Bede, 262 Hawks Ridge Road, Chelan, $470,829, single-family residence

    Jeffrey B. and Laura K. Bede, 262 Hawks Ridge Road, Chelan, $108,917, accessory structure

    Boyer Mountain Door & Pool Inc., 300 Loop Ave., Manson, $22,800, accessory structure

    Janet Mills, 1310 Castlerock Ave. Unit 2, $16,000, HVAC replacement

    James and Lynda Woltring, 781 Queens Court, $12,000, HVAC replacement

    Timothy A. Hibbard, 63 Corkscrew Lane, Manson, $277,654, accessory dwelling unit

    BT Buildingworks, LLC, 22708 Saddle St., Leavenworth, $3,381, single-family residence addition/alteration

    Robert A. and Debra Ann Neudorfer, 105 Meraki Lane, Manson, $14,249, single-family residence addition/alteration

    Sirius Builders, 8015 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, $298,021, single-family residence

    Tyler and Georgia Addington, 8011 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, no valuation, accessory dwelling unit

    David T. Larson, 6001 Larson St., Cashmere, no valuation, residential mechanical

    Roberts Construction LLC, 1023 Racine Springs Drive, $181,921, single-family residence

    Trever and Heather Irelan, 65 Raptor Lane, Dryden, no valuation, demolition

    Integrity Flooring and Contracting LLC, 10627 Titus Road, Leavenworth, no valuation, residential mechanical

    Wells Fargo Bank, 301 N. Chelan Ave., no valuation, replace two rooftop signs

    Stemilt Industrial Development LLC, 1610 N. Miller St., $225,000, bunker phase III

    Lopez Design LLC, 12598 Shore St., Leavenworth, $110,595, accessory dwelling unit

    Real Homes, 337 Margaux Loop, Malaga, $150,619, single-family residence

    Western Ranch Buildings LLC, 3477 Allen Lane, Peshastin, $27,821, accessory structure

    Ronald and Evelyn Weems, 193 Juniper Lane, $28,980, accessory structure addition/alteration

    Real Homes, 355 Margaux Loop, Malaga, $222,030, single-family residence

    Real Homes, 221 Margaux Loop, Malaga, $171,701, single-family residence

    Todd M. Petersen Trust et al, Todd and Michelle Petersen Trustees, 270 Eagle Crest Road, Chelan, $559,963, single-family residence

    Paula Holt, 389 McClosky Drive, Chelan, no valuation, mobile home

    Prestigious Patios, LLC, 4205 April Drive, no valuation, pool/spa

    Rookard Custom Pool, LLC, 511 Highpoint Lane, Chelan, no valuation, pool/spa

    Martin and Martina Machacek, 12574 Shore St., Leavenworth, $14,490, accessory structure addition/alteration

    Grette Associates LLC, 93 Parkhill Drive, Manson, $171,187, dock

    Leo S. Miller, 60 Highway 150, Chelan, no valuation, demolition

    Timothy J. and Kristen B. Miller, 45 Willow Point Road, Manson, no valuation, residential mechanical

    Roberts Construction LLC, 1018 Racine Springs Drive, $226,979, single-family residence

    Mervin D. Odaffer and Sara Bartrum Revocable Living Trust, 1513 Madison St., no valuation, install one new window

    Jesus and Maria L. Veneros, 1039 Dakota St., $3,710, construct wall to create new bath/laundry room

    Lopez Design LLC, 4655 Brisky Canyon Road, Cashmere, $304,193, single-family residence

    Soehren Design and Development, 4458 Bardin James Road, Cashmere, $539,320, single-family residence

    Lopez Design LLC, 18047 River Road, Leavenworth, $82,991, accessory structure addition/alteration

    Rookard Custom Pool LLC, 3830 Crestview Road, no valuation, pool/spa

    For the Record | Building permits | Business World | -

    Utility Bill Deferments Are Ending. Heres a State-by-State List of Programs That Can Help – NextAdvisor - December 3, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    More than 80 million Americans are having difficulty paying their bills during the COVID-19 recession, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey.

    This financial insecurity extends to necessary household expenses like utility bills. As a result, many local governments and public utility companies have passed moratoriums on utility shutoffs, so that people can still have running water, electricity, and heat even if they fall behind on payments.

    While somes states have been extending their COVID-19 moratoriums as the pandemic stretches on, utility shutoff moratoriums in Florida, Virginia, and other states have ended, leaving millions of working-class people holding the bag. And even if youre fortunate enough to be covered by a moratorium, it doesnt mean youre in the clear it only means your unpaid bills are deferred. This means that you could owe several months worth of water, electric, or gas bills, on top of getting those utilities shut off, when your state moratorium expires.

    Heres what you should know about utility moratoriums, how they work, and what private and public programs you can tap into to help pay your bills. Plus, see below for a state-by-state list of public and private programs that can help you manage your utility bills.

    A utility moratorium is a temporary suspension of shutoffs, meaning utility companies cant cut your access to electricity, water, gas, or electricity due to non-payment. Utility companies will often enact moratoriums in the winter or summer (depending on where you live) when the weather is too extreme to send out a technician. These moratoriums are either based on fluctuating temperatures or scheduled for certain months throughout the year.

    Now state, county, and city governments and private utility companies have enacted utility shutoff moratoriums in response to historic unemployment numbers and COVID-19. Many of these programs have already expired or will expire soon, according to the Wall Street Journal. The National Energy Assistance Directors Association (NEADA), which represents state administrators of the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), estimates that at the end of October, only 40% of the U.S. population was covered by a COVID-19 moratorium down from 57% in July.

    The sheer number of people affected by COVID-19 threatens to overload the existing private and public programs that have alleviated financial struggle over utility bills, says Mark Wolfe, executive director of NEADA. Typically, 6 million households receive public energy assistance every year, but Wolfe expects that number to be much higher due to historic unemployment rates.

    Moratoriums work as a band-aid solution for struggling households, but werent designed to solve or alleviate financial hardship. Moratoriums essentially delay payment, says Wolfe. Theyre not a grant.

    That presents a problem for people experiencing financial insecurity. Say you lost your job at the beginning of the pandemic and havent been able to find work since. If you live in a place with winter utility moratoriums in place, then you wont be shut off but would accumulate debt along the way. If you dont get another job until the economy recovers, which could be next spring, you could have a years worth of energy bills, Wolfe says. Thats an awful lot of money for low-income families.

    You can check if your locality or utility company is subject to a moratorium using these resources:

    If youve fallen behind on utility bills or are struggling to make the payments each month, then youre likely eligible for programs available in your state or utility company.

    If youre temporarily low income, its very likely youre eligible for assistance even if you dont have a shutoff notice, and even if youre paying your utility bills, Wolfe says. Dont wait until youre falling behind [to apply].

    Many utility companies have enacted their own moratoriums on shutoffs in response to COVID-19, and many already have programs that provide assistance to low-income customers.

    Check what your utility company has to offer, as they may be able to offer relief, says Jim Chilsen, managing communications director and spokesperson for Citizens Utility Board, a consumer advocacy group representing utility customers across Illinois.

    In Illinois, for example, state officials, consumer advocates, and major utility companies such as Peoples Gas and ComEd came to an agreement that allowed families to get the financial assistance they needed with their energy bills no questions asked.

    You must call these utilities and let them know youre experiencing financial hardship, and then you can connect to see these consumer protections. All you need to say, Im struggling to pay my bills. No documented proof of hardship is required [in Illinois]. You can connect to the moratorium on disconnection, you can sign up for consumer-friendly payment programs, and also deposits will be waived, Chilsen says.

    Keep in mind, though, that not all utilities will recognize your financial situation. Wolfe says that municipal utilities (owned by the government, as opposed to private investor-owned utility companies like Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light Company) and co-ops are often not covered by moratoriums and have been more aggressive in collections during the pandemic. However, its still worth getting on the phone and asking them what assistance theyre able to offer.

    The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that helps low-income families pay their energy bills specifically electric, gas, heating, and propane (water not included). Its a national assistance program administered independently by each state through block grants. Depending on the state, this program may be called LEAP, EAP, or another variant of LIHEAP.

    Generally, 6 million households a year receive assistance from LIHEAP, but with the pandemic, Wolfe, whose organization NEADA represents LIHEAP administrators, expects that number to rise dramatically. Now were expecting millions of people, formerly middle class, eligible for assistance, he says.

    Qualifications and application processes will differ for each state, but generally, the program helps people pay energy bills, deal with crises that affect heating and cooling in their homes (i.e., storms and natural disasters), make their homes more energy efficient, and repair old or broken heating and cooling systems.

    Some states require whats called income and asset tests (which assess whether youre low income by specifying based on how much money you earn or possess) to qualify for LIHEAP. To be approved for the program, you must be low-income and states define this differently, but generally, its measured by how your income compares to the federal poverty level and median household income. Some states require more stringent documentation, such as pay stubs, proof of citizenship, permanent address, and employment statements, to back up the info provided in the application. And some only help with heating or cooling not both.

    To apply to LIHEAP, youd need to go to your states local office and find out the qualifications, application process, and how much assistance youre eligible to receive (in the form of a one-time payment). There are three ways to find your local office:

    Through the Department of Energy, the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) helps low-income families save money on their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient. These renovations help conserve fuel through HVAC repairs and replacements, by adding insulation, by replacing refrigerators and lighting, and implementing other energy-saving changes. Generally, they wont repair your roof or fix your plumbing, because of the cost of those repairs.

    Similar to LIHEAP, eligibility requirements will differ depending on the state you live in. So depending on where you live, your state may require household income or asset tests to determine if someone is low-income. Weatherization generally benefits homeowners, but renters can qualify if their landlords sign a consent form.

    To apply to the Weatherization Assistance Program, contact your local WAP office.

    In addition to LIHEAP and WAP, many states offer relief programs intended for low-income families struggling to pay utility bills. Heres a list of additional statewide public and private programs:

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    In Pursuit Of Healthy Indoor Air For Buildings, Tech Tools Will Help – Facility Executive Magazine - December 3, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    By Dan Diehl

    The commercial real estate industry endured a year unlike any other in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic left offices empty for months on end, prompting unprecedented scrutiny of filtration, controls, and each buildings ventilation effectiveness. Employees suddenly feared airborne transmission and questioned the safety of air quality and in-person work.

    If you are a building owner, youre hearing new concerns from your tenants. Theyre worried about keeping their employees safe, healthy and productive and they want assurances that their office environment is not endangering their workers. In particular, your tenants are expressing pointed concerns about their buildings systems for ensuring indoor air quality (IAQ): What can we know about the air quality being delivered to our space? What IAQ safety strategies are being deployed by our building operator?

    These questions are just the beginning and they range beyond COVID-19. The world has truly awakened to the importance of air quality, and its impact on building occupants. Of course, this air quality awareness was already happening the recent COGfx Study showed the impact of green buildings on cognitive function, for example, while the International WELL Building Institutes WELL Certification has emerged as the leading system for examining how the built environment impacts human health. Atop this existing momentum, COVID created a tidal wave of support for healthy buildings, and specifically for the IAQ concept.

    Despite the new imperative around IAQ, many in the commercial real estate space remain undecided on whether (and how) to proceed. This is understandable up to a point. After all, who can say what the world will look like on January 1, 2021? Youre probably questioning the ROI from any spending you apply to IAQ improvements. Whether for COVID-related re-occupancy or longer-term IAQ goals, its hard to justify this investment, right?

    Wrong. Why? Because of one reality: healthy buildings are here to stay.

    Employees WILL return to the office; that much is a certainty. For one thing, most large enterprise organizations prefer their employees to work in-office. Likewise, most employees long for a return to normalcy and that means going to work, not combatting more Zoom fatigue.

    COVID-19 is not the sole reason you should want to provide healthy buildings. Instead, this public health crisis serves a prime example for why you implement and maintain healthy buildings over time. One of the longer-term effects of this heightened awareness will be requiring building owners and operators to maintain and communicate healthy building parameters. This could even emerge as a standard lease requirement. As a building owner, this means you must implement holistic management solutions and know you are delivering healthy air to all tenants. The key is measuring, controlling, and communicating IAQ analytics based on multiple parameters and, in real time, directing more air when and where needed.

    If youre getting nervous about the investment needed to install these systems, there is some good news. Last March, the U.S. Congress passed the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act), a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other provisions, this federal stimulus package delivers tax benefits for facility improvements.

    Under the 2020 CARES Act, non-residential property owners may be able to write off up to 100% of qualifying facility improvements costs. The tax savings is realized through a bonus depreciation for certain qualified improvements made to the interior portion of a commercial building. These improvements include the following:

    Air Quality as a Service (AQaaS) is another solution increasingly offered and sought after by the marketplace. It allows companies significantly lower upfront expenditures, making it easier and faster to deploy in existing buildings. In many cases, AQaaS solutions deliver sufficient HVAC efficiency gains that help adopting companies cover all or much of the cost of their IAQ improvement investments.

    When employees do return to the office, building owners must demonstrate a healthy environment. This means being able to demonstrate to occupants that the solutions chosen for the building are in fact making improvements. Building owners cant just choose a technology that claims to kill COVID or improve air quality, check the box, and walk away.

    The IAQ solution should continuously measure air quality parameters: CO2, particles, TVOCs, and dewpoint to ensure effectiveness. Ideally, IAQ analytics should be part of the platform, particularly to communicate IAQ first to operators so they can make necessary corrections. After all, you cant manage and control what you do not accurately measure. Todays smart, healthy buildings are data driven baseline levels and continuous analytics showing where you are and what strategies might need tweaking.

    This is an accountability question. How healthy is your building? The answer to that question will determine your success in responding to this opportunity.

    Based on what we experienced in the past year, its clear that you have three new realities: healthy buildings are here to stay, the technology exists to accurately measure and manage air quality and, perhaps most importantly, now is the time to act.

    Diehl is CEO of Aircuity and has over 25 years of industry expertise across a wide variety of vertical markets and disciplines in commercial and light industrial building markets. Prior to Aircuity he led business development at Lutron Electronics, was a partner for six years with Synergy, and spent 11 years at Johnson Controls, Inc. Diehl earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and has an MBA from Villanova University.

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    Board of Ed. amends 10-year plan – Point Pleasant Register - October 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    POINT PLEASANT The Mason County Board of Education met on Tuesday evening to continue discussion of the Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP).

    The CEFP was presented to the Board last week by the committee. The plan is unfinished, but the committee wanted to seek the Boards comments and get a direction to move forward with the completion of the plan. The CEFP is a 10-year plan for 2020-2030 to focus on priority and secondary projects for the school district.

    The Board discussed the proposed plan for nearly three hours in an executive session on Tuesday. The Board entered executive session due to having documents regarding the buildings ratings that were not to be released to the public at the time of the meeting. Board President Dale Shobe said the school board signed a release to obtain the documents.

    After returning to the open meeting, the Board voted to make several changes to the proposed CEFP. Among the changes, the Board categorized sections of the plan into projects.

    In Project 1, the Board changed the objective of moving sixth grade students to the secondary buildings to the secondary projects, rather than primary.

    In Project 2, the Board voted to amend the objective regarding closing Leon Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary. The new project was written as Bring Roosevelt and Leon Elementary up to code individually. This project remains as as priority project.

    Project 3 dealt with the School for Success renovations at the Point Pleasant Intermediate School (PPIS) campus. The new project states that the Board will replace the School for Success buildings at all current locations.

    The HVAC projects were grouped into Project 4 and were given no changes from the Board.

    In the proposed CEFP, PPIS was given renovations to construct an auxiliary gym and additional classrooms to accept students from the Point Pleasant Primary School (PPPS). PPPS was proposed to be closed. The Board voted to delete this project from the CEFP.

    Project 6 includes the construction of auxiliary gymnasiums at Hannan Jr/Sr High and Beale Elementary. The Board voted to keep the Hannan project as a priority project and move the Beale project to the secondary projects.

    Project 7 includes mantraps at Ashton, Beale, Hannan, Career Center and Wahama. The project was not changed by the Board and will remain in the priority list.

    No changes were made to Project 8, which includes the water infiltration issues at Wahama.

    Project 9 includes athletic upgrades at all three secondary schools. The following projects were all moved to the secondary list from the priority. At Wahama, the Board made no changes to the projects, which includes field turf installation, bleacher renovation and a locker room addition. At Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High, the Board voted to keep the proposed projects to re-turf the existing field and tract. The Board removed the fieldhouse and locker room projects at Point Pleasant. At Hannan Jr/Sr High, the Board kept the new field turn project.

    Project 10 was a secondary project for roof replacements at PPIS, Beale Elementary, New Haven Elementary and Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High, but the Board voted to move those projects to the priority list.

    In Project 11, the Board grouped all the parking lot re-surfacing projects, which will remain on the secondary project list.

    The Board sent their amendments to the CEFP committee to make the changes. After the amendments are added, the county board will have a final approval before sending the CEFP to the state. The state department of education must approve the plan by Oct. 30.

    Supt. Jack Cullen told the Register after the meeting, the Board will add mantrap installation, roof replacement and HVAC updates to PPPS, and HVAC updates and parking lot re-surfacing to Leon Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary during the next meeting.

    All board members Dale Shobe, Rhonda Tennant, Jared Billings, Ashley Cossin and Meagan Bonecutter were present during the meeting.

    2020 Ohio Valley Publishing, all rights reserved.

    Kayla (Hawthorne) Dunham is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, ext. 1992.

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    ComEd Customers Save $5 Billion Through Energy-Saving Programs – - October 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    On National Energy Efficiency Day today, ComEd announced that customers have saved more than $5 billion on their energy bills as a result of the company's energy efficiency program, the equivalent of removing 5.2 million cars off the road, reducing over 53 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emitted into the air and powering 5.2 million homes for a year.

    The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, launched in 2008, is one of the largest programs in the nation offering residential, business and public sector customers a variety of options that can help them cut back on their energy usage, which saves money and helps the environment.

    "The average monthly household bill is lower than it was a decade ago," said ComEd CEO, Joe Dominguez. "Thanks to the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, the average customer has saved about $1,250 by participating in the offerings that's enough to cover the cost of an average residential energy bill for 15 months. We want customers to know there are options available to help them reduce their energy use and save money, especially as people spend more time at home."

    The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program has more than 35 different offerings to save money and energy. Residential offerings include:

    This press release was produced by the Commonwealth Edison Company (Electric). The views expressed here are the author's own.

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    Vacant building bylaw, new recreation center at Town Meeting this fall – Dartmouth Week - October 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Unloading property for a new North Dartmouth recreation center, a vacant home bylaw, and a Cross Road solar project are among the articles coming up at the remote Fall Town Meeting on Oct. 27.

    The Select Board voted unanimously on Oct. 5 to hold another remote Town Meeting via Zoom following the success of Spring Town Meeting on June 20, which was held through the same platform.

    Dartmouth was one of only a few communities in Massachusetts to hold a completely virtual Town Meeting in the spring. The October meeting will take place via Zoom at 7 p.m.

    A dial-in number will be provided for Town Meeting members concerned about using a computer, Town Meeting moderator Melissa Haskell told the Select Board on Oct. 5.

    At the same meeting the Select Board also approved a draft warrant of just ten articles a few of which, including the sale or lease of a town-owned Reed Road property and the vacant home bylaw, provoked intense discussion.

    Heres a look at whats coming up later this month.

    Lease or sale of property on Reed Road

    This article one of the more controversial on the warrant would authorize the town to lease and/or sell two lots on Reed Road with a restriction for recreation use only.

    The Finance Committee unanimously rejected the article at an Oct. 1 meeting due to concerns about the propertys value, potential Parks and Recreation uses for the land, and the timing of the lease or sale, committee chair Teresa Hamm said at the Select Board meeting. Steve Burgo of Burgo Basketball Association had previously presented plans for a new $6 million community recreation facility on the property, for which the Select Board voiced unanimous support in July.

    The Select Board ultimately voted 4-1 to recommend the article, with member Stanley Mickelson the only dissenting vote.

    Vacant or abandoned building bylaw

    A new bylaw drafted by Town Counsel Anthony Savastano with help from Public Health Director Chris Michaud would create a registry of Dartmouth buildings that have sat vacant and/or abandoned for longer than 30 days. It would not apply to seasonal buildings.

    A majority of Finance Committee members voted to reject the article due to seemingly subjective language and concerns that 30 days would not give owners enough time to find renters or buyers to occupy the property, Hamm said.

    Select Board member Stanley Mickelson noted that the abandoned Hawthorne Country Club is a fire hazard for neighbors, while vice chair Shawn McDonald stated that changes to the bylaw can be made in the future if necessary. Weve got to get something on the books, he said.

    Board member John Haran said he regarded the law as government overreach, ultimately voting against the measure. The board tweaked the language and changed the grace period to 60 days before voting 4-1 to recommend the modified article.

    Russells Mills Conservation Project

    The Community Preservation Committee will be asking for $300,000 in funding for a Russells Mills land conservation project that will preserve around 24 acres of open space in Russells Mills village across Fisher Road from Dartmouth Natural Resources Trusts Destruction Brook Woods property.

    The CPC is also seeking Town Meeting approval for the town to acquire a conservation restriction for the project as well as borrow $200,000 in anticipation of a $520,000 state Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity grant.

    The Select Board voted unanimously to recommend both articles concerning the project.

    Capital plan

    The biggest ticket items in the $2.6 million capital plan for Fiscal Year 2021 include over $2 million for road maintenance and improvements as well as replacing a street sweeper for the Department of Public Works Highway Division, which will be funded from surplus revenue.

    Other items include $34,500 for an electric sign for Town Hall as well as multiple vehicle replacements for various departments, such as a new garbage truck ($135,000), a dump truck ($190,500), and a pickup truck with a plow ($62,000).

    Dartmouth Public Schools will also be requesting $75,000 from surplus revenue for HVAC upgrades at multiple schools due to the pandemic.

    Town Administrator Shawn MacInnes noted at the meeting that this represents the lowest capital plan presented since 2013, calling it very prudent in its use of funds. The Select Board voted unanimously to recommend the plan.

    Charter amendment to appoint, not elect, the Town Clerk

    The Select Board unanimously recommended an article proposing to change the Town Clerk to an appointed rather than an elected position. If approved at Town Meeting, the question would go on the ballot at the April town election, and if voted through the new rules would go into effect starting July 1, 2021.

    Rezoning for Cross Road solar project

    The last article on the warrant is a citizens petition to rezone a single residential parcel off Cross Road to allow a solar installation to be constructed. According to MacInnes, there will be a restrictive covenant on the property to prevent any use other than solar. The board voted unanimously to recommend the article.

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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:


    New Information on Children and COVID-19:

    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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