Logistics has developed into a science of efficiency. But these days, distribution center efficiency is about far more than how fast you get your orders out the door. Long-term cost efficiencies require specifying for materials, building systems, and designs that will provide energy savings and lasting operational cost savings.
There are over 5.6 million commercial buildings in the U.S., comprising 87 billion square feet of floor space. Air moving, heating, and cooling systems account for the largest amount of electricity used in these buildings. The industry has made intensive efforts to improve the efficiency and productivity of motors and driven equipment. However, the belt drive connecting these components is critical to achieving maximum efficiencies. Two simple solutions for improved HVAC system performance are the use of energy efficient belts and proper drive installation.
Public awareness is growing about the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) in commercial buildings and homes. That new interest is one of the driving factors behind steadily increasing sales of IAQ products. In fact, the U.S. IAQ market totaled $7.8 billion in 2015.
Industry experts foresee installations for geothermal energy systems in the North American market to remain stable for the next two to three years based on existing factors such as cost, government grants, and tax incentives to people and businesses looking for ways to tap into long-term energy sources.
If you’re an HVAC supplier and distributor, the ability to aggregate and analyze your business data will have a significant impact on whether you can meet market demands. Mounting competition, increasing pressure on pricing, and shrinking margins have made it even more important to capture, manage, and analyze data to improve your ability to serve your customers.
Distribution Center magazine recently interviewed Zeiad Hussein, founder of National Equipment Parts, a new online presence in our marketplace. His view of our industry and the role his company will play in it, provides for an interesting discussion of our future.
Fargo, N.D. — Dakota Supply Group (DSG) recently expanded its partnership with Kohler, a manufacturer of plumbing products. DSG will now offer Kohler items at all of its plumbing locations. Plumbing customers who work with DSG will benefit from this expanded relationship by gaining access to a large array of solutions; DSG will offer more than 30,000 items from Kohler.
Wholesale distributors are increasingly involved with selling indoor air purification products. Beyond good HEPA filtration, which continues to be a recommended practice, indoor air purifiers solve a number of health-related and comfort issues faced at home and work.
Radiant heating and cooling is often touted as the ultimate in comfort, and despite its higher first cost of installation, the market is still growing, especially on the commercial side. But several emerging trends, including a shift away from traditional boilers, spell big changes for the radiant market in the not-too-distant future.
MILWAUKEE — Johnson Controls Inc. donated $100,000 to ASHRAE Research during the ASHRAE 2016 Annual Conference in St. Louis. The money will help donation research that supports the development of safety standards regarding the use of mildly flammable low-GWP (global warming potential) refrigerants.