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What’s next for expiring energy incentives?

Big tax credits for geothermal and energy-efficient construction expired at the end of 2016. How will builders respond?

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The sophisticated, spa-like New American Home

Phil Kean’s inventive show home bridges indoor and outdoor living spaces, punctuating them with fire features for a cozy but visually arresting aesthetic.

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IBS Update: Tankless water heating

Product expert Lauren Hunter teamed up with builder Matt Risinger once again this year to check out what’s new in tankless water heating technology at the International Builders Show.

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Why BearWaters Brewery requires precision hot water

For a brewery with massive hot water needs and exacting temperature demand, propane tankless water heating was an ideal choice.

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Regulations freeze affects HVAC products

President Trump promised to reduce regulations, and in the early months of his administration, he’s following through. Contracting Business reporter Bob Mader writes that the regulations under review include several that affect the HVAC business.

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Seeking resilience, organizations turn to microgrids

In an era where the electrical grid is aging and under threat from disasters, power for emergency operations is more critical than ever. While individual buildings often meet those needs with standby generators, larger organizations and campuses are turning to a more advanced solution: microgrids.

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Will the commercial efficiency tax credit be renewed?

In effect since 2006, the Section 179D energy-efficient commercial buildings deduction is at a crossroads after expiring at the end of 2016. Writing in HPAC Engineering, consultant Larry Clark says the future of the law is uncertain.

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Four tankless water heater myths — debunked

In this video series, builder Matt Risinger puts on his construction scientist lab coat to set the facts straight on some common misconceptions that might keep pros and their clients from upgrading to tankless. Check it out, along with our in-depth interview about tankless water heater myths.

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Oil-to-propane furnace conversions growing

As oil-to-propane boiler conversions become increasingly popular in the Northeast, a similar trend is spreading in the forced-air heating market: Contractors and homeowners are switching away from fuel oil to gain efficiency, comfort, and reduced maintenance with propane or natural gas furnaces.

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Las Vegas stays warm with fireplaces and fire pits

Fireplaces, fire pits, and other propane-fueled outdoor features are spreading throughout Southern Nevada as homeowners crave more livable outdoor rooms, reports Ann Friedman in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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