Five reasons I like Webinars

  1. Fast and focused way to learn

Webinars are a fast paced medium of learning and have been with us for several years now. Where time is a valuable commodity they offer a niche well-timed learning experience.

  1. Recorded electronic source I can watch on my phone

From a technology standpoint as technology has progressed we can now even watch a webinar on the screen of our cell phones while sitting on a bus if we so desired with a 4G internet connection. Using YouTube we can even hold a repository of past webinars to be replayed when desired. I can also contact the presenter in most cases with follow up questions and go further into a subject.

  1. I can pick the topics to learn

If there is something you wish to learn about, be it industry specific or not, you can find a webinar covering just about any topic.

  1. I can do it at night

Convenience is a word that sums up the experience saving participants from traveling to a learning environment. Audiences are not limited by numbers or distance and people can attend a webinar event from just about anywhere in the World, at any time, without them or the host having to leave their office or even home.

  1. When I want to go further on the topic I can email or call the presenter

Webinars offer two-way interaction between the audience and presenters allowing for valuable structured question and answer sessions following presentations.

Ruskin® hosts a webinar series on the second Wednesday of every month offering learning on relevant HVAC topics. The next webinar on August 9th, 2017 will give attendees insight into the latest critical environment damper series, which offers products suited for corrosive prone, or sanitary based applications. The webinar will cover the product names and damper type, features and options that make them durable, and suitable applications. Register here:

The Benefits of Sunshades

As you can see by the pictures above, when a designer or architect uses Sunshades (or Brise-soleil as they say in Europe) as part of a building’s design it can dramatically improve the exterior aesthetics of that building.

In addition to making the building look great, designers know how to also reduce energy usage of HVAC cooling units by applying best practices for passive sunlight control to help reduce glare and solar heat gain through glazing. This all reduces cooling energy load, and saves on building energy usage, a facility manager’s dream! With additional natural lighting benefits, this ultimately contributes to our main objective today, creating energy efficient buildings.

Taking the energy savings into consideration sunshades are a great way to accumulate LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) points for a project through the USGBC (United States Green Building Council). Sunshades tick the boxes for optimizing energy performance, using recycled content, regional content, daylight, and views. Sunshades can also be made to conform with ASHRAE 189.1, section 8.4.1/8.5.1 where shading with louvers and sunshades is detailed.

There are many varieties of sunshades which can be mounted both horizontally and vertically, as well as paint finishes to compliment any building’s appearance.  The use of factory supplied assembled, painted or in-house anodized sections assure that the submitted design is adhered to and meets local code requirements.

To learn a more about sunshades click here.

Recognizing and serving customer needs through product development

Advances within the HVAC and Ventilation industry have to strongly rely on innovation in product development. The goal of new product development is ultimately recognizing, understanding and serving customer needs. If a new product cannot meet customer needs it will fail in the marketplace.

Focusing on product development is one of our proactive strategies and one where we continuously innovate and adapt on a daily basis. Knowledge of industry trends and technology helps evolve products. We rely on the input from ‘industry intelligent’ individuals to deliver valuable insights to support our offerings. The technology, knowledge, and adaptiveness of our company and staff allow us to satisfy industry test standards and customer requirements.

The forward innovations behind some of the recent products such as the EME720 louver and the corrosion resistant dampers were driven by our customer needs. Boundaries were pushed to provide products that meet or exceed that same customer’s needs and expectations. The technology behind these new products are intended to save customers money as well as provide increased durability and functionality they will not find anywhere else on the market.

Why is product certification important?

Product certification gives the engineering community the guaranteed assurance that a particular product offering will have been tested to meet specific health/safety, environmental and performance requirements. This gives confidence in greater reliability as opposed to an alternative product that has not received the same tested accreditation.
A third party testing and accrediting body exposed to competing manufacturer’s products can also help spur on improved technology and advances for the complete industry.