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TECH NOTES – HVAC Energy Guide; Corporate Writing Skills

A new and updated version of Natural Resources Canada's ENERGY STAR Purchasing Guide is available online. The ...


A new and updated version of Natural Resources Canada’s ENERGY STAR Purchasing Guide is available online. The guide is designed to help select HVAC systems, lighting, commercial freezers, distribution transformers and office equipment that meet energy efficiency criteria. The accompanying ENERGY STAR Savings Calculator is a tool to help make a business case for energy efficient purchases.

The Corporate Storyteller: a Writing Manual Style Guide for the Brave New Business Leader by Elaine Sterling (iUniverse, 2009) promises help in “cutting through corporate babble,” to show readers, “how to communicate with clarity confidence and style in the workplace.” The manual is short — 95 pages — but it covers everything from changing the intentional way you write, to grammar tips, and thoughts on how communications in the business world have transformed with e-mail and blackberries.