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Eliminating a greenhouse gas threat means dealing with potentially hazardous alternatives. In October, the gavel fell on a landmark climate change agreement, reached in Kigali, Rwanda, to phase out a specific family of manmade chemicals used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. While eliminating these chemicals, called hydrofluorocarbons,

Products designed for complex environments are required to meet increasing market and regulatory demands for improved performance, greater efficiency, and increased safety. This provides opportunity for design collaboration between product and system design teams and component suppliers to achieve intelligent, innovative solutions for fire protection

Until fairly recently, automated central control of building-wide systems was found only in larger commercial buildings and expensive homes. Typically involving only lighting, heating and cooling systems, building automation rarely provided more than basic control, monitoring and scheduling functions and was accessible only from specific