ASHRAE Announces Technology Award Recipients

“The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design.  Their designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and indoor air quality. The awards communicate innovative systems design to other ASHRAE members and highlight technological achievements of ASHRAE to others around the world. Winning projects are selected from entries earning regional awards.

First place awards will be presented at the ASHRAE 2014 Winter Conference in New York, N.Y., Jan. 18-22, New York Hilton.”–Jodi Scott

Johnson Controls to take stake in air-conditioning business of Hitachi

Johnson Controls Inc. will take a 60% stake in the global air-conditioning business of Hitachi Ltd., under a joint venture announced Tuesday.”
“Alex Molinaroli, chief executive of Johnson Controls, in a statement. “The addition of these capabilities adds key technologies to our product portfolio. Combined with our existing $15 billion building technologies and services business, this investment positions Johnson Controls as the world’s largest commercial air-conditioning provider.” Journal Sentinel

Both Hitachi and Johnson Controls offer building technologies as well as energy efficiency and sustainability services.  How does a company offer unbiased consulting services to their client without being slanted by the technology their company sells?