Trade Ally Network Northwest

Lighting Tech Tip: Flexible Future-Proofing with LLLC

Following an impressive demonstration from their lighting specifier, the Associated General Contractors of Washington (AGCW) replaced their legacy lighting with Luminaire Level Lighting Controls (LLLC). Thanks to incentives from Seattle City Light, AGCW is saving thousands in kWh and dollars, all while making their tenants happier and increasing the value of their property. Read the … Continued

HVAC Tech Tip: Introducing ASHRAE Standard 241

In the ever-changing landscape of the HVAC&R industry, staying informed about the latest standards and guidelines is crucial to providing top-notch services to clients. To help you do so, we’re giving you some highlights of the new ASHRAE Standard 241 titled “Control of Infectious Aerosols.” In this article, we explore the essential aspects of the … Continued

Lighting Tech Tip: Selectable Wattage and Kelvin LED Fixtures

Have you ever had an indecisive lighting customer? A customer that has a difficult time deciding what color temperature or wattage option to pick? It’s not unusual for customers to be confused about the best alternative for their situation, but now there’s a way to help them choose. Adjustments Made Easy LED technology has come … Continued

HVAC Tech Tip: Heat Recovery and Ventilation – A True Win/Win

At the Network we’ve seen recent growth in the application of heat and energy recovery ventilators (HRVs and ERVs) as part of commercial building retrofits. Installing either is a great way to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and lower the cost of providing outdoor air for ventilation. Ventilation has been a key part of building … Continued

Lighting Tech Tip: Network Project Support – We Can Help!

Trade Ally Network NW offers a wide range of services to our trade allies in the Pacific Northwest. If you are a contractor, designer, or other industry professional looking to grow your business we have resources available to help. While you may have visited our website or attended an event in the past, we want … Continued

Join Us At In-Person Workshops

Join Trade Ally Network’s NW lighting and HVAC experts to hear about the latest technologies and utility program incentives at one of three in-person workshops in Idaho Falls, Kalispell and Spokane. Network representatives will discuss the process for submission, approval, and completion of custom projects to receive incentives through local utility energy efficiency programs. Each … Continued

The 2023 Field Guide is officially here!

The 2023 Trade Ally Field Guide is your roadmap to help local businesses find ways to save energy and lower overhead costs. Technical support, product recommendations, business development strategies, incentive program guidance and more are all available within this free resource, live now on The field guide can be viewed with our online PDF … Continued

HVAC Tech Tip: Capture HVAC Savings by Replacing PTACs with PTHPs

Chances are that if you’ve stayed in a hotel or motel, you’ve used a Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) for heating and cooling your room. It’s also a good bet that your HVAC business has had to respond to maintenance, noise, or comfort complaints from guests regarding these systems. The PTAC unit’s manageable size and … Continued

Lighting Tech Tip: Bringing Back Dark Skies

For relighting parking lots or other outdoor installations, LED fixtures are a natural choice because they provide uniform illumination along with significant energy and maintenance savings. However, one aspect of lighting upgrades that is often overlooked is how the retrofit kits or new fixtures affect light pollution, also referred to as skyglow. While light pollution … Continued

HVAC Tech Tip: Suggestions for Success in an Uncertain HVAC Market

The HVAC industry has experienced its fair share of hurdles lately—inflation, slowdowns in new construction, and long lead times driven by shortages in inventories, materials/components, and skilled labor. Despite the appearance of a less than rosy outlook, there are still opportunities to set you and your business up for success. First and foremost, maintain transparency … Continued