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Home Performance Coalition Opposes Trump Budget Proposal
The Home Performance Coalition has expressed disappointment at President Trump’s “skinny” budget which would phase out the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the State Energy Program (SEP), as well as threatening the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Trump Administration Puts EPA on Media Blackout
AP News reported today that the Trump Administration has put the EPA on a media blackout and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants. The action went into effect immediately after Trump took office on Friday and it is unclear when it will be lifted.
Third Annual Fluke Connect Student Contest Encourages HVAC Education
Students enrolled in two and four year colleges as well as universities, trade/tech schools and apprenticeship programs throughout the United States are encourage d to participate in the third annual Fluke Connect Student Contest.
SkillsUSA Announces Medalist for 2016 HVAC Competition
The 2016 SkillsUSA conference and competition took place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, June 22–23. More than 6,000 career and technical education students came together to compete in trade, technical and leadership contests. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies set by each industry.
AHRI Revises Refrigerant Paint Color Assignment Guideline
Last month, AHRI announced that it would be making significant changes to refrigerant paint color designations in the revised version of AHRI Guideline N, Assignment of Refrigerant Container Colors. Revisions now specify that all refrigerant containers should have one uniform paint color, a light-green grey (RAL 7044), and that existing individually assigned container paint colors should be transitioned to that color by 2020.
ASHRAE Announces Winners of 2016 Design Competition
ASHRAE’s annual design competition was created to encourage students to get involved in the HVAC industry and peak their interest the field. The student design competition’s guidelines provide enough background information to enable the teams to design or select the HVAC system for the given building, or to design a sustainable building implementing an integrated building design process (the architectural and building design for sustainability, and its supporting mechanical and electrical systems) for the given program.
Extreme Weather Expected for HVACR Technicians Next Week
AccuWeather is reporting triple digit weather for throughout the Central U.S. next week hitting from Texas all the way to Minnesota. The heat wave will be dangerous and could even be life-threatening if proper precautions are not taken. Pets, the elderly, children and anyone with respiratory or cardiovascular disease are most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.
DOE Finalizes A/C Regional Standards Enforcement
This June, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued its finalized enforcement plan for the Regional Standard governing central and single packaged air-conditioners. While the Regional Standard only applies to installations in the South and Southwest portion of the country, distributors across the United States must begin to maintain certain records effective July 1, 2016.
Students/Educators to Gather in Kentucky for Annual SkillsUSA Competition
SkillsUSA, the annual competition of for technical education and trade school students, heads to Louisville, KY at the Kentucky Exposition Center June 20–24 for the 52nd National Leadership and Skills Conference. More than 16,000 people are expected to attend this year, including students, teachers and business partners from all over the world.
ATMOsphere America Heads to Chicago
This year’s ATMOsphere America will be held in Chicago, IL June 16–17 at the Westin Michigan Avenue. The two-day event is highly regarded as a forum for the discussions on the business side of natural refrigerants in North America. It will be a unique opportunity to meet and exchange opinions with leading end-users, contractors, suppliers and government representatives.
RSES is the leading education, training and certification preparation organization for HVACR professionals. RSES publishes various comprehensive industry training and reference materials in addition to delivering superior educational programs designed to benefit HVACR professionals at every stage of their careers through instructor-led training courses, online training for HVAC, educational seminars, interactive CD and DVD products, industry-related reference manuals, and helpful technical content through Service Application Manual chapters, the RSES Journal, the RSES Journal archives and feature articles, as well as web-exclusive features.
Beginning with basic theory and extending to complex troubleshooting, training courses covering refrigeration and air conditioning, heating, electricity, controls, heat pumps and safety may be conducted in a classroom environment or though self study. RSES publications may be purchased by schools, contractors, manufacturers or any other industry group wanting to conduct comprehensive training programs. Seminars covering air conditioning troubleshooting, electrical troubleshooting, compressor training, condenser training, refrigerant piping practices, DDC controls, and more are held in various cities across North America.
Select training programs offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and NATE Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).
In addition, RSES offers industry certification preparation materials for refrigerant handling (EPA Section 608), R-410A and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) examinations.
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