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Feb 2016
NATE Launches Exams to Meet Workforce Shortage
NATE will be offering two new levels of HVAC testing and training in order to help contractors recruit and find new talent. The Ready-to-Work Certificate is an entry-level exam designed for technicians who are just entering the HVAC field with little to no formal education or training.
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Feb 2016
AHRI Submits Comment on FTC Labeling NOPR
On Jan. 11, AHRI submitted comments on a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), which was published on Nov. 2, 2015. The NOPR included modified central air conditioner (CAC) and residential water heater EnergyGuide labels, and a requirement to report links to EnergyGuide labels for all products through the DOE’s Compliance and Certification Management System.
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Jan 2016
DOE to Begin Investigating Manufacturers Who Produce Unmatched Units
Last month, the Department of Energy announced that it will seek civil penalties from manufacturers that produced unmatched central air-conditioning and heat pumps on or after Feb. 1, 2016. This action will eliminate the manufacturer’s ability to produce dry-charge R-22 heat pumps or air-conditioners unless a waiver is granted by the DOE. So far, not a single manufacturer has requested to do so, notes the DOE in a statement.
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Oct 2015
ASHRAE Releases New Residential IAQ Guideline
Last month ASHRAE released Guideline 24-2015 “Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” which contains changes regarding the use of high-efficiency filters.
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Oct 2015
PHCC Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners
Last month, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Education Foundation announced the winners of its 2015 scholarship. Twenty students were awarded a total of $37,500 in scholarships funded by the Foundation, the South jersey Mechanical Contractors Association, Anne Williams, the PHCC Auxiliary of Texas, the PHCC Auxiliary of Massachusetts and PHCC’s Past National Officers.
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Oct 2015
2016 ASHRAE Conference/AHR Expo Registration Open
Once again, the AHR Expo and ASHRAE Winter Conference will be heading to Orlando, FL. The ASHRAE Winter Conference will take place Jan. 23–27 at the Orlando Hilton while the AHR Expo will be held at the Orange County Convention Center Jan. 25–27.
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Jul 2015
Congress Expresses Concern over DOE HVAC Ruling
In early June, Congress sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy expressing concern over the proposed rulemaking for residential furnaces.
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Jul 2015
HVAC Organizations Applaud Successful Negotiations of Conservation Standards
Last month, the Appliance Standards Awareness Projects (ASAP), AHRI and ACEEE applauded the success of the Commercial Package Air Conditioners and Commercial Warm Furnaces Working Group on their ability to negotiate conservation standards for such products.
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Jun 2015
ATMOsphere America 2015 Coming to Atlanta
One of the industry’s largest conferences, ATOMsphere America, will be heading to The Grand Hyatt Atlanta for its annual meeting this June 25–26, 2015. The event will target between 300–350 industry stakeholders, including leading retailers and consumer goods brands, suppliers, government representatives, associations and more.
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Apr 2015
EPA Approves Environmentally Friendly Refrigerants
This March, under the authority of the Clean Air Act, the EPA has approved more refrigerants that they feel are environmentally friendly for use in HVAC applications. This final rule expands the list of SNAP-approved substitutes to include more low-GWP alternatives that can replace both the ozone-layer-depleting substances and high-GWP HFCs. The approved substitutes have GWPs that range from 3 to 675 and can replace older compounds with GWPs between 1,400 and 4,000.
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