People want to breathe clean, fresh air, which has thrust IAQ into the mainstream. This thriving consumer and contractor awareness is serving as a catalyst for manufacturers as they strive to develop new, cutting-edge ventilation products.
ERVs are among the fastest growing segments of improved IAQ management in buildings, according to a report from Navigant Research. According to the report, worldwide revenue from ERVs will grow from $1.6 billion in 2014 to $2.8 billion in 2020.
George “Butch” Welsch, the 74-year-old owner of the St. Louis-based Welsch Heating & Cooling Co., was recently honored as the ACCA 2016 Residential Contractor of the Year during the ACCA 2016 conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The combined events drew more than 1,500 people from all over the country and featured 35 workshops in seven different tracks, including leadership, commercial contracting, residential contracting, business operations, radiant and hydronics, quality assurance, and building performance, which were assembled by some of the nation’s most successful contracting professionals.
Executive Order EO13706 would require federal prime contractors and subcontractors to permit workers employed on covered federal contracts and subcontracts of $2,000 or more to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 25.
As more states across the U.S. adopt stricter, tighter building codes, fresh air is becoming a commodity. Building professionals and consumers are aware of this and the HVAC industry is offering solutions that focus on the addition and subtraction of air into sealed spaces.
Technology has come a long way in the HVAC industry, and not just in terms of the heating and cooling equipment. A number of software and data solutions designed to simplify HVAC contracting procedures were on display at the AHR Expo.