The Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) gathered once again for its annual Education Conference. This is the 17th year for the conference, which provides members with hands-on workshops, business seminars, an industry trade show, and lots of networking opportunities.
A very successful businessman recently detailed why he had pulled out of a business opportunity. “They just never proposed any economics that were compelling,” he wrote. “To be a good business, you need to have the customer relationship, rather than being an anonymous subcontractor.” This seems to be the greatest challenge for the mechanical contractor involved in new construction — not remaining anonymous.
It seems as though no good can occur on the job when conflict rears its ugly head, but maybe conflict can work to your advantage. That’s the message of Nancy Bandy, the managing director of Trainsitions Consulting Group, an organization that works to help companies use training initiatives to meet challenges in the work environment. Bandy presented “The Art of Conflict Resolution” at the Mechanical Service Contractors of America’s (MSCA’s) Annual Education Conference.
When the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors standardized its reporting process for gathering incident statistics in 1991, it was with the objective of creating an accurate and consistent database that would, over time, yield a bona fide method of identifying and correcting the causes of boiler and pressure vessel accidents. The latest study shows that human error remains the foremost cause of boiler and pressure vessel incidents in North America.
Say you open up a customer’s duct plenum and find mold, or something that looks like mold. Do you make the customer sign a statement that their house has mold, and that you, the HVAC contractor, told them? Or, do you tell the customer they may have a moisture problem, sidestepping the mold question for the time being? Does this leave you liable for mold litigation? These were the questions facing contractors who attended the “Managing Your Mold Liability” conference.
In the world of pro football, the field is the game’s foundation. If it’s unsafe, the entire franchise is at risk. “The condition of the field can be our worst nightmare, or an answer to our dreams,” said one sports turf professional. There’s a trend afoot today that has the artificial turf makers on edge — real grass. Lush, living, carefully nurtured turf is all the rage, and now that turf can be hydronically conditioned.
Energy and the environment have been at the forefront of public and government concerns for the last three decades. The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and its member companies have made major contributions in addressing these issues, steadily and substantially increasing the energy efficiency of equipment and making environmental enhancements to the benefit of consumers.
On Friday, August 9, 2002, a delegation of members of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) stood on the podium of the New York Stock Exchange. There was a specific symbolism to the photo op. On that day, the HVACR industry was marking the production of the 130 millionth central air conditioner since the founding of ARI in 1953. But the gesture was far more than the commemoration of a production milestone. It was a reflection of the economic and social impact that the industry in general, and ARI members in particular, have had on this country and the world.