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.
HVAC industry professionals converged March 10-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the return of the ACCA 2016 conference and IE3 Expo: The Indoor Environment & Energy Expo. The combined events drew more than 1,500 people from all over the country.
The market is being driven by rising HVACR deployments, increasing power-generation capacity, and technological advances in cooling towers. Asia-Pacific is expected to witness strong growth in the next five years. The demand across the region is reinforced by the emerging markets, namely China and India.
ABM Industries Inc. announced that Landis Mechanical Group Inc. has signed a franchise agreement to join its Linc Service franchise network. Landis Mechanical Group is a leading provider of mechanical contracting services in Leesport, Pennsylvania.
HVAC contractors seem to be feeling cautiously optimistic about short-term growth, at least according to ACCA, whose Contractor Comfort Index (CCI) scored a 76 in January 2016. But, there is still concern about the U.S. economy and conditions around the world, in general.
The hot ticket at the recent Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration (AHR) Expo was a seat at Building Services Research and Information Association’s (BSRIA’s) presentation on global HVAC trends.
The latest report from HARDI shows that average sales for HARDI distributor members increased by 8.2 percent in December 2015, but annualized growth for all of 2015 registered a bit lower at 5.7 percent. This compares to the 6.1 percent gain in 2014, the second consecutive year of slower growth since a 7.3 percent increase was reported in 2013.
Sales of HVAC equipment were somewhat flat in 2015, according to AHRI, which reported year-to-date combined U.S. shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps decreased by 0.6 percent, and shipments of gas warm air furnaces increased 2.9 percent.
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March 9, 2016
The National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) has announced its spring 2016 seminar schedule. Seminars on building enclosure testing; building systems commissioning: cleanroom performance testing; fume hood testing; retro-commissioning; sound and vibration; and testing, adjusting and balancing will be held from March to June.
The new lab is expected to be completed by the end of 2018
March 8, 2016
AAON Inc., a leading manufacturer of heating and cooling equipment, announced that it has broken ground on a new engineering research and development laboratory at its Tulsa, Oklahoma, manufacturing facility. The three-story 75,000-square-foot facility will be both an acoustical and performance measuring laboratory.