Standards & Legislation

HVAC Supports Small Business Tax Relief Bill

HR 636 Would Allow HVAC Companies to Expense $500,000 in Depreciable Business Property

Despite receiving bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress last year as well as support from the HVAC industry and small businesses, the bill must pass the Senate and overcome a veto threat from President Barack Obama to become law.


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BPI Announces Energy-saving Standards Initiatives

Initiatives Update Methodology for Quantifying, Calculating Energy Savings

 Comments regarding these proposed initiatives are being solicited from stakeholders and the general public. If you would like to submit a comment, please contact standards@bpi.org by April 12.


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Engineer Disputes DOE, EPA Actions

Structural Concepts Calls for More Oversight of Regulatory Agencies

The inability or unwillingness of the DOE and the EPA to coordinate rulemakings and coalesce around energy-efficiency and environmental goals will “devastate” the industry, Anderson said.


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House Pushes for Regulatory Accountability

New Bill Requires Thorough Analyses, Increased Stakeholder Participation

The bill would require a thorough analysis of any new proposed regulation, including a cost-benefit analysis. It also calls for increased public participation throughout the regulatory process.


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Taking Care of Our Aging Workforce

Which Direction is Best for Unfunded HVAC Pension-plan Liabilities?

Over time, the fortunes of multiemployer plans and their participants mirrored the economic conditions of the industries they served. Eventually, many of these plans became unfunded, and that is where all the trouble really took root.


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EPA Approves SNAP Substitutes

New Rule Expands List to Include More Low-GWP Alternatives

The EPA announced it’s increasing the options for refrigerants used in various types of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in the U.S. to offer alternatives with low global warming potential. 


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SBA Proposes Rule Changes

Rule Would Establish Government-wide Mentor-protégé Program

The proposed rule would establish a government-wide mentor-protégé program for all small business concerns consistent with SBA’s mentor-protégé program for Participants in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development (BD) program.


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