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Wilkins Retiring After Long HVAC Career

By Kyle Gargaro
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Despite coming from humble beginnings and not having air conditioning as a kid, Wilkins became one of the most respected voices in the HVAC industry.


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Regional HVAC Standards Impact Surveyed

Many Contractors Still Uninformed About Coming Changes, Survey Shows
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A survey by Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. found that 40 percent of commercial contractors and 42 percent of residential contractors in the Northern region foresee upsell opportunities, while only approximately 30 percent of residential contractors in the South and Southwest look forward to higher revenue or higher margins. 


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Illinois Examines GHP Amendment

Groups Collaborating to Amend Illinois Technical Reference Manual
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The group’s amendment would allow GHPs to be compared to 80 percent efficient natural gas furnaces; include the desuperheater water heating efficiencies of GHPs; recognize the true cost of air-source heat pumps; raise the average by 54 percent; and extend the useful life of a GHP from 18 to 25 years.


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EPA Targets High-GWP Refrigerants in SNAP Proposal

R-134a, -404A, and -507 Face Proposed Use Restrictions in 2016
By Peter Powell
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The rule deems certain HFC refrigerants unacceptable in specific applications on or after Jan. 1, 2016. 


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Sept. 12, 2014: Addendum to ACCA Manual J Standard Out for Public Review

Public Review Period Has a Comment Deadline of Oct. 13, 2014
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The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute (ACCA-EI) Standards Task Team (STT) has announced an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) public review period for Addendum E to ANSI/ACCA 2 Manual J - 2011.


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Standards Groups Collaborate on Green Building Codes

Memorandum Outlines Plan to Work Together to Develop Codes
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The goal is to create a comprehensive framework for jurisdictions looking to implement and adopt green building regulations and codes and/or provide incentives for voluntary leadership programs such as LEED.


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AHRI, Lennox Petition Court to Review DOE Walk-in Standard

Industry Leaders Challenge Efficiency Standards for Walk-in Coolers, Freezers
By Jen Anesi
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On Aug. 4, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and Lennox Intl. Inc. filed a petition asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to review the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) final rule establishing energy conservation standards for walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF).


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Massachusetts Passes Thermal Energy Bill

Legislation will Promote the Use of Clean Renewable Fuels and Technologies
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The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a comprehensive renewable thermal energy bill that will promote the use of clean renewable fuels and technologies to heat and cool buildings. 


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Aug. 15, 2014: Massachusetts Legislation Supports Renewable Heating and Cooling

Bill Provides Financial Incentives for Several Thermal Renewable Energy Heating and Cooling Alternatives
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The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed a comprehensive renewable thermal energy bill that will promote the use of clean renewable fuels and technologies for heating and cooling. Passed earlier by the Massachusetts Senate, the bill is expected to be signed by Gov. Deval Patrick and go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.


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Man Gets Prison Time for Venting R-22

Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Clean Air Act
By Jen Anesi
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Martin C. Eldridge III now faces 31 months in federal prison for releasing the refrigerant, which is currently being phased out of production in the U.S. due to its threat to the earth’s ozone layer.


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