Standards & Legislation

Contractors Eye Refrigerant Regulations

California’s Impact Felt in Remaining 49 States

The aggressive environmental and regulatory positions in Sacramento have caused the rest of the U.S. to monitor policymaking and enforcement out West. And, more often than not, those policies have ended up as the blueprint for federal regulations.


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EPA Finalizes Wood Heater Standards

Update Limits the Amount of Pollution Wood Heaters Can Emit

These standards, which were last updated in 1988, reflect the significantly improved technologies available to make a range of models cleaner-burning and more efficient. 


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2015 AHR Expo Shatters Chicago Records

Nearly 62,000 Attend HVACR Industry's Premier Event

The 2015 AHR Expo blew into the Windy City and proceeded to trump all previous Chicago expo records as manufacturers, contractors, and distributors from all around the country traveled to the Midwest to discover what’s new and trending in the HVACR industry.


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President Obama Signs TRIA

Congress First Created TRIA in 2002 Following Sept. 11 Attacks

For SMACNA and the commercial-industrial construction industry, TRIA’s passage and extension was a major victory after an uncertain legislative process. 


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Preparing for a Future Without R-22

Production, Importation of the Hydrochlorofluorocarbon to Cease in 2020

Proactive HVAC contractors have been working to educate their employees and clients on the inevitable phaseout. And, with the price of R-22 already starting to rise in many areas, educated contractors are finding it easier to convince customers to replace aging R-22 units with newer, more efficient models.


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Industry Prepares for New Residential Water Heater Standards

Manufacturers, Organizations Invest in Training to Prepare Supply Chain for Changes

While the new efficiency standards do not require manufacturers to use any specific technologies to achieve the new EF (energy factor) ratings, they’ve already necessitated a significant redesign effort from manufacturers. Additionally, the increasing unit sizes pose transportation and installation challenges that have yet to be fully understood.


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Contractors Deliberate Health Care Decisions

Government Mandates Offer Restrictions, Options

While it faces challenges in the Supreme Court and threats of repeal from newly elected Republican congressional leaders, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is likely here to stay. In 2015, it’s probably best for contractors to proceed assuming health care reform will be a part of business for the foreseeable future.


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The Imprint of the 2012 Residential Boiler Standards

Automatic Temperature Adjusting Mechanism Among the Biggest Adjustments

The standards, which were set by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) in 2007 and implemented Sept. 1, 2012, required residential gas hot water boilers to meet a minimum AFUE of 82 percent; gas steam boilers, 80 percent; oil hot water boilers, 84 percent; and oil steam boilers, 82 percent.


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Shane Dock, Application Engineer at Greenheck, will introduce you to Greenheck’s new EQB mixed flow fan. We’ll discuss what the features of the EQB’s innovative design, what kinds of applications can utilize the EQB, and why the EQB is an attractive inline choice for your customers’ projects.  Dock is currently focused on applications regarding inline fans, gravity ventilators, and electrical products. Posted March 4th.

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