Standards & Legislation

Emerson Surveys HVAC Contractors

Large Percentage Still Unaware of Regional AC Efficiency Standards

A survey from Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. has found that 48 percent of contractors are still unaware of the regulations or unsure of how they will affect their businesses.


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DOE Proposes National 92% AFUE Standard

New Standard Would Effectively Eliminate Non-condensing Furnaces in US

The DOE’s proposed rule represents a significant increase in efficiency that would effectively eliminate noncondensing furnaces and significantly impact the design, installation, and cost of nonweatherized furnaces. 


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Organizations Explore Biomass

Biomass Studied for Inclusion in Co-sponsored Green Building Standard

The development of biomass requirements is being explored by ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), for inclusion in their co-sponsored green building standard.


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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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2015 AHR Expo

Photos from the 2015 AHR Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Posted: February 19, 2015

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NEWSMakers: Andy Patron
Andy Patron, partner with FMI Corp., discusses the impact a national labor shortage may have on the mechanical contracting industry. Posted on March 27.
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