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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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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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2015 ACCA Conference

Images from the 2015 ACCA Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Posted on April 8, 2015.

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NEWSMakers: Mark Crockett
Mark Crockett vice president, Crockett Facilities Services, explains the importance of technician training, the value of being a top minority-owned company in the U.S., current projects the company is managing, and much more. Posted on April 24.
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