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Residential Regulations to Watch in 2014

DOE and EPA Expected to Continue High Level of Activity
February 10, 2014

According to AHRI, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued 86 rules regulating the HVAC industry in the past 13 years. And that’s just the DOE. 


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Contractors Endure Regulatory Burden

Changing Regulations, Health Care Act Top List of Worries
February 10, 2014

While the economy appears to be picking up for much of the country, some HVAC business owners are concerned that ever-increasing government regulation is threatening the market. 


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UTC, ASAP Applaud DOE Ruling

Working Group Meets for Nearly 100 Hours to Develop Rule
February 10, 2014

United Technologies Corp. (UTC) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) praised the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for finalizing new methods for rating and certifying commercial air conditioning, heating, water heating, and refrigeration equipment. 


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ASHRAE Publishes Standard 55-2013

Standard Features New Requirements, Clearer Language
February 10, 2014

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2013, “Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy,” combines the 2010 standard and 18 published addenda into a consolidated standard. 


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Legislative, Regulatory Issues Loom in 2014

Industry Waits on Regional Standards, R-22, and More
January 27, 2014

2014 could shape up to be an even busier year as a regional standards resolution inches closer, the delayed employer mandate for providing employee healthcare looms, and a variety of other issues come to a head in the next 12 months.


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Court Adopts Regional Standards Schedule

Delay Means Lawsuit Could Stretch to Fall of 2014 and Beyond
January 20, 2014

Those involved in the ongoing regional standards lawsuit may get a chance to argue their case in court — but likely not until this summer.


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Jan. 14, 2014: EPA Proposes New Standards for Wood-Fired Heaters

Agency Says These Standards Aim to Make New Wood-Fired Heaters Cleaner and More Efficient
January 14, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing standards for the amount of air pollution that can be emitted by new wood-fired heaters, beginning in 2015. EPA said its proposal would make the next generation of heaters an estimated 80 percent cleaner than those manufactured today.


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CEC to Delay Title 24 Implementation

California Building Codes to be Implemented in July 2014
December 30, 2013

On Dec. 11, the California Energy Commission (CEC) voted to push back the effective date for its 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.


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2013 NEWSmakers Confront Challenges

Nominees Make Headlines by Battling Congress, Counterfeits, Assailants, More
December 23, 2013

Each honoree has overcome a number of obstacles — big and small — to achieve great things on behalf of the HVAC industry.


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Zarker Leads BPI into Collaborative Role

CEO Celebrates BPI’s 20th Anniversary in 2013
December 23, 2013

Zarker and BPI have made strides in its industry cohesiveness, something Zarker is proud of. This culminated in August, when BPI and ACCA jointly announced they would begin exploring opportunities for collaboration.


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