Standards & Legislation

ASHRAE Standard 62.2 Gets a Makeover

Significant Changes Will Affect Residential HVACR Contractors
By Joanna R. Turpin
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While contractors may not yet feel the effects of these changes, they will in the future, which is why they should familiarize themselves with the new version of Standard 62.2.


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Bill Could Streamline Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Schools

Bipartisan Legislation Would Provide Financing Resources to Schools
By Jen Anesi
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Despite receiving strong bipartisan support in the House, the bill now faces an uphill battle in the Senate.


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DOE Forms Regional Standards Enforcement Working Group

Group Aims to Produce a Satisfactory Enforcement Solution by Oct. 31
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The Regional Standards Enforcement Working Group will begin meeting this month with the goal of producing a satisfactory enforcement solution by Oct. 31.


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New Vermont Law Encourages Geothermal Installs

New Law Allows State to Offer Monetary Incentives for Heat Pump Installations
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Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin recently signed S 202, a bill that enables Vermont to encourage the installation of high-efficiency geothermal heat pumps.


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Energy Advocates Gather at EE Global 2014

Alliance to Save Energy Launches ‘Energy 2030 On the Road’ Campaign
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Energy-efficiency leaders and advocates from around the world recently came together for the Energy Efficiency Global Forum in Washington, District of Columbia.  


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A Mid-year Update on HVAC Refrigerants

Waiting On Decisions Related to R-22 Phasedown, Legal Actions, HFCs Future
By Peter Powell
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When it comes to refrigerants, the HVACR industry is warily watching the EPA, federal courts, global market place, and Obama administration. Here, as of June 2, is how things look.


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Tech Talks Examine Refrigerant Reduction

Venting Software Also on the Agenda
By Peter Powell
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The IIAR Conference examines some of the latest research in terms of working with equipment running on natural refrigerants.


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Preparing Contractors for 2015 HVAC Regulations

Know Your Borders and the Efficiencies Within
By Jeff Preston
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Contractor will not be able to conduct business as usual — at least not without carefully considering regional efficiencies, system matches, high-efficiency motors, impending cost increases, and the penalties associated with the new standards.


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AHRI and Zero Zone Challenge DOE Rulemaking

Petitioners Ask for Review of Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Standards
By Jen Anesi
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Petitioners contend DOE didn’t take all stakeholder comments into account when promulgating the rule.


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DOE Seeks Committee Members for Regional Standards Enforcement

Deadline for Negotiating a Proposed Rule is Oct. 30
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Written comments and request to be appointed as members of the working group should be submitted within 14 days after the date of publication. 


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