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Parties File Joint Settlement in Regional Standards Lawsuit

Motion Vacates Furnace Standards, Gives Time to Comply with Cooling Standards
By Jen Anesi
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The settlement agreement, which now awaits court approval, would vacate the regional furnace efficiency standards and also give the industry an 18-month sell-through period to comply with the Jan. 1, 2015, efficiency standards for split-system air conditioners.


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Regional Standards Settlement Expected by March 17

Sources Anticipate a Mediated Ruling Within Two Weeks
By Jen Anesi
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While a previous court document identified March 3 as the last day for the expected filing of a settlement in the ongoing regional standards lawsuit, it appears the judicial system may need a few extra days.


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Parties ‘Nearing Agreement’ in Regional Standards Settlement

Court Document Filed Tuesday Suspends Court Proceedings During Mediation
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Tuesday's motion suspends all court proceedings until March 3 to accommodate pending mediation.


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Regional Standards Uncertainty Continues

Contractors Urged to Prepare for 2015 A/C Standards
By Kimberly Schwartz
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As the regional standards ruling remains entangled in litigation, it is becoming more difficult for the HVAC industry to determine how to move ahead.


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DOE Establishes HVAC Furnace Fan Testing Standards

Regulating Components Places Undue Burden on HVAC Industry, Leaders Say
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There is growing concern that the DOE is placing undue regulatory burden on the HVAC industry — and especially on manufacturers — by regulating components of appliances that already meet energy-efficiency guidelines.


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Residential Regulations to Watch in 2014

DOE and EPA Expected to Continue High Level of Activity
By Kimberly Schwartz
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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
By Kimberly Schwartz
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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
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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
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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
By Jen Anesi
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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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