Standards & Legislation

BPI Adds Two Home Performance Standards

Standards Aim to Make Home Performance Industry More Effective, Profitable
August 19, 2013

The Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI) announced its BPI-2100-S-2013: “Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Transfer” and BPI-2200-S-2013: “Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Collection” have been published as BPI standards.


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Senators Introduce Energy Competition Bill

Bill Would Create, Fund, Implement Energy Productivity Competition for States
August 5, 2013

The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) applauded Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., for introducing a bill to create, fund, and implement an energy productivity competition for states.


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Aug. 2, 2013: Shaheen-Portman Bill Reintroduced, to be Addressed in September

Energy Efficiency Legislation Has Changes; Bill to be Considered after Recess
August 2, 2013
The Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill was reintroduced as S. 1392 on July 30 with changes from the previous version, S. 761. On Aug. 1, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., filed for unanimous consent to bring it to the Senate floor for consideration, but since the Senate has recessed, the bill will come to the floor after recess in September.


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Obama’s Climate Action Plan Targets HFC Reduction

International and Domestic Initiatives Push Phase Down, Reduced Use
July 29, 2013

President Barack Obama’s recently announced Climate Action Plan specifically references the future of the familiar HFC refrigerants all HVACR contractors work with on a daily basis.


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HARDI Member Speaks at Estate Tax Rally

Newly-introduced Legislation Would Repeal Estate Tax
July 29, 2013

Karen Madonia, chief financial officer of Illco Inc., Aurora Ill., recently spoke at a Capitol Hill press conference to announce the introduction of legislation to repeal the estate tax. 


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EPA Revising Energy Star Specification

Framework Document Now Available for Review
July 22, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to revise the Energy Star Version 4.1 Central Air Conditioner and Air-Source Heat Pump (CAC/ASHP) specification.


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Geothermal Bill Passes in Illinois

Bill Removes Impediments to Promote Financing of Geothermal Heat Pump Installations
July 22, 2013

The Illinois General Assembly has passed language sponsored by the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) that removes impediments to the promotion and financing of geothermal heat pump (GHP) installations within the state. 


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HOMES Act Receives Industry Support, Faces Hurdles

Government Price Tag Could Be Roadblock for Residential Energy Efficiency Legislation
July 8, 2013

The HOMES Act would create the Home Energy Saving Retrofit Rebate program, which would provide $2,000-$8,000 in rebates directly to the consumer, depending on the retrofit project’s total energy savings. 


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Urging Congress to Agree on Efficiency

Bipartisan Backing Surfaces for Shaheen-Portman Bill
July 8, 2013

At the 2013 Energy Efficiency Forum, a continuing topic addressed was energy legislation, specifically the Shaheen-Portman bill, S 761, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013. 


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California Enacts New Mercury Thermostat Recycling Policy

Policy Affects Contractors and Businesses Collecting Waste Thermostats
July 8, 2013

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has placed additional requirements on C-20 HVAC and C-21 demolition contractors and businesses collecting waste mercury thermostats through manufacturer-sponsored programs, the Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC) reports.


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