Montreal Protocol Amendment Would Phase Down HFCs in India
May 4, 2015
In industrial countries, production and consumption of HFCs should reach 15 percent of their 2013-2015 reference levels by 2035, stated the proposal. Developing countries would have until 2050 to reach the 15 percent level of their 2028-2030 use and consumption reference levels.
To offer DOE’s Home Energy Score to homeowners, assessors must work directly with a Home Energy Score Partner and hold at least one minimum accepted credential, including BPI’s BSP certificate, Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, Home Energy Professional (HEP) Energy Auditor, and/or HEP Quality Control Inspector certifications.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire. The two senators have been attempting to get an energy efficiency bill passed since 2011. This is a no-cost, no-mandate bill, previously passed by the Senate on March 27, 2015.
For small business owners, including many in the HVACR industry, repealing the estate tax — or “death tax,” as it is also called — could have a significant positive impact on those who hope to pass their family businesses onto their descendants.
As buildings are constructed to be tighter and more efficient than ever before, mechanical ventilation has become increasingly important in order to maintain a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. Further affecting the ventilation market are increasingly stringent standards and codes, which are influencing both commercial and residential projects across the country.
Law Prohibits Government Entities from Requiring Contractors to Enter into PLAs
April 20, 2015
The bill codifies and strengthens a 2005 executive order that prohibits government entities from requiring contractors to enter into project labor agreements as a condition of performing work on publicly funded construction projects.
Despite receiving bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress last year as well as support from the HVAC industry and small businesses, the bill must pass the Senate and overcome a veto threat from President Barack Obama to become law.