Standards & Legislation

ACCA, Others Oppose Thermostat Law

New Laws Could Lead to Big Problems, Industry Leaders Say
July 1, 2013

Many worry the encroachment of home security companies on the HVAC industry may be an emerging — and disturbing — national trend. 


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ASHRAE Releases Revised Handbook

'2013 ASHRAE Handbook-Fundamentals' Includes Major Revisions, Updates
July 1, 2013

The latest edition of the ASHRAE Handbook features a cornucopia of updated information for the HVAC industry.


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Distributors Take Issues to Capitol Hill

Tax Reform takes Center Stage at HARDI Congressional Fly-In
June 24, 2013

The goal of the annual event is to educate members of Congress on the issues and legislation most important to HARDI’s many members — and the HVACR industry as a whole.


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Pension Reform, Energy Management Headline QCA Conference

Quality Construction Alliance Event Draws Hundreds to Capitol
June 17, 2013

Over two days, attendees participated in panel discussions, attended presentations, and visited roughly 125 different congressional offices to advocate for their respective organizations and industry.


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Ontario Mandates ECMs in Furnaces — Is US Next?

Some in HVAC Industry Worry Ontario Building Code Change Goes Too Far
June 10, 2013

Some worry the Ontario Building Code has gone too far and that the legislation may strip consumers of their options while decreasing profit margins for the HVAC contractors installing the equipment.


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Geothermal Exchange Organization Seeks Comments

Organization Seeks Review, Feedback on Draft Personnel Qualifications
June 10, 2013

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) is seeking review and feedback on draft personnel qualifications being developed as part of a national certification standard for the geothermal heat pump industry with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).


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ASHRAE Releases Labeling Program

Building Energy Labeling Program Aims to Lower Operating Costs
June 10, 2013

A building energy labeling program that allows the industry to zero in on opportunities to lower building operating cost and make informed decisions to increase value has been expanded to include an “As Designed” label.


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Employment Background Checks Drawing Government Scrutiny

Contractors May Face Legal Hurdles When Using Background Checks During Hiring Process
June 3, 2013

This latest guidance from EEOC concerning background checks stems from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. But there is absolutely no reference made to criminal history, so how can EEOC threaten action based on Title VII?


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SMACNA Taking Comments on Procedural Guide

Organization Seeks Comments on “HVAC Systems Sound and Vibration Procedural Guide”
June 3, 2013

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association has opened up a 45-day public review, starting immediately, for its “HVAC Systems Sound and Vibration Procedural Guide.”


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UL Issues Warning on Immersion Heaters

Heaters May Bear Counterfeit UL Marks
June 3, 2013

UL is warning consumers and retailers of some immersion heaters in the U.S. that bear counterfeit UL marks.


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