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2013 NEWSmakers Confront Challenges

Nominees Make Headlines by Battling Congress, Counterfeits, Assailants, More
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Each honoree has overcome a number of obstacles — big and small — to achieve great things on behalf of the HVAC industry.


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Zarker Leads BPI into Collaborative Role

CEO Celebrates BPI’s 20th Anniversary in 2013
By Matt Bishop
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Zarker and BPI have made strides in its industry cohesiveness, something Zarker is proud of. This culminated in August, when BPI and ACCA jointly announced they would begin exploring opportunities for collaboration.


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Madonia Takes a Stand on Capitol Hill

HARDI Leader Battles Bureaucrats on Behalf of Distributors
By Angela D. Harris
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Madonia has made quite an impact, testifying before a congressional subcommittee and participating in a full press conference organized by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Congressman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, regarding the repeal of the estate tax.


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SMACNA Talks Pension Reform in Maui

Event Featured New Products, Speakers, ‘Seinfeld’ Actor, and More
By Jen Anesi
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In addition to the new product showcase, numerous other sessions tackled subjects from new technology to innovative business ideas, new marketing opportunities, and industry-related legislation.


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Congress Unlikely to Renew HVAC Tax Provisions in 2013

25C, 179D, Other HVAC-Related Tax Provisions Set to Expire on Dec. 31
By Jen Anesi
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Though industry leaders agree that the provisions will probably be renewed, it may not happen for a while, which would again leave some manufacturers, distributors, and contractors in limbo.


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Dec. 13, 2013: California’s Title 24 Implementation Delayed

California Energy Commission Allows Additional Six Months for Compliance
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At its Dec. 11 meeting, the California Energy Commission (CEC) voted to push back the effective date for the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, also known as Title 24, from Jan. 1, 2014, to July 1, 2014.


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Dec. 11, 2013: Court Adopts Regional Standards Briefing Schedule

Delay Means Lawsuit Could Stretch to Fall of 2014 and Beyond
By Jen Anesi
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Those involved in the ongoing regional standards case may get a chance to present their arguments in court — but likely not until next summer.


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Consequences of Counterfeit Refrigerants

Contractors Continue to Play Important Role in Curbing Illegal Refrigerants
By Peter Powell
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Counterfeit and illegally imported refrigerants have existed under the surface of the HVACR industry for years. With hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 increasing in price due to a government phase down, more and more fly-by-nighters are working to get their hands on the product any way they can.


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Regulatory Challenges Discussed at Symposium

Refrigeration Technology, Regulations Headline Latest Meeting
By Peter Powell
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Danfoss’ periodic EnVisioneering symposia look at a wide range of HVACR issues and topics. For its most recent event this past fall in Baltimore, the focus was on refrigeration, both in terms of regulations and the latest in technology. 


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ASHRAE Releases Energy Standard 90.1-2013

Standard 90.1-2013 Nearly 50 Percent More Efficient than 2004 Standard
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Major changes to requirements regarding building envelope, lighting, mechanical systems, and the energy cost budget are contained in the newly published energy standard from ASHRAE and IES.


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NEWSMakers: Joseph Groh

Joseph Groh, an industry veteran boasting 35 years of HVAC experience, discusses the 2008 bicycle accident that cut his career tragically short, and how the Joseph S. Groh Foundation is his way of giving back to the construction trade. Posted on Aug. 22.

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