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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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Drilling Rulemaking Gets Extension in Illinois

45-day Extension Allows for Additional Input, Workshops
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The extra time will allow a workshop for interested parties to recommend changes to the proposed language. 


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NEBB Donates to ASHRAE’s Researchers

Funds Will Help ASHRAE Research HVACR Technologies, Develop Improved Standards
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NEBB’s donation will help ASHRAE’s research to further high-performance HVACR technologies which result in improved standards and guidelines.


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The Health of the Regulatory Landscape

Contractors Find Challenges, Opportunities in New Rules and Regulations
By Joanna R. Turpin
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Contractors who work in this market must be especially careful to keep up to date on changing requirements if they are to successfully navigate the complex system of regulatory compliance.


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Shaheen-Portman Efficiency Bill Halted — For Now

Failure to Reach Agreement on Amendments Stalls Bill in Senate
By Jen Anesi
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Despite having bipartisan support in the Senate, progress on the Shaheen-Portman energy-efficiency bill has halted indefinitely after Senate Republicans and Democrats failed to reach an agreement to limit amendments, which included several amendments centered on controversial and non-germane issues.


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DOE Updates Federal Efficiency Standards

Federal Government to Implement ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010
By Jen Anesi
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The change will save energy and taxpayer money while potentially drumming up more business for some HVAC contractors.


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HVAC Organization: September 30, 2013

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BPI announces its BPI-2101-S-2013: “Standard Requirements for a Certificate of Completion for Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades” has been published as a BPI standard.


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HVACR Industry Wary of R-22 Surplus

R-22 Chugging Along Despite Phasedown
By Peter Powell
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Current inventory of R-22 remains plentiful in the U.S., even as the industry heads toward a total phaseout of the popular refrigerant in 2020.


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