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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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BPI Seeking Comments on Air Distribution Standard

Public Comments Will be Accepted Through Sept. 30
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The Building Performance Institute (BPI) announced its BPI-3300-A-201x: “Standard for Residential Building Air Distribution System Energy Performance” is now available for public comment through Sept. 30.


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Senate Leadership Vows to Tackle Shaheen-Portman Bill

New Version of Bill Strips out Federal Funding for State-Level Programs
By Jen Anesi
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While the Shaheen-Portman bill enjoys bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, its passage is not a certainty as Senate leadership works out the amendment process.


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Court Orders Briefing in Regional Standards Lawsuit

Proposed Settlement Between DOE and APGA Still Pending
By Jen Anesi
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A recently issued court order is likely to stretch the HVAC industry’s regional efficiency standards saga into 2014.


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