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Court Adopts Regional Standards Schedule

Delay Means Lawsuit Could Stretch to Fall of 2014 and Beyond

Those involved in the ongoing regional standards lawsuit may get a chance to argue their case in court — but likely not until this summer.


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Jan. 14, 2014: EPA Proposes New Standards for Wood-Fired Heaters

Agency Says These Standards Aim to Make New Wood-Fired Heaters Cleaner and More Efficient
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing standards for the amount of air pollution that can be emitted by new wood-fired heaters, beginning in 2015. EPA said its proposal would make the next generation of heaters an estimated 80 percent cleaner than those manufactured today.


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CEC to Delay Title 24 Implementation

California Building Codes to be Implemented in July 2014

On Dec. 11, the California Energy Commission (CEC) voted to push back the effective date for its 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.


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2013 NEWSmakers Confront Challenges

Nominees Make Headlines by Battling Congress, Counterfeits, Assailants, More

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

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

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

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

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
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

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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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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