Standards & Legislation

APGA Files Motion in Regional Standards Case

Motion Asks Court to Grant Joint Settlement Agreement
May 27, 2013

The American Public Gas Association (APGA) filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit asking the court to reconsider its May 1 order, which stayed enforcement of the regional furnace standards rule, but also asked the involved parties to re-brief the main issues.


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NREL Seeks Comments

Deadline to Submit Information is May 31
May 27, 2013

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking information from organizations and/or coalitions of organizations that are using, or would like to use, the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project.


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Court Puts Regional Standards on Ice

Legal Decision Places Definitive Hold on Enforcement Until Court Rules on Pending Lawsuit
May 20, 2013

The court granted an emergency motion filed by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) to stay the standards which would’ve required residential nonweatherized natural gas furnaces installed in 30 Northern states to have an AFUE rating of at least 90 percent.


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DOE Seeking Information on Commercial Furnace Standards

Periodic Review is Energy Policy and Conservation Act Requirement
May 20, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a request for information to assess whether the existing energy-conservation standards for commercial warm-air furnaces should be amended.


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IEC/TC 72 Working Groups Meet

20 Attendees From 8 Countries Participate in Event
May 20, 2013

Several working groups of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee (TC) 72 recently met at Honeywell Intl.’s Morristown, N.J., location.


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Industry Shows Support for Shaheen-Portman Bill

Legislation Would Help Set Up Energy-Efficient HVAC Programs
May 20, 2013

Though the bill has broad support in both the House and Senate, as well as from numerous organizations nationwide, it still faces many hurdles before it reaches President Obama’s desk. 


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ASHRAE Updates Residential IAQ Standard

Carbon Monoxide Alarms Now Required in All Dwelling Units
May 20, 2013

ASHRAE’s newly-published residential IAQ standard removes the default leakage-rate assumption and also requires carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.


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May 17, 2013: Motion Filed to Reconsider Regional Furnace Rule Stay

May 17, 2013
In the ongoing regional standards lawsuit, the American Public Gas Association (APGA) has filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit asking that it reconsider its May 1 order, which stayed enforcement of the regional furnace standards rule, but also asked the parties to re-brief all of the main issues.


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SMACNA Supports Metal Theft Bill

Legislation Would Be First Federal Law to Address Metal Theft
May 13, 2013

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association is actively supporting bipartisan Senate legislation introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to deter metal theft.


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Contractors Applaud DOE Decision on Regional Standards

The DOE Will Not Enforce Standards While Settlement Agreement Still Pending
May 6, 2013

While contractors are admittedly embracing this temporary sense of certainty, they’re still left with more questions than answers.


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