Expectations for 2017 have become less optimistic, but the majority of industrial and commercial construction contractors still expect growth this year, according to the latest Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC) Construction Confidence Index (CCI). Although all three diffusion indices in the survey — profit margins, sales, and staffing levels —fell by more than five points, they remain well above the threshold of 50, which signals that construction activity will continue to be one of the few significant drivers of economic growth.
ACCA has announced the installation of its 2017-18 board of directors and officers. The board was installed at the IE3 Show, which took place in Nashville, Tennessee, March 20-22. The new officers officially took their positions at the Big Bang Party on Wednesday, March 22.
Receives J&E Hall Gold Medal Award for work with chillers, heat pumps
April 4, 2017
Thomas Watson, a former ASHRAE president and retired chief engineer at Daikin Applied, recently received the Institute of Refrigeration’s (IOR) J&E Hall Gold Medal Award for his ground-breaking work to improve the efficiency of chillers and industrial heat pumps.
ASHRAE announces revised requirements for its energy auditor certification
April 4, 2017
ASHRAE revised the requirements for its Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) energy auditor certification. The revised requirements, which took effect March 16, will provide earners with recognition by U.S. government agencies for contracts requiring energy audit services.
Organizations are invited to reserve the space at no cost
March 31, 2017
Fujitsu General America’s New York City “Air Stage,” the company’s Solution Center, is available free-of-charge for professional events and meetings with topics that focus on HVAC, energy, utilities, architecture, urban development, building engineering, and green technology.
2017 marks the fourth consecutive year that York and Building Homes for Heroes have worked together. Through its sponsorship of the Building Homes for Heroes program, Johnson Controls, along with York distributors and independent contractors nationwide, has donated quality heating and cooling systems, including installation, labor, and on-going maintenance, to over 40 military families since 2014.
Provides HVAC wholesalers and contractors with additional products
March 31, 2017
DiversiTech® Corp. announced that it has purchased Rapid Positioning Clips Ltd. (RPC). The acquisition, completed on March 22, provides HVACR distributors and contractors with another useful product line they can use to grow their businesses and simplify their work.
The total global market will be worth $29.8 billion by 2021
March 30, 2017
The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) is forecasting a total global growth of 20 percent in the smart home/light commercial market in 2017, with the largest growth being predicted for the UK market with a growth rate of 29 percent. The new study published in January 2017 segments the market into stand-alone products and whole home products; it also analyzes the value of system integration (value add) and service and maintenance.