The industry-standard residential HVACR load calculation manual, Manual J™, has been completely revised and expanded for the first time in more than 15 years. The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) has scheduled a series of three-day “Instructor Certification Workshops” around the country to train contractors and trainers in the new procedure.
The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and representatives from its member companies will gather on the podium overlooking the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to ring the closing bell on Aug. 9.
Electronic copies of the technical standards and manuals developed by the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) can now be purchased in PDF format and downloaded from the organization’s website at www.smacna.org.
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has approved a formal association policy opposing the adoption of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA’s) Building Code (NFPA 5000) by federal, state, and local jurisdictions.
According to organizers of the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), the 2003 event is on track to become one of the largest gatherings when it convenes at Chicago’s McCormick Place next January 27-29.
North American Technician Excellence (NATE) has been approved under the provisions of Section 122 of Public Law 106-419 to provide certification tests to veterans and other eligible individuals. NATE had its tests specifically approved for the G.I. Bill.
The U.S. Senate is poised to pass accounting reform legislation in the wake of recent scandals, but there is opposition — several senators believe it will hurt small businesses, reports the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC).
According to preliminary results from a nationwide survey of nearly 300 contracting companies conducted by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), health insurance premiums paid by HVACR contractors have grown an average of 61% from 1999 to 2002.
Smaller wholesale-distribution firms may be able to offer long-term care benefits frequently available more often to larger companies, if those smaller firms are members of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW).