A recent front page story described an acceleration of the transition from HFC refrigerants to even more environmentally friendly carbon dioxide or hydrocarbon (HC) alternatives. And, this, before many contractors have begun to comprehend the nearing transition of HCFCs to HFCs.
In 2006, the federal government enacted a 3
percent withholding tax on public construction contracts. The good news is that
the enactment date is still pending - it won’t go into effect until 2012. The
bad news is that it was a bad idea in the first place.
Some of us have come to the conclusion that the tax credits provided for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) are very confusing. Unless you are promoting geothermal or other renewable energy products, you may be having a hard time finding tidy little system matches for your customers.
The basic HVAC system tax credit for 2009 and
2010 that went into effect in January of this year is for up to 30 percent of
an installation, not to exceed $1,500. (A geothermal installation can provide
even greater tax credits for your customers.)
networking is quite the rage - I read that Twitter is the fastest growing,
rapidly catching up to Facebook for total members. The
NEWS has had a Facebook page for a while, and I just started tweeting
about three weeks ago.
Helpful items can come in small packages. “Many technicians have a hard time learning in the classroom environment.… This pocket guide helps them go into the field with the confidence they need to pinpoint problems immediately,” said Al D’Ambola, president of D’Ambola Associates.
The 2009 Momentum Conference by Honeywell attracted more than 300 controls contractors and Honeywell distributors from around the world. The company showcased many new products, loyalty program enhancements, and two new, dedicated resource Websites during the meeting, which was held in Dallas.
Steve Shirley, president of University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors, Inc., an EMCOR Company, knows BIM. The J.W. Marriott hotel staff wheeled in extra chairs, aisles were blocked, and yet people still lined up outside the doorway to learn about building information modeling - BIM.
Have you ever wondered about all the facts and figures that are tossed around like bits of lettuce floating through the air? Can all the numbers be right? In the current world of green initiatives, tax credits, and stimulus packages, playing fast and loose with energy savings claims does seem to be more of an art and less of a science.