Articles by Kimberly Schwartz

Florida Contractor Has Sunny Outlook

What’s responsible for Wade Helms’ positive outlook down in southern Florida?


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Congress Approves $1M for Geothermal Financing

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) recently reported a legislative victory for its segment of the industry. On Nov. 18, President Obama signed into law an appropriations bill which included $1 million for on-bill financing of geothermal systems for small businesses.


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2011 NEWSmaker: Mandyck Urges EPA to Close R-22 Loophole

Carrier wound up at the center of the debate over dry-shipped R-22 units after petitioning the EPA to close the loophole allowing the installation of new R-22 units. For spearheading Carrier’s petition and leading the charge to continue the phaseout of R-22, John Mandyck is a 2011 NEWSmaker.


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Industry Pushes for 25C Tax Credit in 2012

The 25C tax credits have been a popular sales tool for residential HVAC contractors since their introduction in 2006. Late last year, Congress extended the credits through 2011, and now many in the industry are wondering if Congress will extend the credits again for 2012.


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2011 NEWSmaker: Yurek Looks Ahead and Leads Industry Forward

As president and CEO, Stephen Yurek has led the Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) to be proactive on regulatory issues, especially in the area of standards development. For his industry leadership and success, Yurek is a 2011 NEWSmaker.


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New School Starts Up in Indiana

While many schools have shuttered their vocational programs, a new school is starting up in Indiana that is proud to offer career and technical education in HVACR.


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States Ranked for Energy Efficiency

Massachusetts Takes Top Spot; California Drops to Second
In mid-October, the ACEEE released its fifth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia in order of their energy efficiency efforts. Although California was ranked No. 1 for the past four years, it was bumped from the top spot this year by Massachusetts.


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Don't Let That Talent Slip Away

A speaker who had my complete attention at the MSCA educational conference was business author Tim Sanders. Sanders said a future war for talented workers is brewing. When I heard him say that, I perked up because the first editorial I wrote for The NEWS a year and a half ago was about the coming labor shortage.


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DOE Finalizes Regional Standards

New Residential Standards Confirmed for Furnaces, A/Cs, Heat Pumps
After much debate, new regional standards for HVAC equipment have become a reality. On Oct. 25, the Department of Energy (DOE) confirmed that it adopted new residential appliance standards for central air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps.


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2011 Best Instructor Winner: Instructor Mentors Students, Bridges Gap With Employers

For 2011, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and The NEWS are honoring Scott Naill as the HVACR Best Instructor. He has been teaching for 17 years at the Upper Valley Career Center, and his commitment to go the extra mile for his students and his program set him apart from the crowd.


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