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April 23, 2015: US House and Senate Pass Energy Efficiency Bill

President Expected to Sign It into Law

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire. The two senators have been attempting to get an energy efficiency bill passed since 2011. This is a no-cost, no-mandate bill, previously passed by the Senate on March 27, 2015.


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HVAC Industry Supports Bill to Repeal Death Tax

Small Businesses, Organizations Speak Out in Favor of Legislation

For small business owners, including many in the HVACR industry, repealing the estate tax — or “death tax,” as it is also called — could have a significant positive impact on those who hope to pass their family businesses onto their descendants.


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Standards, Codes Influence Ventilation

Manufacturers Focus on Product Efficiency, Energy Recovery Options

As buildings are constructed to be tighter and more efficient than ever before, mechanical ventilation has become increasingly important in order to maintain a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. Further affecting the ventilation market are increasingly stringent standards and codes, which are influencing both commercial and residential projects across the country.


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ABC Applauds Arkansas Law

Law Prohibits Government Entities from Requiring Contractors to Enter into PLAs

The bill codifies and strengthens a 2005 executive order that prohibits government entities from requiring contractors to enter into project labor agreements as a condition of performing work on publicly funded construction projects.


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HVAC Supports Small Business Tax Relief Bill

HR 636 Would Allow HVAC Companies to Expense $500,000 in Depreciable Business Property

Despite receiving bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress last year as well as support from the HVAC industry and small businesses, the bill must pass the Senate and overcome a veto threat from President Barack Obama to become law.


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BPI Announces Energy-saving Standards Initiatives

Initiatives Update Methodology for Quantifying, Calculating Energy Savings

 Comments regarding these proposed initiatives are being solicited from stakeholders and the general public. If you would like to submit a comment, please contact standards@bpi.org by April 12.


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Engineer Disputes DOE, EPA Actions

Structural Concepts Calls for More Oversight of Regulatory Agencies

The inability or unwillingness of the DOE and the EPA to coordinate rulemakings and coalesce around energy-efficiency and environmental goals will “devastate” the industry, Anderson said.


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House Pushes for Regulatory Accountability

New Bill Requires Thorough Analyses, Increased Stakeholder Participation

The bill would require a thorough analysis of any new proposed regulation, including a cost-benefit analysis. It also calls for increased public participation throughout the regulatory process.


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Mark Crockett vice president, Crockett Facilities Services, explains the importance of technician training, the value of being a top minority-owned company in the U.S., current projects the company is managing, and much more. Posted on April 24.
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