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Energy Efficiency In The 112th Congress

A number of bipartisan energy-efficiency bills have emerged or been reintroduced in the 112th Congress. The following four Senate and three House bills are representative of the suite of legislation that aims to incentivize energy-efficiency in homes and businesses. There many bills not listed here, including bills that would extend tax incentives for efficiency upgrades … Read More »

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Weather and Economy Dampen Distributor Outlook

Last year ended on a disappointing note for many, including distributors. The Heating, Airconditioning, Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) announced that average sales for North American HVACR distributors were down 12.2 percent in December, compared to the previous year. On the bright side, distributors in all U.S. regions ended 2011 in positive territory and also reported … Read More »

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LEED 2012 Anticipated Changes

One of the long-time criticisms of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system has been its inability to track and enforce building operational efficiencies post-occupancy and post-certification. Since its inception in 2000, the rating system’s credits mainly have addressed the design of a facility and its projected … Read More »

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Industry Responds to Regional Enforcement Proposals

With the new regional efficiency standards for residential furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps set to become effective beginning in May 2013, many in the industry are wondering: How does the Department of Energy (DOE) intend to enforce these standards? The DOE regional efficiency standards will divide the country into three regions — North, Southeast, … Read More »

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ACCA CEO Optimistic for Upcoming Year

Despite lingering economic blight, a gridlocked political climate, and mild winter temperatures, Paul Stalknecht, president and CEO of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), is beaming with optimism. “2012 is going to be an interesting year, because there is a lot at stake politically. News reports say people are feeling more confident in 2012, … Read More »

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