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States Taking Different Baby Steps Towards IRA Rebate Programs

Contractors excited to inform their customers about the Inflation Reduction Act’s (IRA) $8.8 billion in rebates for residential energy efficiency improvements may have to wait a little longer as states take a deliberate approach towards developing programs that will vary greatly from state to state.   Learn more from one of the latest ACCA Now articles. 

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EPA Proposes One Year Sell-Through for Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems Under AIM Act

Contractors may get another year to sell certain Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would allow a one-year sell-through period for VRF systems using HFCs with a global warming potential (GWP) of 700 or greater. ACCA is tracking this proposed rule and its potential impact on contractors.

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What kind of damper are you using?

In HVACR systems, the term “damper” can refer to various types of devices used to regulate airflow. Here are some common types of dampers, including those that might come up in a discussion related to Manual D®, which is a methodology for sizing residential duct systems. 

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Treasury Releases Final Rule on Prevailing Wage and Apprenticeship Requirements for 179D, 45L

Changes are coming to prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements for energy efficiency and clean energy projects.

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Measurements, Not Eyeballs!

In the HVACR industry, it’s all too common to hear comments about ductwork being too big or too small based solely on appearance. Similarly, there are far too many comments that a system will never condition a space properly just by looking at it. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, there is a significant difference between opinions based on expectations and those grounded in precise measurements.  

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Senate Passes Resolution to Overturn Non-Condensing Furnace Ban

A new Department of Energy (DOE) rule that would ban all non-condensing furnaces is one step closer to being overturned after a recent Senate vote. The DOE rule would have mandated that all new furnaces must convert at least 95% of fuel into heat. ACCA works hard to track important legislation and regulations that have the potential to impact HVACR businesses.

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Lessons from the Field: Marketing to Homeowners

To make the most of their marketing budget and connect meaningfully with their target audience, embracing a multi-channel strategy is key for building performance professionals. Drawing inspiration from Pearl Certification’s “Marketing to Homeowners: Lessons from the Field,” this article outlines the value of multi-channel marketing and provides actionable tips on how to get started.

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The Big Four in HVACR

It’s no secret that for many years I’ve been talking about four things that we must do to a system that has already been installed. Let’s talk about them!

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Department of Labor Releases Final Rule on Overtime Threshold for Salaried Employees

On April 23, the Department of Labor released its final rule altering the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This new rule introduces two-tiered increases to the minimum salary threshold for ‘white collar’ salaried employees. ACCA has been closely monitoring this rule and its impact on contractor members.

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Federated Insurance Hosts Risk Management Academy

As a benefit of ACCA’s partnership with Federated Insurance, ACCA members are invited to attend their upcoming Risk Management Academy for free! 

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OSHA Finalizes Walkaround Rule, Allowing Non-Employees on Workplace Inspections

On March 29, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its final “Walkaround” Rule that will have major implications for workplace inspections and, potentially, labor relations in the industry. ACCA members can read more here.

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The Three Reasons People Hate Me

Last month, we covered the expectations of a few different groups on the results that come from performing a Manual J® calculation. This topic garnered some great responses from members, and one of those comments sparked the idea behind this article. This month, we’ll address how homeowners perceive what we do and how we can move things in our favor. ACCA members can read more here.

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ACCA Submits Comments to Treasury Regarding Proposed Pin Requirement for 25C, Treasury Seeking Further Input from Contractors

Earlier this year, the Department of Treasury and IRS proposed regulations to implement product identification number (PIN) requirements for taxpayers who use the 25C residential energy efficiency tax credit. ACCA provided comments to Treasury regarding the proposed regulations, with a specific focus on several points. ACCA members can read more here.

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PULL A PERMIT & PROVE IT: ACCA Improves the HVAC Plan Review Form

ACCA Manuals J®, S®, and D® are referenced and required in building codes across America. ACCA has recently improved its Residential Plans Examiner Review Form for HVAC System Design (Loads, Equipment, Ducts). This simple one-page form provides a quick and easy review of HVAC system design elements. ACCA members can read more here.

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States Taking Different Baby Steps Towards IRA Rebate Programs

Contractors excited to inform their customers about the IRA’s $8.8 billion in rebates for residential energy efficiency improvements may have to wait a little longer as states take a deliberate approach towards developing programs that will vary greatly from state to state. ACCA members can read more here.

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What is Wrong With Manual J®?

You might hear that there’s nothing wrong with Manual J®, but you might also hear people complain about it. This group is very adamant about how badly Manual J® oversizes the heating plant requirement. ACCA members can read more from Ed Janowiak here.

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Senator Cruz and Representative Fischbach Introduce Resolutions to Overturn DOE’s Ban on Non-Condensing Furnaces

Last week, Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Michelle Fischbach introduced S.J.Res.58 and H.J.Res.111, which would overturn DOE’s rule prohibiting the sale of all non-condensing natural gas furnaces. ACCA members can read more here.

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House Passes Tax Legislation, Sending it to Senate

The House of Representatives passed the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act (H.R. 7024) by a margin of 357-70. The bill allows for the immediate expensing of research and experimentation expenditures, reinstates the less restrictive “EBIT” cap on interest expense deductions, and restores 100-percent bonus depreciation, which is set to expire. ACCA members can read more here.

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Treasury, IRS Propose PIN Requirement for 25C Residential Tax Credit, Seek Contractor Input

Last month, the Department of Treasury and IRS proposed regulations to implement product identification number (PIN) requirements for taxpayers who use the 25C residential energy efficiency tax credit. ACCA members can read more here.

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Understanding a Defrost Board on a Heat Pump

This article is designed to demystify the essential operation of defrost control boards, which, despite the variety available in the market, share a common ground in their fundamental workings. ACCA members can read more here.

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