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Capitol Insights: New Federal Regulations Affecting Contractors: EPA, OSHA, and DOL

Find out what ACCA has been up to in the government relations realm in this edition of Capitol Insights.

Navigating the Future: Understanding EPA’s HFC Proposed Refrigerant Management and Finalized Technology Transition Rules

The EPA recently introduced two major rules. The HFC Refrigerant Management Rule, still in the proposal stage, and the finalized Technology Transitions Rule were put forward under the AIM Act to reduce the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85 percent over the next 15 years. Read more here.

Standing Guard for Contractors

Lately, there has been a relentless pace of things coming out of the D.C. Swamp that we all need to keep an eye on because the things we follow and work on aren’t typically going to get as much news coverage as things like the next potential government shutdown. Read more in this article from Barton James.

Your Advocacy Brings a Holiday Miracle – More Time to Install R-410A Equipment!

In response to overwhelming stakeholder feedback, including over 230 letters from ACCA advocates and the lobbying efforts of ACCA and its allies, the EPA has given a one-year reprieve for installation of R-410A equipment! Read more here.

Your Voice Matters: Take Action Before Taking Off for the Holidays

When EPA published its Technology Transition Rule banning the installation of R-410A systems effective January 1, 2025, we were told it was a “final rule” that could not be changed. We didn’t take NO for an answer! Read more here.

Navigating the Storm: What You Need to Know About a Government Shutdown

As Congress hurtles towards a potential government shutdown, anxiety looms large among Americans. Read this blog to learn what a government shutdown entails, how it impacts you, government workers, and the broader economy.

Electrification: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities

Contractors need to be familiar with heat pumps, especially if they haven’t worked with them much in the past. Check out this blog post to learn more about the changes, challenges, and opportunities that come with electrification.

CEO’s Column: It Was a HOT Summer!

Whew, it was a hot summer! I’m sure I don’t have to tell any of you that! Just in case your customers’ concerns were not enough, the national media sure has done a wonderful job reminding the public of the challenges that come along with record heatwaves that almost every one of us has felt by now. Read more in this blog post.

Resource Roundup: The Not-So-Secret ACCA Member Benefits – Third Edition

Have you ever been seeking an ACCA member benefits resource but can’t seem to find what you’re looking for? Are you a new member looking for the bountiful resources available to you? Resource Round-up is here to help.

Father’s Day Filled with Lobbying, Hot Peppers, Fishing, & Family

ACCA President & CEO Barton James visited Galveston, Texas, in June of this year to join Congressman Randy Weber (TX-14), for a fishing event. The Congressman was one of ACCA’s contractor members in his prior life. Read about what Bart learned that weekend in this blog.

ACO News: Allied Contracting Organizations Go to Bat for You

The Inflation Reduction Act’s generous rebates – up to $14,000 per homeowner – will surely attract new competition. These rebates will be implemented differently by each state’s energy office, so the South Carolina Association of Licensed Trades (SCALT) is fighting to give quality contractors a leg up on the competition. Learn more in this blog.

Capitol Insights: Refrigerant Transition Update, ACCA Opposes Troubling Department of Labor Nomination

Check out this blog for updates on the refrigerant transition and ACCA’s opposition of a troubling department of labor nomination.

Daikin Special Permit – DOT Approved Shipping of Equipment Containing A2L Refrigerants

Effective August 4, 2023, Daikin’s Special Permit, allowing shipment of charged equipment containing 12 kg – 20 kg of an A2L refrigerant, was approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more here.

Capitol Insights: ACCA Fighting for Employers’ Rights

Recently, ACCA has been fighting for our members on two fronts to ensure you are not penalized as business owners and employers. Read more in this edition of Capitol Insights.

Goettl’s Ken Goodrich Appointed to Nevada Governor’s Workforce Development Board

Ken Goodrich, CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning and Plumbing, has recently been selected as a member of Nevada’s Governors Workforce Development Board (GWDB). ACCA extends its congratulations to Ken for his appointment to this esteemed position. Read more in this blog.

Shaping ACCA’s Priorities – Tell Us What You Want Us to Focus On!

One of the biggest advantages of being an ACCA member is that the ACCA team is fighting for you and your business at all levels of the government. Whether on Capitol Hill or with federal agencies like the Department of Labor or Department of Energy, we’re fighting for you!

DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm’s Message to ACCA Contractors

Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm speaks to ACCA contractors as presented at ACCA 2023 Conference and Expo in New Orleans, LA. Click here to watch the video and hear her call to action!

Join the Issues Smackdown! There’s Still Time to Shape ACCA Priorities!

ACCA 2023’s Contractor’s Town Hall covered several issues facing HVAC contractors, and there’s still much more to do. Read about the Town Hall and how you can voice your opinion in this blog.

Looking at the 118th Congress

With the 118th Congress in session, many topics will be discussed, including HVAC workforce issues, install efficiency, and more. Read more about ACCA and the 118 Congress in this blog.

HVACR Leaders Headline ACCA 2023 Conference & Expo

There are a ton of informal sessions at ACCA 2023 Conference and Expo. Read this blog to learn more about what to expect from the Conference & Expo.

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