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  • Thursday, July 20, 2023 2:34 PM | Anonymous
    • 220.198 Experiential learning tax credit program.— (1) This section may be cited as the “Florida Experiential 364 Learning Tax Credit Program.”
    • (2) As used in this section, the term: (a) “Apprentice” has the same meaning as in s. 446.021(2). (b) “Full time” means at least 30 hours per week. (c) “Preapprentice” has the same meaning as in s. 369 446.021(1). (d)(b) “Qualified business” means a business that is in existence and has been continuously operating for at least 3 years. (e)(c) “Student intern” means a person who has completed at least 60 credit hours at a state university or 15 credit hours at a Florida College System institution, regardless of whether the student intern receives course credit for the internship; a person who is enrolled in a career center operated by a school district under s. 1001.44 or a charter technical career center; or any graduate student enrolled at a state university.
    • For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, a qualified business is eligible for a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter in the amount of $2,000 per apprentice, pre apprentice, or student intern if all of the following apply:
    • The qualified business employed at least one apprentice, preapprentice, or student intern in an apprenticeship, preapprenticeship, or internship in which the student intern worked full time in this state for at least 9 consecutive weeks, or the apprentice or preapprentice worked in this state for at least 500 hours, and the qualified business provides the department documentation evidencing each apprenticeship, preapprenticeship, or internship claimed. The department may require the taxpayer to provide the taxpayer’s Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System program identification number and other necessary information, which the department may verify with the Department of Education.
    • The qualified business provides the department documentation for the current taxable year showing that at least 20 percent of the business’ full-time employees were previously employed by that business as apprentices, preapprentices, or student interns
    • Each apprentice, preapprentice, or student intern provides the qualified business with verification by the apprentice’s, preapprentice’s, or student intern’s state university, Florida College System institution, career center operated by a school district under s. 1001.44, or charter technical career center, or provider of related technical instruction that the apprentice, preapprentice, or student intern is enrolled and maintains a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, if applicable. The qualified business may accept a letter from the applicable educational institution or provider of related technical instruction stating that the apprentice, preapprentice, or student intern is enrolled as evidence that the apprentice, preapprentice, or student intern meets these 17 requirements.
    • (4) Notwithstanding paragraph (3)(b), a qualified business that, on average for the 3 immediately preceding years, employed 10 or fewer full-time employees may receive the tax credit if it provides documentation that it previously hired at least one apprentice, preapprentice, or student intern and, for the current taxable year, that it employs on a full-time basis at least one employee who was previously employed by that qualified business as an apprentice, preapprentice, or a student intern. (5)(a) A qualified business, including all subsidiaries, may not claim a tax credit of more than $10,000 in any one taxable year.
    • (b) The combined total amount of tax credits which may be granted to qualified businesses under this section is $2.5 million in each of state fiscal years 2021-2022, and 2022-2023, 2023-2024, and 2024-2025. The department must approve the tax credit prior to the taxpayer taking the credit on a return. The department must approve credits on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • (6) The department may adopt rules, including emergency rules pursuant to s. 120.54(4), governing the manner and form of applications for the tax credit and establishing qualification requirements for the tax credit. All conditions are deemed met for the adoption of emergency rules pursuant to s. 120.54(4).
    • (7) A qualified business may carry forward any unused portion of a tax credit under this section for up to 2 taxable years.

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  • Thursday, July 20, 2023 2:16 PM | Anonymous


    The legislation ensures that the manufacturer warranty for an HVAC system is tied with the property instead of the homeowner

    Tallahassee, Fla, July 10 2023 - The Florida Refrigeration and Air Condition Contractors Association

    (FRACCA) commends Governor Ron DeSantis on signing HB 1203 – Registration and Transfers of Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning System Manufacturer Warranties, which ensures that when a new homeowner purchases a residential property, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems is automatically transferred to the new owner and continues in effect as if the new owner was the original purchaser of the system.

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  • Thursday, July 13, 2023 2:26 PM | Anonymous

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a final rule to implement a 40% reduction below baseline levels of HFC production from 2024 through 2028. The rule aligns with the AIM Act, which was passed in December 2020 and gave the EPA the authority to phase down HFCs to 15% of their baseline levels by 2036.

    The U.S. began the phasedown in 2022, with an initial 10% reduction in HFC production from the baseline level, while 2024 brings an additional 30% cut. The baseline was derived from the three highest nonconsecutive years of HFC production and/or import between 2011 and 2019.

    This final rule establishes the methodology for allocating HFC production and consumption allowances, starting with calendar year 2024 allowances. Companies that produced or imported bulk HFCs in 2021 and 2022 are eligible for allowances in 2024 through 2028. According to EPA, the methodology will be similar to the approach used for calendar years 2022 and 2023, while incorporating former new market entrants from an earlier set-aside pool as general pool allowance holders.

    “This latest allocation rule is a critical step in the implementation of the AIM Act schedule for phasing down HFC refrigerants,” said Stephen Yurek, president and CEO of AHRI. “Our industry appreciates the work of the EPA and the timely issuance of this rule as we prepare for the next HFC reduction step-down next January.”

    The final rule also amends the HFC consumption baseline to reflect corrected data submitted to EPA. Specifically, EPA is amending the consumption baseline from 303,887,017 Metric Tons of Exchange Value Equivalent (MTEVe) to 302,538,316 MTEVe to account for verified revisions from entities for 2011 through 2013, as well as the Agency’s internal review of baseline calculation methodologies.

    EPA also recently finalized a good cause final rule that makes a minor adjustment to the production baseline and associated phasedown schedule. Specifically, EPA adjusted the baseline from 382,554,619 MTEVe to 382,535,439 MTEVe to reflect additional destruction and transformation of HFCs that occurred during 2011–2013. This corrected production baseline begins applying to allowance allocations for calendar year 2024.

    Under the AIM Act, by October 1 of each calendar year, EPA must calculate and determine the quantity of production and consumption allowances for the following year. EPA will start using the approach established through this rulemaking to issue 2024 allowances by October 1, 2023.

    EPA is planning two additional regulatory actions under the AIM Act in 2023. The first is a final rule placing restrictions on the use of HFCs in certain sectors to facilitate sector-based transitions to alternative chemicals, and the second is a proposed rule establishing certain requirements for the management of HFCs and HFC substitutes in equipment, such as air conditioners.

    Article courtesy of ACHR News - 7/13/2024

  • Thursday, June 22, 2023 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    State Rep. Fiona McFarland's bill aimed at preventing fraud from occurring on a state database of Florida businesses has been signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

    The bill will provide the Department of State the authority to require passwords and verify the identification of people changing records on, the state's database for businesses . is managed by the Division of Corporations, which is under the Florida Department of State. The website currently acts in an administrative filing capacity for registering businesses and accepts any changes "at face value."

    While it is a third-degree felony to fraudulently change a record on, the current system does not check the identity of anyone applying for a change. This has allowed businesses to be defrauded in the past, according to a Herald-Tribune investigation last year.

    McFarland said when she filed her bill that she decided to do so after the newspaper detailed how a Parrish man allegedly hijacked control of a Sarasota real estate company and took out loans on the company's properties totaling more than $1 million.

    "I’m happy to announce that “The “Sunbiz bill” has been signed into law by the Governor!" McFarland tweeted on Monday. "Dept. of State can now create a password-protected program for registered" Florida businesses.

    McFarland thanked Rep. Chip LaMarca and state Sen. Erin Grall for getting the bill to the governor's desk. Grall sponsored a Senate version of the bill.

    "Let’s keep demanding safe and excellent" government services, McFarland concluded her tweet.

    It took the Sarasota Police Department more than four months to complete their investigation after the Herald-Tribune first wrote about the allegations. Robert E. Houston Jr. was arrested on numerous felony charges in January stemming from the Sarasota Police Department's investigation.

    According to the arrest report, the bank accounts that Houston is accused of using in the real estate scheme were nearly empty by the time police made the arrest.

    Houston remains in the Sarasota County jail, according to the jail log on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Wednesday, June 14, 2023 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    The phasedown of HFC refrigerants in the U.S. commercial refrigeration and air conditioning industries is well underway, causing concern among many HVACR professionals about its impact on the industry. One of the reasons for this apprehension may be the difficulty in keeping up with the ever-evolving federal regulations, state building codes, and safety standards that support the emergence of alternative low-GWP refrigerants.

    To alleviate some of those concerns, Emerson recently hosted a webinar that discussed the present regulatory landscape regarding the transition to alternative refrigerants, as well as potential future regulations pertaining to PFAS (“forever chemicals”).

    ROBUST RECLAIM: Reducing the demand for refrigerant in the existing installed base will require a much more robust recovery and reclamation market. (ACHR News-Staff photo)

    Refrigerant Transition

    The transition away from HFC refrigerants officially began in December 2020, with the passage of the AIM Act, which mandates an 85% reduction in the production and consumption of high-GWP HFCs by 2036. In order to reach that goal, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been tasked with three primary responsibilities:

    1. Decreasing HFC production and consumption;
    2. Promoting the adoption of next-generation technologies through industry-specific restrictions; and
    3. Establishing standards for managing the existing stock of HFCs and their substitutes.

    Under the first point, HFC production was initially reduced by 10% in January 2022. A much larger stepdown occurs in January 2024, when production of HFCs will be cut an additional 30%, for a total 40% reduction from the baseline. Another big reduction comes in 2029, when HFC production will be cut an additional 30%, or 70% from the baseline.

    “Remember that the baseline was calculated on average between the years of 2011 and 2013, and since then, our HFC usage has increased,” said Jennifer Butsch, director of regulatory affairs at Emerson. “So this 40% reduction from baseline is actually greater than a 40% reduction of where we were, say, in 2021. … As we move forward, it's really important that the demand also decrease, or else we'll start to run into areas of potential shortage.”

    EPA addressed the second point in December 2022, releasing a rule that was largely in line with the requests made by AHRI. This includes banning the use of high-GWP HFCs such as R-410A in new HVAC equipment, starting in January 2025 (see Table 1). Butsch said the one noticeable difference in the EPA rule was the transition date for most of the commercial refrigeration applications: EPA proposed to be January 1, 2025, or one year sooner than the manufacturers had requested.

    TABLE 1: Proposed GWP limit restrictions on HFCs by sector and subsector. (Courtesy of EPA) Download table as PDF

    “The larger equipment has a proposed GWP limit of 150 on the commercial refrigeration side for the most part,” said Butsch. “If it's less than a 200-pound charge, it's 300 GWP, which is consistent with the requests from AHRI. Chillers and air conditioning equipment have a proposed GWP limit of 700. The request was 750 GWP, but for all intents and purposes, this doesn't have much impact.”

    The final rule for the technology transition rule is expected later this year in October.

    The third point has to do with reducing the demand for refrigerant in the existing installed base, which will require a much more robust recovery and reclamation market. According to EPA, the current market for reclamation is estimated to be below 2% of the total of the refrigerant produced, which is very low, said Butsch.

    “The global refrigeration and air conditioning market accounts for 86% of new HFCs produced. Of that 86%, over 50% is actually used to top off leaks in existing equipment versus filling new equipment,” she said. “This demonstrates the need to address the service market. In addition to reclaim, there will likely be leak repair, refrigerant management, and best service practices in the installation of new equipment all specified [by EPA]. We expect to see a draft or a proposal later this summer.”

    While the HVACR industry is anxiously awaiting these final rules from EPA, Butsch noted that the AIM Act lacks federal preemption, which means states have the freedom to regulate HFCs as they see fit. Most are hoping that states adopt EPA’s guidance; otherwise, there could be a patchwork of different refrigerant regulations around the country.


    Possible PFAS Regulations

    In addition to the regulations described above, there are new regulations being proposed, not just in the U.S., but also in Europe, said Rajan Rajendren, global vice president of environmental sustainability at Emerson. These potential regulations concern PFAS, and they do not specifically target refrigerants but are more broad in nature.

    “These chemicals are used in many, many things that you use on a daily basis, such as Teflon,” said Rajendren. “It matters to [the HVACR industry] because the conversation is about whether PFAS should be restricted or banned, which is now beginning to affect our industry.”

    But just how much these restrictions will affect the HVACR industry depends on the definition of PFAS. According to Rajendren, there are multiple definitions, with the European Union (EU) having one, while EPA and individual states such as Delaware and Maine having another.

    According to the American Chemistry Council, PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a diverse group of chemicals characterized by the strong bond between fluorine and carbon. Because of this strong bond, PFAS provides products with strength, durability, stability, and resilience. PFAS have been used in many consumer products since the 1940s, including refrigerants used in air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. More recently, their ubiquitous presence in water, soil, and air samples has raised concerns about their potential impacts on human health and the environment.

    “There are basically three broad areas in which these PFAS chemicals are present in the HVACR industry,” said Rajendren (see Table 2). “The first is polymeric compounds, such as Teflon and any other kind of plastic. That means you’ll find PFAS in bearings and compressors, as well as in all kinds of components and finished equipment, such as air conditioners and refrigeration equipment.”

    TABLE 2: PFAS definition and impact on the HVACR industry. (Courtesy of Emerson) Download table as PDF here

    The second area where PFAS can be found is the refrigerant itself. Research is still underway in the U.S. about this topic, but according to the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), refrigerants not containing PFAS include CO2, propane, R-32, R-152a, R-1132(E), and R-1132a.

    The third category involves processing aids, which manufacturers use to make products such as Teflon. Some solvents could fall into this category as well, said Rajendren.

    “This is not the last you're going to hear about PFAS from any of us,” he said. “But the industry is responding to a lot of this kind of activity, by providing information and helping regulators and policymakers and legislators with as much information as possible to let them know how all these chemicals are actually used in our products, and how they might actually impact not only the environment, but also human beings.”

    Article provided 6/13/23 by: By Joanna R. Turpin, ACHR News

  • Wednesday, June 07, 2023 2:46 PM | Anonymous

    On Tuesday, April 4, the White House conducted an Executive Roundtable discussion on heat pump manufacturing and deployment, which includes heat pumps for both water and space heating. The Roundtable was led by National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, as well as Senior Advisor to the President for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation John Podesta.

    Invited to the Roundtable were executives from industry (both water and space heating) and distributors of these products. The conversation was an opportunity for industry and distributors to help the Administration understand what challenges still remain in advancing the widespread adoption of heat pumps. Some of these include: training for those installing, servicing, and maintaining heat pumps; awareness for consumers in how they may operate differently from their counterpart technologies; and how incentives will be needed to reduce the installed cost of the products. Additionally, Bradford White President and CEO, Bruce Carnevale, expressed his concern over continuing workforce challenges as more and more technicians will be needed to support future heat pump installation demand.

    In addition, manufacturers are trying to better understand what the true demand will be for heat pumps as incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) start to be utilized. This is important as we try to gain certainty as we make investments to scale up the production of heat pumps. At the same time, states and cities are starting to enact different code requirements and other policies that are limiting the use of natural gas in buildings and homes with the first city to do so being Berkeley, California. Despite this growing movement toward natural gas limitations and even bans, some lawmakers are beginning to take another look.

    On April 17 in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a three-judge panel reversed a District Court decision, which holds that the Berkeley ordinance was preempted by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). The panel’s decision will impact a number of other jurisdictions that have also implemented a similar ordinance. Now, the City of Berkeley is evaluating whether to appeal the three-judge panel’s decision. Given the significance of this case, it is possible that it could eventually be brought to the Supreme Court. More information to come in the following months on how these policies will be impacted, including how much they may or may not drive heat pump adoption.

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2023 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    Managing Expectations Around Heat Pump Retrofits - Educate your customers about comfort and efficient operations.

    As a result of the electrification trend, more homeowners are choosing to replace their gas furnaces with heat pumps. However, this type of retrofit can be complex and expensive, as discussed in the first part of this article (our May 15 cover story). For example, proper sizing, electrical upgrades, and reliable backup heat are all critical factors that must be taken into account in order to ensure a successful outcome for the customer.

    This second part of the article will explore the energy efficiency, payback, and comfort homeowners can anticipate when replacing their gas furnaces with heat pumps. Contractors should take the time to educate customers about the expected performance of their new heat pump in order to prevent any surprises or dissatisfaction with the systems after the installation is complete.


    Unlike gas furnaces, which burn fuel in order to create heat, heat pumps use electricity to transfer heat rather than generate it. This gives them mechanical leverage, resulting in higher efficiencies when compared to other heating systems, said Mark Reding, ducted systems product manager II at Johnson Controls.

    “For example, a heat pump with a seasonal coefficient of performance of 3 will produce 3 Btu of heat for every Btu of electricity consumed on-site,” he said. “A 95% AFUE furnace, by comparison, will generate 0.95 Btu of heat for every Btu of natural gas consumed. The energy efficiency of the heat pump usually translates to lower utility bills and lower source emissions, but electricity rates, natural gas rates, and emissions from electricity will vary by location, so it is important to analyze each project to get an accurate picture of the benefits and costs.”

    A homeowner’s location definitely matters, because while the energy efficiency of a heat pump may be three to four times higher than that of a furnace, in many parts of the country, electricity is often much more expensive than natural gas for the equivalent amount of energy, said Ben Lipscomb, P.E., director of engineering and utility programs at National Comfort Institute (NCI).

    “So in many cases, the fuel cost difference negates the efficiency advantage, and a customer’s utility bill will remain about the same or even go up some,” he said. “In some areas with moderate climates and electricity prices, there are still bill savings to be had.”

    That is why the payback for a new heat pump can be so variable — it depends on a lot of factors, including the climate and the relative prices of electricity and gas, said Lipscomb.

    “In the best circumstances, a heat pump might pay for itself in 10 years or so. In the worst circumstances, the heat pump will cost more to operate and will never pay for itself,” he said. “However, the math is much more favorable for heat pumps if you compare them to a more expensive fuel, such as propane.”

    The payback can also depend on the building construction and usage, as well as the efficiency of the equipment that is being installed versus what is being replaced, said Tim Brizendine, director of product management at Lennox.

    “For example, replacing an 80% gas furnace that runs on propane with a high-efficiency heat pump in a cold climate with low electricity rates can have a very quick payback, while replacing a high-efficiency natural gas furnace with a standard efficiency heat pump in a milder climate with low natural gas costs and above-average electricity costs will net a poor payback,” he said.


    While comfort can be subjective, it is important for homeowners to understand that furnaces generally produce warmer air than heat pumps, particularly in winter as outdoor temperatures decrease. That is why people may perceive a gas furnace as being more comfortable on a chilly winter day, even if the two different systems are conditioning the home to the exact same temperature, said Lipscomb.

    From a comfort standpoint, gas furnaces generally provide warmer air than heat pumps, agreed Brizendine.

    “However, newer heat pumps — particularly variable-speed heat pumps — can offer similar supply air temperatures to a furnace,” he continued. “Depending on the furnace that was installed, a heat pump can offer more consistent temperatures than a single-stage furnace that quickly cycles on and off and creates larger temperature swings.”

    Some homeowners may not be aware of the supply temperature difference in winter, so they may perceive the heat pump as being less comfortable, said Reding.

    “But ductwork design, discharge registers, and airflows will all influence how an occupant perceives comfort.”

    Humidity control is also part of the comfort equation. Reding said that for homes in which an air conditioner is being replaced with a heat pump, dehumidification effects should be reasonably close, provided the indoor coil, airflows, and cooling capacity of the heat pump are similar in size and depth to the air conditioner it’s replacing.

    “Further, using a heat pump with a staged or variable-speed compressor can improve humidity control,” said Reding. “The additional stages of capacity result in longer run times in cooling mode, which will result in properly controlled humidity levels.”

    Most of the humidity control issues for heat pump replacements stem from poor sizing and selection choices, said Lipscomb. For example, in cooler climates, the heating load will be much higher than the cooling load.

    However, if the heat pump is sized for the heating load, it will be oversized for cooling, so the unit will cycle on and off for very short amounts of time in cooling mode.

    “This dramatically reduces the coil’s ability to get cold enough to condense water from the air,” said Lipscomb. “This is a scenario where a choice was made to size to the heating load, but more often than not, there is a tendency to use rules of thumb to size, which results in a lot of unintentional oversizing.”

    Lipscomb said the best practices to avoid dehumidification problems are as follows:

    • Always do a thorough Manual J load calculation. Look at cooling, heating, and dehumidification (latent) loads. Compare to equipment at the design points for cooling, heating, and dehumidification to determine if the homeowner’s needs can be met with a heat pump alone.
    • If the heating load dramatically exceeds the cooling load, consider a dual fuel system that will switch over to gas furnace operation below a certain temperature. This way, the equipment can more closely match the cooling load, and dehumidification performance will be improved.
    • If after properly calculating loads and assessing equipment it is determined that more dehumidification is needed, a standalone dehumidifier is always an option.

    “Lastly, I should mention that this isn’t really an issue in dry climates,” said Lipscomb.


    While heat pumps can provide tremendous benefits for building occupants, it is important for contractors to educate homeowners about efficient operation and how they are different from furnaces, said Reding.

    “In cold climates, contractors should calculate the portion of the heating load that will be served by the heat pump, and when backup heating will be required,” he said. “If the heat pump will not cover the bulk of the annual heating hours, homeowners should strongly consider a dual fuel heat pump to avoid reliance on electric resistance backup heating, which will result in a significant increase in electric utility costs. Many electric utilities have variable or time-of-use [TOU] rates that increase when demand on the grid is high; homeowners should be aware of their rate structures and avoid turning up their thermostats during these peak times, if possible.”

    If replacing a gas furnace with a heat pump, Lipscomb believes the No. 1 consideration should be emergency heat. This is true even in climates that are considered warm, such as Texas and California, which have recently seen powerful winter storms.

    “These storms can lead to power outages and leave people without heat,” said Lipscomb. “In a power outage, a gas furnace fan can be powered with a small portable generator. A very large and expensive generator would be needed to do the same with a heat pump. If it’s cold enough, no heat can be a major liability to a house or a homeowner’s life. It’s very tempting to go for 100% electrification, but people need to understand the real risks.”

    As with any major purchase, Brizendine advises contractors to provide homeowners with options to help them choose the right equipment for their needs. This includes making sure they have thought through the initial and operating costs of their systems and that they understand any cost or comfort tradeoffs or benefits they may be getting with their options.

    “Homeowners should consider both current and future energy cost possibilities, differences in operation, as well as sound tradeoffs for the system,” Brizendine said. “Newer heat pump systems offer much better performance and reliability than those from several decades ago during a similar push to [convert to] heat pumps, so homeowners and contractors alike should keep an open mind and do their research.”

    Heat Pump Retrofit Receives Mixed Reviews

    Last year, Massachusetts state Sen. William N. Brownsberger decided to replace his gas furnace with an electric heat pump, and in a recent post on his website, he admits that the results have definitely been mixed.

    “We’ve been very comfortable, even on the coldest days,” said Brownsberger. “But now that we’ve been through a heating season, we can do an efficiency comparison for our heat pumps. The results are disappointing — so far, the pumps have been so inefficient that the climate would be better off if we had stayed on gas heat.”

    He added that his conclusion does not reflect the additional fact that mid-winter, one of the two heat pumps in his home leaked 4 pounds of refrigerant.

    “Between the inefficiency and the leak, the net climate effect of our heat pump conversion has so far been about the same as putting a typical car on the road for a year,” he said.

    Brownsberger expressed surprise at the way in which the climate numbers worked out.

    “Both the cost and the greenhouse gas impact of a heat pump conversion depend on how efficient the pump is in moving heat,” he said. “As it turned out, our heat pumps were only about 150% efficient, although they were rated 278% efficient. That means they needed more power to run and demanded more output from the gas-generating plants that add power to our grid.”

    The senator did not fault the heat pump he bought or the installers, who he said were careful and professional.

    “It may be, however, that we need better rules of thumb to predict how a heat pump will perform in a particular installation,” he said.

    - article courtesy of ACHR News, Joanna Turpin May 29, 2023

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2023 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    Manatee County, EPDM Gasket Exemption

    Manatee County is extending the exemption on the use of factory installed EPDM gasketed PVC pipe for pipe delivered and on-site until December 31, 2023. There has been a resin shortage that impacted the availability for PVC pipes with the EPDM gaskets. However, in discussion with suppliers and manufacturers, this market is improving, and it is not expected the exemption will continue in the future. Therefore, please start making the necessary adjustments for projects approved after December 31, 2023 to install with factory installed EPDM gasketed PVC pipe.

    No deviation request by the Contractor or the Engineer of Record will be required during this period of exemption. A copy of this letter should be provided to the contractor and be on-site with the other approved documents that are required to on-site (i.e., approved construction plans). During the record drawing process, please indicate this deviation on each applicable sheet.

    Please contact Scott May if you have questions.

    Scott May, P.E., Manatee County Engineer
    Deputy Director - Engineering Services
    Public Works Departments
    Engineering Services
    1022 26th Ave East
    Bradenton, FL. 34208
    Phone: 941-708-7462

  • Thursday, May 11, 2023 12:50 PM | Anonymous


    The Manasota Air Conditioning Contractors Association (MACCA) announces the launch of its new One-year HVAC Apprenticeship Program at Manatee Technical College. The goal of the program is to help HVAC businesses meet the demand for skilled labor by offering accelerated training. The program provides accelerated, competency-based training two nights a week (Tues./Thurs.) from 6:00-9:00 p.m. for 43 weeks with an on-the-job training component.

    Competency-Based Training (CBT) is a learning model where students must demonstrate the required level of knowledge and skill on a task prior to advancing to the next task. CBT is broken down into small units that are focused on specific skills, helping apprentice students acquire skills and knowledge so they can perform a specified standard under certain conditions.

    Participants gain experience and learn new skills required of the residential HVAC/R installation and service trade. Instruction is provided in the evening, while the apprentice is working in the HVAC field during the day. To meet on-the-job training requirements, supervision by a fully qualified journey worker is provided by the employer, who is responsible for making work assignments, providing on-the-job training, and ensuring safety at the worksite.

    MACCA’s one-year program is approved by the Florida Department of Education as a registered apprenticeship program. Apprentices who successfully complete the program will receive the same state certification as our three-year program, in addition to OSHA-10 HR, EPA-608, NATE (Core and Air to Air Heat Pump) certifications.

    Our three-year program at the Suncoast Technical College is still available for apprentices who may find it difficult to participate in training two nights a week. The three-year program classes are held one night a week from 5:00-9:00 p.m. for 36 weeks at both the Sarasota and North Port campuses.

    For the trainee, an apprenticeship can offer the opportunity to create a career in a skilled trade, receive higher wages, and better employment outcomes. For the employer, apprenticeship programs are a reliable workforce solution to train and retain employees.

    Employment by a sponsoring HVAC company is required to participate in the three-year and one-year programs to meet the on-the-job training requirements. If you are currently employed outside of the HVAC field or unemployed and are interested in a career in the HVAC Industry, we can help. Visit Apprenticeship.

    About MACCA MACCA's mission statement is the guiding principle of the association: To better the quality and public image of the Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry through the proper training of apprentices and to promote excellence, knowledge, and support within the HVAC industry. The association’s continuous focus on their training programs has helped to build highly skilled employees, reduce turnover costs, increase productivity, and create company loyalty.

    Please visit: MACCA HVAC Apprenticeship for registration and details.

    If you have any questions, please call the MACCA office at 941-404-3407.

  • Thursday, May 04, 2023 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    If you have clients looking to install new heat pumps in 2023, be sure to inform them of tax credits that may be available to them through the Federal government. Mostly, these credits are an extension of those available in previous years — but many homeowners are unaware of them. Sharing this information with your client could make the difference between them purchasing a new heat pump through your HVAC business and waiting it out another year.

    So, what do HVAC professionals need to know about heat pumps and tax incentives?

    More About Tax Credits for Heat Pumps

    Tax credits for specific energy-efficient heat pumps are available through the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. This act offers Federal tax credits for heat pump models that are rated at the highest tier of efficiency according to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency.

    This incentive comes in the form of a tax credit, so consumers who purchased an eligible heat pump during the given tax year can receive money back when they file their taxes or use the credit to offset taxes owed. The heat pump credit is specifically good for up to 30% of the total cost of the heat pump itself. This includes not just parts but installation and labor as well. The credit maxes out at $2,000 and, according to the Inflation Reduction Act, will be available to consumers through the end of 2032.

    It is worth noting that eligibility for credits can vary based on the taxpayer’s income. For example, those with household incomes totaling more than 150% of the state’s median income are not eligible. However, anybody with household income less than 150% of their respective state’s median income is eligible for anywhere from 50% to 100% of the tax credits available.

    Benefits of Tax Incentives for Efficient Heat Pumps

    Overall, the purpose of offering tax credits and incentives to consumers buying high-efficiency heat pumps is to make them more accessible to a wider segment of buyers. With the average cost to install a new heat pump hovering around $5,500, it’s easy to see why affording a new heat pump can be challenging.

    At the same time, the Department of Energy is working hard to reduce carbon emissions and boost overall energy efficiency throughout households in the United States. As it stands, residential heating and cooling are a major source of carbon emissions, accounting for 20% of all carbon emissions nationwide and producing roughly 441 million tons of carbon dioxide each year.

    With this in mind, it makes sense that the Federal government needs to take steps to help consumers afford more energy-efficient HVAC equipment. These credits will make it more attainable for homeowners to install new heat pumps regardless of their income or economic status. 

    Combine all this with the fact that newer, more efficient heat pump models can also save consumers money on their own energy bills. When monthly energy savings are combined with tax credits, the cost of installing a new heat pump can be offset over time. Ultimately, we’ll all reap the benefits of reduced carbon emissions and a healthier planet for generations to come.

    Explore Heat Pump Options From CE

    As you can see, there are some great tax credit options available to your residential clients who may be looking to purchase a new heat pump this year. If you have clients who have been on the fence, now is a great time to share this information with them so that they can make an informed decision about their household heating and cooling needs.

    If you’re looking for an excellent heat pump to recommend to your clients, CE has you covered. We carry a wide range of heat pump systems, including energy-efficient condensing units with a SEER rating of up to 20. This includes our popular Carrier® Infinity™ variable speed heat pump model and our Bryant® Evolution® 3-ton variable speed model. If you have customers who don’t have existing ductwork systems installed in their homes, we even carry ductless heat pump options with up to 20 SEER.

    All of these units offer the latest energy-saving technology while reducing carbon emissions, so your customers can feel good about their purchases while potentially being eligible for tax credits. As an HVAC professional, you’ll also find everything you need for an easy and proper installation at CE. From ductless controls and pad mounts/blocks to disconnects and everything in between, CE is the best place for the highest quality parts and equipment.

    The Bottom Line on Heat Pumps and Tax Incentives

    Now more than ever, we have an obligation to reduce carbon emissions and leave the planet a better and more sustainable place for future generations. High-efficiency residential heat pumps are a great way to do just that — and tax credits available through the Inflation Reduction Act make installing these heat pumps more attainable for hardworking Americans across the board.

    The next time you have a client who is thinking about buying a new heat pump unit, be sure to share this information with them so they can make an informed decision. In the meantime, keep an eye on the CE News blog for the latest industry news and updates!

    By Katie Conigliaro

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