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  • Wednesday, May 03, 2023 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB) NO. 2023-B01- GCBX Membership

    The Sarasota Housing Authority invites you to participate in the following Invitation For Bid (IFB) process:


    Bertha Mitchell HVAC, HWH, Electrical Panel Upgrades, Roofing, Exterior Doors, Bathrooms and Kitchen Cabinets Upgrades

    Our Agency is now conducting our competitive solicitations on an Internet-based system (as our Agency is paying all costs for the use of this system, there will not be any additional charges to your firm to use this system to download the IFB documents or submit a response to our Agency).  To take part in this process, please follow these instructions:


    1. Access (no “www” necessary).
    2. Click on the link to “Login” or to register your company.
    3. On the following page, Type in the name of your company and see if it is already listed, if not click on Create a New One.
    4. Follow the listed directions.

    If you have any problems in accessing or registering on the system,

    please call customer support at (866) 526-9266.

    FYI, the above noted IFB is listed under the following "Main Service Category" within the Internet system: "Construction, Maintenance, Support and Repair Services."

    For questions regarding the IFB, please submit via the e-procurement site.

    In Addition:

    1. There will be a pre-bid meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at 1912 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234 for companies interested in viewing the project site.
    1. Please complete the information below and return this page via e-mail to with a copy to  We look forward to your timely reply.

    a)   Do you intend to follow the above directions and consider submitting a proposal?  YES___ NO___.  If “NO,” please explain following as to why:

    b)   Do you wish us to cease sending you these notices, which means we will remove you from our bidder's list?  YES___ NO___

  • Thursday, April 20, 2023 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    Most people measure whether they are winning at something by the amount of money they make. This definition of winning may be the reason most HVAC businesses steer clear of maintenance. Our industry views maintenance as a loss on the scorecard. But is it?

    On the other hand, there are companies that, almost like ghosts, haunt the rest of the industry with successful maintenance programs that win for all parties involved. These ghosts, in effect, quietly take care of customers and keep them as raving fans. They find ways for their customers, their co-workers, and their businesses to win. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend some time with those ghosts and get an inside peek at what makes them winners?

    DO CUSTOMERS WIN? In business, nothing matters if the customer doesn’t win. That is why successful maintenance programs place the customer first. All processes and procedures are there to serve the customer. In fact, great maintenance programs find processes and procedures that exceed customer expectations for years to come.
    Consequently, if you were the customer, what elements of a maintenance program help you to win?

    Some common winning features include:

    • Pre-scheduled tune-up
    • System performance evaluation
    • Seamless monthly payment plan
    • Visible system improvement
    • Priority service
    • Discounts on service and accessories
    • Tidy work areas
    • Respect for customer’s home and family
    • Clean trucks parked in the appropriate place

    DOES THE TEAM WIN? The HVAC industry faces a severe labor shortage. Not having a large enough labor force can cause a deterioration in the quality of work performed. Why? Because fewer techs try to squeeze in more calls and spend less time discovering the source of customer complaints. Therefore, quality is bound to suffer.

    Also, a smaller workforce usually has a higher overtime percentage. In other words, overtime means technicians lose time with their families. This leads to things like burnout and bad attitudes. Will quality work suffer as a result? You bet.

    So, your team members must have your respect and concern for the challenges this type of work causes. So to have a successful maintenance program, you must have successful co-workers. This means hiring people with the right attitude, then training them to provide top-shelf craftsmanship on every job.

    Then there is the whole career thing. Providing HVAC careers and training for your team is so essential by today’s standards. When your team members know the progression of their careers and they know you reward quality work, they will work harder and help the entire company be successful.

    Unfortunately, many within the HVAC Industry view maintenance work as ‘busy’ work. They view it in the same light as when a teacher gives the substitute busy work for the class to perform when the teacher is out.

    They don’t place a high value on maintenance that our customers and co-workers can rally behind. If we treat maintenance tune-ups like an option, then maintenance will never be more than just busy work. Teams must understand the importance of regular maintenance, and owners must continually re-enforce its value.

    So, contractors whose teams win with maintenance have found a way to value this work. In case you thought otherwise, this is not busy work. It becomes a pathway for the homeowner to know their system is operating safely, their home environment is healthy, and they are more comfortable. Maintenance assures customers their system is also operating efficiently.

    • Features winning teams have in common include:
    • Training programs that correspond to pay increases
    • Performance bonuses for quality work
    • Company provided uniforms
    • Public praise/private reprimand.

    CAN THE CONTRACTOR WIN? You already know the answer. You also know it is not easy to have a maintenance program that wins. For this reason, High-Performance Maintenance Contractors all measure, evaluate, change, and re-measure. As a result, a winning contractor must spend time training themselves. They must seek ways to improve their own performance even as they seek to improve their team’s performance.

    Contractors who win can expect the following:

    • Customers who are Raving Fans
    • A successful, trustworthy team
    • Steady, predictable work schedules
    • A reputation for quality work
    • Consistent income.

    NCI CAN HELP WITH SUMMIT 2023 In each section of this article, I listed features a single High-Performance Contractor uses to Win-Win-Win. Can you imagine being in a room full of successful contractors all sharing their experiences?

    You will have that opportunity at National Comfort Institute’s High-Performance HVAC Summit 2023. Come join us! You will hear experiences and share ideas with other High-Performance Contractors in each session. That is to say, there will be some ghosts haunting these sessions and I can’t wait to learn how to be a winner.

    If you haven’t done so, sign yourself and your team up. Plan to join your peers from across the country in Branson, MO, from April 16-20

    This article is based on an upcoming discussion moderated by Jim Ball at National Comfort Institute’s 2023 High-Performance HVAC Summit in Branson, MO. In its 20th year, this event focuses on the High-Performance HVAC Contracting segment of the industry and promises to be something you and your team should not miss.
    You can learn about upcoming sessions, special events, registration savings for members, and more at

  • Monday, April 03, 2023 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    As an HVAC contractor, part of your job is not just installing and servicing HVAC equipment — it’s about being able to sell it, too. In fact, depending on where you work and your company’s compensation structure, you might even receive a commission or bonus when you make new equipment sales to your customers.

    At the same time, closing those deals isn’t always easy. This is especially true when you’re trying to sell higher-end equipment, such as high-efficiency heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioning systems. Fortunately, you can follow a few tips and best practices to help high-end equipment practically sell itself.

    Get Specific About Energy Savings

    These days, it’s all about energy efficiency and energy savings. The most expensive and high-end HVAC equipment on the market also tends to be the most efficient — and you can use this to your advantage when selling in the field. This means focusing on the potential energy savings a customer will enjoy with a new and efficient unit as part of your pitch.

    This can take some careful calculation on your part, but if you can actually provide your customers with a ballpark idea of how much they could save on their energy bills (whether it be each month or each year) by installing a high-end system, you’ll be much more likely to make the sale. That’s because offering a concrete figure helps customers rationalize a larger purchase, especially if they can see that the new unit may pay for itself over time.

    Talk About Features

    In addition to bragging about SEER ratings and energy-efficiency savings as part of your pitch, be sure to focus on the included features that make the equipment better than the less expensive options on the market. For example, maybe the system comes with advanced filtration technology that will help to improve indoor air quality (IAQ). Perhaps (as in the case of a ductless system) the condenser unit can be connected to multiple air handlers to allow for precise zone control throughout the home.

    Don’t assume that your customers will be aware of these features without you telling them. Instead, take the time to explain the highlights that make higher-end equipment stand out from the rest. This could also include extended warranty coverage or higher quality parts less likely to need replacing over time.

    Bundle Products or Services

    Another strategy to consider when making more high-end equipment sales is bundling the equipment with other products and/or services. For instance, when a customer purchases a premium heat pump unit, you might throw in a few years of free tune-ups and inspections as part of the deal. This can be a great way to add perceived value to the purchase, especially if you explain how much money the customer would save by getting those tune-up sessions for free.

    Bundling other products with a high-end purchase is another option, though this will depend on your inventory and business model. Some HVAC companies run promotions, for example, where they actually offer a free furnace with the purchase of a new AC system (or the other way around). While that may be a more extreme example, even throwing in some free air filters or other smaller equipment can make all the difference in your ability to make a sale.

    Offer Plenty of Options

    Make sure that you’re offering your customer plenty of options to choose from. If you have a few high-end options available, take the time to present at least three of these to your customer. Explain the differences between each option, not just in terms of price and features but energy efficiency and potential energy savings.

    Presenting customers with options to choose from makes them more likely to make a sale. If you’re simply trying to push one high-end unit on them, they’re more likely to resist. Yes, it will take a little more time to break down a few options for your customer, but this will often pay off in the end.

    Offer a Limited-Time Deal

    Some HVAC professionals also have luck making sales by offering special deals or pricing that is only good for a limited amount of time. Typically, these deals expire at the end of the business day they are presented, but you can choose any frame of time that works for your company. Creating a sense of urgency to take advantage of a special discount can greatly increase sales, though it will cut a bit from your profits.

    Start Making More Sales Today

    These are just a few effective ways to start making more high-end equipment sales as an HVAC contractor. At the end of the day, it’s all about knowing your customers and catering to their most essential needs. By taking the time to explain features and energy-efficiency savings, and giving your customers plenty of options to choose from, you can boost your sales (and your commissions as a result).

    - Information provided by Carrier Enterprise

  • Thursday, March 30, 2023 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    March 29 Florida Senate passed SB 360 Causes of Actions Based on real Property Improvements off the Floor.  This as a reminder is the Construction defects bill sending it to the Governor for his signature.  The bill has not yet been presented to him, but we will let you know once that occurs. 

    SB 360 amends existing law with respect to causes of action based on improvements to real property. The bill shortens the timeframes within which a property owner may bring a cause of action against a builder for alleged construction defects. It also narrows the scope of certain statutory civil actions against builders for Florida Building Code violations.

    Specifically, the bill:

    · Revises the commencement of the 4-year statute of limitations by changing the listed potential commencement dates and causing the statute to run based upon whichever date is earliest instead of latest;

    · Shortens the 10-year statute of repose to 7 years;

    · Revises the commencement of the 7-year (currently 10-year) statute of repose by changing the listed potential commencement dates and causing the statute to run based upon whichever date is earliest instead of latest;

    · Provides that if a newly constructed single-dwelling residential building is used as a model home, the time to bring a construction defect action begins to run from the date that a deed is recorded first transferring title to another party;

    · Provides that if a project involves the construction of multiple buildings, each individual building must be considered its own improvement for purposes of determining the limitations period in the bill;

    · Provides a definition for “material violations” in connection with statutory civil actions against builders for alleged Florida Building Code violations, and amends existing law to limit recovery for material violations only; and

    Includes a savings clause to ensure that claimants having time remaining under the existing statute of limitations have at least 1 year from the effective date of the bill to initiate a construction defect action.

    Click here for the Staff Analysis

    Click here for the final bill Text

    After four years this bill finally made it to the finish line and we do expect the Governor to sign it into law.  Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information. 

    - Edward Briggs, Vice President of Government Relations & Community Affairs

  • Thursday, March 30, 2023 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    Tort Reform in Florida

    Earlier this month members of the Florida House of Representatives introduced a tort reform bill, H.B. 837. Since then, both the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate have passed the provisions. The bill was officially signed into law Friday, March 24, 2023 by Gov. Ron DeSantis and will become effective on or around July 1, 2023. This bill makes significant changes to the Florida Insurance landscape.

    Key provisions in the bill:

    • Repeals one-way attorney fee provisions. This could result in claimants owing the carrier's defense costs.
    • Reduces the statute of limitations from four years to two years excluding medical malpractice claims.
    • Changes Florida’s comparative negligence system from a “pure” comparative negligence system to a “modified” system so that a plaintiff who is more at-fault for their injuries may generally not recover damages.
    • Eliminates fee multipliers, which have allowed plaintiffs’ attorneys to use a multiplier on top of a “Lodestar” fee thereby securing higher fees when they prevail in litigation.
    • Policy limits equal damage limits. The claimants will be entitled to a prorated share, as determined by the court or arbitrator in the case.
    • No more attorney-client privilege on treating physicians for plaintiffs. There is no attorney-client privilege when a communication is relevant to the lawyer’s act of referring the client for treatment by a health care provider.
    • Medical costs must be real. If the injured party has health care insurance, the amount paid by insurance should be explained and damages should not be based on unsupported medical estimates.
    • Letters of protection. All letters of protection, would be divulged in the personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit proceedings. Doctors’ bills would have to be itemized and must include procedure codes where possible.
    • Bad-faith claims. Mere negligence would not be sufficient to sustain a bad-faith action. It requires a good faith effort for a claimant to furnish information.

    As a result, plaintiffs’ attorneys have been filing lawsuits in the thousands prior to the July 1st effective date.

    -Information provided by BKS Partners, 3/29/2023

    Click Here for HB 873 Bill

    Resources and more information:

  • Thursday, March 16, 2023 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    February 2023 Activity Report Overview

    Lawmakers convened in Tallahassee last month for the sixth and seventh interim committee weeks. Legislator’s then headed back to their districts for one week at home before Session officially begins on March 7th . Legislators will begin Session with 7 bills in the Senate and 1 bill in the House ready to be heard by their full chambers on second reading. While this number is slightly lower than in previous years, it’s important to note that several key pieces of legislation has already passed during the two Special Sessions. One trend we are seeing is an increase in larger ‘package’ bills, which results in fewer bills passing overall. HB 837, a tort reform bill, will be heard in its first committee today. Last week, the Governor and legislative leadership joined together to announce the package, which aims to reduce the number of suits and damages that businesses face in frivolous lawsuits. Governor DeSantis unveiled further immigration policy plans this week. His proposed legislative package would include, among other provisions, adopting more stringent hiring protocols, increasing penalties for illegal immigration, preventing local governments from issuing IDs to undocumented immigrants, and preventing undocumented students who entered the country as children from receiving in-state tuition rates. The Universal School voucher bill gained traction this week. HB 1 passed through its second committee, while its companion bill, filed by Senator Corey Simon, passed its first committee. Legislation that allows people to carry concealed guns in Florida without a permit began moving through the Senate this week. The bill, SB 150, filed by Tampa Senator Collins, also includes several provisions to bolster school security. Two of Senate President Passidomo’s priorities have passed their final committees and are ready for the Senate floor. This includes SB 102, the ‘Live Local act’ which expands affordable housing funding, programs, and prevents local governments from imposing rent controls while allowing them to increase the percentage of property tax breaks given to landlords proportional to the affordable housing units they offer. Governor DeSantis also announced his plan to spend $205 million on opioid and substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. The funding comes from a settlement in a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers.

    Click here to read full report

  • Thursday, January 26, 2023 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    Legislative - Weekly Recap

    Lawmakers convened in Tallahassee on Tuesday for the third interim committee week. This week was the busiest yet, with the first and second committee weeks being taken up by Special Session on property insurance and the Inauguration. Many committees heard panels and presentations from agency staff, and several early filed bills had their first hearings.

    Speaker Renner unveiled one of his top priorities for session, HB1, a school choice bill that would expand school voucher eligibility to all K-12 students.

    The bill removes nearly all eligibility parameters on the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program, which is currently limited to households earning at or below 375% of the federal poverty level. This would enable any parents of K-12 public school-age children to receive vouchers to send their child to private school, although children from families with income below 185% of FPL or are in foster care would get priority. The bill would also eliminate almost 10,000 special needs students on waiting lists for scholarships by funding those school positions, and the bill also allows parents who home-school their children to be paid under the scholarship program.

    Governor DeSantis unveiled several legislative priorities this week. One initiative, titled ‘Prescribe Freedom’, would permanently ban Covid-19 vaccine requirements and mask mandates, and protect health care practitioners’ rights to disagree with “the preferred narrative of the medical community”. In a 2021 Special Session, the legislature passed a bill that prohibits vaccine mandates for employees and mask mandates in schools, however this law is set to expire in June. The Governor’s proposal would also prohibit ‘Vaccine Passports’. The Governor has not provided bill language.  

    Legislators will convene for Committee Week #4 next Monday, January 23rd. There are four committee weeks left until the start of the 2023 Legislative Session on March 7.

    Below is your weekly bill report of items we watch for you in Tallahassee. Just to let you know, I’ve highlighted bills that are moving.  If anything, you want to know more about or wish for us to engage on with lawmakers, please let me know. 

    FRACCA - Weekly Legislative Update

    Ordered by Bill Number

    HB 0085 Causes of Action Based on Improvements to Real Property by Snyder

    Causes of Action Based on Improvements to Real Property: Revises time in which action founded on design, planning, or construction of improvement to real property must be commenced; revises date on which statute of limitations period begins; provides for calculation of statute of limitations period for multi-dwelling buildings; defines "material violation." Effective Date: upon becoming a law

    Current Committee of Reference: House Civil Justice Subcommittee


    01/19/2023 HOUSE On Committee agenda - Civil Justice Subcommittee, 01/26/23, 9:00 am, 404 H

    HB 0089 Building Construction by Maggard

    Building Construction: Revises definition of term "class A air-conditioning contractor"; prohibits certain persons or entities from making substantive changes to building plans after permit has been issued; provides exceptions; requires certain persons to provide certain information to certain persons or entities; provides that certain persons are subject to disciplinary action under certain circumstances. Effective Date: July 1, 2023

    Current Committee of Reference: House Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee


    01/10/2023 HOUSE Now in Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee

    SB 0304 United States-produced Iron and Steel in Public Works Projects by Boyd

    United States-produced Iron and Steel in Public Works Projects; Requiring governmental entities to include a requirement in certain contracts that certain iron or steel products be produced in the United States; authorizing the use of foreign steel and iron materials in certain circumstances; requiring the Department of Management Services and the Department of Transportation to adopt rules for specified purposes, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2023

    Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee


    01/19/2023 SENATE Filed

    HB 0315 Civil Remedies for Unlawful Employment Practices by Andrade

    Provides limits on judgment for punitive & compensatory damages for certain claims; authorizes aggrieved party to bring civil action for certain claims within specified timeframe regardless of determination made by Commission on Human Relations. Effective Date: July 1, 2023

    Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee


    01/20/2023 HOUSE Filed

    Download information here

    - Submitted 01/20/2023 by: Edward Briggs, Vice President of Government Relations & Community Affairs

  • Thursday, December 08, 2022 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    The new facility also contains an AHRI-certified laboratory


    NEW CONSTRUCTION: A-Gas is completing the construction of its latest refrigerant separation towers at its Rhome, Texas plant. (Courtesy of A-Gas)

    After recent heavy investment in the expansion of their capacity in the U.S., A-Gas is completing the construction of its latest refrigerant separation towers at its Rhome, Texas plant. The expansion project, which began earlier this year, represents A-Gas’ continued commitment to deliver cutting-edge technology aimed at substantially increasing the quantity of reclaimed refrigerant gases, bringing new capacity online in 2023 to supply the U.S.

    “The demand for high-quality reclaimed refrigerants grows yearly,” said Mike Armstrong, president of A-Gas Americas, “As the United States phases down virgin HFCs, technologies like this will provide an efficient and valuable service to our customers and supply partners. Through the utilization of existing products, we can minimize waste, extend product lifecycles, limit emissions, and provide more circular economy solutions to our customers.”

    Expanding the recovery and reclaim of refrigerant gases is essential for the implementation of the production and consumption phase down of HFCs under the AIM Act. Recovery and reclaim, along with other refrigerant management practices, could prevent the emissions of 90 billion tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent, according to The 90 Billion Ton Opportunity: Lifecycle Refrigerant Management, a recent report by a trio of environmental groups.

    A-Gas’ new separators will be operational in early 2023 and will more than double the separation capacity at the current site — addressing a critical need highlighted by the NGO report. A-Gas also added an AHRI-certified laboratory at the Rhome plant, making it their second AHRI lab in the U.S.

    The new separation equipment and AHRI lab will enable the reclamation of mixed refrigerants received from customers across the U.S.. Even the most complicated mixes of refrigerants can be separated into valuable components and reconstituted into AHRI-700-certified products through this technology. In bringing this capability online, millions of additional pounds of reclaimed refrigerant can be safely returned to the marketplace annually.

    “This technology continues to push forward responsible lifecycle refrigerant management in the U.S.,” said Taylor Ferranti, commercial vice president of refrigerant management at A-Gas. “It ensures our valued customers have access to a long-term, sustainable supply of reclaimed refrigerants for all their needs without compromising their values. Our Rapid Recovery network can continue to safely recover refrigerant while our reclamation processes bring that material to AHRI-700 grade for future use.”

    Ferranti added, “In 2022, A-Gas is proud to have had a record year for reclamation. Our investment in this technology shows our continued commitment to supply the industry with reclaim, supporting the circular economy.”

    Article Courtesy of ACHR News

  • Monday, October 17, 2022 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    SEER to SEER2 Conversion

    As you may know, the DOE has changed the testing procedure used to rate the efficiency of HVAC equipment to be more representative of installations in today’s homes. Equipment will now be rated according to SEER2. The DOE is also raising the minimum standards for efficiency for both straight cool and heat pump products. While it varies between equipment type, minimum efficiencies are increasing about 7-10% or 1 SEER point.

    The chart to the right illustrates the relative comparison of today’s SEER and the new SEER2 ratings.

    Starting January 1, 2023, INSTALLATIONS of RESIDENTIAL STRAIGHT COOL SPLIT PRODUCT must meet the new SEER2 requirements. Inventory of existing residential straight cool split products must be sold and installed prior to this date. Tropic Supply started stocking SEER2-rated residential straight cool product in September of 2022 to ensure a smooth transition.

    The sale and installation of RESIDENTIAL HEAT PUMP SPLIT PRODUCT AND ALL RESIDENTIAL PACKAGE UNITS will be regulated based on the DATE OF MANUFACTURE. As a result, Tropic Supply will continue to stock current models of residential heat pump split systems AND residential package units through the first quarter of 2023. New SEER2 rated residential heat pump splits and package units will start to arrive in the first and second quarter of 2023 to ensure a smooth transition.


    Learn more about these changes here:

  • Monday, October 10, 2022 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    State Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier said he will consider the 8.4% reduction on new and renewed workers' compensation policies recommended by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. The licensed rating agency assessed data from 2019 and 2020 to recommend the new lower rate on behalf of workers' compensation insurance companies. In a report submitted to the state, the national insurance organization found a consistent decline in wage replacement claims from injured employees seeking workers' compensation benefits. Florida's roofing industry is backing the new rate reduction, citing a fear that rates will increase in the future due to the "Great Resignation," and an uptick in less-experienced roofers, accompanied by an increase in demand for housing and construction, plus rising medical costs and a tight reinsurance market. "Due to all of this we are here today because of the uncertainty of the insurance market, we are asking for the consideration to freeze the current (roofers') rate class code," said President of Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association Matthew Criswell. Altmaier did not definitively say whether the rate will be frozen or reduced but did say he will consider public comment on the issue until Oct. 7 while his actuaries continue to review the report. If Altmaier approves NCCI's recommended 8.4% reduction effective January 2023, workers' compensation rates in Florida will have decreased by nearly 74% over a 20-year time span.

    Florida Politics / NCCI Testimony

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