Wet Heat Technology: Page 12. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 February 20, 2012 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn Study: 2015 HVAC Demand to Near $17 Billion D T emand in the United States for HVAC equipment is projected to increase 5.1 percent annually to $16.8 billion in 2015, according to a study that came out in November titled HVAC Equipment from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. Advances will be stimulated by growth in residential and many types of nonresidential construction spending from a low 2010 base. Rising interest in more energy-efficient HVAC systems, in part spurred by regulatory changes, will also support increased demand — particu-larly in value terms given that more efficient systems and those using less environmentally harmful refrigerants are typically priced at a premium. Furthermore, public and private incentives will encourage owners to upgrade to models with efficiency ratings that are at or above Energy Star levels. These and other trends are presented in the 329-page survey. Unitary Air Conditioners Unitary air conditioners are the largest seg-ment of the cooling system market, account-ing for nearly three-quarters of the total in 2010, said the survey. In addition, demand for unitary systems will increase at an above-average pace, benefiting from the continuing development of higher-efficiency models and from gains in the share of homes with cen-tral air conditioning. The cooling equipment industry is affected by a variety of regulations, including those involving ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbon refrigerants. • See U.S. DEMAND | page 6 Crafting an Effective Rule for Tools By Joanna R. Turpin Of The NEWS Staff fyi hvac briefs he beginning of the year is a great time to review company policies to ensure they are up-to-date and relevant to a contractor’s particular business. Policies pertaining to employment practices, safety issues, and insurance coverage obviously need regular attention, but so do poli-cies such as who provides the tools that are used in the field. Tool policies should be reviewed at least annually to confirm that contractors and technicians are both satisfied with the arrange-ment, as well as to ensure that everyone is clear on who provides which tools and what the rules are for broken, lost, or stolen tools. Price Increase • GEA Refrigeration North Amer-ica Inc. (York, Pa.) announced a 4 percent price increase on most standard screw compressor pack-ages, effective immediately. Contractors • Brady (Greensboro, N.C.) associ-ate Nicholas Martin was elected as vice chairman of the Vibration Institute’s Piedmont Chapter (Con-cord, N.C.). Evolving Rules Envirotech Heating and Cooling (Shaw-nee, Kan.) specializes in residential service and retrofit work, and its five technicians are required to provide their own hand tools, including screwdrivers, nut drivers, wrenches, pliers, sheet metal tools, electric meters, refrig-erant gauges, temperature gauges, torch sets, and drills. The company used to require tech-nicians to purchase their own vacuum pumps and refrigerant scales as well, but the tool policy recently changed so that Envirotech now buys those, as well as reclaim machines, carbon monoxide detectors, hole saw blades, and gas bottles. The company has also estab-lished a personal tool account for technicians. • See RULE FOR TOOLS | page 10 Manufacturers • Superior Boiler Works Inc. (Hutchinson, Kan.) and Alterna-tive Energy Solutions Interna-tional Inc. (Witchita, Kan.) agreed to a partnership of engineering, cus-tomer service, and marketing efforts. • Synex Controls (Pulaski, N.Y.) received a $50,000 grant from the Syracuse Center of Excellence and CenterState in support of its green technologies projects. • Danfoss (Baltimore) is sponsoring the ATMOsphere America 2012 workshop on June 12-13 in Wash-ington, D.C. At Envirotech, technicians are required to provide their own hand tools, including screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, sheet metal tools, electric meters, refrigerant gauges, and temperature gauges. Continued on page 4 Follow The NEWS on Twi er > www.twitter.com/ACHRNews LEADER INHVACRNEWS! FOLLOWTHE Follow The NEWS on Facebook > www.facebook.com/ACHRNews Follow The NEWS on LinkedIn > http://linkd.in/oGYNol AHREXPOONLINESHOWCOVERAGE GET THE SCOOP about the AHR Expo’s on-and-oﬀ -the-show-ﬂ oor happenings and expo products at www.achrnews.com/AHR-Expo.