School Market: Page 1. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 July 30, 2012 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn ‘Today’ Show Investigation Questions Contractor Integrity By Herb Woerpel Of The NEWS Staff NBC’s Investigation On July 10, the show’s Jeff Rossen narrated a seven-minute investigation on air condi-tioning technicians. The segment focused on a central air conditioning unit attached to a suburban home in New Jersey. Prior to the investigation, numerous indus-try experts, including Warren Lupson, direc-tor of education, AHRI, and Andre Bernard, service technician, Meyer & Depew Co. Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., examined the system and re HVAC contractors trustwor-thy? A recent undercover inves-tigation conducted by NBC News’ “Today” show suggests that residential HVACR technicians are after one thing: a homeowner’s money. But some industry individuals who helped participate in the investigation are skeptical about the results. A noted that it was in “very, very good shape,” and in “perfect working order.” Bobby Ring, president and CEO, Meyer & Depew Co. Inc., and senior vice chairman, Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), served as an expert commentator for the snippet. Prior to the “sting,” Ring broke a wire in the condensing unit between the contactor and the thermostat, imme-diately disengaging the system. Ring said • See ‘ TODAY’ SHOW | page 17 Contractors Give K-12 Schools Failing Grade By John Conrad Of The NEWS Staff T he K-12 school market in 2012 has received a failing grade from a group of mechanical contractors who specialize in this market segment, and their observations are backed up by a com-prehensive report that indicates this segment of the commercial building market has declined 50 percent from pre-recession levels. The contractors also agreed that school districts are putting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certi-fication, green building, and sustain-ability on the back burner. School Construction at $10.4 Billion in 2012 According to information com-piled by Market Data Retrieval (MDR), a company of Dun and Bradstreet, the total K-12 school construction market is projected to total $10.4 billion in 2012 compared to $12.3 billion in 2011. This pales in comparison to the $20 billion average for the market in the years between 2000 and 2008. The 2012 construction market was broken down into three segments, with new construction leading the way with $7.3 billion, followed by additions at $1.6 billion, and reno-vations at $1.4 billion. These figures were part of an annual report com-piled by Paul Abramson, education industry analyst for School Planning & Management and Stanton Leggett • See FAILING GRADE | page 12 technician or teacher? During the day, John Kuefler, owner of Air Comfort Mechanical Inc., Plantation, Fla., solves problems as an HVACR contractor. By night, he dishes out problems of his own; serving as an HVACR instructor at Atlantic Technical Center and ATI Training Center. How does he balance his technician and teaching careers? See story on page 16. A end this FREE Webinar! SMALLPONDBIGPERFORMANCE DIGITALEDITION Pond Loop THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: Geothermal Loop Design DATETUESDAYAUGUST•TIMEPMEDT Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com.