Duct Systems — Best Practices: Page 10. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 October 15, 2012 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn Regulations Burden Contractors High Cost to Comply Hurts Small Businesses By Joanna R. Turpin Of The NEWS Staff fyi hvac briefs Commercial Contractors • Linc Network LLC (Pittsburgh), a subsidiary of ABM (New York), signed a franchise agreement with Otis Air Conditioning Ltd. (George Town, Grand Cayman). • Southland Industries (Garden Grove, Calif.) appointed Chris Taylor as leader of the South-Taylor ern California Division and Nicolas Sfeir head of the Southwest Divi-Sfeir sion. • ARCO Design/Build Inc. (Atlanta) was awarded Nordic Cold Stor-age LLC’s (Atlanta) new 400 KSF public refrigerated warehouse in Pooler, Ga. A s Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “In life, nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Many business owners might argue that “regulations” could have been added to that quote as well, given the large number of new rules imposed each year by local, state, and federal governments. While many regulations serve a useful pur-pose (e.g., clean air and water), there is concern that the growing number of costly regulations is beginning to take its toll on small busi-nesses. Consider the 2010 study by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, which found that small businesses now pay $10,585 per employee annually, just to comply with federal regulations (see sidebar on page 7). Add in local and state regulations, and those costs could go much higher. Residential Contractors • American Mechanical Inc. (Virginia Beach, Va.) is now a certified Trane (Piscataway, N.J.) dealer. • Holtzople Heating & Air Conditioning (Frederick, Md.) promoted Rick Brenton to its sales staff. Brenton Continued on page 4 Time and Money Stan Johnson, recently retired from Stan’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Austin, Texas, believes that most contractors don’t realize how much time they spend on regulatory mat-ters, including compliance, code, licensing, and insurance issues. “Like income taxes, they • See BURDEN | page 7 Hydronics Roundtable Explores Value of Water Systems By Herb Woerpel Of The NEWS Staff P ROVIDENCE, R.I. — While seven of 10 American homes utilize forced air to heat and cool their homes, a rising portion of the industry believes radiant and hydronic heat-ing and cooling — or comfort attained using water as the heat transfer medium — pro-vides a better path to prosperity. These self-proclaimed “wet heads” met in Providence, R.I., Sept. 11-12 for the inaugu-ral Hydronics Roundtable, presented by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) Radiant & Hydronics Council. The two day contractor-led conference featured numerous learning lab sessions focusing on proper installation techniques, radiant and hydronics efficiency, future trends, and how to integrate hydronics into a forced-air HVAC business. Broadening Horizons Stack Heating & Cooling, Avon, Ohio, first opened in 1976. The company ditched forced-air HVAC installations in 1990. From that point on, the company focused its efforts completely on hydronic systems in a community where few water-comfort contractors operated. “Forced-air systems limit a homeowner on what he or she can do in the future. Using water as a medium heat transfer, your options are unlimited,” said Brian Stack, president. “You can change the way a room functions using water temperature, and the implementa-tion of chilled water in residential applications offers cooling options without having to cut the house up or stock 10 condensers outside.” Stack said his crew has benefited from the variety of options hydronics offers. “In our area, we are now the specialists,” said Stack. “We’ve done very well because we took the time to learn about the different • See HYDRONICS | page 21 A end this FREE webinar! DIGITAL EDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: R-AnUpdateonIndustryProgressandOptions DateOctober |TimePMET TRANSITION Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com.