ACCA Convention: Page 1. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 February 25, 2013 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn ACCA Prepares for the Future By Matt Bishop Of The NEWS Staff fyi hvac briefs N o matter what success the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) might find, president and CEO Paul Stalknecht isn’t one to let the group rest on its laurels. In fact, he’s on a mission to make sure ACCA is proactive in preparing for the future. “Let’s face it, the generational and demo-graphic changes in America are impacting our industry,” Stalknecht said. “If we’re going to continue to succeed in the future, we have to move rapidly to identify the needs, not just of contractors in general, but of those busi-nesses specifically owned and managed by Generation X and Generation Y. Our associa-tion’s officers have been working all year in a ‘blue-ribbon task force’ to look at the changing nature of association demographics, and how ACCA should adapt its operations. There are a lot of exciting changes ahead.” Commercial Contractor • EMCOR Group Inc. (Norwalk, Conn.) was named the Large Busi-ness Prime Contractor of the Year by NASA (Washington). Manufacturers • Direct Digital Controls (Minneapo-lis) changed its name to Humera-Tech and relocated to Rogers, Minn. • A.O. Smith Corp.’s (Milwaukee) Carol Peters, commercial water heater plant pro-duction manager in Peters McBee, S.C., was named a winner of the Women in Manufacturing STEP award by The Manufacturing Insti-tute (Washington), Deloitte (New York), University of Phoenix (Tempe, Ariz.), and the Society of Manufac-turing Engineers (Dearborn, Mich.). • Testo Inc. (Sparta, N.J.) will par-ticipate in the 2013 ultimate con-tractor collection giveaway, which runs through May 31. • Danfoss (Baltimore) is accepting entries for its fourth annual EnVi-sioneer of the Year award through July 1. ACCA president and CEO Paul Stalknecht is making sure the association is prepared for the future by looking at the changing nature of its demographics, and figuring out how it should adapt. Continued on page 4 Preparing a Plan Before ACCA can fully embrace 2013, it must look back on 2012 — a time Stalknecht described as an “interesting year.” “The weather, always an important factor in this industry, had its ups and downs, but we have received some anecdotal informa-tion from several contractors that it was better than last year,” he said. “They have told us that focusing on new market areas such as whole-• See ACCA CEO | page 18 Opposition Rises Against Regional Standards Request By Herb Woerpel Of The NEWS Staff A Simmering Settlement The industry currently awaits a court ruling on a proposed settlement that would eliminate a May 1, 2013 implementation date that would mandate 90 percent AFUE fur-naces in the North, and instruct the DOE to redo the rulemaking establishing efficiency standards for nonweatherized gas and mobile home gas furnaces. The settlement, as it cur-I n what has become a bit of a legal ping-pong match, the Air-Condition-ing, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is making sure its voice is heard by the court regarding a future decision on a proposed regional-standards settlement. rently stands, would not impact the regional energy-efficiency regulations for central air conditioners, weatherized furnaces, and heat pumps, which would remain on schedule for a Jan. 1, 2015 implementation. AHRI stands behind the proposed settlement, because the agreement, at a minimum, provides cer-tainty for its manufacturer members. Representatives of Heating, Air-condi-tioning, and Refrigeration Distributors Inter-national (HARDI) feel otherwise, and filed a request to continue the case, with itself substi-tuted in place of the case’s original petitioner, American Public Gas Association (APGA). “HARDI does not believe that the [Department of Energy] DOE v. APGA settlement addresses all our concerns,” said • See OPPOSITION | page 26 Tweet @achrnews www.achrnews.com Is Now Featured On Our Home Page! Go to achrnews.com and view real-time tweets from The NEWS and other HVACR professionals. Post comments to Twi er and include @achrnews. AHR EXPO COVERAGE EXPANDS Comprehensive AHR Expo coverage now features a variety of video booth th tour tours. s. Go to www.achrnews.com/AHR-Expo for sights and sounds of the show.