09 HUMIDIFICATION AND DEHUMIDIFICATION THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NEWSMAGAZINE SINCE 1926 JANUARY 18, 2016 | $5.00 | ONLINE AT WWW.ACHRNEWS.COM | Climate Pacts Create Turbulence T BY RON RAJECKI THE NEWS STAFF he year 2015 was monumental for the environment. In July, the U.S. Environ-mental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Final Rule – Protection of Strato-spheric Ozone, which changed the status of specific hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in certain applications and likely signaled the beginning of the end for HFCs as stand-alone refrigerants. In November, the parties to the Mon-treal Protocol met in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and agreed to complete an amendment in 2016 to reduce the global production and consumption of HFCs. And, in mid-December, representatives from nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris and approved the first global pact to fight climate change by first reducing and then ultimately eliminating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Paris Agreement established a mechanism to review national-level actions to address climate change and cre-ated a process of submitting and review-ing the national climate action plans, or Intended Nationally Determined Contri-butions (INDCs), on a regular basis. However, it’s important to note that although the Paris Agreement sets forth national targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it imposes no penalties for countries that miss their targets. The ulti-mate objective is to ensure global temper-ature rise stays well below 2°C. “History will remember this day,” said Ban Ki Moon, U.N. secretary general. ■ See CLIMATE | Page 16 DOE Sets ‘Groundbreaking’ Rooftop Unit Standards FYI HVAC BRIEFS O BY JEN ROBY THE NEWS STAFF COMMERCIAL CONTRACTORS Air Masters Corp. (St. Louis, Missouri), and its affiliated companies, Gateway Mechanical, Gateway Mechanical Fire Protection Inc. , and Automation Solutions Group , are rebranding as Integrated Facility Services Inc. (IFS). HB McClure Co. (Harrisburg, Pennsyl-vania) received second place in the Northeast Region of Fujitsu General America Inc.’s (Fairfield, New Jersey) Halcyon Contest for its HVAC work aboard the Pride of the Susque-hanna Riverboat. n Dec. 17, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) finalized new negotiated energy conservation stan-dards for commercial air conditioners and heat pumps and commercial warm-air furnaces, otherwise known as rooftop units (RTUs). The department estimates the new efficiency standards for RTUs will save businesses as much as $167 bil-lion in energy costs over the lifetime of the equipment — more than any other efficiency standard issued to date. Addi-tionally, carbon pollution will be reduced enough over the next 30 years to offset the annual carbon dioxide emissions of more than 120 million homes. This announcement “marks the largest energy-saving standard in history and dem-onstrates that America is leading the effort to reduce energy costs and cut carbon emis-sions,” said Ernest Moniz, U.S. energy sec-retary. “This rule also shows that strong public-private partnerships can reap envi-ronmental and economic dividends and drive technology breakthroughs.” “These groundbreaking standards will yield the greatest single amount of MANUFACTURERS Southwire Co. (Carrollton, Georgia) named Rich Stinson president and CEO. He will replace Stu Thorn, who retired in October 2015 after 14 years STINSON of leadership. Belimo Americas (Danbury Connecti-cut) announced the availability of select actuators, round damper assemblies, and pressure bypass damper controls for use in residential applications. continued on Page 5 DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTALISM: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that new rooftop unit (RTU) efficiency standards could save businesses as much as $167 billion in energy costs over the lifetime of the equipment and reduce enough carbon pollution over the next 30 years to offset the annual CO 2 emissions of more than 120 million homes. WATCH Follow The NEWS on Twi� er ON LEADER IN�HVACR�NEWS! FOLLOW�THE > www.twitter.com/ACHRNews Follow The NEWS on Facebook > www.facebook.com/ACHRNews Follow The NEWS on LinkedIn > http://linkd.in/oGYNol Grab your popcorn and tune in for the latest on the HVACR industry, on The NEWS YouTube channel. See video coverage from events to contractor interviews and technical walkthroughs. Get connected at www.youtube.com/achrnews.