Business Technology Trends: Page 10. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 January 30, 2012 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn NATE Announces Restructure Plan Organization Reaches Agreement with AHRI By Kyle Gargaro Of The NEWS Staff I n an effort to take North American Technician Excellence (NATE) to a higher level, Don Frendberg, NATE chairman, announced a restructuring of NATE personnel and an Administrative Ser-vices Agreement with the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Under the new structure, Frendberg will now be directly involved in the promotion and leadership of NATE, and Peter Schwartz, NATE president, will focus on strengthening NATE’s relations with governmental and nongovern-mental organizations. To temporarily fulfill the duties of Pat Murphy, who announced his resignation as vice president of certification, Warren Lupson, AHRI’s director of education, will serve as director of certification and will handle the technical and certification administration needs of NATE. In addition, AHRI will be provid-ing administrative services to NATE to enhance its operational efficiency. “This agreement does not constitute AHRI taking over the management of NATE. It is a proximity thing more than anything else. I am very thankful that they are willing to do that,” Frendberg said. NATE was founded and funded by the HVACR manufacturers in 1997 to improve installation and maintenance of equipment so as to reduce warranty claims and increase cus-• See RESTRUCTURING | page 7 Contractors Find Success with Energy Audits Overcoming Energy Service Hurdles Helps Expand Profits By Angela D. Harris Of The NEWS Staff fyi hvac briefs Contractors • Comfort Systems USA Inc. (Hous-ton) acquired a majority interest in Evirotrol LLC (Greensboro, N.C.). • Legend’s Mechanical (Baton Rouge, La.) joined the Unified Group (Broadview, Ill.). A re energy audits worth it? That is a question that both HVAC con-tractors and consumers are beginning to ask themselves more often. The increasing costs of energy and the energy-saving mes-sage of federal and local governments is trickling into boardrooms and dining rooms across the nation. For the HVAC contractor, the concerns range from program implementation to profit margins. For the consumer, the concerns range from validity to financ-ing. Both parties seem to find themselves at a crossroads as they balance con-science and cost. This emerging market pushes service and sales to the next level, and the key to the success of energy auditing may be found in clear communica-tion to both the HVAC contractor and the consumer. Manufacturers • AERCO International Inc. (Blau-velt, N.Y.) was presented with the Manufacturer of the Year award by the Rockland Economic Development Corp . of Rockland County, N.Y. • Scotsman Industries (Vernon Hills, Ill.) appointed Rich Glei-tsmann as interim president of Scotsman Ice Systems. • LA-CO Industries Inc./Markal Co. (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) welcomed George Bowman as company president. • Jackson Systems LLC (Indianapo-lis) celebrated 15 years in business. Continued on page 4 Mixed Messages Muddy Waters In some sectors of the nation, state and local agencies are flooding the industry with more energy • See ENERGY AUDITS | page 17 Looking for Air Conditioning, Heating and Looking for Air Conditioning, Heating and Looking for Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Training Resources & DVDS? Refrigeration Training Resources & DVDS? Refrigeration Training Resources & products DVDS? Check out AECStore.com to view over 150 training for HVACR Pros! Check out AECStore.com to view over 150 training products for HVACR Pros! Check out AECStore.com to view over 150 training products for HVACR Pros! NEWS_AECStore_0111Ad.indd 1 NEWS_AECStore_0111Ad.indd 1 NEWS_AECStore_0111Ad.indd 1 1/17/11 9:17 AM 1/17/11 9:17 AM 1/17/11 9:17 AM AHR EXPO ONLINE SHOW COVERAGE 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.