EnergyStar + Residential Market: Page 8. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 February 6, 2012 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn HARDI, ACCA Fight Department of Energy Associations File Separate Petitions to Revisit Regional Standards A By Kyle Gargaro Of The NEWS Staff lthough the Department of Energy (DOE) announced its final rule establishing regional standards for air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces last October, the fight is not over yet. Both the Heating, Airconditioning, and Refrig-eration Distributors International (HARDI) and Air Conditioning Contractors of Amer-ica (ACCA) have filed petitions to intervene through the United States Court of Appeals against the DOE. The petitions to appeal the rule are based on the claim that DOE failed to follow proper procedures in issuing the rules for regional efficiency standards. HARDI appealed to the courts through the legal advocacy group Cause of Action, which is a nonpartisan organization that uses public advo-cacy and legal reform tools to ensure greater transparency in government, protect taxpayer interests, and promote economic freedom. The Rule According to the new rule, the country will be divided into three regions, and the minimum efficiency standards for residen-tial HVAC appliances will vary depending on the region in which they are installed. The new rules become effective in May 2013 for nonweatherized furnaces, and in Janu-ary 2015 for weatherized furnaces, central air conditioners, and heat pumps. “The Department of Energy utilized a • See FIGHT DOE | page 15 EPA Proposes Faster R-22 Phaseout fyi hvac briefs Contractors • TDIndustries (Dallas) was named to Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for” list. The company ranked No. 64 on this year’s installment and has made the list for 15 consec-utive years. • Emcor Group Inc. (Norwalk, Conn.) acquired Southern Industrial Con-structors Inc. (Raleigh, N.C.). H By Peter Powell Of The NEWS Staff ow much HCFC-22 will be available to contractors in 2012 is an unanswered ques-tion as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers a faster phaseout of HCFCs. The EPA began the year by issuing a 75-page proposal called Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Adjustments to the Allowance System for Controlling HCFC Production, Import, and Export. When and if the proposal takes effect, it would allow less virgin HCFCs to come to market than the previous phasedown announced on Jan. 1, 2010. The previ-ous rule allocated 45.4 KT (100 million pounds) in 2011 and 40.7 KT (90 million pounds) of R-22 for 2012. In this latest proposed rule, the EPA could reduce the quantity available for production and import in 2012 to between 25.1 to 36.2 KT (55 million to 80 million pounds). The latest proposal from EPA says that the phasedown will range from 11 to 47 • See PHASEOUT | page 17 Manufacturers • Daikin AC (Ameri-cas) Inc. (Carrollton, Texas) named Doug Widenmann senior vice president of sales. • SWEP Co. (Landskrona, Sweden) introduced its e-business shop to the U.S. market. • K-Flex USA (Youngsville, N.C.) announced that its K-Flex Clad ® WT and Clad ® WT NS insulation systems gained National Sanita-tion Foundation (NSF) Standard 169 compliance. Continued on page 4 Contractors Take to Energy Star A technician from Sonoran Air tests and records airflow measurements of a bathroom supply register using a flowhood, per Energy Star Version 3 requirements. See story on page 10. PODCASTS NEWS you can listen to for the latest NEWSUpdates and lively interviews. Catch our podcasts online at www.achrnews.com or subscribe at the iTunes store. www.achrnews.com 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.