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  • 04.25.22

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    Electrification Efforts Beginning to Go Statewide

    Since the City of Berkeley, California, enacted the nation’s first electrification reach code in 2019, other jurisdictions have considered adopting this concept. Initially, it was other major cities that followed suit like Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, and most recently New York. However, as momentum for these policies continued to grow locally, interest began building …

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  • 03.28.22

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    States Eyeing Hydrogen and Renewable Natural Gas as Potential Methods to Combat Climate Change

    For state and local governments combating global climate change, natural gas often finds itself at the center of the conversation. A quick review of national energy statistics from the United States Energy Information Administration makes it apparent as to why this is the case. Natural gas accounts for approximately one-third of the nation’s total energy consumption and production, more than doubling that of coal, and nearly doubling that of nuclear and other renewables, in both categories.

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  • 02.23.22

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    Deep Dive – New York City Electrification Policies

    AMBLER, Pa., Feb. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Bradford White Corporation, an industry-leading manufacturer of water heaters, boilers and storage tanks, and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) announce the renewal of their exclusive strategic partnership agreement and confirm their joint commitment to promoting and strengthening the plumbing and HVACR industries.

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  • 02.16.22

    2022 Economic Outlook

    The economy is moving upward, albeit at a slower rate of growth. How will you respond to continuing issues … and new opportunities?

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  • 06.25.21

    Carbon Pricing

    The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition defines carbon pricing as using pricing instruments to charge those emitters of greenhouse gasses (GHG), which trap heat and hence, heat up the planet, to “discourage the use of carbon dioxide–emitting fossil fuels in order to protect the environment, address the causes of climate change, and meet national and international climate agreements.”

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  • 06.10.21

    Driving Under the Influence of Electronics

    It is generally estimated that we unlock our mobile phones 10 times more than times we crack a smile. April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month with the National Safety Council estimating that over 700 people are injured in distracted driving crashes.  In March 2021, USA Today wrote “The nonprofit National Safety Council estimates in a [recent] report that 42,060 people died in vehicle crashes in 2020, an 8% increase over 2019 and the first jump in four years.”1 This occurred despite the fact that Americans drive 13% less miles during the pandemic.

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  • 05.27.21

    Biggest Challenge: Finding Employees

    In a recent PHCC Contractor Sentiment survey, one of the biggest challenges cited by our members is the inability to find employees.  While a problem for several years- this is a crisis exacerbated by the pandemic.  “In a study performed by Marcum’s National Construction Services group:  41% of pre-pandemic respondents chose ‘securing skilled labor’ as the No. 1 threat to their businesses.” (Retrieved from the World Wide Web on May 10, 2021, here), which is now contributing to project backlogs post- COVID-19. 

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  • 04.23.21

    Minimizing Workplace Violence

    PHCC—National Association is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of GSM Services employees James Lewis and Robert Shook, two well-respected HVAC service technicians who were killed during a mass shooting that took place April 7 in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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  • 04.09.21

    Sustainability and P-H-C Industry

    The word ‘sustainability’ has been used for many years to describe design criteria that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”1 We have recently seen articles that talk about “net-zero carbon communities” within which as described by Rose Morrison (2021) in her article, The Future of Net-Zero Communities, consist of  buildings that “generate as much energy as they consume”2.

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  • 03.25.21

    Personality Preference Assessments

    Since my career began after getting out of the army in 1984, I have witnessed a growing use of personality tests for career development and staff benchmarking to improve communications and respect for individual differences that contribute to an organization’s success.

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