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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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  • 03.12.21

    A Return to Live Events in 2021

    Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes (2020) wrote in her December 1, 2020, article, Predicting the Future of Events, “[MDG has] been researching, reading, experimenting and tracking what’s working and what’s not in the events space.”  The following are what might be expected in 2021

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  • 02.26.21

    2021: Helping Members Thrive in the Next Normal

    After a challenging 2020, the plumbing-heating-cooling industry is looking forward to renewed prosperity with the hope that COVID-19 will fade into the background with the introduction of multiple vaccines and hence, encouraging the public to work, shop, dine and travel the way it did in pre-pandemic times. In fact, some economists are predicting the economy will return to normal by this fall. The recovery, however, will not be without its share of challenges.

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  • 02.17.21

    2021 Economic Forecast

    After more than 10 years, the longest U.S. expansion on record came to a screeching halt due to the novel coronavirus. A recession precipitated by the pandemic began in March of last year. Although not officially declared yet, most economists agree that June was the last month of a very short, deep recession. Even though economic growth resumed in July, economic activity has yet to return to its pre-pandemic level. Return to that level as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is unlikely to happen until at least the second half of this year or early next.

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  • 01.15.21

    A Commitment to Professionalism: Stronger Than Ever

    Challenging times in 2020 only reinforced the need in plumbing and HVACR industry to come together and maintain high standards. Drawing on our 138-year history, PHCC protected our members and their employees, families and communities – even through a global pandemic – by supplying relevant resources, sharing best practices among our members, advocating to secure business-friendly legislation and regulation, pledging to train new workers, and providing the best education in the industry.

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