• 02.21.24

    Bradford White hvac Energy

    By What Authority? A Brief Overview of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA)

    In 2023, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) was very active in regulating residential water heater and boiler product efficiencies, as has been addressed in this column previously. But what gives DOE the authority to take such actions, and what exactly are they allowed and not allowed to do? The answer to these questions come from EPCA. It is a federal law that was passed in 1975 and …

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  • 02.12.24

    Economic Outlook

    2024 Economic Outlook

    A look at the latest economic and employment trends … and how you as plumbing and HVACR contractors can use them to identify where growth will occur and possibly shift your strategies. As plumbing and HVACR contractors face a host of both business challenges and opportunities this year, strategic planning and adaptability will be key factors in your company achieving success. With this report, …

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  • 01.24.24

    Bradford White hvac Energy

    U.S. HVAC Regulatory Environment – What to Expect in 2024

    Happy New Year everyone! After what we at Bradford White hope was a relaxing holiday season for you and your family, legislative and regulatory bodies at all levels of government are beginning to go back to work. In this post, we’ll examine what we expect to see from them in 2024 at each level of government, and how it may impact the HVAC industry. Federal The United States Department of Energy  …

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  • 12.12.23

    Cornetta We Are Environmentalists by Trade

    We’re Environmentalists by Trade

    As plumbing and HVAC contractors, we are typically blue collar, self-employed, hard-working, and patriotic tradesmen and tradeswomen carrying the weight of the U.S. economy through essential services that Americans literally cannot live without. Plumbers and HVAC contractors have a constitutional right, like any citizen, to petition their government for a redress of grievances, a right enshrined …

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  • 12.06.23

    Wholesaler Panel

    A Rock Star Playing Field

    In today’s ever-changing business landscape, strengthening the contractor/wholesaler channel is critical to survival. A recent general session at PHCCCONNECT2023 drilled deep into the conversation. “How does my supplier make me look like a rock star?” asked Dan Callies, president of Oak Creek Plumbing, Inc., Oak Creek, Wisconsin, during the “Collaborative Connections: Strengthening Supplier …

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  • 11.20.23


    Climate Change Policies’ Pipe Dreams

    This article was written by guest columnist Terry O'Brien, Executive Vice President for the Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of New York, and Senior Director for the Plumbing Foundation City of New York. In light of Climate Week NYC, which occurred September 17-22, I would be remiss if I did not address a topic that has universal impact and is important to so many of us: combating …

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  • 10.05.23

    Cornetta We Are Environmentalists by Trade

    Q&A with Incoming PHCC President Joe Cornetta Published by PHCP Pros

    Joe Cornetta, third-generation co-owner of Cornetta Bros. Plumbing and Heating, will start his term as president at PHCCCONNECT2023 next month in Cleveland. Read PHCP Pros' Steve Smith's Q&A with Cornetta on PHCP Pros' website by following the link below! …

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  • 07.14.23


    NLRB Captive Audience Meeting Interpretation

    The General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a memorandum related to what constitutes a “Captive Audience” Meeting, GC 22-04. (See Memorandum) This memorandum informs regional offices that the long standing practice of allowing employers to require employees to attend mandatory meetings where employers could provide information in opposition to the union is unlawful …

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  • 07.10.23


    PHCC Industry Summit Results in Collaboration, Solutions on Workforce Development, Education, Regulatory Issues, and More

    FALLS CHURCH, VA. — Proving the value of constructive collaboration, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—

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  • 06.07.23

    ACHR news

    PHCC Legislative Conference Covered by the ACHR News

    Matt Jachman of ACHR News wrote a piece on his time attending the 2023 PHCC Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Matt was able to tag along for multiple meetings on Capitol Hill between legislators and...

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