2018 Regulatory Priorities Released by HVACR Industry Alliance

January 18, 2018
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The HVACR Industry Alliance announced its 2018 regulatory priorities at the Alliance’s quarterly meeting in Arlington, Virginia, on Dec. 14, 2017. The plan is to extend and build upon the Industry Consensus Agenda that was adopted and presented to the incoming Trump administration on Jan. 6, 2017.

The HVACR Alliance top 6 regulatory priorities for 2018 are:

•           Utilizing industry consensus standards

•           Tax reform and incentives

•           Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) reform

•           Refrigerants and ratifying the Kigali amendment

•           Energy-efficient and quality HVACR installations

•           Workforce development programs

Moving forward

Alliance members plan to meet on a regular basis with leaders of the Trump administration, members of Congress, and regulatory agencies throughout 2018. This will ensure their regulatory priorities wish list remains a top priority amongst policy makers.

“Alliance members had a tremendous impact on federal policies in 2017 because we were united and worked together where we have common policy goals,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, chairman, HVACR Industry Alliance. “The new tax reform law contains several priorities that many alliance members focused on, such as expensing of HVAC equipment for business owners, better tax rates for business owners, and reforms to the estate tax. Several alliance members also shared numerous workforce development initiatives with the Trump administration, such as the national focus on increasing the number of apprenticeship programs. We look forward to continued success as the alliance focuses on quality installation programs, refrigerant policies, and reforming the Energy Policy and Conservation Act in 2018.”

Who are the HVACR Industry Alliance?

Ten years ago, the HVACR Industry Alliance was formed to act as the “unified voice of the North American heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration industry.”

“Our mission is to have an open and frank discussion within the HVACR industry association community on matters of importance and seek consensus positions whenever possible,” said Paul Stalknecht, president and CEO, ACCA, and HVACR Industry Alliance chairman. “At times, we are in 100 percent agreement; other times, we may have only a few members in agreement. When we are 100 percent united, we act accordingly and issue statements advocating the united position of the entire HVACR industry.”

The HVACR Industry Alliance is comprised of: the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association; Air Conditioning Contractors of America; Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute; Air Movement and Control Association InternationalASHRAE; Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International; Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute; National Air Filtration Association; North American Technician  Excellence; Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors-National Association; and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society.

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