WIN 2017/18

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/ b r i e f s / p e o p l e industry /hvac ACCA Expands Energy Star Verifi cation, QA Staff Sean Tolbert will serve as Air Conditioning Contractors of America's Energy Star Contractor Accreditation and Quality Assurance program special- ist. Tolbert earned a Bachelor of Science in business administra- tion from Old Dominion University and concen- trated his studies on information technol- ogy systems. He has experience with soft- ware programming and applications, data analysis and website development that will be utilized to enhance ACCA's Energy Star Verified Installation and Quality Assurance programs. AHRI Names New Chairman, Elects Offi cers The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute recently held its annual meeting, during which it elected its new officers. AHRI's new chairman is Chris Peel , president and COO of Rheem Manufacturing, a manufacturer of residential and com- mercial water heaters and boilers, heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment. Peel has nearly 30 years of varied industry experience. Prior to his position at Rheem, he was vice president and general man- ager at Heatcraft, and has held a number of management positions with Carrier Corporation. HARDI Promotes Saving to Executive Vice President Heating, Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International has promoted Emily Saving to ex- ecutive vice president. Saving served as vice president of services and operations prior to the promotion. "I am hon- ored to expand upon my service to HARDI mem- bership in this new capacity," said Saving. "And continue to advance the industry in a meaningful way, and to make the value of HARDI membership invaluable." Sean Tolbert Chris Peel Emily Saving SMACNA Salutes 2017 Safety Excellence Winners A good safety record is essential for successful sheet metal and HVAC contractors. The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contrac- tors' National Association recently recognized its top safety achievers in the United States and Canada through the 2017 Safety Excellence Award Program. The winners were recognized in October during SMACNA's 74th Annual Convention in Maui, Hawaii. To see a full list of winners, visit smacna.org. This year's safety survey findings indicate that survey respondents have effective safety programs. The average number of reported injury or illness incidents (the OSHA incidence rate) was 2.22, continuing the decade-long trend of decreasing incidence rates. The average reported experience modification rate was .81, remaining consistently low as well. 2017 Safety Excellence Award Program winners, from left: Jeffrey Ellis, Air Systems Balancing and Testing Service; Bob Johnston, accepting the first place Chapter Participation Award for SMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity; Jim Bigham, Corval Group; Scott Kienest, Bel-Aire Mechanical; Ken Johnson, G.R.P. Mechanical Co.; Mike McCullion, SMACNA director of market sectors and safety; John Sindyla, Schweizer Dipple; Darryl Stewart, Dilfo Mechanical Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario (the overall Canadian safety program winner); Kevin O'Dorisio, Air-Ex Air Conditioning; Jeff Lukitsh, Westside Mechanical and Steve Highland, Broadway Mechanical Contractors. CARRIER, MIDEA LAUNCH RESIDENTIAL DUCTLESS HVAC JOINT VENTURE IN NORTH AMERICA Carrier and Midea America have launched Carrier Midea North America. The new joint venture will bring together Carrier's distribution network and Midea's ductless development expertise. Carrier, part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., will hold the majority ownership position. Through the creation of the joint venture, Carrier and Midea will transform their existing supplier relationship into a long-term collaboration dedicated to better meeting North American demand for energy-efficient residential ductless solutions. SURVEY SAYS: U.S. HOUSEHOLDS WILL BUY MORE THAN 10M SMART HOME CONTROLLERS BY 2021 According to recently released smart home research, 26 percent of smart home device buyers purchased equipment from brick-and-mortar retail stores such as Best Buy, Home Depot or Wal-Mart, making this channel the most commonly used among U.S. consumers. By 2021, more than 10 million smart home controllers will be sold in the U.S. and more than 8 million will be sold through retail or other related channels. Parks Associates' "U.S. Smart Home Tracker: Market Sizing & Trends" report notes this trend has influenced sales strategies for Google and Amazon, which are striking partnerships with physical retailers as they are expanding the visibility of smart home products with POS displays, experience centers and expanded shelf space. For more details, visit parksassociates.com. ASHRAE PUBLISHES 2017 VERSION OF THERMAL COMFORT STANDARD The 2017 edition of ASHRAE's major thermal comfort standard has been published to incorporate seven published addenda to the 2013 edition. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2017, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, simplifies the language of the 2013 standard and clarifies the three comfort calculation approaches in Section 5.3.3, "Elevated Air Speed." The 2017 edition includes a new requirement to calculate the change in occupants' thermal comfort from direct solar radiation. Visit ashrae.org. HARDI DISTRIBUTORS REPORT 0.2 PERCENT REVENUE INCREASE Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International released its monthly TRENDS report, showing average sales for HARDI distributor members increased by 11 percent in October 2017. The average annualized growth for the 12 months through October 2017 was 6.6 percent. "U.S. consumers are finding themselves in an optimal economic situation consisting of rising real wages, low unemployment, low inflation, low interest rates, a rising stock market and relatively low commodity prices," said HARDI Senior Economist Connor Lokar. "We expect consumer spending to accelerate through mid-2018 and this bodes well for HARDI members in 2018." For more details, visit hardinet.org. /briefs /people HVACPproducts.com HVAC & Plumbing Product News \ Winter 2017/2018 8

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