State of Climate Change Programs Across the US

August 7, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, HVAC/R Software, Industry Insights, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, compliance, climate change, private governance, vanderbilt university, Regulation, legislation

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Planned Impact on the HVAC/R Industry

The USA is like a great big franchise. The states are the franchisees and the Federal Government is the franchisor. In return for their participation, the states (aka Franchisees) get to pick and choose from a menu of services. Some states take The Franchise exactly as it is, and some tweak things to accommodate their citizenry. 

The US EPA (aka Franchisor) recently began to relax the requirements for the Franchisees. So many of them have begun to set their own policies in place. Specific legislation is in place in six states, and more than 30 states have some type of regulatory action that affects every HVAC/R owner, installer & servicer in the US.

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HVAC/Roundup July 2019

July 25, 2019 / by Jennifer Brosius posted in Refrigerant Compliance, HVAC News Roundups, Refrigerant Management, compliance, HVAC/R training, climate change, private governance, vanderbilt university, Regulation, SNAP, best practices, HFCs, legislation, climate leadership

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It’s time for another HVAC/Roundup - our monthly review of the news and topics we found important to HVAC/R and refrigerant management and compliance over the last few weeks:

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SNAP Rules Struck Down, But States Step Up

April 25, 2019 / by Ted Atwood & Jennifer Brosius posted in Announcements, Facilities Management, HVAC/R, Industry Insights, Refrigerant Management, compliance, CARB, climate change, refrigerants, private governance, vanderbilt university, Regulation, SNAP

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First SNAP Rule 20, Now SNAP Rule 21

As you may recall, we took a close look at SNAP Rule 20 back in November, and how the Mexichem Fluor, Inc., v. EPA decision struck it down, allowing the use of HFC’s previously considered unacceptable.

Why?

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It's Hard Out Here for a PMP (Preventative Maintenance Program)

April 10, 2019 / by Joel Punausuia posted in Facilities Management, HVAC/R, Industry Insights, Refrigerant Management, climate change, refrigerants, private governance, vanderbilt university

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Performance management (plan) isn’t some phrase reserved for late night TV ads but rather an important part of success to any business, especially in the HVAC/R industry since your job is tied to equipment performance. Compliance is a measurement of the success of your PMP. Whether you’re looking to improve your current processes or instill a new culture of success (not to mention making your job easier), there are some common challenges you’ll face. 

*Spolier alert*

Trakref solves these problems 😉

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The Great Refrigerant Leak Conundrum:      AI & IOT

April 4, 2019 / by Ted Atwood and Joel Punausuia posted in Announcements, Facilities Management, HVAC/R, Industry Insights, HVAC News Roundups, Refrigerant Management, climate change, refrigerants, private governance, vanderbilt university

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We began to focus solely on refrigerant leak tracking in 2014. The Internet of Things (IoT) was an existing trend that was supposed to help track refrigerant leaks and wind down 50 years of uncontrolled leaks. There were 15 BILLION IoT devices in 2015 and today there’s nearly 27 billion devices. Leak rates still continue to average 25%, though. More connectivity has not yielded better results. Why?

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