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  • 02/15/2024 11:11 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    Event Highlights
    Below are a few highlights of ACCA 2024 activities that may be of particular interest to you (all times eastern):

    • Monday, March 11:  
      • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM     -- Association Leadership Workshop
      • 6:00 - 7:30 PM            – Welcome Awards Reception
    • Tuesday, March 12:
      • 8:30 - 10:15 AM          – Opening General Session
      • 12:00 - 1:00 PM          – Contractor Forum Live: Legends of HVAC
      • 3:30 - 6:30 PM           – Expo & Welcome to Florida Party
      • 3:45 - 4:45 PM           – Events Committee Meeting
    • Wednesday, March 13:
      • 8:45 - 9:45 AM            -- Manufacturer Leadership Forum
      • 12:00 – 3:00 PM         – Expo Hall with Lunch
      • 1:45 – 2:45 PM           -- Membership Committee Meeting
      • 3:00 – 4:00 PM           -- Contractor Town Hall
      • 5:30 – 7:30 PM            – Copeland Party
    • Thursday, March 14:
      • 8:00 - 9:15 AM             – Breakfast with the Winners
      • 12:00 - 1:30 PM          – Ideas into Action with Ken Goodrich

    Click here for complete event information

    MIACCA Discount Code: Use MIACCA200 at check out for $200 off of your registration.

    Hotel Information
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    6601 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL 32819
    Enjoy an exclusive $259 rate if you book by February 16!
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    Group Hotel Rate ends this Friday!

  • 02/07/2024 3:01 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    Effective February 5, 2024, the Bureau of Construction Codes is realigning the Licensing and Residential Builders Sections. The two areas will now be the Licensing Section and the Enforcement Section.

    The Licensing Section will be responsible for licensing all trades under the purview of the Bureau of Construction Codes. This includes application and renewals of licenses under the Skilled Trades Regulation Act: electrical, mechanical contractor, boiler, building officials and inspectors, and plumbing; the Occupational Code, Article 24: residential builders, maintenance and alteration contractors, builder & M&A companies and salespersons; the Mobile Home Commission Act: mobile home parks, installers/repairers and dealers; the Elevator Licensing Act: elevator journeyman; and the Elevator Safety Board: elevator contractors.  If you have any questions regarding licensure or renewal, please call 517-241-9316 or send an email to

    The Enforcement Section will be responsible for accepting and processing complaints filed under the Mobile Home Commission Act, the Occupational Code: Article 24, and the Skilled Trades Regulation Act. This section is responsible for taking any administrative action against licensees. If you have any questions or would like to file a complaint, please call 517-241-9309 or send an email to

    Please take note of the changes in the above phone numbers and email addresses, as other email addresses previously associated with the residential builder regulatory program will no longer be answered after 3/1/2024.

    Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this transition.

    Bureau of Construction Code

  • 01/15/2024 8:00 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    Register by January 31st to SAVE!

    Register for ACCA 2024 before Wednesday, January 31st to save $100 on registration
    ACCA 2024 offers an all new experience at the same great event!
    Taking place March 11-14 in Orlando, FL, ACCA 2024 offers everything you need to
    slingshot your HVACR business to success.!

    Register Now

  • 11/10/2023 2:55 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    The Congressional Family Business Caucus is a group of Members of Congress that promote family businesses' role as community economic drivers, job creators, and significant donors to charitable and local needs, while strengthening the national economy and contributing to government revenues.

    Its core purpose is to educate Members of Congress on the substantial contributions that family businesses, like ACCA members, make to the American economy, the nation, and local communities. To do so, the Caucus seeks to create awareness within Congress on critical issues impacting family businesses like workforce challenges, tax policy, economic issues, and community development. Moreover, it supports a regulatory landscape that is less burdensome to family businesses, while also promoting entrepreneurship and free enterprise. Finally, the Caucus will connect Members of Congress with family businesses in their districts/home states and create a dialogue that promotes a productive exchange of ideas.

    Please take a moment to ask your elected officials in Congress to join the Congressional Family Business Caucus.

    If you have questions about the Congressional Family Business Caucus or any of ACCA's advocacy efforts, email Chris Czarnecki, ACCA's director of government relations & advocacy, at or call 703-575-4477.


  • 10/10/2023 10:41 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    Prepare your business for the future with a morning of in-person heat pump workshop sessions. This free summit will bring together manufacturers and distributors to hone in on the heat pump topics that matter to you. We'll outline the changes happening in the market and identify resources you need to succeed through the transition. 

    Thursday, October 26 
    8:00 AM – 1:30 PM EDT
    Detroit Marriott Southfield

    PLUS! Get first hand insights into rebates and how to get projects funded, and take the opportunity to engage with our vendors, manufacturers and distributors to dig into the specifics of your business.

    Find more details on the event website, and register to join us today! 

    Register Now

  • 09/25/2023 9:30 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    Maximizing our fresh and clean air in the places we live, work, and play in any energy efficient and decarbonized way is the future.

    How do we get there?

    We will discuss a solution that includes all-in-one ventilation, filtration, cold climate heat pump heating, and cooling system that can be used to meet air quality needs of many different spaces.

    Lessons Learned

    Discover how harmonizing IAQ and energy efficiency contributes to optimal environments while reducing environmental impact.

    Articulate the new ASHRAE standard 241 (control of infectious aerosols) and how it can be addressed.

    Understand better approaches to prioritize IAQ, comfort, and cognitive performance, while optimizing energy efficiency.

    Review a a real-world energy and IAQ retrofit project with applied recommended approaches to assess its impact on occupant health, and energy consumption.

    Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in

    • Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
    • Building Performance Institute (BPI) NonWholeHouse
    • Submitted for American Institute of Architects - AIA (HSW)
    • Certified Green Professional (NARI & CGP)
    • Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP) Pillar(s): Energy, Health, Materials, Water, Place
    • AIBD
    • State Architect / Builder License may be applicable
    • P assive House Consultant US (CPHC)


    Victor G. Niño, Ph.D., PE, serves as the Director of Business Development at Build Equinox, leading advancements in fresh air technology for both residential and commercial markets. With over 20 years in the HVAC industry and degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business from the University of Illinois, he has pioneered innovations in the heat transfer management and HVAC industries moving technologies towards sustainability. As a dedicated ASHRAE member, he currently serves as the Government Affairs Committee Chair for its Wisconsin Chapter, and co-chairs the Market Leadership and Advisory Board of USGBC in Wisconsin. Victor also instructs HVAC Fundamentals at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

    Register Here

  • 08/11/2023 12:32 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    The Bureau of Construction Codes will be conducting a public hearing on proposed administrative rules entitled "Part 9A Mechanical Code – Rule Set 2022-55." We are conducting this hearing under the authority of the Administrative Procedures Act, Public Act 306 of 1969. The hearing will be called to order at 01:00 p.m. on August 22, 2023, at the Michigan Library & Historical Center's First Floor Forum, 702 W Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48915. 

    In addition, please use the link below to search for any pending activity within LARA Rule sets.

  • 08/09/2023 3:08 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its long-anticipated guidelines for state energy offices to implement the Inflation Reduction Act's residential rebate programs. Together, the (newly renamed) Home Efficiency Rebates Program (HOMES) and Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates Program (HEEHR) are expected to deliver $8.8 billion in rebates for residential energy efficiency improvements, mostly targeted to low-to-moderate income households. Read more in ACCA's member-exclusive IRA Resource Center.  

    With rebates up to $14,000 and 100% of improvement cost, these programs could greatly expand the home performance market. That's a huge opportunity for savvy contractors but will likely attract new competition. In fact, program documents explicitly list Home Depot, Ace, and Lowes as key implementation partners.  

    Technologies like heat pumps can be complex. Without attention to proper training and quality installation, ACCA is very concerned that inexperienced installers will undercut quality contractors and leave consumers with systems that raise their energy bills while making their homes less comfortable – a black eye for our industry. That's why ACCA has been working with its state and local Allied Contracting Organizations (ACOs), the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), and the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) to ensure that these programs prioritize quality installation and support contractor-led training efforts.  

    Now that the DOE has released its guidance, state energy offices have until January 2025 to submit their program designs. Some states – notably Florida – may choose not to participate, but most are expected to submit their programs within the next 60-90 days, making this a critical period for contractors and ACOs to weigh in on what these programs should look like.  

    ACCA has developed two documents to support quality program design: 

    • Guidelines for Residential Heat Pump Initiatives – ACCA's Products Committee developed these guidelines to help states understand the complexity of heat pump system design and design contractor-friendly rebate programs. Please share any comments you may have on this public draft with David Bixby

    • ACCA's Proposed Program Element: Quality Installation Certificates – Adherence to the ANSI/ACCA 5 Quality Installation standard has always been difficult to verify and incentivize at scale – until now! ACCA recently re-launched its Quality Installation (QI) certificates with verification using smart diagnostic tools through the measureQuick® app. ACCA's proposal to NASEO suggests prioritizing HVAC installations verified by an ACCA Quality Installation (QI) certificate. Learn more at  

    Products Committee co-chair Eric Woerner from A1 Mechanical of Dayton and four members of the ACCA staff presented these resources at a July 11 meeting co-hosted by AHRI and NASEO and attended by about half the state energy offices.  

    As this battle shifts to the states, ACCA's state and local Allied Contracting Organizations will be critical allies in seeking contractor-friendly program design and giving quality contractors the inside scoop on implementation plans. In fact, the DOE guidelines say that "States are strongly encouraged to establish partnerships with and provide funding to" entities, including "contractor organizations." IRA experts Maddie Koehler of NASEO and Cynthia Adams of Pearl Certification briefed ACCA's ACOs at the ACCA 2023 Conference and we're working to schedule a virtual update now that guidelines have been released.  

    There is reason for hope that our message is getting through! The DOE guidelines require states to submit a "Consumer Protection Plan" that must "establish minimum quality installation standards" and establish "QA processes that allow the state to verify and document whether installation standards have been met."  

    We'll also need to work to fend off burdensome requirements. While the law itself makes no mention of union-backed prevailing wage rules for HOMES and HEEHR, the DOE guidelines require a Community Benefits Plan that "might include" provisions such as "paying at or above local prevailing wages."  

    ACCA will continue analyzing and developing materials regarding the new DOE Guidelines and the related contractor training grants announced by DOE a week earlier. In the meantime, it's important to remind your customers that even the most aggressive states will unlikely have programs available to consumers until 2024. ACCA's IRA Resource Center has information about the greatly enhanced 25C, 25D, 45L, and 179D federal tax incentives available today for residential and commercial customers at all income levels in all 50 states. 

  • 07/25/2023 11:59 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) recently reintroduced the Main Street Tax Certainty Act in the House. You might have seen that Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) already reintroduced the bill in the Senate. This important legislation would make the 20 percent 199A deduction of Qualified Business Income for small businesses structured as 's-corporations' or 'pass-through entities' permanent. 199A provides greater tax parity between small businesses and typically larger 'c-corporations.' The deduction is currently set to expire at the end of 2025.

    Please take a moment to participate in ACCA's Main Street Tax Certainty Act Action Alert to let your elected officials in Congress know why they should support the bill.

    If you have questions about the Main Street Tax Certainty Act or any of ACCA's advocacy efforts, email Chris Czarnecki, ACCA's director of government relations & advocacy, at or call 703-575-4477.



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