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  • 02/01/2023 2:15 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    Tax Call to Action

    We do not ask small business owners to contact Legislators or the Governor unless it is very important and tonight, we have such an ask. 

    The Legislature and the Governor are considering and will likely vote in the next day or two on legislation that will cancel $700 million in small business and individual tax relief and use the money to fund tax incentives for a handful of multinational corporations.  

    The Income Tax Act has a provision that says that when state general fund revenue goes up 40% faster than inflation, the income tax rate reduces. This is the main tax that small businesses pay.

    Well, last year that provision was triggered.

    Because of this, as of January 1, 2023, the tax rate was supposed to roll back to 4.05% saving individuals and small businesses $700 million. But the state delayed the reduction in the small business tax rate and is now trying to get votes to cancel the small business tax relief. They are literally cancelling the small business tax relief in an accounting gimmick that puts the money into the fund used for big business tax breaks.  Politicians always say that they support small businesses – but they stand on the verge of proving just the opposite.

    Please participate in our call to action by demanding that big business tax breaks not come at the expense of small business owners. 

    Take Action Now!


  • 01/10/2023 12:31 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    January 12, 2023 01:00PM to 02:30PM EST

    A "Public Roundtable" will inform DOE implementation plans for the $4.3 billion HOMES program, $4.5 billion High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate program, and $200 million State-Based Home Efficiency Contractor Training Grants program, all created through the Inflation Reduction Act. The purpose of these programs is to help states and tribes implement whole-house energy savings retrofits, incentivize high-efficiency electrification measures, and train residential contractors to deliver energy-efficiency and electrification upgrades.

    REGISTER


  • 12/13/2022 8:36 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    MIACCA submitted three proposals for the proposed 2021 Mechanical Rules on Friday December 9th.  We specifically submitted them for sections 603.9, 1101.9, and 1102.3 of the 2021 International Mechanical Code.  (Just click on each link to read our proposals).

    This is just another way we are advocating for our contractors.  We appreciate our members support and our work goes to improve the industry for all of Michigan's contractors. 

    If you are not a member, please consider joining forces to strengthen and keep us advocating or our industry- your membership matters!



  • 12/02/2022 9:28 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    The 2021 Mechanical rules are now open, and we are seeking your input.

    For your convenience, a Proposal Rule/Code Change Request form is attached.The current Mechanical rule set can be reviewed under our Administrative Rules webpage. Proposals for this rule set must be submitted to LARA-BCC-Rules@michigan.gov by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2022. Status of the rule set progression will be posted on our website.

    To be included in our email distribution list and stay updated on rule set information, please send an email to LARA-BCC-Rules@michigan.gov with the rule set that you want to be informed on in the subject line. You will be notified of upcoming public hearings, proposed code changes, and any other relevant information.

    If you would like MIACCA to submit on your behalf instead, please send your comments to M.J. D'Smith by December 5, 2022 at mjdsmith@miacca.org.


  • 11/18/2022 12:28 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)


    FTL Finance offers HVACR contractors to sign up for
    no cost and hassle free financing. 

    Contact Michael O'Riley at moriley@ftlfinance.com today!


  • 10/19/2022 11:43 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    Alexandria, VA (October 19, 2022) - The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) notified the Department of Energy (DOE) this month that it opposes the July 7, 2022, notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to revise the energy efficiency standards for residential natural gas furnaces. The proposal, if adopted, would negatively impact ACCA's over 3,000 member companies, individual homeowners, including low-income households, small businesses, and seniors.

    Federal and state lawmakers and regulators focus a significant amount of time on the HVACR industry because of the energy its products consume. Former Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz believed energy efficiency improvements within the HVACR industry could have an enormous impact on addressing peak demand for electricity going forward. ACCA agrees with the Secretary, but the DOE is not focused on the problems that ACCA's contractor members work on every day: incorrect equipment sizing and poor equipment installations.

    "The problem of poor HVAC installations is rampant in part due to many public officials believing that industry-recommended installation standards and training programs are aspirational and do not require trained technicians," said Barton James, ACCA president and CEO. "If DOE would turn their attention to educating and incentivizing homeowners to demand that HVAC systems are installed according to the industry's recommended minimum standards, then the HVACR industry would be able to meet Secretary Moniz's wish for a 25 to 30 percent improvement in efficiency, and far exceed the goals from this furnace rule."

    "ACCA strongly believes that America's HVAC Contractors should have options for their customers based on their applications needs, fuel and installation cost, energy reliability, and product availability when it comes to heating homes and businesses. ACCA once again opposes this latest attempt by the DOE to offer a solution that does not address the root energy problem," added James. "This regulation will create an unnecessary burden on homeowners, who already are facing increasing costs of living, by demanding them to install equipment that they can neither afford nor will reach the desired efficiency that the DOE claims this regulation is needed to meet. ACCA firmly stands by the position that HVACR contractors and consumers should have access to whatever source of fuel makes the most sense for their business and economic needs. If the DOE wants to have a real impact on reducing fuel use and increasing the energy efficiency of heating systems, they should focus on proper equipment sizing, correct duct design, and quality installations based on nationally recognized standards such as ACCA's Manual J®, Manual S®, and Manual D®, which help ensure that systems are properly sized, have the correct ductwork, and are installed in a manner that allows the equipment it reach its stated efficiency rating."

    You can read the full letter that ACCA sent to the DOE here.

    ACCA will continue to keep its members updated on the status of the DOE's rulemaking activities regarding energy-efficiency standards for furnaces and fight for common-sense regulations and legislation that leverages our members' expertise.


    For more information about ACCA, please contact Melissa Broadus, ACCA director of member communications, at melissa.broadus@acca.org or (703) 824-8842.


  • 10/05/2022 6:58 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    CSD-1 NATE Certified Training

    October 27, 2022
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Behler-Young

    3607 Midlink Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

    Register Here


    Instructor - Phil Forner

    Cost includes Lunch

    MIACCA Members: $250

    Non Members: $350

    3607 Midlink Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

    Attendees need to bring a copy of:

    • ASME CSD-1-2018

    • Article 9 of the Skilled Trades Regulation Act

    • Michigan Boiler Rules

    Not a Member ? Join Today! Your $300 MIACCA membership includes:

    Membership for up to 10 employees
    Free SBAM and Service Rountable memberships valued at $950
    Member discounts on MIACCA training events

    EVENT FLYER



  • 09/29/2022 5:06 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    HARDI, the national industry association of HVAC/R Distributors, is conducting a national survey of HVAC/R Contractors to find out how distributors can improve and adapt their services.

    As a thank you for completing this survey, if you provide your name and contact information at the end of the survey:
    - You will be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 25 $50 VISA Gift Cards.
    - You will receive a complimentary summary report of this survey's finding so that you can compare your company to national HVAC/R contractor averages.

    Please take 10 minutes to complete this online survey and help your distributors service you better. 

    CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY


  • 09/27/2022 6:56 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    California proposes ban on natural gas heaters by 2030

    California's clean air agency has approved a proposal that would ban natural gas heaters and furnaces in the state by 2030.

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) last week unanimously supported the 2022 State Implementation Plan Strategy, whose goal is to meet the federal ozone standard for the level of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere by 2037, according to a press release.

    Natural gas combustion from residential and commercial buildings make up 5% of California's nitrogen oxide emissions, according to the plan's text. Space and water heating account for 90% of all building-related natural gas demand.

    CARB said the state's less-fortunate residents are the primary beneficiaries of this proposal.

    "While this strategy will clean the air for all Californians, it will also lead to reduced emissions in the many low-income and disadvantaged communities that experience greater levels of persistent air pollution," CARB Chair Liane Randolph said in the release.

    The plan, which was first published last month, said it is relying heavily on heat pumps to electrify new and existing homes moving beyond 2030.


  • 09/01/2022 12:02 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    Consumers Energy and SEMCO Energy has partnered with Environmental Protection Agency-recognized third-party training organizations are excited to announce another round of the ENERGY STAR® Scholarship Pilot Program to grow our highly skilled trades network. Consumers Energy will provide 2022 ENERGY STAR scholarships, valued at $1,050 each, to 15 HVAC contractors who sign up.

    The training will begin in September of 2022 with flexible schedule options available.

    Benefits of becoming an ENERGY STAR certified HVAC Contractor:

    · Gain a competitive advantage in the market

    · Provide a higher quality install

    · Align with a growing demographic of consumers

    · Provide services for ENERGY STAR new home builders

    · Market your affiliation with EPA's well-recognized ENERGY STAR program

    · Bring additional revenue into your company

    Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in participating, please complete the interest form here.

    Sara.Millies-Lucke

    517-545-7194

    Sara.Millies-Lucke@icf.com

    Consumers Energy Trade Ally Website

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