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  • 04/19/2022 8:00 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    The EPA recently imposed a completely unjustified ban on non-refillable refrigerant cylinders that increases costs on HVACR businesses and consumers, empowers China, and endangers technicians in the HVAC-R industry. We need Congress's help to reverse this damaging decision!

    The ban applies to the cylinders that air conditioning techs use every day to transport hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants including R32 and R410A. If the ban holds, we'll be forced to rely on extremely heavy refillable cylinders with questionable quality control imported from China. Not to mention the ransition will impose significant, unnecessary costs on the broader HVAC-R industry including manufacturers, distributors, contractors, and technicians.

    Specifically, the ban will result in the following:

    • American manufacturing jobs will be lost
    • Increased weight means more injuries and long-term strain on technicians
    • Those unable to lift, pull, or carry the new, imported 50-pound containers will have difficulty
      finding jobs or continuing to work in the industry
    • Added $2 billion in costs for U.S. companies to setup refillable cylinder fleets
    • Another form of price inflation, and some American families may not be able to service their
      AC units
    • Small businesses will have to pay more for cylinders
    • Contractors will need to reconfigure trucks to fit the new cylinders, adding another unnecessary
      cost as well as increased vehicle weight, strain, and maintenance over time.
    • Bad actors from China will flood the market with poorly constructed cylinders
    • The already stressed cooling supply chain will be even further constrained—putting vulnerable
      populations at risk

    EPA claims that this ban will protect the environment and stop illegal HFC imports; however, there is
    little evidence to support this claim. Similar bans have been enacted elsewhere in the world and
    smugglers have quickly adapted by smuggling HFCs in various types of containers. An effective
    solution to this problem would be to improve border security practices, increase importer tracking
    requirements, and raise enforcement and consequences for the improper handling of HFC refrigerants.
    This includes both illegal trafficking by foreign companies and illegal venting and disposal by
    unscrupulous individuals. These entities seek to undercut law abiding U.S. manufacturers and
    HVAC-R contractors respectively.

    Congress needs to get involved. 

    Take action now!

    Our industry needs to work together to ensure the well-being of contractors,

    technicians, suppliers, staff and clients. MIACCA supports ACCA's ongoing

    legislative efforts and encourages you to sign this letter (click link above)

    to be sent to your policy makers today.

  • 04/14/2022 11:02 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    Bureau of Construction Codes Update

    Executive Director, M.J. D'Smith was in attendance at the following commission and board meetings, on behalf of our MIACCA members.  Here is her report of those meetings.

    Board of Boiler Rules - April 5, 2022

    Election of Officers:  Officers will remain the same. Chair-Michael Horton, Vice.Chair- Chris Lanzon and Secretary-Garrett Jackson

    Audit Findings: Director Keith Lambert discussed the audit report.  He brought up the amount of boilers that have yet to be inspected and the timeliness of completing inspections.  This audit did not separate the Insurance company inspections v the State's. 

    Are penalties enforced?  They do not have the resources to enforce the $500/day 30 days in jail penalty that is stated.

    CSD-1 Reporting:  It was pointed out that CSD-1 certifications are not recognized by the State. The Michigan Boiler Rules, Rule number R 408.4027 states that an individual must have specific classifications (parts 5 or 6) on their mechanical license to perform CSD-1 boiler services.

    Owners need to be aware that CSD-1 inspections need to be done.  The word to get these reports posted in the boiler room needs to be expressed.

    Invoicing/Inspection Practices: Boilers are under the building owner.  The state has no way to contact those who have moved or sold the business to follow up with inspections.  The BCC would like to find a way to tie the boiler into the actual building, via deed/title.  May work with Real Estate division to investigate legislation changes.

    There is currently $175k in outstanding invoices, mostly from boiler certifications that are waiting to be paid.  It was pointed out that the Chief of Detroit will be giving a 30-60 day notice and then take the party to court.  The State of Texas, along with others has a separate enforcement division making it easier to collect.

    Boiler Division Report:  A new inspector was just hired for the U.P.  He is located in Escanaba and will cover the entire U.P. for now.  SE MI will be in need as the inspector is leaving April 15th due to pay, benefits and vehicle expense.  Michigan is competitive with other states, including CA, but the BCC will be reevaluating this.  They currently cannot compete with the insurance companies.

    Public Comment:  MIACCA Member, Ken Misiewicz of Pleune Service Company, stated the need for the board to restructure the notifying the owners first of a violation to bring it first to  the company, as with other commissions/boards.  The ability for the company to contact the owners and fix the violation first can smooth out customer relations and establish trusting work relations.  

    Next Meeting: July 26, 2022

    Construction Codes Commission - April 13, 2022

    Election of Officers: The vacant position of Vice Chair was filled by Mark Lee.

    Code Update: The Michigan Energy Code parts 10 and 10a public comments are currently being reviewed.  There will be a public hearing on this, the 2021 residential code and  skilled trades act.

    BCC Update: Director Lambert briefly talked about the audit.  He stated that the BCC will be promoting the skilled trades workforce at a job fair event at the Earle Heratio Center on May 12th.  The event will be held live 9-3 and again virtually 3-7 that day.  He stated that more information will be forthcoming.

    Next Meeting: July 20, 2022

  • 03/24/2022 11:05 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    MIACCA's Website has a fresh new look!  Executive Director, M.J. D'Smith has revamped the site with new images, color scheme, content and streamlined easy to navigate menu items.  She has also added a new webinar page that offers free video training.

    Please review our Contractor Directory.  As a member benefit, you are entitled to free advertising  on our website.  This is utilized by the public seeking Professional HVAC Contractor Services.  If you need to update or add your company logo, please email it to for addition to your listing.

    Don't see your company advertised?  No problem, click the Become a Member button below and join MIACCA today for this and many other member benefits when you join.

  • 03/17/2022 2:03 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    MIACCA Submits Written Comments on Proposed Michigan Uniform Energy Code

    On March 16th, MIACCA submitted written comments The proposed Michigan Uniform Energy Code.  The proposed changes will incorporate the new ICC 2021 code that will now require testing of ducts inside conditioned space. MIACCA's submissions below, provide reasoning to eliminate the these requirements.

    MIACCA - 2021 MEC R403.3.4 w docs.pdf

    MIACCA 2021 MEC R403.3.5.pdf 

    MIACCA 2021 MEC R403.3.7.pdf

    This is just another example of how MIACCA is advocating for our Michigan Contractors

  • 03/10/2022 11:26 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    Hiring Practices


    Tuesday, March 22, 2022 (12:00 PM Central)

    60 minutes | Complimentary | Advance registration required


    This webinar will focus on Hiring Practices, including key trends and issues that many organizations struggle with as they operate in an environment of accelerated change. From candidate and employee expectations around flexibility and remote work to reducing turnover by elevating the hiring process, the Big Quit of 2021 and the search for talent, the hiring process presents numerous challenges. After identifying some key trends and best practices, examples from the trenches and a live Question and Answer period will round out this presentation.


    • Human Resources Professionals
    • Managers and Supervisors
    • Risk Managers

  • 03/02/2022 8:39 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    March is National Ladder Safety Month

    Almost every home in the United Sates has one, and chances are you have used one personally either at work or at home. From changing out a lightbulb to getting on top of a roof, ladders are a common piece of equipment used in almost every home or building and appear to be harmless — and yet according to Injury Facts, thousands of people are killed due to falls from a ladder or scaffolding work. In fact, falls are the second leading cause of death next to highway crashes.

    Understanding the different types of ladders as well as safe ladder practices are key to preventing falls and other potential injuries.

    Here are some helpful tips to always keep in mind when using a ladder provided by OSHA:

    • Read and follow all labels/markings on the ladder.
    • Avoid electrical hazards! – Look for overhead power lines before handling a ladder. Avoid using a metal ladder near power lines or exposed energized electrical equipment.
    • Always inspect the ladder prior to using it. If the ladder is damaged, it must be removed from service and tagged until repaired or discarded.
    • Always maintain a 3-point (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) contact on the ladder when climbing. Keep your body near the middle of the step and always face the ladder while climbing (see diagram).
    • Only use ladders and appropriate accessories (ladder levelers, jacks or hooks) for their designed purposes.
    • Ladders must be free of any slippery material on the rungs, steps or feet.
    • Do not use a self-supporting ladder (e.g., step ladder) as a single ladder or in a partially closed position.
    • Do not use the top step/rung of a ladder as a step/rung unless it was designed for that purpose.
    • Use a ladder only on a stable and level surface, unless it has been secured (top or bottom) to prevent displacement.
    • Do not place a ladder on boxes, barrels or other unstable bases to obtain additional height.
    • Do not move or shift a ladder while a person or equipment is on the ladder.
    • An extension or straight ladder used to access an elevated surface must extend at least 3 feet above the point of support (see diagram). Do not stand on the three top rungs of a straight, single or extension ladder.
    • The proper angle for setting up a ladder is to place its base a quarter of the working length of the ladder from the wall or other vertical surface (see diagram).
    • A ladder placed in any location where it can be displaced by other work activities must be secured to prevent displacement or a barricade must be erected to keep traffic away from the ladder.
    • Be sure that all locks on an extension ladder are properly engaged.
    • Do not exceed the maximum load rating of a ladder. Be aware of the ladder's load rating and of the weight it is supporting, including the weight of any tools or equipment.

    While some of these dos and don'ts may seem obvious, it's important to keep things in perspective. According to National Ladder Safety Month, every year over 100 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries.

    The good news, however, is that ladder safety is becoming a key safety topic among employees in the construction industry. Don't miss the 2018 Stats as reported by National Ladder Safety Month for spreading the news about the safety dangers ladders can create and how to work safely both on and around ladders.

    While falls from ladders are a growing concern, it's also reassuring and important to remember that ladder-related injuries and fatalities are completely preventable.

  • 02/28/2022 2:24 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    ACCA Annual Conference St. Louis March 28-30th

    Making an investment in your company is a no-brainer for a leading HVACR contractor like you.

    ACCA 2022 focuses on helping HVACR contractors to optimize for business growth and success by learning from the industry's most successful owners, entrepreneurs, top consultants, and innovative and creative up-and-comers. The Conference program is filled with HVACR training opportunities and powerhouse speakers covering the most critical and timely topics affecting HVACR contractors today. Sessions cover a wide range of topics that will help contractors be better business people and grow their profit margins year over year.

    The Expo space showcases the top products and services available in the industry.

    Networking opportunities are uniquely targeted, giving you ample time to make the connections you need to grow your business.


    MIACCA MEMBERS RECEIVE A $200 Discount - email for code.

  • 02/25/2022 8:37 AM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    National HVACR Education Conference

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    Las Vegas, Nevada Or Online

    March 21-23, 2022

    Expand your knowledge at the National HVACR Education Conference, the ultimate training experience. Learn about new and emerging technologies, get answers from, and be inspired by industry leaders, exchange ideas with industry peers, while gaining a better understanding of the future of the HVACR industry. 

    Industry data shows that a significant percentage of system components returned to manufacturers have no fault found in them. This is a clear indicator that we need to better train our industry, beginning with those on the front line of education.

    Become Part of the Solution!

    While one could travel the country to visit manufacturers and subject matter experts to improve our knowledge, thankfully many of these industry leaders will be present at this event. 


    Who Attends?

    The conference is open to anyone involved in the HVACR industry (educators, administrators, trainers, wholesalers, contractors, etc.) who is interested in learning about new technologies, codes, content-delivery techniques, and interacting with those who change the face of our industry.

    Requirements for Attending the Conference

    • Have the desire to expand your understanding of new and emerging technologies.
    • Be prepared to attend great presentations conducted by industry leading organizations, individuals, and manufacturers.
    • Bring an open mind.
    • Be prepared to share ideas with fellow educators.
    • Have the desire to become a more effective educator.
    • Have the desire to positively affect the future of the HVACR industry.
    • Be ready to meet with companies that can help keep your current.
    • Have the desire to earn continuing education hours.


    Don't Be Left Out!

    Attend the ultimate, live face-to-face learning experience, with great sessions and exhibits March 21-23, 2022 at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Then continue your learning online with additional courses on the HVACR Learning Network





  • 01/28/2022 2:22 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    CCC Decides to Take No Action to Prescribe a Statewide Permit Form

    At the October 20, 2021, Construction Code Commission (CCC) meeting, a motion was made to table the statewide permit forms until they reviewed the findings from the Attorney General regarding their statutory obligation that the application for a permit "shall be on a form prescribed by the commission".    

    Executive Director M.J. D'Smith attended the January 26, 2022 meeting, where the CCC went into a closed session to discuss MCL 125.1510(1) with the Attorney General.  When they re-opened the meeting, it was determined, that despite the consistency the permit forms would give to contractors and the public, enforcement issues in handling enforcing agencies who do not comply in using the CCC prescribed permit form was one of the main factor in deciding not to take action at this time.  This means that the CCC will continue to not follow the law and allow the Bureau of Construction Codes and other enforcing agencies to use whatever permit forms they like.

    As you know, MIACCA has been the force behind getting enforcing agencies to follow the law as it is written and has actively advocated for CCC prescribed permit forms for years.  We are disappointed that the CCC decided not to follow the plain meaning of the law and prescribe the permit form to be used by all enforcing agencies.  We will be looking into other avenues to hopefully succeed in getting the Bureau of Construction Codes and all enforcing agencies to use permit forms that are prescribed by the CCC.

  • 01/21/2022 2:26 PM | M.J. D'Smith (Administrator)

    Auditor General's BCC 2020 Report

    The Auditor General has released the Bureau of Construction Codes 2020 Report that you can review the report here.

    Some of the recommendations of the report include:

    Timely boiler inspections.  They point out that in May 2020 they had not conducted 7,860 out of the 61,900 required inspections nor did they conduct 2,217 of the 2,308 required follow up inspections.

    Improvements to the timeliness of the complaint investigation including work without a permit and unlicensed work were recommended.

    That LARA improve its statutory reporting for all BCC regulated activities.

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