Newsletter of the Independent Business Association
With the merger of WA ACCA and the WSHVACRA associations, our chapter now receives the Independent Business Association's newsletter.
Washington HVACIA exists to educate our members and support legislatively the HVACR industry, ensuring consumer quality and contractor success.
Washington State Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Industry Association
Labor & Industries Proposes Worker Comp 2018 Rate Reduction
September 20, 2017
On Wednesday, September 20th, the state Department of Labor & Industries announced its 2018 proposed worker compensation premiums- an average reduction of 2.5 percent. For the HVAC industry, the proposed reduction is 5 percent- an average yearly savings to employers of $198 per employee. We will have additional information at ou annual meeting on October 19th.
Public hearings planned for October and November
The agency will hold a series of public hearings where people can learn about and comment on the proposed rates. The hearings are scheduled for:
- Everett, Oct. 24, 10 a.m., Everett Community College Corporate & Continuing Education Center
- Spokane Valley, Oct. 25, 9 a.m., Spokane CenterPlace
- Richland, Oct. 26, 9 a.m., Richland Community Center
- Vancouver, WA, Oct. 27, 10 a.m., Vancouver NW Regional Training Room
- Tumwater, Oct. 30, 10 a.m., Dept. of Labor & Industries Headquarters
- Tukwila, Nov. 1, 10 a.m., Dept. of Labor & Industries Tukwila Office
People can also comment in writing to Jo Anne Attwood, administrative regulations analyst, P. O. Box 41448, Olympia, WA 98504-4148; or email joanne.attwood@Lni.wa.gov
. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 1, 2017.
More information about the proposal is available at www.Lni.wa.gov/Rates
Final rates will be adopted by early December and go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.
"A Government Affairs Update"
March 28, 2017
As we approach the next deadline for legislative action, the two bills mentioned in the last Government Affairs report- HB 1972 allowing cities with electrical inspection programs to also enforce electrical contractor registration and trainee laws, and HB 1855 requiring signage on electrical contractors' vehicles- have died in Senate committee. No policy bills of special concern to the HVAC industry remain alive for 2017- but this year's bills are alive next year. Read Full Update
"A Government Affairs Update
March 10, 2017
Of the three bills mentioned in Currents (see link above), SB 5211 is dead, but HB 1952 passed the House unanimously, and HB 1855 passed on an almost straight party line vote. Both House bills are being pushed by the IBEW - and both have serious implications for electrical contractors. HB 1952 would let each city with an electrical program - 27 of them - decide to enforce state law on electrical trainees, and all other electrical licensing and certification laws.
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"Puget Sound Energy RFQ": Note from the HVACIA Government Affairs Director
January 26, 2015
Last Wednesday, Puget Sound Energy released to its Tier 1 contractors yet another RFQ in relation to its propsed Appliance Leasing proposal before the Utilities and Trasportation Commission. While a response is framed as a "bid", the reality is that PSE is not offering any work to any contractor in response to this RFQ. All PSE is doing is gathering rate information to use in deciding what prices to include in their revised proposal to be filed with the UTC before February 17.
Your association understands that contractors invest time and money preparing bids, responding to RFQs, and so on in efforts to get work. This effort is not cost-free. Yet any contractor investing in thi RFQ process from PSE will get nothing- but PSE will get information.
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Note from the HVACIA President
November 17, 2015
Information about Initiative 937: "As I think of what would have happened had we not been given the forewarning about this proposal from our lobbyists, Jim King and Gary Smith, I get a chill up my spine... "
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WA ACCA and the WSHVACRA associations merged. Our chapter has now been renamed HVACCA.
ACCA Initiates New Standard On HVAC System Design For Energy Efficient Homes
March 23, 2015
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute (ACCA-EI) Standards Task Team (STT) announces the initiation of development of BSR/ACCA 16 Manual E-201x, "HVAC System Design for Energy Efficient Homes" as a new industry standard.
HVAC designers are increasingly encountering energy-efficient homes, characterized by markedly reduced heating and cooling loads, as a result of numerous national initiatives like the energy conservation code, EPA ENERGY STAR, DOE New-Zero Ready programs, and DOE Builder's Challenge. ACCA recognized that there is little guidance currently available for HVAC design and selection for these energy-efficient homes; especially, since there is limited manufacturer offerings for lower capacity equipment.
This standard will provide procedures to design/select HVAC systems and equipment for low-load homes that will achieve satisfactory indoor conditions with lower equipment capacity; i.e., resolving ventilation and moisture requirements/issues with low air volume systems while addressing occupant comfort, health, and safety. These procedures will apply as lower capacity equipment appears in the marketplace.
Anyone wishing to submit comments or interested in being considered for the advisory committee can submit same to
December 1, 2013: Training Requirements for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard