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Selbyville, Del. — The heating & cooling market revenue is projected to cross USD 1,400 billion by 2027 as reported in the latest study by Global Market Insights Inc. owing to increasing energy consumption along with rising infrastructural spending. The introduction of green building standards along with favorable government reforms & policies to improve sustainable energy Read more

Selbyville, Del. — The heating & cooling market revenue is projected to cross USD 1,400 billion by 2027 as reported in the latest study by Global Market Insights Inc. owing to increasing energy consumption along with rising infrastructural spending. The introduction of green building standards along with favorable government reforms & policies to improve sustainable energy mixes will foster the industry landscape. Paradigm shift toward the integration of thermal energy storage technologies along with increasing district heating and cooling demand will accelerate the business expansion.

Rising investments in residential infrastructure for the construction of multi-story buildings along with the developing real estate sector will favour the multi-family residential heating and cooling industry dynamics. Refurbishment and expansion of sustainable heating networks in line with the energy efficiency standards will complement the business dynamics.

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Increasing energy demand along with large & medium-scale investments toward the adoption of sustainable district heating units will boost the business landscape. The district heating segment has observed a substantial development owing to its environmental-friendly and economical nature. The heat delivered from these units is produced in an eco-friendly manner that reduces the effect of GHG emissions, positively encouraging the technology demand. Favourable government policies restricting carbon emissions together with the accelerating adoption of green energy will thrust the industry outlook.

Some prime findings of the global heating & cooling market report include:

  • The heating & cooling industry is anticipated to grow owing to rising demand for sustainable heating along with rising investments in residential and commercial infrastructures.
  • Ongoing technological developments to deploy enhanced thermal heating & cooling units will positively encourage the business outlook.
  • Eminent players operating across the global heating & cooling market include Siemens, Johnson Controls, Daikin, Engie, Trane, and Haier Group, amongst others.
  • Large-scale renewable integration followed by shifting focus toward the adoption of smart heating units will positively influence the industry scenario.

Browse key industry insights spread across 1,175 pages with 2,285 market data tables & 31 figures & charts from the report, “Heating & Cooling Market Forecasts By Category (Heating, Cooling), Application (Industrial, Residential, Service Sector), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027“, in detail along with the table of contents:

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The COVID-19 has hit the world in an exceptional manner and affected the global economy drastically. The pandemic has resulted in lockdowns and curfews across the globe to avoid virus transmission and has further led respective governments to promote social distancing. In addition, the lack of labour and unavailability of raw materials have further resulted in ceased production and disruptions in the supply chain & distribution network. However, proper vaccination programs and beneficiary measures by governing authorities will lead the industry to come back to its normal position.

Middle East heating & cooling market is set to gain momentum owing to the rapidly changing technological advancements along with extreme climatic conditions. Growing inclination toward advanced district cooling infrastructure favoured by commissioning of large number of projects across the region will foster the industry dynamics. For, instance, in 2020, Empower connected Avani Palm View Dubai Hotel & Suites an urban project to its cooling network supplying cooling capacity of TR 2,610 connecting 527 hotel & residential units along retail outlets as well as advanced office spaces. Moreover, the rising per capita income coupled with shifting consumer focus toward luxury & smart technological units will positively sway the business outlook.

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Washington, D.C. — The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®), publisher of the American National Standard Uniform Codes, enthusiastically applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation that makes vital investments in the nation’s infrastructure, including funding for water and sanitation, roads and Read more

Washington, D.C. — The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®), publisher of the American National Standard Uniform Codes, enthusiastically applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation that makes vital investments in the nation’s infrastructure, including funding for water and sanitation, roads and bridges, rail, transit, ports, airports, electric grid, broadband and other priorities. The legislation provides $944 billion in total spending over five years, totaling $550 billion in new spending, and represents a significant infusion of federal funding for U.S. public works across numerous industries.

Up to 10 million American households and 400,000 schools and childcare centers lack safe drinking water. This new legislation invests $55 billion to expand access to clean drinking water for households, businesses, schools, and childcare centers across the country. From rural towns to struggling cities, the legislation will invest in water infrastructure and eliminate lead service pipes, including in tribal nations and disadvantaged communities.

“Access to clean drinking water and safe sanitation is a basic human right that the plumbing industry strives every day to make a reality,” said IAPMO Executive Vice President for Government Relations Dain Hansen. “Included in this bill is funding for new and existing programs that will help us to provide life-changing services to communities who need it most.”

Among the items supported by IAPMO, the legislation includes:

  • Lead in Drinking Water: Authorizes $200 million in funding to address lead in school drinking water systems. It also includes $11.73 billion for projects directly connected to the identification, planning, design and replacement of lead service lines.
  • Water Reuse: Includes $1 billion in funding for Western water recycling programs and approximately $48 million for national water reuse programs. It also requires the U.S. EPA to facilitate sharing of information between stakeholders by creating a water data sharing pilot program and directs the agency to create a Water Reuse Interagency Working Group.
  • Water Filters for Disadvantaged Communities: Authorizes $510 million in funding for the Assistance for Small and Disadvantaged Communities Drinking Water Grant Program, which helps public water systems in underserved and disadvantaged communities meet Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. The bill includes language that allows for the purchase of certified point-of-entry or point-of-use filters and filtration that will help to remove harmful drinking water contaminants
  • Decentralized Waste Systems for Low Income Households: Creates a new $250 million grant program for the construction of individual and cluster household decentralized wastewater systems for low-income households. This new program is critical to bringing safe sanitation to the 2 million Americans who don’t have access to clean drinking water and a toilet in their homes.
  • New sanitation facilities for Native American Communities: Provides $3.5 billion in funding to the Indian Health Services for construction of safe water, wastewater, and solid waste systems. This represents an unprecedented investment in IHS sanitation that will help resolve the current backlog of projects.
  • Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Contamination: Includes $10 billion to clean up the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. This dedicated funding for PFAS includes:
    • $5 billion to help small and disadvantaged communities address PFAS in drinking water
    • $4 billion to help drinking water utilities remove PFAS from drinking water supplies or connect well owners to local water systems
    • $1 billion to help wastewater utilities address PFAS in wastewater discharges.
  • WaterSMART Grants: Includes $400 million for the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART program, with $100 million of the funds going toward improving existing nature-based projects. WaterSMART projects help increase water efficiency and supply by modernizing and restoring existing infrastructure.
  • Disaster Resilience: Provides $1 billion over five years ($200 million per year) for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program, which supports pre-disaster and hazard mitigation activities, including building code updates, undertaken by states and local communities.
  • Low Income Water Assistance Pilot Program: Directs EPA to launch a pilot grant program to address water affordability. The pilot program will award grants to eligible entities to develop programs to assist low-income households with maintaining access to drinking water and wastewater treatment. Assistance could include discounted rates or direct financial support to households or debt relief to water system owners or operators.

IAPMO, through its charitable arm IWSH, has been actively working to expand access to water and sanitation systems in the United States. Wastewater infrastructure in the communities where IWSH works is either failing, inadequate, or non-existent. This leads to the perpetual presence of wastewater in and around homes and takes a significant toll on individuals’ mental and physical health. Through IWSH projects in Alabama, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, The IAPMO Group is working to ensure communities have adequate sanitation in order to break cycles of poverty and marginalization and increase opportunities for education and employment.

Standards 1200 and 1205 create consistency for off-site construction processes Washington, D.C. –The International Code Council and the Modular Building Institute (MBI) have published two new comprehensive standards that will accelerate the off-site construction industry. ICC/MBI 1200-2021 Standard for Off-Site Construction: Planning, Design, Fabrication and Assembly andICC/MBI 1205-2021 Standard for Off-Site Construction: Inspection and Regulatory Read more

Standards 1200 and 1205 create consistency for off-site construction processes

Washington, D.C. –The International Code Council and the Modular Building Institute (MBI) have published two new comprehensive standards that will accelerate the off-site construction industry. ICC/MBI 1200-2021 Standard for Off-Site Construction: Planning, Design, Fabrication and Assembly andICC/MBI 1205-2021 Standard for Off-Site Construction: Inspection and Regulatory Compliance are intended to promote consistency around the globe of regulatory requirements for off-site construction processes. As the building industry continues to face multiple challenges including workforce availability, housing affordability, job site safety, building quality and sustainability, the expanded use of off-site construction, often called modular or prefabrication, is one approach that has risen to address these challenges.

“The Code Council family already offers multiple solutions to support the safe and efficient use of off-site construction. However, as we continue seeing a surge in global demand for off-site construction, we knew more guidance would be necessary, to add consistency to a global market” said Dominic Sims, CBO, Chief Executive Officer, International Code Council. “The new standards align perfectly with the Code Council’s mission to ensure building safety. The standards are also part of our commitment to encourage affordability, in this case by lowering the regulatory barriers to trade, that off-site products often face by having to navigate a patchwork of regional regulations.”

ICC/MBI Standard 1200-2021 addresses important facets of the off-site construction process including planning, designing, fabricating, transporting, and assembling commercial and residential building elements. This includes componentized, panelized and modularized elements. ICC/MBI Standard 1205-2021 addresses the inspection, approval and regulatory compliance of off-site residential and commercial construction components, as well as their assembly and completion at the final building site. This includes permitting, in-plant and on-site final inspections, third-party inspections, the role of Industrialized Building Departments, state modular programs and the authority having jurisdiction. The standards do not apply to HUD Manufactured Housing.

The new American National Standards were developed by the Off-site and Modular Construction Standard Consensus Committee (IS-OSMC) under the Code Council’s ANSI Approved Consensus Procedures.

“The Modular Building Institute is proud to announce the completion of Standards 1200 and 1205, in partnership with the Code Council, to support the modular building sector,” said Tom Hardiman, CAE, Executive Director, Modular Building Institute. “The standards are a significant step in providing consistency and helping to further unlock the benefits provided by off-site construction. We look forward to working with the Code Council on the adoption of these standards.”

The Code Council and MBI are continuing their partnership with the future development of additional off-site construction standards including Standard 1210, which will address requirements for mechanical, electrical and plumbing system elements, energy efficiency and water conservation in off-site construction projects.

An educational course on the two standards is in development and will be available by the end of the year. The standards are available for purchase in digital and print versions on the Code Council website.

For more information on the Code Council’s off-site construction activities, visit https://www.iccsafe.org/offsite.

NEW FEDERAL COVID VACCINE RULE WILL LIKELY PROMPT CONSTRUCTION WORKERS TO SHIFT TO SMALLER FIRMS, ADD TO SECTOR’S LABOR CHALLENGES Construction Officials Say Federal Mandates Add to Industry’s Confusion by Creating Different Standards for Firms Based on Size and the Work they Perform and Offering Conflicting Details The chief executive officer of the Associated General Read more

NEW FEDERAL COVID VACCINE RULE WILL LIKELY PROMPT CONSTRUCTION WORKERS TO SHIFT TO SMALLER FIRMS, ADD TO SECTOR’S LABOR CHALLENGES

Construction Officials Say Federal Mandates Add to Industry’s Confusion by Creating Different Standards for Firms Based on Size and the Work they Perform and Offering Conflicting Details

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to the release today of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new coronavirus vaccine rule:

“This association has been an ardent advocate for the coronavirus vaccine. We were among the first to organize a nationwide coronavirus vaccine awareness week, have worked with the CDC to provide resources and public service ads specific to the construction industry, and continue to take every possible step to urge construction professionals at all levels to get vaccinated.

“Instead of providing additional resources and support to encourage workers to do the right thing, the Biden administration’s new vaccine mandates will make the challenge of vaccinating more construction professionals harder, based on our initial analysis of the measure.

“The rule creates more confusion than clarity. For example, the measure claims to require workers to incur the costs of testing, yet it also says many employers will likely be required to pay those workers for the time spent getting tested. The rule also claims to exempt people who work outside—something many in construction do—but then defines outside in a way that excludes just about every occupation traditionally performed outdoors.

“By opting to have one standard apply to federal contractors, a different standard apply to firms that employ 100 or more people, and no standard for firms with 99 or fewer workers, the administration is doing more to encourage vaccine-reluctant workers to relocate to smaller firms than to get vaccinated. This is something many workers will easily be able to do in a labor market where nearly 90 percent of construction firms are having a hard time finding workers to hire.

“The Biden administration isn’t even clear on whether there is an emergency to justify this rule’s rapid drafting and implementation. On one hand, the narrative refers to the rule as an Emergency Temporary Standard while also labeling it an Interim Final Rule. And while declaring an immediate emergency, the measure also finds the time to ask for comments over the next 30 days.

“We all want to see more people vaccinated and we are all doing our part to make that happen. But this rule will lead many workers to shift jobs to smaller firms while leaving larger contractors with the burden of having to comply with a complex new rule while they struggle to find workers that don’t exist to meet client demands that do.

“The path to ending the pandemic does not lie through confusion, coercion or conflicting mandates. That is why this association will provide comments to this measure designed to fix its many flaws and continue to explore all other possible options to protect the construction industry and the economy from the many risks created by this measure.”

Enhanced partnership connects, empowers and enables specialty contractors and field service technicians so they can elevate user experience and value XOi Technologies, the system of record for field service data collection and indexing, and IFS Core, the developer of Sage Service Operations, Sage Field Operations and Tech Tool, announce an enhanced integration and extended partnership that connects Read more

Enhanced partnership connects, empowers and enables specialty contractors and field service technicians so they can elevate user experience and value

XOi Technologies, the system of record for field service data collection and indexing, and IFS Core, the developer of Sage Service Operations, Sage Field Operations and Tech Tool, announce an enhanced integration and extended partnership that connects, empowers and enables specialty contractors and field service technicians to elevate user experience and value.

The partnership leverages XOi’s curb-to-curb technician enablement solution and IFS Core’s IFS Core’s robust field service tools to deliver unparalleled dispatching, work order management, job costing and other critical functionality for contractors, team members, customers and vendors.

“Extending our integration with XOi ensures that our customers continue to have a rich, seamless experience that maximizes the efficiency of their operations, field management and communication,” said Jay Annarelli, CEO and founding partner of IFS Core. “XOi’s advanced visual documentation capability and detailed job overviews give our customers unique tools that can help them maintain and grow their competitive advantage.”

Founded in 2007, IFS Core engineers and manages industry-leading software tools that help contractors add increased functionality for employees working in the field, office personnel, vendors and customers. The company’s deep integration with XOi optimizes customer experience while increasing the value of their applications for joint customers.

“We’re continuing to invest in partnerships that maximize efficiency, accuracy and transparency for XOi users,” said Aaron Salow, founder and CEO of XOi. “It’s crucial for contractors in the industries we serve to be able to streamline operations and workflows in order to address the chronic skilled labor shortage.”

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For more information about IFS Core, visit https://ifscore.com.