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Atlanta — ASHRAE announces that applications for the new Certified HVAC Designer (CHD) certification are now open. World-wide computer-based testing opens June 3. “For a long time, the certification committee had suspected an HVAC Designer certification would serve the needs of members, but the ‘Industry Needs’ survey data emphasized just how much need and demand Read More

Atlanta — ASHRAE announces that applications for the new Certified HVAC Designer (CHD) certification are now open. World-wide computer-based testing opens June 3.

“For a long time, the certification committee had suspected an HVAC Designer certification would serve the needs of members, but the ‘Industry Needs’ survey data emphasized just how much need and demand there are,” said Mark Fly, P.E., chair of the exam subcommittee. “Launching a new certification program is a commitment, but we’re confident this is an investment from which ASHRAE members and their employees will benefit.”

The CHD exam blueprint and eligibility requirements, which have been approved by the ASHRAE Certification Committee, can be found in the CHD Candidate Guidebook.

The Certified HVAC Designer (CHD) certification validates competency of the HVAC Designer, working under the responsible charge of an engineer, to design HVAC systems to meet building/project requirements, including:

  • Load calculations
  • Equipment selection and sizing
  • Mechanical equipment room design
  • Duct and piping design
  • Layout for the development of HVAC plans for permit and construction

The exam follows a 2018 industry-wide job analysis study with data that was gathered from more than 1,200 respondents from over 60 countries. The CHD application is currently open with a practice exam launching May 1.

For more information, visit ashrae.org/chd.

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) has awarded John Sedine of Engineered Heating & Cooling in Cedar Springs, Michigan, with the association’s Distinguished Service Award. ACCA depends on the dedicated efforts of hundreds of volunteers who devote thousands of hours to committee service and providing leadership and guidance on standards development, public policy, and Read More

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) has awarded John Sedine of Engineered Heating & Cooling in Cedar Springs, Michigan, with the association’s Distinguished Service Award.

ACCA depends on the dedicated efforts of hundreds of volunteers who devote thousands of hours to committee service and providing leadership and guidance on standards development, public policy, and membership programs. All ACCA volunteers are incredibly valuable and deserve a debt of gratitude from the rest of the industry. Each year, ACCA recognizes one volunteer who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to ACCA and the contracting industry with the Distinguished Service Award.

John Sedine Presented with ACCA Distinguished Service Award, ACCA

John Sedine has been a devoted leader in the industry and ACCA for more than 25 years. He served as Chairman of the ACCA Board of Directors in 2010, served on the Board of the Michigan contracting association, and has served on several state and national code councils. John has contributed to the success of ACCA’s standards and codes programs by lending his expertise to the development of multiple ACCA initiatives, including the Quality Installation program, ACCA Manual LLH – Low Load Homes, and countless other efforts.

“There are few individuals in our industry who have dedicated as much time and energy to improving it than John Sedine,” said Barton James, ACCA President and CEO. “While John is often recognized for his technical expertise, I must note that he has helped me in my role as ACCA’s new President and CEO. His years of leadership and guidance play an important role in my success and the success of our entire professional staff at ACCA as we work to ensure ACCA remains the industry thought leader.”

Sedine was recognized for his service during ACCA’s 2019 Annual Conference and Expo, March 4-6 in San Antonio, Texas.

Annual Event Highlights Opportunities for Highly Mobile, Rewarding Careers in Construction as Nation Seeks to Shore Up Workforce Shortage  Nearly 200 of the nation’s best electricians, welders, plumbers, carpenters and other construction craft professionals will gather in Long Beach, California, on March 27 for Associated Builders and Contractors’ 32nd annual National Craft Championships, an intense, daylong Read More

Annual Event Highlights Opportunities for Highly Mobile, Rewarding Careers in Construction as Nation Seeks to Shore Up Workforce Shortage 

Nearly 200 of the nation’s best electricians, welders, plumbers, carpenters and other construction craft professionals will gather in Long Beach, California, on March 27 for Associated Builders and Contractors’ 32nd annual National Craft Championships, an intense, daylong, hands-on skills competition.

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The NCC highlights the opportunity and the well-paid career ladder that construction can provide to Americans—whether it’s a graduating high schooler seeking an alternative to college, a veteran exploring their next chapter after completing their military service or an individual rejoining the workforce or seeking a career change.

The NCC features a field of craft professionals competing for top honors in 14 competitions representing 12 crafts, including a team competition with four journey-level craft professionals per team working to complete a joint project. Competitors first take an intense, two-hour written exam and then compete in a daylong practical performance test.

See video highlights from NCC competitions.

ABC offers more than 800 training programs across 69 chapters to help train the next generation of construction workers. Its flexible, affordable craft and safety training leads to industry-recognized, national credentials for today’s leading construction positions. ABC notes that construction can provide a promising career path from apprenticeship to journeyman to business owner.

The competition takes place during ABC Convention 2019 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center on Wednesday, March 27

Peachtree City, Ga. — Rinnai America Corporation is announcing a partnership with Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization founded by Major Dan Rooney, a fighter pilot with the Air Force Reserves, that will fund trade school scholarships for the families and children of fallen or disabled military service members. For every Rinnai Tankless Water Heater Read More

Peachtree City, Ga. — Rinnai America Corporation is announcing a partnership with Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization founded by Major Dan Rooney, a fighter pilot with the Air Force Reserves, that will fund trade school scholarships for the families and children of fallen or disabled military service members.

For every Rinnai Tankless Water Heater sold in 2019, Rinnai will make a contribution to Folds of Honor to fund trade school scholarships. Rinnai has guaranteed a commitment to fund 50 scholarships for a total of $250,000 and is providing its trade and distribution partners, as well as employees, the opportunity to participate by funding additional scholarships.

Fields of Honor, Trades, Rinnai

“Rinnai not only is committed to enhancing lives by changing the way water is heated but also is committed to supporting our industry and our country,” said Frank Windsor, President, Rinnai America Corporation. “With this new partnership it is our goal to support the families of the men and women who have served in the military, as well as support our trade by encouraging students to pursue vocational degrees.”

The labor shortage continues to rise in the U.S. This is especially true for the plumbing industry. By taking a stand to fund trade school scholarships through Folds of Honor, Rinnai is pledging to do its part to help eliminate the skills gap and strengthen the future of the industry.

Rinnai has also demonstrated its commitment to the North American market by being the first major tankless water heater manufacturer to open a manufacturing facility in the United States.  The company is operating in a temporary facility in Griffin, Georgia, while its new 300,000- square-foot facility is being built.  Rinnai also recently expanded its U.S. headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia and is known in the industry for an innovative and comprehensive training program, educating professional installers on tankless and condensing boiler technologies.  Rinnai’s product portfolio also includes a robust line of residential boilers.

“I am proud and honored to partner with Rinnai, specifically focusing on scholarships for the trades,” said Major Dan Rooney, founder of Folds of Honor. “Working together, we can empower the dreams of the families and children impacted by the ultimate sacrifice of service.”

For more information about Rinnai’s partnership with Folds of Honor and how dealers can get involved, please visit rinnai.us/FoldsOfHonor.

The questions that the HVAC + Water sector must answer in respect to the shortage of skilled personnel are manifold. How can I attract young people to the sector? What are the best measures to be used in this connection? Where can I find suitable young people? ISH, the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC Read More

The questions that the HVAC + Water sector must answer in respect to the shortage of skilled personnel are manifold. How can I attract young people to the sector? What are the best measures to be used in this connection? Where can I find suitable young people? ISH, the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water, in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 15 March 2019, will tackle many of these aspects.

At Career @ ISH, exhibitors and visitors will find a multi-faceted range of activities on subjects relating to basic and advanced training and professional changes. These activities have been organized by Messe Frankfurt in cooperation with the conceptual partners of ISH, the Federation of the German Heating Industry (BDH), the Association of Air Conditioning and Ventilation in Buildings (FGK), the German Association for Energy Efficiency in Building Services (VdZ) and the German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association (ZVSHK).

ISH Messe Frankfurt, ISH Show, ISH 2019 campaigns against skilled labor shortage

ISH Messe Frankfurt © Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Jochen Günther

For the first time, ISH is offering occupational safety seminars for trainees from the HVAC + Water sector, organiazed by the Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention for the Building Industry (BG BAU). Trainees are offered important information about accident prevention and safety at work – not at technical college but during the fair. In addition to this seminar, they can also demonstrate their skills in a tour of many exhibition stands within the framework of Young Competence live.

During the ISH Championship, six recently qualified journeymen will demonstrate their skills. On three days, these young people will compete against each other for the title of ISH Champion and prize money of € 4,000, which will be presented on the Thursday.

In addition to the shortage of skilled personnel, the HVAC + Water sector is also confronted by numerous other changes. New regulations and requirements for climate protection and resource conservation are challenging the industry to develop new, efficient products at ever-faster intervals. To this end, is it better to invest in one’s own research and development or to buy in ideas and know-how from young, innovative start-ups? The new Start-up @ ISH area offers initial points of contact: a total of 28 young, innovative start-ups from the sector present their ideas, products and business models and give entrepreneurs and the industry the chance to make contact and generate new impulses.

Additionally, networking events on the Tuesday and Thursday, as well as comprehensive knowledge-transfer programs and a speed-dating event, will promote the exchange of ideas and information between young companies, exhibitors and visitors.

At the Campus @ ISH area, several universities will make individual presentations outlining the parameters of their courses of study relevant to the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector and exhibit their projects.

At the same time, the new online ISH Job Exchange will be launched with the opening of the fair. At this portal (www.ish-jobs.com), exhibitors can advertise their situations vacant. Additionally, it gives skilled personal the chance to publish their profiles and make contact with each other in the Job Exchange.

In this collaboration with the patrons of the ISH, Messe Frankfurt is initiating these projects to draw attention to the great attractiveness and future orientation of the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector and to make its know-how accessible to the young generation.