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Lessons Learned from the PHCC’s 2014 Legislative Conference


2014 PHCC Legislative Conference Last month over 120 contractors and association executives gathered in Washington, DC for two days to take part in the annual PHCC (Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association) Legislative Conference. Conference participants lobbied on Capitol Hill on behalf of multiple issues affecting their industry. Some of which included, increasing federal funding, improvements to the regulatory process and reinstatement of the Perkins Act *

P-H-C Contractors Requested Assistance with:

1. The EPA’s Lead Paint Rule. Now inclusive of the lead paint RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) program of commercial and public buildings.

2. Final Furnace, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Rule which refernces the standard defenitions that the DOE (Department of Energy) adopted into the Code of Federal Regulations pertaining to what “through-the-wall central air conditioner” and “through-the-wall central air conditioning heat pump” mean. 

3. The 2015 Water Heater Regulations. Mandatory changes will affect wholesalers, manufacturers and installers due to new technology and overall size and weight alterations. 

The PHCC hosted a recent webinar on the new water heater regulations. You may find the presentation HERE

A first-timers impression:

“This time last year, I was relatively new to PHCC and attended this conference for the first time.  It changed my life, got me involved in PHCC, and by the end of the year I was elected president of my state association. Now, Senator Burr is a personal friend.  I challenge you all to encourage your fellow chapter members and prospective members to come and experience the legislative process and how PHCC is working to protect for all of us.”  - Herb Hovey, HH Hovey Heating and Cooling of Winston-Salem, N.C

Final Thoughts:

P-H-C members had the opportunity to meet with and share their experiences with their respective Congressmen. An overwhelming majority of these attendees felt satisfied and pleased with their representative’s response to understanding concerns before them. It is safe to say that attendees felt appreciated, supported and confident in the prosperity of the plumbing industry. 

About PHCC 

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association is America’s premiere trade group for the p-h-c professional. PHCC has more than 3,500 open and union shop contractor members who successfully manage businesses in residential service and new construction, commercial and industrial markets. PHCC’s mission is dedicated to the advancement and education of the plumbing and HVACR industry for the health, safety, and comfort of society and the protection of the environment.

In support of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, the federal government will provide a $1.3 billion dollar increased focus on the quality of academic's for technical education students within the United States.