ACA/NE hopes you are doing well and staying healthy. As the world works to regain normalcy of some type, we remain optimistic about the future!

The feedback ACA/NE has received is that business has not slowed for most through the pandemic. With that, we understand that other problems present themselves with a limited-size workforce, other restrictions, and just not enough hours in the day.

If there is anything ACA/NE can do to provide support to your business, please let us know! The Association is here to serve you, and getting your feedback on what you need is always beneficial.
ACA/NE Continues Legislative and Regulatory Push in Massachusetts
New initiatives and updates to continuing efforts!
HVAC Construction Supervisor License

ACA/NE continues to work to have an HVAC Construction Supervisor License approved by the Board of Building Regulation and Standards (BBRS).
A Working Group set up by the BBRS met several times and initially voted in favor of the proposal in early 2021. However, a few members of the Working Group asked for another meeting, and they have since voted against the proposal.
We remain hopeful that the BBRS will pass the proposal despite the Working Group's negative vote.
Legislation to Require HVAC Contractors Obtain Refrigeration License

For several years, ACA/NE has worked to defeat the passage of legislation to require that residential HVAC contractors obtain a refrigeration license. Currently, this license is required for work over ten tens. Most residential and small commercial systems are limited to 5 tons or less, and an exemption currently exists for work under 10 tons.
Last summer, ACA/NE submitted testimony in opposition to the legislation. The legislation is currently awaiting action in the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
Massachusetts Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan

A few ACA/NE members have expressed concern about the soon-to-be-released Massachusetts Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan. Members are specifically concerned that the rebate for natural gas will not be the same as oil and propane, ACA/NE members worry that customers will not participate in the Mass Save Program without a good heat pump rebate for natural gas.

ACA/NE will share additional information with members as it is received.
Programming and Events
A Successful Wrap-Up to 2021!

On December 15th, ACA/NE held a Seminar and Networking Reception at Jack's Abby in Framingham, Massachusetts. In addition to Pete Danielson's 'How to Get it Done' Seminar, ACA/NE President Doug Hamilton and Government Affairs Chairman Manny Chaves provided a quick update on the HVAC CSL Proposal.

Click here to view sponsors and photos from the event!
Mark Your Calendar!
ACA/NE will be back in person for the 2022 HVAC/R Technical and Management Conference!

The Conference will be held on Thursday, April 28th at The Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Technical Sessions in development include:
  • Manual D Duct Design and Diagnostics
  • MeasureQuick App; and
  • Inspectors Guide for Building Inspectors and HVAC Contractors

Management Sessions in development include:
  • Do You Have a Recruiting Problem or a Retention Opportunity?
  • Marketing; and
  • Insight into Consumer Behavior and How to Adjust Your Business

More information and registration will be available soon!
Another Residential System Design Seminar is coming up!
Join ACA/NE and HVAC Pro Blog’s Chris Morin for the highly-requested Residential System Design Seminar. The next seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd at The Peterson School in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Click here for more information and registration!
Service Nation is headed to Palm Springs!
Service Nation will hold its Barefoot Roundtable Experience Conference in Palm Springs from April 5 - 7, 2022.

For contractors, the Conference provides an opportunity to network with other contractors and peers in the industry at incredible parties and special events.

Click here for more information and to register!
Member Updates and News
Member Spotlight
Boston Standard's Joe Wood was featured in a recent article by the Boston Globe. The article discusses adding heat pumps to your home as Massachusetts is pushing to reduce greenhouse gases emissions.

If you have something spotlight-worthy, send it our way!
Useful Articles, Webinars and More
With your ACA/NE and ACA/NNE Membership, you also receive complimentary membership with Service Nation as a Service Roundtable Member!

Being a Service Roundtable Member gives you access to rebates, marketing content, educational content and more! Below are some links for a few recent webinars and articles you might find beneficial.
Convenience is Key – How Contractors Can Convert More Leads Into Real Customers

The Importance of Digital Advertising & Social Media in Your Marketing Plan

Complimentary Webinar from Federated Insurance

Fall Prevention

Tuesday, February 15th | 2:00 pm
Each year, an alarming number of employee injuries occur due to falls. Working to prevent slips, trips, and falls is important for a safe workplace. The Webinar will focus on risk management policies, procedures, and training resources to help reduce employee accidents and injuries.

Click here for more information and registration!
Have Questions About Retirement Plans?
Twelve Points Retirement Advisors are available for a consultation to find out if the ACA/NE Retirement Plan is right for your company!

Click here for more information!
Catherine Flaherty | Executive Director

Katie Burke | Program Coordinator
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North Attleboro, MA 02763
P: (508) 839-3407
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