An accompliation of news articles over the past week that are of importance and/or Interest to the HVAC Contractor
From Texas Register
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
April 10, 2012 - TDLR has posted the below on their Website
Beginning on May 1, 2012, TDLR will issue “Gold Cards” for Air Conditioning Contractors. We’re doing this in response to requests from licensees and industry professionals, so they can be more easily identified when interacting with local government officials and supply shop employees. The Gold Cards will contain the same information as our regular white cards.
All new and renewal licenses for these programs will receive the new Gold Card but if you would like to order a Gold Card before your renewal, they will be available for $25 by mail beginning May 1, 2012. The white cards are still valid during the transition through May 1, 2013.
License Holders - Effective September 1, 2011
Technicians - Effective November 1, 2012
Eligibility to take HVAC License Exam
License Holders and Technicians Effective April, 1, 2011
Administrative Code 75 Rule Amendments
The applicable edition (2009) edition of the Uniform Mechanical Code or the applicable editions (2009) of the International Mechanical Code and the International Fuel Gas Code as adopted under §75.110 have been adopted, or the International Residential Code as applicable.
Below are the Top Ten Air Conditioning Installation Violations in Texas
Note: All of the above are violations of city codes, all mechanical codes and the residential code.
Title 34, Part 1, Chapter 19, Subchapter E, Rule §19.53 Issued 06/04/2010
(a) Single-family residential construction. Effective January 1, 2012, the energy efficiency provisions o the International Residential Code as they existed on May 1, 2009, are adopted as the energy code in this state for all single-family residential construction as it is defined in Health and Safety Code, §388.002 (12).
(b) All other residential, commercial, and industrial construction. Effective April 1, 2011 the International Energy Conservation Code as it existed on May 1, 2009, is adopted as the energy code for use in this state for all residential, commercial, and industrial construction that is not single-family residential construction under subsection (a) of this section.
Wednesday Oct. 26, 2011 edition
As a result of a final determination by DOE, states are required to certify by Oct. 18, 2012 their commercial code (with respect to energy efficiency) has been reviewed and updated so as to comply with or exceed provisions of Standard 90.1-2010