Sidebar: Consulting-Specifying Engineer HVAC Special Report
www.amca.org —Certified Rating Program standards for air handling and control equipment as mentioned in the article, as well as educational manuals such as AMCA 200, Air Systems; AMCA 201, Fans and Systems; and AMCA 202, Troubleshooting.
www.energydesignresources.com —Design briefs for engineers and architects.
www.peci.org/ftguide —Functional commissioning tests for RTUs.
www.CEE1.org —The Consortium for Energy Efficiency, which sets specifications for use by energy efficiency programs.
www.acca.org/quality —Downloadable Quality Installation Standard plus standards and information on QI verification protocols, quality maintenance, and quality restoration.
wcec.ucdavis.edu —The Western Cooling Efficiency Center at University of California -
www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/phaseout/Factsheetprecharged.html —U.S. EPA, Fact Sheet: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking—Ban on Sale or Distribution of Pre-Charged Appliances. This site has a link to the transcript referenced in the article, which includes detailed critiques by AHRI, Danfoss, Johnson Controls, and other industry stakeholders.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.