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Early Peek and Comment on Energy Commission’s NEW HVAC Title 24 Code Changes for 2019

July 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO–The California Energy Commission is wrapping up informal workshops on new HVAC code change proposals. These proposals are now available on CAL SMACNA’s website here. The CEC will begin a formal rulemaking proceeding in Fall 2017 to adopt changes to the Building Energy Efficiency Standards contained in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, […]

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TAKE ACTION TODAY- Help Support the Allowable Use of Flexible Duct for Final Connections to Air Outlets

July 20, 2017

Help Support the Allowable Use of Flexible Duct for Final Connections to Air Outlets   IAPMO is considering a clarification to the UMC this week that, if approved, would immediately clarify that flexible duct shall be permitted for use as an elbow at a terminal device. They need to hear your support for this proposal […]

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$3B in Affordable Housing Bonds to Voters in 2018?

July 19, 2017

In response to California’s affordable housing crisis, two bills are advancing in the Legislature that would provide public funding and a streamlined process for approval of multi-family housing developments. SB 3 (Beall) would place $3B before the voters in November 2018 to finance various existing housing programs, as well as infill infrastructure financing and affordable […]

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CSLB Announces New Fee Schedule

July 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Since its creation almost 90 years ago, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) has been steadfast in carrying out its mission to protect consumers by regulating California’s construction industry in the most financially responsible way possible. CSLB operations are funded entirely by license fees, and today, a combination of increased costs and a […]

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When Will the Energy Commission’s Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician Requirements Begin?

July 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO-Despite several persistent rumors, CAL SMACNA has officially confirmed that the California Energy Commission (CEC) will NOT initiate the requirement for mechanical acceptance testing to be performed by certified Acceptance Test Technicians (ATT) beginning in July 2017.  In fact, there are quite a few things that still need to be completed prior to the start […]

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Governor Brown Signs Bill to Extend California’s 5% Retention Law for Public Works to 2023

July 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO — CAL SMACNA is very pleased to report that our co-sponsored bill AB 92 (Bonta) to extend the 5% retention cap in the Public Contract Code was signed today by Governor Brown. CAL SMACNA’s prior legislation to cap retention on public works in 2011 and again in 2014 was set to expire on January […]

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Introduction of the SMART Heroes Program

July 7, 2017

This week SMACNA Chief Executive Officer, Vincent R. Sandusky, and SMART General President, Joseph Sellers Jr., introduced the SMART Heroes Program. The SMART Heroes Program will provide sheet metal industry training to enlisted men and women of the U.S. military prior to discharge. This program is jointly supported by SMART, SMACNA, the ITI, and Helmets […]

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LOCAL MINIMUM WAGES AND PAID SICK LEAVE ORDINANCES

October 17, 2016

A frustration to many California businesses who operate statewide is the ability to confidently and consistently comply with the various minimum wage and paid sick leave laws. As you know, cities in California continue to pass local ordinances relating to the minimum wage and paid sick leave that can differ from one jurisdiction to the next.  And, […]

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‘YES’ ON PROPOSITION 51 ‘NO’ ON PROPOSITION 53

Your vote matters and the 2016 election is just 25 days away. There are two propositions on the November 8th ballot this year that will have significant impacts on California’s construction industry and deserve your attention. CAL SMACNA’s Legislative Committee is strongly recommending to all contractor members and construction industry affiliates that they vote“YES” on Proposition 51 and vote “NO” […]

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GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS CHANGE ORDER REFORM BILL

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown signed CAL SMACNA co-sponsored legislation last week to reform how change orders are to be addressed by local public agencies.  CAL SMACNA worked with NECA, MCA, UCON and others to get this bill written and signed into law. This bill AB 626, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D- San Francisco),establishes a claim resolution process for local […]

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GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS TITLE 24 HVAC COMPLIANCE BILL

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown signed CAL SMACNA supported legislation this week to level the real-world playing field for contractors and increase Title 24 compliance for HVAC sales, permitting, inspections, and installations in California. Please see the summary below or click hereto read the bill in it’s entirety. ENERGY COMMISSION TO ADOPT NEW HVAC PLAN & REGULATIONS […]

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Industry Change Order Bill Needs Governor Brown’s Signature Today.

SACRAMENTO — CAL SMACNA’s co-sponsored “Change Order Reform” legislation AB 626 (Chiu) is awaiting action by Governor Brown. He has until the end of September to sign or veto this bill. Please write to Governor Brown today and ask him to sign this bill. STEP #1—A sample letter has been prepared for your use. Please […]

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Governor Signs AB 1793 (Holden) Protecting Contractors from Unfair Disgorgement of Funds During Accidental CSLB License Lapse

SACRAMENTO — On Tuesday, August 30th, Governor Brown signed CAL SMACNA supported legislation to help protect contractors from unfair disgorgement of funds in the event of a license lapse at the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). Honest and qualified contractors have recently been forced by the courts to “disgorge” or return to project owners millions […]

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11TH ANNUAL DAY AT THE CAPITOL A HUGE SUCCESS!

February 11, 2016

CAL SMACNA’s 11th Annual Day at the Capitol held February 8th and 9th, 2016 in Sacramento was a huge success.  Fifty-four members and children attended and went to 63 legislative appointments educating California’s elected officials on three important industry issues. Legislators were educated and asked for their support of the statewide school bond: Funding for […]

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CA Treasurer Backs Commercial Energy Financing for HVAC Efficiency

February 10, 2016

“As treasurer, I am working with the Legislature to create the Commercial Energy Efficiency Financing platform that will provide low-cost loans to businesses to upgrade heating and air conditioning with more efficient, less-polluting technology. These loans would be made by the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank). My office will package these loans and […]

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T24 NEWS — Energy Commission to Conduct Workshop on Mandatory Acceptance Test Technician Requirement

January 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO — CEC Staff will conduct a public workshop in Sacramento on February 29, 2016 to hear industry concerns and gather relevant information regarding the geographic coverage of acceptance test technicians (ATTs) across California. Staff will use input from the public to form their preliminary recommendations for the conditions under which the Energy Commission may […]

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DIR Suspends Enforcement of eCPR Requirement

Effective immediately, enforcement of the eCPR requirement is hereby temporarily stayed pending outreach, education and upgrades to the eCPR system that will allow contractors and subcontractors to more easily submit CPRs into DIR’s system. DIR is currently exploring an alternative reporting format that will facilitate compliance with the eCPR requirements for contractors and subcontractors that are having difficulty. DIR anticipates that the upgrades should be completed by June 2016.
This notice only applies to the obligation to submit CPRs into DIR’s eCPR system. Awarding bodies must still ensure that contractors and subcontractors are registered under DIR’s contractor registration system and in compliance with all other prevailing wage laws including, but not limited to, Labor Code section 1776 (Reporting of Certified Payroll Records).

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T24 News — Energy Commission Conditionally Approves NEBB as an ATTCP

January 21, 2016

The California Energy Commission (CEC) voted 5-0 to conditionally approve NEBB as an Acceptance Test Technician Certification Provider at their last business meeting on January 13, 2016. Once NEBB meets the conditions set forth by CEC staff they will join NEMIC as the second certifying body in California for Acceptance Test Technicians.

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Governor Brown Delivers 2016 State of the State Address

SACRAMENTO – Warning of the next inevitable recession and the “zigzag of spend-cut-spend” budgeting, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today delivered his annual State of the State address, choosing to lay out a clear, focused case for his top priority – continued fiscal discipline – rather than “talk today about new programs” or restate every priority of the administration.

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Energy Commission Issues Clarification on Verification of Outside-Airflow Measurement Procedure

July 2, 2015

The California Energy Commission issued a clarification today on the procedure to be used in verifying outside-airflow measurements when using an exhaust fan with an inlet damper. The 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, Section 120,1, requires outside air ventilation. Section 120.5(a)1 requires testing in accordance with the Nonresidential Appendix, Section NA7.5.1. Section NA7.5.1.2 describes the […]

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AB 1347 (Chiu) Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

June 30, 2015

Change order reform legislation AB 1347 (Chiu) was passed out of Senate Judiciary Committee today on a 7-0 vote.  This bill will require public agencies to respond to payment demands by the general contractor for extra work performed within a time limited structure. CAL SMACNA is a co-sponsor of this measure and believe that this […]

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Vocational Education Gets Boost by SB 148 (McGuire)

June 5, 2015

Vocational education is getting some much needed attention by the California Legislature in 2015. 

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Change Order Bill AB 1347 Passes State Assembly

Signatory GCs and subs advanced AB 1347 (Chiu) out of the State Assembly on a unanimous and bipartisan 76-0 vote.

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ACCO Engineered Systems Awarded Guilfoy Award

June 4, 2015

Koloa, Hawaii – April 11, 2015 – located in San Leandro, California and a member of Bay Area SMACNA, ACCO Engineered Systems was presented the 2015 Tom Guilfoy Memorial Craftsmanship of the Year Award, Mechanical category for their project work on the Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.  The award was presented at California Association of Sheet Metal […]

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Randy Attaway Awarded Ed Banks Memorial Award for Contractor of the Year

Koloa, Hawaii – April 11, 2015 – Randy Attaway, President and CEO of AGC, Inc., located in Campbell, California and a member of Bay Area SMACNA was awarded California Association of Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors, National Association’s (CAL SMACNA) Ed Banks Memorial Contractor of the Year Award at CAL SMACNA’s 49th Annual Convention held at the […]

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CAL SMACNA Installs 2015/2016 Executive Committee

President, Scott Baker – University Mechanical and Engineering Contractors, Anaheim; President – Elect, Kevin Michel – Xcel Mechanical Systems, Gardena; Treasurer, Jon Mohs – AGC Inc., Campbell; Secretary, Joe Isom – California Sheet Metal Works, El Cajon and Immediate Past President, Brad Young – Wittler-Young Company, Inc., Los Angeles.

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Congratulations on 10 Plus Years in Business

April 2, 2014

Superior Duct Fabrication, a member of SMACNA Los Angeles, CAL SMACNA and SMACNA, celebrates 10 plus years in business!

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Congratulations to California Sheet Metal, Inc. for Celebrating 100 Years in Business!

March 2, 2014

Founded in 1913, last year marked 100 years of business for California Sheet Metal Works, Inc.! California Sheet Metal is a member of SMACNA of San Diego, CAL SMACNA and SMACNA National.

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Congratulations on 25 Years in Business!

January 28, 2014

Indoor Environmental Services, a member of Sacramento Valley SMACNA, CAL SMACNA and SMACNA, celebrates 25 years in business!

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Congratulations on 10 Years in Business!

Superior Duct Fabrication, a member of SMACNA Los Angeles, CAL SMACNA and SMACNA, celebrates 10 plus years in business!

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