HVAC Industry Partners and Associations
Air Conditioning Contractors of America —ACCA is a nationwide organization of small businesses that design, install and maintain indoor environment and building performance systems.
Associated General Contractors of America —The Associated General Contractors of American (AGC) provides a full range of services satisfying the needs and concerns of its members, thereby improving the quality of construction and protecting the public interest.
The American Institute of Architects —With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for its members in service to society.
American National Standards Institute —Private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States. The organization also coordinates U.S. standards with international standards so that American products can be used worldwide.
American Subcontractors Association —The association emphasizes needed reforms on such issues as prompt payment, retainage, surety bonding, lien rights, bidding practices and entitlement to payment.
American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers —Founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers —ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.
American Society of Safety Engineers —Founded in 1911, ASSE is the world’s oldest professional safety society. ASSE promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members, while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development. It also sets the occupational safety, health and environmental community’s standards for excellence and ethics.
American Society for Testing and Materials International —ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards.
American Welding Society—The American Welding Society’s Certified Welder Certifications are acquired in postsecondary education. The Certified Welder program uses performance-based testing to validate procedures used in the structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal and chemical refining industries.
Building Owners and Managers Association International —BOMA International is a primary source of information on building management and operations, development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics, technological developments and other industry trends.
Building and Construction Trades Department —Provides essential coordination and support to the work of its affiliated national and international unions in order that, through inter-trade solidarity, organized construction workers achieve a powerful voice in government, in bargaining, and in their communities.
buildingSMART alliance —Created to spearhead technical, political, and financial support for use of advanced digital technology in the real property industry--from concept, design and construction through operations and management. By leading the development and promotion of open data standards, the Alliance helps facilitate the most effective and ongoing management of information for facilities and infrastructure, from inception to demolition.
Construction Financial Management Association —The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) is "The Source & Resource for Construction Financial Excellence" and the only nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the educational needs of today's construction financial professionals.
Construction Management Association of America —The Construction Management Association of America is North America’s only organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of professional Construction and Program Management.
Construction Specifications Institute—CSI was founded in March 1948 by the specification writers of government agencies who came together to improve the quality of construction specifications. Development of specifications best practices, promulgating standards/formats, professional education, and certification were cornerstones of the Institute.
Design-Build Institute of America—Design-Build is a method of project delivery in which one entity – the design-build team – works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services.
Department of Energy—The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
Energy Star Program—ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—The Environmental Protection Agency, with a mission to protect people and the environment from significant health risks, sponsors and conducts research and develops and enforces environmental regulations.
Greenbuild IFMA —Leading annual conference and expo for those concerned with green building products, impacts, standards, learning and networks.
Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International—An association dedicated to advancing the science of wholesale distribution in the HVACR industry. HARDI members market and distribute heating, refrigeration, air conditioning equipment and supplies, sheet metal, controls, filters and related items.
HELMETS to HARDHATS —Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. The program is designed to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry.
International Code Council —The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.
IEEE —IEEE will be essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere, and be universally recognized for the contributions of technology and of technical professionals in improving global conditions.
International Training Institute—A training fund jointly operated by SMART and SMACNA to develop and provide training and educational programs for members.
Mechanical Contractors Association of American Inc.—MCAA is a trade association representing union mechanical contractors.
National Association of Surety Bond Procedures —NASBP advocates for, protects, and advances the interests of professional surety bond producers and of suretyship, informing, persuading, and engaging legislators, government officials, and all parties interested in or impacted by surety bonds, including organizations representing owners, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, and others.
National Energy Management Institute—Not for profit organization sponsored by the SMART and SMACNA. The mission of NEMI is to identify emerging markets and employment opportunities and to develop programs to capitalize on them. This mission encompasses a sense of purpose, a sense of community, a sense of commitment and a pledge to the future.
National Fire Protection Agency— The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research training, and education.
National Institute of Building Sciences—The institute’s mission is to serve the nation and the public interest by supporting advances in building science and technology to improve the built environment.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health —The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the U.S. federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations to prevent worker injury and illness.
National Institute of Standards & Technology —Founded in 1901 and now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST is one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories.
National Roofing Contractors Association —The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is one of the construction industry's most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy.
National Safety Council— The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.
New Horizons Foundation—Our Foundation mission is very simple: We do everything we can to turn good ideas into solid research that will help give HVAC and sheet metal contractors a chance to grow as positive, knowledgeable partners in the construction process.
North American Insulation Manufacturers Association —NAIMA is recognized as the voice of the insulation industry for architects and builders; design, process and maintenance engineers; contractors; code groups and standards organizations; government agencies; public interest, energy and environmental groups; and homeowners.
North American Technician Excellence—Service and installation certifications in: air conditioning, air distribution, air-to-air heat pumps, gas furnaces, oil furnaces, hydronics gas, hydronics oil, light commercial refrigeration, ground source heat pump loop installer, and HVAC efficiency analyst.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration —Congress created OSHA to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors Association—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.
Refrigeration Service Engineers Society—Founded in 1933, RSES is the world leading education, training and certification association for HVACR professionals.
Sheet Metal Air Rail & Transportation Workers —SMART’s history is made up of the history of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and the United Transportation Union which merged in January of 2008. Combined, these unions hold over 200 years of history and tradition which continue today.
Sheet Metal Occupational Health Trust —The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) was founded in 1986 to address the impact of decades-long asbestos exposure on those working in the sheet metal industry. While screenings and research on asbestos and other hazardous materials continue to be the cornerstone of SMOHIT’s efforts, our expanding mission now includes being the sheet metal industry’s leading resource for health and safety products and services. Our mission is to provide industry-leading health and safety solutions to minimize occupational illnesses and injuries for sheet metal craftsmen.
Sheet Metal Workers’ National Pension Fund —The Sheet Metal Workers’ National Pension Fund (“NPF” or “Fund”) is a defined benefit pension fund. As a defined benefit plan, all Fund assets are held in one trust for the benefit of all participants.
Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Bureau —NSI-certified organization, developed by the National Energy Management Institute Committee (NEMIC), a not-for-profit corporation sponsored by SMART and SMACNA. TABB runs the TAB (testing, adjusting and balancing) certification program, which ensures that HVAC systems operate to consistent standards for indoor environmental retrofit - or new building specification.
The Association of Union Constructors —TAUC's mission is to act as an advocate for union contractors and enhance cooperation between the three entities involved in the successful completion of construction projects: the union, the contractor and the owner-client, the company for which the work is being completed. By encouraging this "tripartite dialogue," many potential issues and delays are eliminated before work even begins.
U.S. Green Building Council —Nonprofit, voluntary, nongovernmental organization that was formed in 1993. The USGBC is made up of building industry stakeholders such as architects, building product manufacturers, owners, contractors and environmental groups structured into 10 committees. Early council members advocated the development of a system to define green buildings. the council decided to develop a custom system for U.S. buildings. LEEDTM is developed by a steering committee of the USGBC.
United States Small Business Administration —The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.