Legislative and Regulatory News

ACA/NE Continues to Represent and Project Member Interests at the Legislative and Regulatory Level

Good News - Under Ten Ton Refrigeration License Legislation Defeated Again
For the past several years, ACA/NE has worked to defeat legislation to require that residential HVAC contractors obtain a refrigeration license. As ACA/NE had hoped, H.313 did not make it out of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure before the June 30th deadline.
However, amendments to require that HVAC contractors obtain a refrigeration license were filed and attached to other bills in the House and Senate,

Amendment #701 to H5007-Refrigeration Technicians was added to the Massachusetts Economic Development Bill in mid-July. The amendment was successfully defeated.

Amendment 309 - Refrigeration Technicians was filed in the Senate and was also withdrawn.

New ACA/NE Board of Directors Elected

The election results are in! ACA/NE is pleased to present the FY 2022/2023 Board of Directors.


Doug Hamilton, Central Cooling and Heating
Vice President:
Mike Briggs, Briggs Mechanical
First Vice President:
Mike Donaghey, SG Torrice
Rick Barker, Homans Associates
Immediate Past President:
Brian Cristman, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
Joel Boucher, Boucher Energy
Mike Cappuccio, NETR Inc.
Manny Chaves, Chaves Heating & AC
Todd Cook, Victory HVAC
Peter Donati, ABCO Refrigeration Supply
Tom Favazza, Preferred Air Inc.
Chris Morin, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
Rick Pothier, EDOS, Manufacturing Reps.
John Sinclaire, Sinclaire Oil & Heating, Inc.
Joseph Wood, Boston Standard

Legal Counsel:
David Kerrigan, Kenney & Sams, P.C.

Director Emeritus:
Don Chaisson, Alfieri Proctor Associates Inc.

Northern New England Representative:
Roger Willett, Homans Associates
Meet the New Members of the
ACA/NE Board of Directors

We welcome the new members to the
ACA/NE Leadership Team!
Joel Boucher
Boucher Energy
Todd Cook
Victory HVAC
Tom Favazza
Preferred Air
Programming and Events

We look forward to seeing you at ACA/NE's upcoming educational, social, and networking events.
August 26, 2022
Annual Golf Tournament
Red Tail Gold Course
Devens, MA
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

As planned, ACA/NE marketed the Annual Golf Tournament to members only and the event quickly sold out.

However, there are several sponsorship and volunteer opportunities still available, and all are welcome to register to attend the Awards Dinner.

Click here for more information.
September 14, 2022 November 16, 2022
Residential System Design Seminar
Locations TBD
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The ACCA Residential System Design is a simple, time-tested, and peer-reviewed process to meet the comfort needs of every residential building. 

In just four hours, you will be more confident in the site survey process, sizing procedures, and duct design.

Click here for more information.
October 14, 2022
Heat Exchanger Class
enVision Hotel & Conference
Mansfield, MA
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

There are only 35 spots available for this training class, and already 20 have been taken! Registration is open to ACA/NE and ACANNE members only until Friday, August 19th. After that, registration will open to non-members if there is room in the class

Click here for more information.
S. Weymouth, MA      
Acton, MA      
Walpole, MA 

Marlborough, MA      
Sandwich, MA
Brockton, MA 

R.J. Franey Mechanical Services     
Mashpee, MA
Wellesley, MA 

TJ Talcott & Son LLC 
Townsend, MA

Braintree, MA 
Franklin, MA

Roseville, CA

Lowell, MA
Industry News and Articles
Service Nation Benefits for
ACA/NE Members
With your ACA/NE and ACA/NNE membership, you receive complimentary Service Roundtable Membership!
As a Service Roundtable member, you have access to rebates, marketing content, educational content, and more!

Click here to read more about your Service Roundtable membership opportunities.
Your Company May Quality for an Employee Retention Credit
To all Home Services Companies Impacted by COVID Mandates or Disruption of Business:
Even if you received advice that you didn’t qualify for ERC because:
  • Your company never shut down
  • Your wages weren’t reduced enough
  • Because of revenue
  • That it’s too complex
  • You can’t apply because we took a PPP or EIDL loan

Mass Save News and Updates
In case you missed it!
Below are some news shared by Mass Save of interest to HVAC contractors.
Contractor Lookup Tool Updates
The Sponsors of Mass Save® are increasing the functionality of the Heat Pump Installer Network lookup tool to include new “sort” and “filter” options. Customers will be able to filter by type of heat pumps installed, type of buildings served, and a company's language capacity. Contractors participating in the network will have an opportunity to update company information through the Energy Efficiency Learning Center.

Click here to update your profile.

Commercial and Industrial Opportunities
The Sponsors of Mass Save have introduced new rebates for businesses installing qualified heat pumps to replace or partially displace existing oil, propane, natural gas, or electric resistance heating system(s).

These unprecedented rebates are among the highest in the country, making it more affordable than ever for businesses to save energy, increase comfort and reduce their carbon footprint.

Click here for more heat pump rebate information.
Federal Insurance
Educational Articles
Below are links to articles provided by Federated Insurance.

Risk Management Corner tackles subjects related to workplace safety.

It’s Your Life discusses concepts related to life and disability income insurance.

HR Question of the Month provides a human resources-related question and answer from independent legal professionals.
Catherine Flaherty, Executive Director

Katie Burke, Program Manager

Maggi Healy, Program Assistant

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North Attleboro, MA 02763
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