Last night ACCA, along with our partners AHRI, HARDI, NATE, and PHCC, hosted a reception in the Rayburn House Office Building to introduce members of Congress and staff to our industry and its products.
The featured attraction was a 250 pound cake depicting heating, ventilation, air condition, refrigeration, and hot water equipment from Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, from the TLC television show “Cake Boss.” The cake was constructed to look like a residential home and a commercial building with one wall exposed. Throughout and on top of the buildings you could see the products manufactured, distributed and installed by the host organizations. And all of it was edible.
The bakers fabricated little fondant hot water heaters, radiators, air handlers, a refrigerated cooler, condensing units, rooftop units, a pool heater, and chiller. There was even a contractor and a box truck.
The purpose of the reception was to highlight our industry’s contribution to the overall economy. Not many on Capitol Hill realize that the HVACR and hot water industries employ more than 1 million workers from the manufacturers to the distributors to the contractors. In all, more than 350 members and staff came by to see the cake and learn about the work our organization’s members perform to help homeowners and building owners lower their energy bills with highly efficient equipment and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, all creating healthy indoor environments.