ACCA’s Barton James Appointed to U.S. Chamber of Commerce Energy, Clean Air & Natural Resources Comm

January 22, 2018

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) announces that Barton James, ACCA senior vice president of government relations, will represent the HVAC contracting industry on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Energy, Clean Air & Natural Resources Committee.

According to the Chamber of Commerce, the Energy, Clean Air, & Natural Resources Committee develops and maintains Chamber policy on all aspects of energy, clean air, and natural resources. The committee works to promote legal and regulatory reforms and other safeguards against regulatory abuses by administrative agencies.

“ACCA’s role on the Energy, Clean Air and Natural Resources Committee is important because HVAC equipment is the largest consumer of energy in the United States,” James said. “Although today’s HVAC equipment is highly efficient, compared to a decade ago, half of the equipment in operation today does not function according to its energy efficiency rating. Poorly thought out efficiency regulations increase HVAC equipment prices and push many consumers toward unqualified people who don’t understand proper HVAC design and installation requirements. The result of this is an HVAC system that uses 30 to 40 percent more energy than necessary.”

According to the EPA, half of all HVAC systems in the U.S. are not installed according to manufacturer specifications. The result of faulty installation practices, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is equipment functioning at 60-70 percent of its labeled energy efficiency rating.

James continued, “As the representative for more than 600,000 HVAC professionals, ACCA’s goal is for government regulators to promote proper HVAC installation practices, including equipment sizing, duct design, and refrigerant charges, instead of senseless equipment regulations based on laboratory tests. Equipment regulations are meaningless if consumers aren’t educated about the basic requirements for an HVAC system to operate efficiently.”

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For more information, please contact Todd Washam, ACCA’s Director of Industry and External Relations, at 703-824-8864 or by e-mail at


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ACCA is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the indoor environment and energy services community. Our member firms are the nation's most professional contracting businesses, serving residential and commercial customers in every state. With roots stretching back a century, ACCA was incorporated in its present form nearly 50 years ago. Today, ACCA sets the standards for quality comfort systems, provides leading-edge education for contractors and their employees, and fights for the interests of professional contractors throughout the nation. Learn more about ACCA here.