In Brief

Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors - National Association President Jim Stack recently announced that PHCC has entered an agreement with Hudson, Ink to provide members with marketing services. Many services or discounts will be exclusive to PHCC members. Members can visit www.phccweb.org for more information, or visit www.hudsonink.com to sign up for a free marketing newsletter, a free Yellow Pages

Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors - National Association President Jim Stack recently announced that PHCC has entered an agreement with Hudson, Ink to provide members with marketing services. Many services or discounts will be exclusive to PHCC members. Members can visit www.phccweb.org for more information, or visit www.hudsonink.com to sign up for a free marketing newsletter, a free Yellow Pages ad critique plus several marketing reports.

• Contractors 2000's founding Executive Director Jack Tester has rejoined the organization, which is now the Nexstar Network, as a business coach for member companies. His first day back will be Nov. 1. After leaving the organization, Tester was a vice president at ServiceMaster. Most recently, he oversaw a region for the company in five states totaling $52 million of plumbing and HVAC service/replacement sales.

• The 2006 UA/MCAA Labor Relations Conference will take place Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 in Chicago for members of the United Association, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America and industry guests. For program highlights or more information, visit www.mcaa.org/education/mcaa/laborrelations or contact Sean McGuire at [email protected]

• "Your Green Home," by Alex Wilson, is now available. Wilson, executive editor of Environmental Building News and president of BuildingGreen Inc., has been writing in the field of green building for more than 20 years. His 256-page book, published by New Society Publishers, addresses how to find the right designer and builder, where to build, and a range of issues about house design, including structural building systems, energy, water, materials and indoor environmental quality.

• To help engineers respond to environmental challenges, ASHRAE is working to ensure that guidance on sustainable design is incorporated in its handbook. The ultimate goal is to create better total building concepts that will have a long, efficient service life. To give feedback, visit the "comment on the handbook" section at www.ashrae.org/handbook