HVAC wholesaler Munch Supply Co., New Lenox, IL, participated in Congresswoman Melissa Bean’s Environmental Roundtable June 2nd.
HVAC wholesaler Munch Supply Co., New Lenox, IL,
participated in Congresswoman Melissa Bean’s Environmental Roundtable June 2,
which included 20 companies involved in energy efficiency and
environmentally-friendly products and services. The companies were asked to
share their successes and challenges since enactment of the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act (“the Stimulus Bill”) in mid-February.
Pictured (left to
right): Robert Munch, president; Congresswoman Melissa Bean (IL-8); and
Keith Kramer, sales manager at Munch Supply. Munch Supply employs 120 people in
its six Illinois locations and has been helping HVAC contractor customers take
advantage of the expanded residential HVAC tax credits and weatherization
funding authorized by ARRA.
At the meeting Robert Munch and Keith Kramer of Munch Supply explained how the
residential tax credit has helped homeowners upgrade to high efficiency
furnaces in the Chicago market, but that the prohibitively high qualifications
for central air-conditioning and heat pump systems may limit the stimulus
bill’s effectiveness. They also stressed the need for faster allocation of
weatherization funding so HVAC distributors and contractors can prepare for
these projects with certainty that they will be fully funded.
Munch Supply also assisted HARDI in urging greater industry involvement in
energy efficiency and climate change policy to ensure that incentives, targets,
and standards are achievable and reasonable. Munch and HARDI teamed to
stress the unintended consequences of overly aggressive energy code
efficiencies that could deter new construction and other permitted projects
during an already depressed construction market.