Industry Resources

RCA has compiled resources of interest to our members and others working in our industry. Listing as a RCA resource is not an endorsement by RCA. This information is provided for informational purposes only. If you have a resource you would like considered as a listing, contact the RCA office at info@retailcontractors.org or (800) 847-5085.

TRAINING & EDUCATION

Retail Contractors Association
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HVAC Training Institute
The HVAC Training Institute, Inc. is dedicated to presenting the basics of commercial air conditioning systems in an easy to understand format for architects, general contractors, developers, and others in the construction industry.

"The Basics of Commercial HVAC Systems" is a 4-hour class designed to teach commercial GC estimators, PM's, and superintendents a general overview of HAVC systems, why they're selected for buildings, comparing bids from HVAC subs, and HVAC and LEED. Class topics include: How to heat and cool building air; How air is delivered to the space; How to control the air to a space; How to read “M” drawings; Common HVAC systems and how they work; Constant volume package units; Constant volume split systems; Rooftop VAV; Self-contained VAV; Water source heat pumps; Hydronic systems – 4 pipe systems; What you missed on bid day; Green HVAC – HVAC and LEED.

More information, including references and the training manual are available here.

FMI Management Consulting
FMI is the largest provider of Management Consulting and Investment Banking to the worldwide construction industry. Founded in 1953 by Dr. Emol A. Fails, FMI delivers innovative, customized solutions to contractors; construction materials producers; manufacturers and suppliers of building materials and construction equipment; multi-family developers; home builders, engineers and architects; utility companies; surety companies; and construction industry trade associations. FMI creates value through enhanced performance of building and construction companies, teams and individuals and by mitigating risk.
FMI’s management consulting practice provides a wide array of services, including strategy development, training and talent development, leadership and organizational development, compensation and rewards, marketing and related research, business development and project execution.

Greenstep
GreenStep is committed to empowering members of the building community with the knowledge and tools necessary to successfully integrate green building design and construction practices into their projects. Whether teaching green building workshops, facilitating eco-charrettes, or advising on projects, education is the foundation and focus of our work - providing clients with the context and framework for turning concepts into reality. 

LEED Professional Accreditation Program
LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) are building industry professionals who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building and the LEED® Green Building Rating System™. The LEED AP credential indicates that the professional has the knowledge and skills to facilitate the LEED certification process. LEED Professional Accreditation is a voluntary designation achieved by over 60,000 individuals who have passed the LEED Professional Accreditation exam. The Green Building Certification Institute recommends that LEED AP candidates have building industry knowledge, as well as experience working with green building professionals from multiple disciplines.

National Retail Federation
As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF’s global membership includes retailers of all sizes, formats and channels of distribution as well as chain restaurants and industry partners from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. In the U.S., NRF represents an industry that includes more than 3.6 million establishments and which directly and indirectly accounts for 42 million jobs – one in four U.S. jobs. The total U.S. GDP impact of retail is $2.5 trillion annually, and retail is a daily barometer of the health of the nation’s economy.

INDUSTRY UPDATES

National Labor Relations Board Notice Posting Rule
The National Labor Relations Board has issued a new rule requiring employers under its jurisdiction to post copies of a notice informing employees of rights guaranteed to them under the National Labor Relations Act.  The notice must be posted in all places where notices to employees are customarily posted and on the internet or intranet if other personnel rules and policies are generally posted there.   Such postings are not required until January 31, 2012. Both non-union signatory and signatory employers must post the notice. Employers under the jurisdiction of the NLRB are employers who expend or receive at least $50,000 in interstate commerce. 

Chain Store Age resident Gen Yer Samantha Murphy discusses how retailers are reaching out to the younger generation through her blog, "The Y's Choice: The Retail View from Gen Y."

Chain Store Age Editor Marianne Wilson is "Talking Retail" via a video blog. Wilson provides weekly viewpoints and updates on retail happenings. 

LICENSING RESOURCES

Contractors-License.org
State-by-state licensing requirements.

PassYourStateExam.com
Over 60 trades to choose from. These contractors license exams are created with the same subject matter that are on the real state contractors license exam. The explanations connected to the questions are straight from the books that are recommended by the contractors' board, that’s why everyone passes their state contractors license exam.

New Licensing Requirements in Nevada
If you hold a B2 license you need to upgrade to a B if you want to work on any project that is attached to or over 3 levels tall or that has a parking structure under it.

SAFETY & HEALTH RESOURCES

3E Company 
3E Company provides a broad range of products and services designed to address the challenges faced by companies related to compliance requirements for the safety of their employees; and compliance requirements related to the safety of manufacturers’ products. Their website includes information on MSDS Authoring Services and Software; MSDS Distribution; and MSDS Management.

TAX RESOURCES

Tax Information Specific to the Construction Industry (January 11, 2008) 

Join the SB/SE Mailing List (May 10, 2006)

Instructor's Education Materials (May 10, 2006)

Excise Taxes-Construction Tax Tips (April 13, 2006)

IRS Announces Changes to 2006 Special Enrollment Examination (April 7, 2006)

Treasury and IRS Provide Guidance on Energy Credit To Home Builders (February 21, 2006)