“UA skills have already contributed to improvements in manufacturing, power generation and water treatment methods that are helping to save our environment, but there is still much to be done. Just as we are committed to helping our nation reach energy independence, we are equally committed to putting our skills to work in the cause of environmental safety and security. Indeed, I believe that the green movement and our quest for energy independence are linked---we can’t have one without the other.” — William P. Hite, General President
The “green” sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in our industry right now. Green encompasses everything from energy-efficient building practices, water conservation efforts in the plumbing industry and the use of environmentally compatible building practices and materials. The UA works with builders, engineers, architects, contractors and code writing bodies in these fields, partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as the Mechanical Service Contractors Association, the Plumbing Contractors of America, the Green Mechanical Council - of which the UA is a founding member - and others to expand our efforts in this area.
The UA has been developing green initiatives for several years, ranging from our mechanical equipment, service and maintenance programs that include refrigerant replacement and handling and HVAC, to the latest in plumbing, solar, geothermal and even residential construction.
The Green Training Trailers developed by the UA Training Department demonstrate the sustainable, energy-saving systems that are used in today’s residential and commercial buildings. The USGBC’s LEED® rating system standards for stormwater design, water eﬃciency, energy and atmosphere, and indoor environmental quality are architectural and engineering concepts that are transformed into reality by the knowledge and hands-on skills of UA workers.
The UA's affiliation with the Plumbing Trades Employees Union of Australia allows for the transfer of additional expertise and technology between our three countries. Australia is a world leader in water conservation and the UA benefits from the knowledge and innovative practices developed by skilled tradespeople and contractors in that nation.