The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation

provides a solid foundation for the growth and success of the mechanical contracting industry.

Research Programs

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MCERF underwrites industry-critical research, which is conducted by leading researchers and consultants, with the oversight and support of volunteer industry practitioners and other experts. We do so because research provides our best chance to solve our industry's most pressing problems. We depend on strong industry partnerships to help us identify these problems, but once identified, it is critical, applied research that provides the solutions!

Examples of MCERF-funded projects targeted to specific industry issues are:

  • Forecasting future trends in the industry to allow members to better position their companies for success;
  • Educating members about the dynamics of their supply chains and the critical importance of each partner adding value (and what constitutes value);
  • Providing intelligence and guidance on the burgeoning "green building movement" so that our members can "ride the green wave, rather than being swamped by it."
  • Providing clear and current information on the growing liability insurance crisis in the industry, along with actions for improvement.

Find out more about our most recent research projects, read what others are saying about our findings, or find out how to apply for funding from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation.

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MCERF research shows up through people and technology on jobs of all sizes.

The variety and breadth of issues addressed by Foundation research may surprise some, but there is a consistency of purpose throughout all our research projects, which is to provide the valuable...

Student chapter members investigate new technologies.

Please complete the following form to request MCERF funding of a research project. Please make sure to keep your submission simple as your request will be read by a number of busy, working...