The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation

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


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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 education component necessary to solve our industry's most complex problems. Follow the links below for a summary of each research project and its findings.

Using BIM in the field.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the most important...and disruptive...project delivery system to impact the construction industry since animal and human effort were replaced by steam power.

Project Safety - English/Spanish DVDs

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) underwrote the conversion of all 23 of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America's (MCAA) safety training videos into both English - and Spanish-language formats.  These videos are now available on the MCAA Video App at no cost to members.  To get it, search the App Store or...

The Value Chain — Adding Value to the Supply Chain

In today's marketplace, companies no longer compete one-on-one; their supply chains do.

Contractors providing HVAC, plumbing, and other mechanical services, strive to make their business more successful. They continuously examine ways to improve their business processes, both at the jobsite and in the office, but what can they do to increase value...

Water is likely to be the next big crisis in the U.S., probably first in the West and Southwest, but extending to rapidly growing metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. The crisis will likely come as a result of drought and lack of funds for infrastructure upgrades to provide new sources of supply. One result of America’s growing water shortages is likely to be...

MCERF Green Building SmartMarket Report

This publication, produced by McGraw-Hill Construction (MHC), is an extremely useful introduction to the concepts and terminology of green construction in the U.S. It is exactly the publication MCERF would have designed for industry education if McGraw-Hill had not already done it. The Foundation partnered with MHC to make nearly 2,500 copies of the report available to...