November 5, 2015 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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AHRI/Industry News
Mobile App Logins to be Distributed for 2015 AHRI Annual Meeting
AHRI Kicks Off New Research Project
DOE to Hold Stakeholder Meeting for Research Effort
Plan to Attend AHRIís Low-GWP AREP Conference and the 2016 AHR Expo
Legislative and Regulatory
State Elections Take Place as Parties Look Toward 2016 Presidential Election
Chairmanís Challenge Ends
Standards and Certification
AHRI Visits Prospective Certification Participant in Abu Dhabi
ASHRAE Seeks Nominations for Standards Achievement Award
ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant
Global
AHRI Participates in Global Refrigerant Events in the United Arab Emirates
AHRI and Global Partners Convene Meeting of the Global Refrigerant Management Initiative
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AHRI at Work
The USE Compliance Committee Ad Hoc Committee met on October 30 to develop a proposal for DOE basic model. Contact Richie Mohan.

The Joint RBLR/CBLR Compliance Committee met on November 2 to discuss revisions to the RBLR Operations Manual and testing guidelines. Contact Tae Kwon

The WH Lab Evaluation Working Group met on November 2 to develop RWH and CWH testing guidelines. Contact Aykut Yilmaz.

A discussion of AHRI Draft Standard 1231P was held on November 4 with the Newport Partners. Contact Richie Mohan

The RFC Engineering Committee met on November 5 to discuss AHRI Standard 440. Contact Lauren Zelinski.

The Ductless Equipment Product Section met on November 5 to discuss restructuring the working group. Contact Richie Mohan

The AHU Engineering Committee met on November 5 to discuss AHRI Standards 430 and 431. Contact Mary Opalka.

The Guideline Q Subcommittee met on November 5 to discuss Guideline Q. Contact Mikelann Scerbo.

The ULE Engineering Committee met on November 5 to discuss AHRI Standard 340/360. Contact Anuj Mistry.


For information about AHRI meetings, please visit our AHRI at Work page.


AHRI/Industry News
Mobile App Logins to be Distributed for 2015 AHRI Annual Meeting

As an added benefit to attendees, AHRI has developed an event mobile app for the 2015 Annual Meeting. It is available on any portable device and is accessible directly from the AHRI app. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to download the AHRI app by clicking here from your smartphone or tablet.

Users have access to meeting schedules, maps, information about speakers, and other resources. AHRI members will receive login credentials in the next few days that will allow access to executive session agendas, and open session agendas are accessible under the corresponding product section meetings on the Schedule tab. AHRI has developed a tutorial to highlight all of the app's features. Register for the 2015 AHRI Annual Meeting here. Contact: Nicole Snyder.

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AHRI Kicks Off New Research Project

This week, AHRI launched its newest research project, Investigation of Energy Produced by Potential Ignition Sources in Residential Applications. The contract was awarded to the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering. The project’s goal is to evaluate energy produced by potential ignition sources in residential applications relative to minimum ignition energy from a list of A2L refrigerants, and to investigate the likelihood of the presence of ignition sources and refrigerant ignition. The results could be used to expand the existing risk assessment studies of A2L refrigerants by providing further detail. Contact: Xudong Wang.

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DOE to Hold Stakeholder Meeting for Research Effort

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) of the Department of Energy is exploring the launch of a major research effort dedicated to advanced HVAC equipment. Stakeholders are invited to attend a workshop to exchange ideas on the technical focus and overall structure and approach, to be held on December 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at ASHRAE headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.

The guiding vision of this research and development effort is a future in which high-global warming potential refrigerants are eliminated from HVAC technologies while energy efficiency is improved. By engaging key stakeholders at the workshop, BTO hopes to gather input regarding two key aspects: (1) next-generation technology development priorities; and (2) management structure and organizational approaches.

Register for the workshop using this form by November 16. Click here for more information. Contact: Xudong Wang.

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Plan to Attend AHRIís Low-GWP AREP Conference and the 2016 AHR Expo

The AHR Expo brings the global industry together in one place to see the latest products and technologies, share ideas, conduct business, and build relationships. Since its first event in 1930, the AHR Expo has become the world’s largest HVACR exposition, attracting more than 60,000 professionals from all 50 states and over 140 countries. The show will take place over three days, from January 25-27, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. For more information, please visit ahrexpo.com, contact show management (International Exposition Company) at 203-221-9232, or email info@ahrexpo.com.

Before the AHR Expo, AHRI will host its Low-Global Warming Potential (GWP) Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program (AREP) Conference on January 21, 2016, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla., one day before the start of the ASHRAE Winter Conference. Similar to the previous AREP Conference in 2014, this conference will cover the results from Phase II of the program, which focused on new refrigerants available since research began on Phase I in 2011, and on refrigerants used in high-ambient conditions. The Low-GWP AREP is an industry-wide cooperative research program aimed at identifying and evaluating promising alternative refrigerants for major HVACR product categories. A full list of the planned technical sessions is available here. Please note that registration fees increase December 2. Register here. Contact: Kelsey Fonnett.

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Legislative and Regulatory
State Elections Take Place as Parties Look Toward 2016 Presidential Election

As expected, control of the Virginia State Senate came down to two hotly contested open seats from Northern Virginia and suburban Richmond. With each party holding onto its contested seat, Republicans will maintain a one seat advantage (21-19) and leadership heading into the 2016 General Assembly Session. Mired in low, off-year turnout, Glen Sturdivant (R) won the open seat in the Richmond area, while Jeremy McPike (D) won a close election in the suburban Washington, D.C., area. Many saw this election as a test run for Democrats’ ability to get voters to the polls on national issues like gun control and women’s rights ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), a Hillary Clinton ally, had put significant resources into the races to not only push his agenda during his final two years, but help propel Hillary Clinton in the crucial 2016 swing state. The Virginia House of Delegates remains solidly in Republican hands as well.

In Kentucky, Republican Matt Bevin was elected Governor, and has promised to rescind the state’s expansion of Medicaid, affecting 400,000 residents already on Medicaid and creating a potential legal issue. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits. Gov. Phil Bryant (R) of Mississippi easily won reelection, along with the Republican incumbents for Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State. In New Jersey, Democrats picked up three seats to increase their majority in the state House to the largest margin since 1979. Contact: Garrett McGuire.

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Chairmanís Challenge Ends

The AHRI Chairman’s Challenge ended on November 2. Thank you to all AHRI member companies who participated. The final tallies are in and the winners in all four categories will be announced at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Stay tuned for the results. Contact: Monica Cardenas.

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Standards and Certification
AHRI Visits Prospective Certification Participant in Abu Dhabi

While in the United Arab Emirates last week, AHRI staff visited the offices and manufacturing facility of Gulf Air Conditioning Manufacturing Industries (GAMI) in Abu Dhabi. GAMI is in the process of qualifying for the AHRI air-cooled chillers certification program and produces additional commercial air conditioning equipment. Pictured left to right: Shaik Younus (GAMI), Eugene Papaioannou (GAMI), Magdy Mekky (CEO, GAMI), Karim Amrane, Jim Walters (AHRI), and Ammar Abdulateef (GAMI). Contact: Jim Walters.

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ASHRAE Seeks Nominations for Standards Achievement Award

The ASHRAE Standards Achievement Award is open to ASHRAE members who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the ASHRAE standards development process based on criteria presented in Appendix B of the Standards Committee Reference Manual, which can be found on the ASHRAE website.

Please submit your nomination to the Manager of Standards by December 31. The nomination form is listed under the “Other Forms” heading on the ASHRAE website. Contact:Michael Woodford.

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ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments

ASHRAE invites comments on the following standards and addenda.

ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (Comments due to ASHRAE by November 29)

  • Addendum j: Clarifies the exceptions contained under prohibited development activity provisions for fish/wildlife habitat conservation areas and wetlands.
  • Addendum k: Changes the U-, C-, and F-factors and the SHGC from 10 percent to 5 percent.

ASHRAE Standard 33-2000R, Methods of Testing Forced Circulation Air-Cooling and Air-Heating Coils: A method of test standard for use in laboratory testing of forced circulation air-heating and air-cooling coils. (Comments due to ASHRAE by November 29)

ASHRAE Standard 184P, Method of Test for Field Performance of Liquid-Chilling Systems: Prescribes methods for obtaining performance data relating to field-installed liquid-chilling systems. (Comments due to ASHRAE by November 29)

Addenda am, ba, and bc to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2012, BACnet - A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks (Comments due to ASHRAE by December 29)

Access the Public Review Drafts by visiting ASHRAE’s Standards, Research & Technology/Public Review Drafts web page and following the instructions to access the online comment database. To obtain a paper copy, contact ASHRAE. Contact:Michael Woodford.

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AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant

AHRI is pleased to welcome Wessels Company to the Liquid-to-Liquid Heat Exchangers (LLHE) certification program. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

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Global
AHRI Participates in Global Refrigerant Events in the United Arab Emirates

AHRI assisted in planning and participating in two events in Dubai regarding refrigerant policy during the week of October 26, working closely with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UAE energy regulatory body Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), the ASHRAE Falcon Chapter, and the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water.

The first two-day event included reports on the status of modifying codes and standards in the Middle East to address alternative refrigerants. On the second day, AHRI Senior Vice President of Regulatory and International Policy Karim Amrane held a regional technical meeting on codes and standards in relation to the Montreal Protocol, along with an overview of AHRI standards and guidelines on refrigerants.

On October 31, AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek delivered a keynote address at a technical forum titled Research Projects for Alternative Refrigerants in High Ambient Countries. Yurek stressed the need for timely, but not hasty, actions regarding the adoption of alternative refrigerants. Amrane reported on the AHRI Low-Global Warming Potential (GWP) Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program during a session that also included reports on the UNEP-UNIDO High Ambient Project, research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a Japanese simulation project on low-GWP refrigerants. AHRI Vice President of International Affairs Jim Walters moderated a concluding panel focused on future refrigerant work and possible outcomes.

In addition to the two events, AHRI staff also attended the Open-Ended Working Group session on October 29-30 and part of the Meeting of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol, which began on November 1. Contact: Jim Walters.

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AHRI and Global Partners Convene Meeting of the Global Refrigerant Management Initiative

AHRI and its global partners ABRAVA, the Brazilian association for HVACR manufacturers, and the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, convened a meeting of the Global Refrigerant Management Initiative (GRMI) on October 23 in Chengdu, China, to discuss the final organization of the initiative, launched in September 2014. These founding organizations were represented by Samoel Souza (ABRAVA), Kevin Fay (the Alliance), and Stephen Yurek (AHRI). Other attendees included the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers Association of Australia; the China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association; the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment; Eurovent; the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada; the Korean Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute Association; and the Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association.

The primary goal of the GRMI is to decrease global HFC emissions by improving the global education, training, and certification (ETC) of service contractors in the air conditioning and refrigeration industries. Along with other training and education initiatives (including the UNEP/AHRI Refrigerant Driving License Program or AHRI’s Training and Education Program for the Use and Handling of Alternative Refrigerants), the GRMI plays a critical role in the transition away from HCFC/HFC-based refrigerants, especially in developing countries, where ETC resources and infrastructure are still under construction.

Attendees planned to create a Steering Committee to coordinate ETC efforts across the globe, which interested parties may offer to join by December 7 by contacting AHRI’s Vice President of International Affairs, Jim Walters. GRMI will hold its next meeting in January 2016 in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the AHR Expo. Contact: Jim Walters.

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