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AHRI/Industry News
Register Today for the 2019 AHRI Spring Meeting
ACREX Attracts More than 500 Exhibitors
Legislative and Regulatory
State Summit Attendees to Meet with California Governor’s Office
AHRI Hosts Refrigerant Policy Forum
Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
ASHRAE Issues a Call for Comments
Global
U.S.-UK Free Trade Agreement Negotiating Objectives Include AHRI Input
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Upcoming Standards Meetings
Dehumidifiers Engineering Committee (Standard 920P)
March 8, 9:30 A.M. Contact: Ned Bent.
Wind Task Force (Standard 1310P)
March 11, 2 P.M. Contact: Cesar Eizaga Colmenares.

Standard 1520 Working Group
March 13, 8 A.M. Contact: Justin Prosser.

Standard 410 Working Group
March 14, 10 A.M. Contact: Jennifer Kane.

View all AHRI Meetings.

AHRI/Industry News
Register Today for the 2019 AHRI Spring Meeting

AHRI members are invited to join staff and industry colleagues at the 2019 AHRI Spring Meeting, taking place May 6-8, in Baltimore, Md.  This will be our first membership-wide event under the new Reinvent structure approved by the Board of Directors in November 2018. In addition to Working Group, Sector Council, and Standing Committee meetings, the Spring Meeting offers plenty of opportunity to network with your industry colleagues from across the country. Register today to meet them in Baltimore this May.

Attendees can expect:

  • Need-to-Know Session: featuring reports from staff on ongoing departmental projects and important industry news, as well as implementation of AHRI's Reinvent program.
  • Regulatory Updates: Two sessions on regulations impacting the heating and cooling sectors.
  • State HFC Panel Discussion
  • Two Networking Receptions
  • Staff-led Morning Run/Walks

Contact: Beth Teferi.

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ACREX Attracts More than 500 Exhibitors

AHRI participated in the 2019 ACREX Expo, held February 28-March 2, in Mumbai, India. This year marked the 20th edition of ACREX, which featured over 500 exhibitors representing over 25 countries. ACREX 2019 integrated the building industry, fire safety and security solutions, and the HVACR industry, providing an excellent opportunity for AHRI to meet with its many certification program participants in India, as well as with potential new participants. In addition, AHRI staff took the opportunity to visit with international members, consultant agencies, and government officials.

During the visit, AHRI teamed up with member company Alfa Laval to deliver two seminars, held in Delhi and Mumbai, to consulting engineers highlighting the value of AHRI certification. The seminars provided detailed information on the value of specifying AHRI Certified to ensure products perform as promised. Contact: Henry Hwong.

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Legislative and Regulatory
State Summit Attendees to Meet with California Governor’s Office

The AHRI State Summit, to be held March 26-27 in Sacramento, will include a meeting with Che Salinas, Chief Deputy Legislative Affairs Secretary for Operations in California Governor Gavin Newsom's cabinet. This two-day event provides an opportunity for AHRI members to communicate directly with key California policy makers, and hear from other stakeholders about the policies most important to business.

As elected officials at the federal level continue to debate and shift priorities on many key initiatives, the uncertainty has created opportunity for state governments, including California, to develop and advance their own energy and environmental policies that affect your company and the entire HVACR and water heating industry. Lawmakers in California need to know the industry's position when deliberating important policy decisions impacting your business, your employees, and your customers. Register for this event here. Contact: Beth Teferi.

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AHRI Hosts Refrigerant Policy Forum

Due to the regulatory uncertainty related to the HFC phase down, AHRI hosted a refrigerant policy forum for members to answer questions regarding the current state of regulation at both the federal and state level. The event provided insight into current regulations and changing requirements; the 20-year plan to reach phase down goals in the Kigali amendment of the Montreal Protocol; next steps for the Environmental Protection Agency's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program; and an overview of current refrigeration and flammability research. Members provided input to AHRI’s position within the U.S. Climate Alliance states. Contact: Lauren MacGowens.

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Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants

AHRI is pleased to welcome AC BEST LA Company and CoolAir, Inc. to the Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP) certification program. Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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ASHRAE Issues a Call for Comments

ASHRAE has announced the following call for comments:

45-day Public Review/Deadline: April 15, 2019

  • 1st Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE Standard 41.8- 2016RA, Standard Methods for Liquid Flow Measurement

To view details, refer to the recent issue of ASHRAE’s Standards Action. 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. All necessary membership forms are available here. Contact: Cesar Eizaga Colmenares.

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Global
U.S.-UK Free Trade Agreement Negotiating Objectives Include AHRI Input

On February 28, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released negotiating objectives for a potential U.S.-United Kingdom (UK) Free Trade Agreement (FTA), including some of AHRI’s previously submitted suggested negotiating objectives, such as removing technical barriers to trade related to standards and conformity assessment procedures. Complications and uncertainty concerning the UK’s separation from the European Union could delay the agreement between the U.S. and the UK. Their separation, also known as Brexit, is scheduled for March 29 unless both parties agree to extend negotiations. The USTR also plans to enter trade negotiations with Japan and the European Union. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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