April 11, 2019 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Spring Meeting Hotel Deadline Today!
AHRI Welcomes New Member
Legislative and Regulatory
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Vacates EPA’s SNAP 21 Regulation
AHRI Presents at New Jersey Clean Air Council Annual Public Hearing
Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
ASHRAE Issues Calls for Comment and Membership
AHRI Publishes Standard 1380-2019
Global
AHRI Discusses Trade and Tariffs with House Ways and Means Committee Staff
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Upcoming Standards Meetings
Standard 500 Working Group
April 12 at 9:30 A.M, Ned Bent

Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Engineering Committee (Standards 1210/1211)
April 15 at 12:00 PM. Contact Kezhen Shen 

Unitary Large Equipment Engineering Committee (Standard 340/360)
April 15 at 1:00 PM. Contact Ted Wayne 

TCoS and Subcommittees
April 16-18 at 8:30 am. Contact Ladan Bulookbashi 

Standard 410 Working Group
April 18 at 10:00 A.M. Contact Jennifer Kane

View all AHRI Meetings.

AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Spring Meeting Hotel Deadline Today!

AHRI members are invited to join staff and industry colleagues at the 2019 AHRI Spring Meeting, taking place May 6-8, in Baltimore, Md. Please note the hotel block cutoff date is today, after which rooms will be available on a space- and rate-available basis only.

This event will feature the first meetings of the all-new Industry Sector Leadership Councils, as well as important policy updates for members. Several certification, regulatory, and technical working groups also will meet to discuss sector- and product-specific issues. Attendees can also expect the an informative session on Reinvent, exciting keynote speakers, and standing committee meetings. AHRI staff are excited to begin implementing the new structure, and we need your help and expertise to ensure its success. Register today. Contact: Lauren Miller.

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AHRI Welcomes New Member

AHRI is pleased to welcome Kuenling Machinery Refrigerating (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., as an affiliate member in the Applied Products Sector, manufacturing central station and air-handling units, room fan-coil units, and liquid chiller products. Contact: Nikita Nasrin.

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Legislative and Regulatory
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Vacates EPA’s SNAP 21 Regulation

The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision vacating the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SNAP 21 Regulation in response to a lawsuit brought by AHRI members Mexichem Fluor and Arkema (with AHRI members Chemours and Honeywell joining the case on the side of the EPA). The SNAP 21 rule, which de-listed certain HFCs, was issued in 2016 and was similar to a previous rule, SNAP 20, issued in 2015. The above-mentioned stakeholders filed suit, challenging the legality of both rules. In 2017, a 3-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court, in a decision authored by now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, vacated the SNAP 20 rule, finding that the EPA lacked authority from Congress to regulate HFCs that were used as replacements for ozone depleting substances. The court had decided to consider each case separately, and the SNAP 21 case was held in abeyance until last week when the court determined that it was bound by its SNAP 20 decision because the facts and law of each case were identical.

The EPA will take action to issue a guidance document in response to the court's decision clarifying how it will implement that decision, but it is expected to re-draft the SNAP 21 rule to address the Court's ruling, just as it is in the process of re-drafting the SNAP 20 rule. That rule will address how the EPA will implement its authority pursuant to the court's August 8, 2017, decision. We expect to see a proposal as soon as this month. Contact: Caroline Davidson-Hood.

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AHRI Presents at New Jersey Clean Air Council Annual Public Hearing

On April 10, the New Jersey Clean Air Council held its annual public hearing, which this year focused on “Global Warming Pollutants in New Jersey: Beyond Carbon Dioxide.” AHRI staff were invited to present on the subject of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and industry’s perspective on a climate-based refrigerant transition. AHRI State Government Affairs Director Allison Maginot and Lead Regulatory Advisor for Refrigeration Technology Lauren MacGowens, shared AHRI’s unique standpoint on efforts to phase down HFCs at the international, federal, and state levels.

The Council’s goals for the hearing were to better understand and appropriately prioritize emissions of higher global warming potential gases throughout the state. Following the hearing, the Council will continue to gather public input and ultimately draft a report with recommendations to the Department of Environmental Protection. The New Jersey Global Warming Response Act requires the state to pursue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, however, the sources and impact of higher global warming potential greenhouse gases in New Jersey have not been fully explored. Contact:Allison Maginot.

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Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants

AHRI welcomes the following new participants to its certification program:

ClimateMaster, Inc. — Unitary Small Air-Conditioner Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USAC); Unitary Large Equipment (ULE); and Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP) certification programs;

COVAC, Inc. – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP)

Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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ASHRAE Issues Calls for Comment and Membership

ASHRAE has issued the following call for comments:

45-day Public Review/Deadline: May 20, 2019

  • 1st Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE Standard 37- 2009 (RA), Methods of Testing for Rating Electrically Driven Unitary Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Equipment

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.

ASHRAE also seeks new members for SPC 514P, Minimizing Risk of Disease and Injury Associated with Building Water Systems. Contact: Cesar Eizaga Colmenares.

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AHRI Publishes Standard 1380-2019

AHRI Standard 1380-2019, Demand Response through Variable Capacity HVAC Systems in Residential and Small Commercial Applications, is available for free download in the AHRI Website. This new standard applies to communication, infrastructure, and system functionality as they relate to the implementation of energy management strategies for variable capacity DR-ready HVAC systems installed in residential and small commercial applications. This standard is intended for the guidance of HVAC systems and electric utility industries. By providing standardized requirements for DR-ready HVAC systems, DR program managers can be assured the equipment is enabled to communicate in standardized messages on OpenADR 2.0 standardized DR communication protocols. Contact: Austin Kim.

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Global
AHRI Discusses Trade and Tariffs with House Ways and Means Committee Staff

On April 4, AHRI staff and members met with Democratic trade staff of the House Ways and Means Committee to explain AHRI’s positions on the need to revoke Section 232 and Section 301 tariffs, and focus on preventing non-tariff barriers to trade (such as duplicative testing) in future U.S. free trade agreements (FTAs). Julia Friedman and Keigan Mull were understanding of AHRI’s positions (summarized in this pamphlet),and particularly to comments from AHRI members on the effects of the tariffs on their operations. Members also stressed concerns about President Trump’s threat to close the Mexican-U.S. border last week. The following day -- April 4 -- AHRI met with Katherine Tai, the Committee’s Democratic Chief Trade Counsel, in an off-the-record Trade Forum hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), in which AHRI learned more about the perspective of the Democratic House majority with respect to trade and tariff issues.

Although the Ways and Means Committee has of late been busy with a series of tax hearings, it plans to focus its attention on trade in May, including potential consideration of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Press reports indicate that the Democratic caucus has a number of concerns regarding the USMCA, including those surrounding the enforcement of environmental/labor provisions that will need to be resolved before a critical mass of Democratic support can form. For more information and background on the Section 232 and 301 tariffs, please see AHRI’s Tariff Tracker.Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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