August 22, 2019 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Members Encouraged to Join the Manufacturing Day Mission
AHRI Sponsors Free Directory Webcast
Legislative and Regulatory
Volunteers Needed for Safe Transition Task Force Speakers Bureau
AHRI Safe Refrigerant Transition Task Force Update
Standards and Certification
AHRI Certification Program Successfully Completes COFRAC Audit
ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments and Members
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
Global
USTR Publishes Final List of Products Affected by the Fourth Round of Section 301 Tariffs
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2019 Leadership Forum

Upcoming Standards Meetings
•  The 560 Working Group
August 23 at 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Justin Prosser

View the calendar.

 
 

Learn more about AHRI Connect and the following working groups seeking new members: 


Compressors Task Group

Datacom Working Group

Liquid Chillers Technical Working Group



AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Members Encouraged to Join the Manufacturing Day Mission
Manufacturing Day will be observed October 4, to introduce modern manufacturing careers to students, parents, teachers and community leaders across the nation. The annual event, held on the first Friday of October, was created by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International in 2012 and is heavily supported by National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
 

AHRI encourages members to consider hosting an event that will help attract the talent needed to address the industry’s skills shortage. An estimated 275,000 people participated in over 3,000 Manufacturing Day events in 2018. Registration and updates, including access to resources, are available on MFGDay.com, and those interested in sponsorship opportunities may email SponsorMFGDay@nam.org. Contact: Monica Cardenas.

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AHRI Sponsors Free Directory Webcast

In collaboration with Facilities Maintenance Decisions, AHRI Product Manager Emily Davis will conduct a webcast August 27 at 10:00 a.m. EDT to provide an overview of the AHRI Directory of Certified Product Performance and the new features launched last year. 

This free, 30-minute webinar will demonstrate AHRI Directory public search features, how to locate and analyze AHRI Certificate of Product Ratings, and how to utilize the mobile app while in the field. Davis will also conduct a live demo of the Directory’s search functions, followed by Q&A. Online registration is available here. The webinar will be recorded and posted to AHRI’s You Tube channel. Contact:Monica Cardenas.

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Legislative and Regulatory
Volunteers Needed for Safe Transition Task Force Speakers Bureau

The AHRI Safe Refrigerant Transition Task Force has created a Speakers Bureau in cooperation with ASHRAE and other organizations, as part of its effort to support the transition to low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. The Speakers Bureau will maintain a list of capable presenters on various topics related to the transition to low GWP refrigerants and match those individuals to groups seeking more information about the transition. Topics include regulatory requirements, technician training, Department of Transportation requirements, first responder training, research and general properties of low GWP refrigerants, and more. 

Volunteers are required to advise AHRI of their areas of expertise, availability, and preferred training locations (city, state). The Speakers Bureau will provide event details, speaker training, and presentation materials (PowerPoint, fact sheets, etc.). Travel is to be paid by the speaker, although ASHRAE may provide some funding. To volunteer with the Speakers Bureau as an expert or to request a meeting at your organization, contact Chris Bresee.

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AHRI Safe Refrigerant Transition Task Force Update

The Safe Transition Communications Working Group met August 12-13 at AHRI headquarters in Arlington, Va., to determine the content needed to effectively communicate safe refrigerant transition issues to various stakeholder groups. The working group reviewed past refrigerant incidents, conducted an analysis of available content and collateral, and created a plan to develop safe refrigerant transition communications. Participants will develop content based on the agreed plan, for review at the next task force meeting. 

AHRI has met with several national fire service organizations to provide information related to the transition and to encourage their participation on the task force. Subject matter experts with an interest in the Communications Working Group or any working group of the AHRI Safe Transition Task Force should contact Chris Bresee.

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Standards and Certification
AHRI Certification Program Successfully Completes COFRAC Audit

Last week, Comite Francais d’accreditation (COFRAC) conducted a successful audit of AHRI’s certification program. COFRAC evaluated conformity with certification body requirements documented in ISO/IEC Standards 17065:2012, associated referenced documents for the AHRI certification program, and the latest edition of EN Standard 14511, Air conditioners, liquid chilling packages, and heat pumps for space heating and cooling and process chillers, with electrically driven compressors. The results of the intensive audit were positive, and AHRI received four non-critical nonconformances and five commendations. The comments received were valuable and will be used as part of AHRI’s continued process improvement. Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments and Members

ASHRAE has announced the following calls for comments:

Call for Comments

30-day Public Review/Deadline: September 16

2nd ISC Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE/ASHE Addendum c to ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities

1st Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE/ASHE Addendum h to ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities

3rd Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE/ASHE Addendum p to ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities

45-day Public Review/Deadline: September 30

2nd Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE/AHRI Standard 155P, Method of Testing for Rating Commercial Space Heating Boiler Systems

2nd ISC Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE/ASHE Addendum b to ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities

ASHRAE also issued a call for members to SPC 33, Methods of Testing Forced-Circulation Air-Cooling and Air-Heating Coils and SPC 152, Method of Test for Determining the Design and Seasonal Efficiencies of Residential Thermal Distribution Systems.

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. To obtain a paper copy, contact ASHRAE. All necessary membership forms are available here. Contact: Cesar Eizaga Colmenares.

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AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants

AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to the certification program:

  • Innes Aire SA de CV - Variable Air Volume Terminals (VAV)
  • Royal Sovereign International Inc. - Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)
  • Extrusiones de Aluminio SA - Unitary Small Air Conditioner Equipment (USAC)
Contact: Rupal Choksi.
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Global
USTR Publishes Final List of Products Affected by the Fourth Round of Section 301 Tariffs

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a Federal Register notice August 20 announcing the final list of products affected by the fourth round of Section 301 tariffs. The USTR split the fourth list into Annex A and Annex C (formerly “List 4A” and “List 4B”).

Products from Annex A, including boilers, furnaces, water heaters, and air conditioners, will be subject to 10 percent tariffs beginning September 1. Products from Annex C, including refrigerants, will be subject to 10 percent tariffs beginning December 15. On August 15, the Chinese Ministry of Finance published a formal statement (Chinese) that it, “…will have to adopt necessary countermeasures” in retaliation for the U.S. action.

AHRI identified member products affected by these tariffs according to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) in its August 20 International Alert. Please see AHRI’s members-only Tariff Tracker for a full list of actions related to the Section 301 tariffs. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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