August 29, 2019 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Directory Webcast with Facilities Maintenance Decisions Available Online
Legislative and Regulatory
CPSC Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for Residential Gas Furnaces and Boilers
Volunteers Needed for Safe Transition Task Force Speakers Bureau
Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments
Global
AHRI and UN Environment Complete First Stage of Refrigerant Management Training Program
ASHRAE Region 13 Chapter Holds Regional Conference in Malaysia
China Announces Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Goods; U.S. Responds
Changes to AHRI International Alert Coverage and Schedule
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2019 Leadership Forum

Upcoming Standards Meetings
•  The 1200 Working Group
September 5  at 11:00 a.m.
Contact: Justin Sikorski

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 Directory Webcast with Facilities Maintenance Decisions Available Online

AHRI Product Manager Emily Davis conducted a webcast August 27 to provide an overview of the AHRI Directory of Certified Product Performance and the new features launched last year. 

The 30-minute webinar demonstrates the public search features of the AHRI Directory, how to locate and analyze AHRI Certificate of Product Ratings, and how to utilize the mobile app while in the field. The webinar is available on AHRI’s You Tube channel. Contact: Monica Cardenas.

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Legislative and Regulatory
CPSC Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for Residential Gas Furnaces and Boilers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on August 19 to consider the development of carbon monoxide (CO) shutoff/response performance requirements for gas furnaces and boilers. The proposed rule is intended to address the potential risk of injury associated with CO production and leakage from residential gas-fired furnaces and boilers; it would require an appliance to limit the production of CO below a specified threshold level, or to shut off when emissions in the combustion chamber, flue passageways, or vent pipe reach a hazardous level. 

In October 2015, the CSPC submitted a proposal to CSA Group, which formed a cross-functional working group of members, including boiler and furnace manufacturers, CO sensor manufacturers, and industry experts. The working group reviewed available information and technologies and developed a list of characteristics for CO sensors that would be installed within the appliance or flue-way, and recommended a 20-year lifespan requirement for CO sensors. 

In addition to a mandatory standard, the CPSC is considering regulatory alternatives to address CO hazards, including (a) continuing to develop requirements through consensus standards; (b) relying on recalls; and (c) continuing educational campaigns to inform the public on CO hazards and the importance annual safety inspections and maintenance.

The CSPC invites interested parties to submit information or analysis regarding:

  • Mechanisms or performance requirements to mitigate the causes of CO leakage or excessive CO production;
  • Existing standards (or portions of them) for consideration as a consumer product safety standard; or
  • A statement of intention to modify or develop a voluntary consumer product safety standard addressing the risk of injury associated with CO poisoning from residential gas furnaces and boilers, including a description of the plan to develop or modify such a standard. 

This issue will be discussed at the September 10 Unitary Regulatory Committee meeting and at the September Boiler Sub-Section meeting of the Hydronics Institute. Comments are due October 18. Contact: Shannon Corcoran.

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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 (DOT) 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, talking points, fact sheets, etc.). Travel is to be paid by the speaker, although ASHRAE may provide some funding.

Also this week, the AHRI Safe Transition DOT-Shipping Working Group approved a request for AHRI staff to survey on a confidential basis current shipping practices of AHRI manufacturers to understand how the safe refrigerant transition may relate to current DOT regulations. For more information on the DOT-Shipping Working Group, or to volunteer with the Speakers Bureau as an expert or request a meeting, contact Chris Bresee.

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Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants

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

  • American Tex Chem Corp. - Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHP)
  • Nailor Industries - Water-Source Heat Pumps (WSHP)
  • MRCOOL LLC - Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)

Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments
ASHRAE has issued the following calls for comments:

30-day Public Review/Deadline: September 22

1st Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE Addenda d, e and f to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 34-2019, Designation and Safety Classification of Refrigerants

3rd Public Review ISC of BSR/ASHRAE/IES Addendum by to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings

1st Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE/IES Addenda da and db to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings

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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Global
AHRI and UN Environment Complete First Stage of Refrigerant Management Training Program

AHRI and the United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment) successfully completed the first part of the pilot stage of the Refrigerant Driving License (RDL) program in six countries (Grenada, the Maldives, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago) over the past nine weeks.

The RDL is a comprehensive refrigerant management program jointly developed by AHRI and UN Environment to address the need for a responsible transition to next generation refrigerants. The program will be an important technician training and education element in the preparation for a safe, smooth hydrofluorocarbon phasedown and transition to low-GWP refrigerants, per the industry-supported Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol.

International refrigerant management experts guided local trainers, assessors, practitioners, and government officials on the procedures for implementing the RDL program in each of the six countries, which will be revised based on lessons-learned and country feedback. In the next stage, qualified trainers will teach local technicians the skills and techniques needed for sound refrigerant management. With a target of 600 trainees (100 per country) during the pilot stage, the RDL is an ambitious endeavor that will advance global refrigerant management techniques and contribute to a safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly refrigerant transition. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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ASHRAE Region 13 Chapter Holds Regional Conference in Malaysia

ASHRAE’s Malaysia Chapter hosted the ASHRAE Region XIII Chapter Regional Conference (CRC) August 23-24 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Region XIII consists of chapters from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. 

AHRI was pleased to be a Bronze Sponsor of this conference. William McQuade, ASHRAE vice president and AHRI vice president of sector services and attended the conference.

A robust relationship between AHRI and leading ASHRAE chapter professionals enables the development of creative ways to promote AHRI/ASHRAE joint interests and to better comprehend the significant role of ASHRAE professionals in the regions. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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China Announces Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Goods; U.S. Responds

The Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) on August 23 announced that China will impose retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. goods (on 5,078 different products, including 58 types of AHRI member products). China cited the U.S. tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods (subject to 10 percent tariffs) as the reason for retaliation. China’s retaliatory tariffs were split into two lists:

  • List 1: Effective September 1
    - 10 percent tariffs on 916 products including boilers, compressors, refrigerators, and water heaters
    - 5 percent tariffs on 801 products (No member products were identified in this group)

  • List 2: Effective December 15
    - 10 percent tariffs on 912 products including radiators, refrigerators, and water heaters
    - 5 percent tariffs on 2,449 products including heating equipment, refrigerators, compressors, air conditioners and heat pumps, vending machines, and air coolers

AHRI identified member products affected by these tariffs according to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) in its August 23 International Alert. President Trump responded later that day, announcing that the U.S. would raise Section 301 tariff rates on products imported from China.

Members are encouraged to review the original tariff lists to ensure a complete analysis. For a full list of AHRI products and components affected by Section 301 tariffs, consult AHRI's Tariff Tracker. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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Changes to AHRI International Alert Coverage and Schedule

AHRI is revising its International Alert system to provide members with more focused information. Due to increased trade and tariff activity from the U.S. and China, and to ensure that International Alerts provide information directly related to members, all future trade and tariff alerts will include only those activities that directly affect members or member products. Subscribe to the alerts and other member communications here. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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