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AHRI/Industry News
Deadline Today - Leadership Forum Hotel Reservations
AHRI-sponsored Apprentice Wins First Place in PHCC’s HVAC Competition
AHR Expo Announces 2020 Innovation Award Winners; AHRI Member Companies Take Half
Legislative and Regulatory
AHRI to Sponsor and Exhibit at the Building Safety & Design Expo October 20 - 21
Volunteers Needed for Safe Refrigerant Transition Speakers Bureau
Standards and Certification
AHRTI Publishes Study on Ignition Events Involving the A2L Refrigerant R-454C
ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments
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AHRI Files Comments with Hong Kong Regulator
President Trump Increases Turkey's Section 232 Steel Tariffs
REES Scholarship Foundation
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AHRI/Industry News
Deadline Today - Leadership Forum Hotel Reservations

Today is the deadline for room reservations at the upcoming Leadership Forum. Reservations will only be offered on a space- and rate- available basis moving forward. There are only a few weeks left until the Forum, so members are highly encouraged to secure accommodations today.

The Leadership Forum - at The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort, November 10-12 - is open to representatives from AHRI member companies and guests. Because of the important industry-wide issues that will be discussed during the meetings and sessions, we particularly recommend participation by:

  • C-suite and senior-level member company officials
  • Engineers
  • Marketing and sales professionals
  • Legislative and regulatory policy advisors
For maximum effectiveness, companies that participate in more than one sector should plan for at least one staff member to attend each relevant sector meeting. Find your Sector Lead here. Members also will benefit from several unique opportunities to interact with industry colleagues, including at the opening reception and dinner and at the Sector-specific receptions. See the agenda at-a-glance. Contact: Lauren Miller.
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AHRI-sponsored Apprentice Wins First Place in PHCC’s HVAC Competition
Kyle Robert Dennis, an apprentice sponsored by AHRI in an annual HVAC contest managed by the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), placed first in the HVAC category. PHCC’s CONNECT 2019 event invited top apprentices from across the U.S. to test their skills in both plumbing and HVAC. As a demonstration of our commitment to building a skilled workforce, AHRI sponsored one of several HVAC apprentices tasked with demonstrating their academic knowledge with a written test, and practical skills with brazing, pressure testing, refrigerant recovery and diagnosing, and repairing a package unit system during the competition. 

AHRI is proud to support the mission of PHCC’s educational foundation by helping to generate awareness for local apprenticeship programs, boosting interest in the fields of plumbing and HVAC, and attracting new recruits to the industry. Find out more here. Contact: Francis Dietz.
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AHR Expo Announces 2020 Innovation Award Winners; AHRI Member Companies Take Half

On October 10, AHR Expo Show Management announced the winners of the 2020 AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition. Hosted annually by the AHR Expo, products in 10 industry categories were recognized for their innovative contributions to the HVACR industry. AHRI member companies Danfoss (3), Johnson Controls/York (1), and LG (1), were judged to have the most innovative product in five out of the 10 product categories. The winning products, technologies, and systems from each award category will be formally recognized during the 2020 AHR Expo, to be held February 3-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl. One of the category winners will be recognized as the most inventive and original product, and will receive the 2020 Product of the Year Award. The ceremony is open to all show attendees and is slated for February 4 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Winners are selected by a panel of third-party ASHRAE member judges who evaluate award entries based on their innovative design, creativity, application, value, and potential market impact. “We had more entries submitted for the 2020 Innovation Awards than we’ve ever had,” said Mark Stevens, AHR Expo Show Manager. “This speaks volumes to the advancement and outstanding innovation happening within the HVACR industry at the moment. As in previous years, the technologies vying for a category award more than exceeded our expectations. We would like to congratulate each of our winners, finalists and all entrants for their leadership in advancing the future of our industry. We look forward to seeing these inventive solutions in action on the Show floor in Orlando and to honor our winners in a special ceremony.”

Find out more about 2020 AHR Expo Innovation Award winners and finalists here. The AHR Expo provides a unique forum for industry professionals to meet under one roof to share ideas, discover new products and technologies, and find solutions to the industry’s technical challenges. To register, visit the AHR registration website. Contact: Francis Dietz.

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Legislative and Regulatory
AHRI to Sponsor and Exhibit at the Building Safety & Design Expo October 20 - 21

AHRI will sponsor and exhibit at the 2019 Building Safety & Design Expo - organized by the International Code Council - at the Rio Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, October 20-21. Representatives of the AHRI Safe Refrigerant Transition Task Force (SRTTF) will be on-hand to provide background on the approach to ensuring a safe transition to low global warming potential refrigerants and to discuss associated research, codes, and standards. AHRI staff will also attend hearings in which proposals relevant to the industry on codes and standards may be discussed. Members and other interested parties attending the conference are encouraged to visit ahrinet.org/SafeRefrigerant and visit the SRTTF at booth 118 for more information. Technical experts interested in joining the working groups of the task force are particularly encouraged to contact AHRI Legal Coordinator Chris Bresee.

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Volunteers Needed for Safe Refrigerant Transition Speakers Bureau

AHRI is beginning to work with volunteers registered for the AHRI Safe Refrigerant Transition Task Force (SRTTF) Speakers Bureau. The speakers bureau, established in cooperation with ASHRAE and other organizations, is part of the SRTTF’s efforts 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, talking points, fact sheets, etc.). Travel is to be paid by the speaker, although ASHRAE may provide some funding. Visit ahrinet.org/SafeRefrigerant for more information on the SRTTF. To volunteer with the speakers bureau as an expert or to request a meeting, contact Chris Bresee.

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Standards and Certification
AHRTI Publishes Study on Ignition Events Involving the A2L Refrigerant R-454C

AHRI’s research arm, the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Institute (AHRTI), recently published a final report of its Project 9013, Experimental Study on the Consequences of Full-scale Ignition Events Involving the A2L Refrigerant R-454C. The primary objective of this project was to evaluate how that refrigerant disperses in a room under various room-scale release conditions, as well as to evaluate the post-ignition consequences of the R-454C releases, and to compare those ignition consequences to similar tests performed with the A3 refrigerant R-290. All tests were conducted on four-door display cases and treated as near-worse-case scenarios. Charge sizes, leak locations, leak rates, and fan ventilation were all taken into consideration.

Overall, tests showed that ignition consequences were minor under quiescent and low-humidity conditions for R-454C. When releasing “equivalent volume” charge sizes through equivalent leak hole sizes, R-290 ignition events were much more severe. Contact: Xudong Wang.

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ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments

ASHRAE has issued a 30-day 4th ISC Public Review of ASHRAE Guideline 12-2000R, Managing the Risk of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems. Comments are due November 10. 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 Files Comments with Hong Kong Regulator

AHRI recently filed comments with the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region regarding the Draft Revision of Code of Practice on Energy Labelling of Products 2019. The Code contains minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) that cover a variety of consumer goods, including residential air conditioners and electric storage water heaters.

AHRI notifies members about these draft regulations and standards through AHRI's International Regulatory Information Service (IRIS). IRIS is a business intelligence service that tracks World Trade Organization regulatory notices and compiles refrigerant and regulatory resources for over 45 countries. Contact:Michael LaGiglia.

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President Trump Increases Turkey's Section 232 Steel Tariffs

On October 14, President Trump increased Section 232 tariffs on steel imported from Turkey, from 25 percent to 50 percent in a statement citing “Turkey's Actions in Northeast Syria.” The statement also references an Executive Order that formalizes the imposition of sanctions against current and former Turkish government officials but does not mention the tariff increase, which may be formalized in a separate Executive Order. AHRI staff will include a link on AHRI's Tariff Tracker once the tariff increase has been formalized. For more information on the Section 232 tariffs, consult AHRI's Tariff Tracker. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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REES Scholarship Foundation

The Rees Scholarship Foundation (Rees), a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of AHRI, recently awarded $62,000 to 36 students, including five military veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry. The Foundation supports workforce development by awarding scholarships to qualified students enrolled in an HVACR program at an accredited school.

Since Rees was founded in 2003, more than $850,000 in scholarships have been awarded to over 500 deserving students and instructors. AHRI encourages members to support our workforce development efforts by donating here. Contact: Sue Perez.

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