November 21, 2019 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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AHRI/Industry News
Registration Open for the AHRI IoT in HVACR Summit
Leadership Forum Follow Up
Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation
Legislative and Regulatory
Support the AIM Act to Phase Down HFCs
AHRI to Host Webinar on Safe Transition to Low-GWP Refrigerants
Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments
AHRI Publishes New Edition to VFD and New Wind Load Standards
Unitary Small Equipment OM Updated
AHRI International Committee Meets at AHRI Leadership Forum
AHRI Files Comments on Egyptian and Ukrainian MEPS for Cooling and Heating Equipment
AHRI and UN Environment Announce Progress on Global Refrigerant Driving License Program
AHRI Files Comments to USTR Regarding Technical Barriers to Trade
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ASHRAE 155 Journal Article WG
ASME BPVC Scope Change WG
Certified Venting WG
Commercial Boiler Testing Workbook WG
Commercial Refrigeration Merchandisers Rulemaking WG
Commercial Water Heaters Workbook WG
Compressors Task Group
Datacom WG
Flow and Contaminant Control Products Standards Review WG
International SEER WG
Liquid Chillers Technical WG
Purge Research WG

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November 21 at 1:00 p.m. EST. 
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AHRI/Industry News
Registration Open for the AHRI IoT in HVACR Summit
Members are invited to join AHRI January 22-23, 2020, at the Hilton Arlington (VA) for the Internet of Things (IoT) in HVACR Summit. This forum is designed to educate members about emerging IoT issues and seek input on how best to position the association and the industry for the future.
 
Register to learn about the impact of emerging IoT technologies on the way we live and work, and the new laws and regulations that require cybersecurity protections for connected equipment. The event will include presentations from efficiency advocates, utilities, regulators, and legislatures. Contact: Lauren Miller.
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Leadership Forum Follow Up

AHRI hosted its second annual Leadership Forum last week in Puerto Rico. Access to the materials referenced during the meeting are now available on our event web page. Sector Meeting minutes and slides will be available in the Connect members only library from November 27.

The meeting featured a strategic session on cybersecurity, as well as meetings of each Industry Sector and Leadership Council. Attendees honored outgoing chairman Bill Steel, welcomed incoming chairman John Galyen, and celebrated new officers and industry leaders. ContactLauren Miller.

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Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation

Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation and students like Rene at www.ReesScholarship.org

 

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Legislative and Regulatory
Support the AIM Act to Phase Down HFCs

The recently introduced American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2019 (S. 2754) would authorize the Environmental Protection Agency to phase down hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) production and consumption, allowing a transition to next-generation refrigerants and new technologies that protect the environment while supporting U.S. manufacturing jobs and the needs of consumers. 

It is critical to the HVACR industry that this legislation be enacted quickly! Learn more about the AIM Act and how you can contact your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor the bill here. Contact: Samantha Slater.

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AHRI to Host Webinar on Safe Transition to Low-GWP Refrigerants

AHRI will host a free webinar this Friday, November 22, at 12:00 p.m. EST, to provide information on the safe transition to low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and the current online ICC governmental consensus vote on ADM 47, which will update UL Standard 60335-2-40 to the 2019, or 3rd edition.

Presented by AHRI Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Helen Walter-Terrinoni and Senior ASHRAE Fellow Richard Lord, the webinar will also address a range of issues regarding the refrigerant transition, including background on why the industry is changing refrigerants, current and potential future regulations, and the properties of A2L class refrigerants.

Members are invited to register here and share the link with colleagues. The webinar will run roughly one hour and will include time for questions from participants. 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:

  • Luftek Engineering PVT, Ltd. - Forced Circulation Air-Cooling and Air-Heating Coils (ACHC)
  • LHE Co., Ltd. - Liquid-to-Liquid Heat Exchangers (LLHE)
  • Qingdao Hisense Hitachi Air-conditioning Systems Co., Ltd. - Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)

 Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments

ASHRAE has issued a 30-day 1st Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE Addendum c to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 185.1-2015, Method of Testing UV-C Lights for Use in Air-Handling Units or Air Ducts to Inactivate Airborne Microorganisms. Comments are due December 8. 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 Publishes New Edition to VFD and New Wind Load Standards

AHRI has published new editions of AHRI Standards 1210 (I-P)-2019 and 1211 (SI)-2019, Performance Rating of Variable Frequency Drives. The 2019 editions supersede the 2017 editions, and update the standards to remove Appendix C due to the method of test being moved to ASHRAE Standard 222. Additional updates include removing the requirement to publish Individual Harmonic Current Distortion. Contact: Kezhen Shen.

The new AHRI Standard 1310-2019, Wind Load Design of HVACR Equipment, provides minimum requirements for the design, construction, and structural load rating of equipment that must resist wind loads to maintain structural integrity and prevent separation of equipment components that can become windborne debris. All AHRI standards are available free on the AHRI website. Contact: Cesar Eizaga Colmenares.
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Unitary Small Equipment OM Updated

The Unitary Small Equipment Operations Manual (USE OM) has been updated to include provisions for unitary small air  conditioner and heat pump equipment to rate with T1, T2, T3, H1, H2, and H3 international rating conditions. The USE OM is available free on the AHRI website here. Contact: Austin Kim.

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AHRI International Committee Meets at AHRI Leadership Forum

The AHRI International Committee met on November 9 at the AHRI Leadership Forum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During the meeting, chaired by Scott Bates, chief legal officer at Rheem Manufacturing, the committee:

  • Reviewed its progress on 2019 priorities and current international engagements;
  • Received a briefing from Talbot Gee, CEO of  the Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) on his group’s international efforts;
  • Reviewed ongoing trade issues, including the Section 301 China tariffs and pending passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement;
  • Discussed a global services outreach plan with AHRI Vice President of Government Affairs Samantha Slater and Senior Vice President of AHRI Global Services Henry Hwong;
  • Discussed the Refrigerant Driving License program - a joint refrigerant management program of AHRI and the United Nations Environment Program;
  • Reviewed the results of the 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol recently held in Rome; and
  • Established a process to define its 2020 priorities.

Contact: Jim Walters.

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AHRI Files Comments on Egyptian and Ukrainian MEPS for Cooling and Heating Equipment

On November 13, AHRI filed comments with the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality regarding two draft minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), Egyptian standard ES 6298 for condensing units for refrigeration and Egyptian standard ES 5806 for electric water heaters. On the same day, AHRI filed comments with the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine for draft MEPS for UKR 153 (refrigerated storage cabinets), UKR 154 (space heaters and combination heaters, ≤ 70 kW), and UKR 155 (space heaters and combination heaters, ≤ 400 kW).

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 more than 45 countries. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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AHRI and UN Environment Announce Progress on Global Refrigerant Driving License Program

On November 4, AHRI co-hosted an event with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on the margins of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) in Rome to announce continued progress on the development of the Refrigerant Driving License (RDL) program. The RDL sets minimum requirements for the proper and safe handling of refrigerants in air conditioning, heat pump, and refrigeration equipment. The RDL will help prepare Article 5 (developing) countries for a smooth transition to alternative refrigerants under the Montreal Protocol’s HFC phasedown schedule, which AHRI supports. The event included an overview of the RDL pilot and feedback from a panel of National Ozone Unit representatives from five of the six RDL pilot countries: Grenada, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Rwanda, and Trinidad and Tobago. 

On November 5, the RDL Advisory Committee met and reviewed a report on the outcome of the train-the-trainer sessions held in each pilot country to train a small number of local RDL trainers and assessors on how to administer the RDL program. The Committee provided its advice on the next stages of the pilot program, which includes technician training sessions in each pilot country.  Thereafter, AHRI and UN Environment will evaluate the pilot stage and modify the final RDL training program based on lessons learned from the pilot program. Contact: Jim Walters.

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AHRI Files Comments to USTR Regarding Technical Barriers to Trade

AHRI filed comments on October 29 in response to the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) September 3 Federal Register notice that requested input on foreign trade barriers for the USTR National Trade Estimate Report (NTE Report). The NTE Report is a yearly review of significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods and services, U.S. foreign direct investment, and the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

AHRI’s comments discussed the importance of removing trade barriers related to standards, conformity assessment, regulations, and intellectual property rights (IPR). AHRI also highlighted the growing number of MEPS (Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards) for various types of member equipment to USTR as an emerging technical barrier to trade. The increase in global MEPS has the potential to act as a barrier to trade if a country’s MEPS fail to recognize and cite a complete listing of testing standards, such as AHRI standards, that may be used to verify energy efficiency.

AHRI continues to support the HVACR and water heating industry’s freedom to choose or comply with the standards best fit for purpose in global markets. Additionally, AHRI supports the harmonization of conformity assessment procedures with trading partners to avoid duplicative testing and certification of member equipment. Contact: Jim Walters.

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