December 5, 2019 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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AHRI/Industry News
Register for the IoT in HVACR Summit by December 18
Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation
Legislative and Regulatory
Industry Groups Promote AIM Act with Digital Ad Campaign, Capitol Hill Food Truck
DOE Concludes Negotiations on VRF Equipment
AHRI Staff Attends Massachusetts HFC Meeting
EPA Publishes SNAP Determination 35
Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant
ASHRAE Issues Calls for Comments and Members
Global
AHRI Exhibits at the Big 5 HVACR Expo
AHRI Member Products Identified in U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement
AHRI Files Comments with China, Ecuador, and India Regulators
Trump Reimposes Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imported from Argentina and Brazil
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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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Upcoming Standards Meetings
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The 500 Working Group 
December 5 at 9:30 a.m. EST. 
Contact: Caroline Henley

•  The Liquid Chiller Working Group (Standards 550/590 and 551/591)
December 6 at 3:00 p.m. Contact: Justin Prosser


AHRI/Industry News
Register for the IoT in HVACR Summit by December 18


Is it time for an HVACR cybersecurity standard? AHRI is leading the discussion on cybersecurity policy and strategy, and has invited several efficiency advocates, utilities, regulators, and legislatures to our Internet of Things (IoT) in HVACR Summit, January 22-23, 2020, at the Hilton Arlington (VA). This forum is designed to educate attendees about emerging IoT issues and seek input on how best to position the association and the industry for the future.

Sessions will feature discussions around:

  • Connected equipment
  • Demand Response: Technology for a Smarter Grid
  • Cybersecurity Policy for a Resilient Industry
  • Federal Actions/National Threats
  • Air Conditioning Standards and Specs for Demand Response
  • HVACR Cybersecurity Standards
  • Specs and Standards for Connected Water Heaters
  • The Connected Home

The Summit provides a perfect opportunity for policy-oriented staff, engineers, and technical experts, to learn more 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. 

View the agenda and register here. Registration fees: $350. Deadline: December 18, 2019. Contact: Lauren Miller.
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Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation

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

  

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Legislative and Regulatory
Industry Groups Promote AIM Act with Digital Ad Campaign, Capitol Hill Food Truck

Advocates for newly introduced legislation to reduce hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants will conduct a six-figure media campaign over the next week urging Senators to support the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act (S. 2754). The campaign, led by AHRI with support from the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy began December 2, and will run through December 8, on the digital energy pages of POLITICO, CQ/Roll Call, and The Hill. Bill advocates will also sponsor a food truck that will visit Capitol Hill today.

Introduced in October by Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), the legislation would establish a national framework for the phase down of HFC refrigerants, while in the process promoting U.S. technology and creating thousands of new jobs. The legislation currently has 22 total bipartisan co-sponsors from 16 states.

Federal legislation phasing down HFCs represents a chance to put America first, and to keep American workers at the forefront of this important global industry. A recent industry economic study showed that a new federal standard for the phase down of HFCs would create 33,000 new U.S. manufacturing jobs, add $12.5 billion per year to the U.S. economy, and expand U.S. exports in this sector by 25 percent. Failure to do so will cost U.S. businesses and jobs.

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: Francis Dietz.

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DOE Concludes Negotiations on VRF Equipment

On November 5, manufacturers, utilities, energy efficiency advocates, and Department of Energy came to an agreement on the energy conservation standard term sheet regarding variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF). The term sheet recommends transition from the EER to IEER metric, ASHRAE 90.1-2016 efficiency levels as the federal minimum, and an implementation date of January 1, 2024. The test procedure term sheet agreed on October 1 approves AHRI 1230-2019 as modified during negotiations and as the test procedure. The controls verification procedure, added as Appendix C of AHRI 1230-2019, is intended to confirm steady state testing is performed within “as-shipped” configuration. The test procedure now also accounts for sensible cooling. The vote of the parent committee, the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC), will take place on December 5. All previously scheduled ASRAC VRF working group meetings have been cancelled, per the pre-publication Federal Register notice. Contact: Laura Petrillo-Groh.

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AHRI Staff Attends Massachusetts HFC Meeting

On November 20, AHRI Government Relations Director Allison Maginot and Lead Regulatory Advisor, Cooling Technology Laura Petrillo-Groh attended a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) stakeholder meeting to provide input on potential regulations to adopt the prohibitions on high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in certain end-uses, as set out in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Rules 20 and 21. MassDEP also presented and gathered feedback on the creation of a refrigerant management program (RMP), similar to California’s RMP.

Massachusetts has not yet committed to moving forward with HFC reductions, however, if it does so, the state is considering features harmonized with the Climate Alliance. AHRI supports some aspects but continues to urge Climate Alliance states to reconsider the recordkeeping requirements. Due to the complexities of state-by-state regulation and the distribution chain for commercial refrigeration and stationary air conditioning equipment, the requirements for recordkeeping are overly burdensome on manufacturers. There are also concerns related to the definition of acceptable refrigerants. Climate Alliance states, in general, are proposing to base acceptability on EPA's SNAP listed substitutes. However, given EPA's considerable backlog of refrigerants that need to be listed, this presents a compliance challenge for manufacturers.

The RMP under consideration is modeled after California's program and is being considered for facilities with more than 50 pounds in commercial refrigeration equipment and may require the certification of all technicians handling refrigerants. AHRI appreciates this early stakeholder engagement as MassDEP staff confirmed the regulatory process in Massachusetts is swift, and the department already has the regulatory authority to implement both the regulations and the RMP very quickly. If Massachusetts moves forward with a proposed regulation, it will be sometime next year. These measures may also be included in the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030. Contact: Laura Petrillo-Groh.

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EPA Publishes SNAP Determination 35

On November 25, the Environmental Protection Agency published a Federal Register notice that determined acceptability for refrigerant substitutes pursuant to its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program in a Determination of Acceptability (Notice 35). The action lists the following acceptable additional substitutes for use in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector:

  • R-1224yd(Z) in centrifugal and positive displacement chillers and industrial process refrigeration (new and retrofit);
  • R-407H in multiple refrigeration and air conditioning end-uses;
  • R-448A in ice skating rinks (new equipment);
  • R-449A in ice skating rinks (new equipment);
  • R-449B in ice skating rinks (new equipment); and
  • R-453A in refrigerated transport (new and retrofit).

Contact: Laura Petrillo-Groh.

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Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant

AHRI is pleased to welcome Panasonic Corporation of North America to the Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment Certification Program as a private brand marketer. Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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ASHRAE Issues Calls for Comments and Members
ASHRAE has announced the following calls for comments:

30-day Public Review/Deadline: December 22

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

30-day Public Review/Deadline: December 29

  • BSR/ASHRAE Standard 229P, Protocols for Evaluating Ruleset Implementation in Building Performance Modeling Software

45-day Public Review/Deadline: January 13

  • 1st Public Review of Addenda f, g, I, and j to ASHRAE Guideline 36-2018, High-Performance Sequences of Operation for HVAC Systems


ASHRAE also issued a call for members to BSR/ASHRAE Standard 229P, Protocols for Evaluating Ruleset Implementation in Building Performance Modeling Software.

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 Exhibits at the Big 5 HVACR Expo


Left to right: Bridge Xue, AHRI; the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organizaton Official; Jim Walters, AHRI; Ayah Said, ASHRAE; and Bill Tritsis, AHRI.

AHRI participated in the Big 5 HVACR Expo, held November 25-28 in Dubai, UAE. The Big 5 HVACR Expo is one of the largest construction events in the Middle East, with a dedicated HVACR product category that gathers industry professionals from around the world. 

The Expo allowed AHRI to promote the AHRI standards and certification program and was an excellent opportunity for AHRI staff to meet with industry partners, certification program participants, and government officials including U.S. Commercial Specialist Lina Dakar and staff of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Committee (SEEC).

AHRI’s Vice President of Certification Bill Tritsis, Vice President of International Affairs Jim Walters, and Vice President of Asia Operations Bridge Xue attended the event. The next expo will be on November 23-26, 2020, in Dubai. Contact: Jim Walters.

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AHRI Member Products Identified in U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement

On October 7, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the Ambassador of Japan signed the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement to eliminate or reduce tariffs on agricultural and industrial products. The U.S. agreed to eliminate or reduce tariffs for 42 tariff lines valued at $40 million on products imported from Japan. In return, Japan will eliminate or reduce tariffs on over 90 percent of U.S. agricultural products.

Tariffs on the following AHRI products imported from Japan will be eliminated (to 0 percent) beginning on January 1, 2020, pending passage by the second house of Japan’s parliament:

  • 8415.90.80 (partial) - Parts for air conditioning machines, not elsewhere specified or included, excluding parts of automotive air conditioners (formerly 1.4 percent)
  • 9032.10.00 - Automatic thermostats (formerly 1.7 percent)

AHRI staff recommends that members review Annex II  for the list to conduct a comprehensive assessment specific to individual members.

In contrast to the final text of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the agreement with Japan does not reference the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade Committee’s revised decision on the development of international standards, which properly outlines the criteria the WTO considers appropriate to define an international standard.  AHRI standards comply with these criteria and are therefore international standards.  Press reports indicate that the U.S. and Japan may begin discussions on a second-phase agreement in 2020, and AHRI will press the USTR to include the above-mentioned revised decisions. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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AHRI Files Comments with China, Ecuador, and India Regulators

On November 22, AHRI filed comments with regulators in three countries, each with respect to draft Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). AHRI provides comments to global regulators to promote the referencing of AHRI standards and to explain how the AHRI Certification Program and Directory can be used to implement their MEPS by providing free, verified test data for energy efficiency performance. AHRI filed comments to the following:

  • China - State Administration for Market Regulation (Standardization Administration) and the World Trade Organization (WTO)/ Technical Barriers to Trade National Notification and Enquiry Center. Product: Residential air conditioners.
  • Ecuador - Ministry of Production, Trade, Investments, and Fishing. Product: Electric storage water heaters.
  • India - Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Industrial Policy, and Promotion. Product: Residential air conditioners and components such as compressors and temperature sensing controls.

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 WTO regulatory notices and compiles refrigerant and regulatory resources for over 45 countries. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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Trump Reimposes Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imported from Argentina and Brazil

On December 2, President Trump announced section 232 tariffs would be immediately reinstated on steel and aluminum imported from Argentina and Brazil. Both countries had been exempted from the tariffs since August 2018 under a quota arrangement. 

The action will be formalized via an Executive Order linked on AHRI’s Tariff Tracker, where more information on the Section 232 tariffs is also available. Contact:Michael LaGiglia.

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