December 12, 2019 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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AHRI/Industry News
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AHRI Board Members Meet With Vice President Pence
Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation
Legislative and Regulatory
Industry Groups Promote AIM Act Twenty-Eight Co-Sponsors on Board
DOE Confirms Energy Savings for Residential Buildings
Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
ECCC Approves Refrigerant Exemptions for ACIM Products
AHRI Releases Video on Variations in Compressor Performance Ratings
AHRI Global VRF Standard Working Group Meeting Held in Japan
AHRI Publishes 2019 Edition of Specifications for Refrigerants Standard
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AHRI Files Comments with Ecuador and Qatari Regulators
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ASME BPVC Scope Change WG
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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
Unitary Regulatory Group (URG)

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The 210/240 Working Group 
December 10 at 2:00 p.m. EST. 
Contact: Austin Kim. 



AHRI/Industry News
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 “If industry groups don’t proactively set the goal of helping in the development of cybersecurity liability standards, the Washington D.C. policymakers who consider this a national security issue will intervene and set the standards for them.” – Judge Michael Chertoff, Sec. of Homeland Security (2005 – 2009).

The Internet of Things (IoT) in HVACR Summit is designed to educate attendees - from policy-oriented staff and engineers to technical experts - about emerging IoT issues and seek input on how best to position the association and the industry for the future. AHRI is leading the discussion on policy and strategy and has invited several efficiency advocates, utilities, regulators, and legislatures to the Summit, taking place January 22 – 23, 2020, at the Hilton Arlington (VA). The registration deadline is December 18.

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

View the agenda and register here. Registration fees: $350. Deadline: December 18, 2019. Contact: Lauren Miller.
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AHRI Board Members Meet With Vice President Pence

  

Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen. (L-R Back Row: Doug Young - Lennox, Brent Schroeder - Emerson. L-R Front Row: AHRI Chairman John Galyen - Danfoss, Immediate Past Chairman Bill Steel - Bard Manufacturing, Vice Chairman Mike Schwartz - Daikin, Vice President Pence, Mike Branson - Rheem, Stephen Yurek - AHRI, Chris Nelson - Carrier)  

AHRI Chairman John Galyen, President & CEO Stephen Yurek, and several members of the AHRI Board of Directors met December 5 at the White House with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the industry’s support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the AIM Act (S. 2754). The Vice President expressed his appreciation for the industry’s support for USMCA, the follow-on to the North American Free Trade Agreement.  Several days after the meeting, Congressional Democrats announced an agreement on the USMCA that should lead to its approval by the House, perhaps before Christmas. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), however, told reporters earlier this week that it would be “impossible” for the Senate to take up the measure before leaving town for the holiday recess.

The AHRI contingent expressed industry’s belief that the USMCA and the AIM Act both would boost American competitiveness and manufacturing, while increasing jobs and growing the U.S. economy. Contact: Francis Dietz. 

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Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation

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

  

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Legislative and Regulatory
Industry Groups Promote AIM Act Twenty-Eight Co-Sponsors on Board

 

AHRI, with support from the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, led a six-figure media campaign last week to support legislation to reduce hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, urging Senators to support the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act (S. 2754). It featured ads on the digital energy pages of POLITICO, CQ/Roll Call, and The Hill, and included a sponsored food truck on Capitol Hill.

Introduced in October by Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), the legislation, which now has 28 co-sponsors, 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. 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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DOE Confirms Energy Savings for Residential Buildings

On December 10, Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Final Determination that new residential buildings meeting the requirements of the 2018 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will save energy over the 2015 edition. Specifically, new buildings are expected to result in national site energy savings of 1.68 percent, national source energy savings of 1.91 percent, and national energy cost savings of approximately 1.97 percent of residential building energy consumption over the 2015 edition. By December 10, 2021, each state is required to certify that it has reviewed and updated the provisions of its residential building code regarding energy efficiency. Details and DOE’s technical analysis are available here. Contact: Laura Petrillo-Groh.

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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:
  •  Edgetech Air Systems Pvt. Ltd. - Central Station Air-Handling Unit Casings (AHUC) 
  • Qingdao Haier Air-conditioning Electronic Co. Ltd - Central Station Air-Handling Unit Casings (AHUC) 
Contact: Rupal Choksi.
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ECCC Approves Refrigerant Exemptions for ACIM Products
On December 2, AHRI received approval from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) regarding an application that would allow automatic commercial ice maker (ACIM) manufacturers to sell equipment in Canada that uses R-404A, R-407A, and R-410A refrigerants from 2020-2022, all of which are banned for use under Canadian regulations beginning January 1, 2020. The ACIM Regulatory Working Group, comprised of ACIM manufacturers, worked directly with ECCC staff to provide evidence that there are no suitable alternatives currently available, and that significant research, product development, and relevant building code changes are necessary to complete a transition to low-global warming potential refrigerants for these products. The application was submitted through ECCC’s ozone depleting substances and halocarbon alterative regulations essential purpose permit application process. Members are currently distributing documentation to Canadian importers (distributors and end-users) to obtain approval ahead of the regulation date. ECCC will host a webinar on the Essential Purpose Permit on December 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. AHRI members are welcome to attend. Contact: Ned Bent.
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AHRI Releases Video on Variations in Compressor Performance Ratings

AHRI member compressors manufacturers recently developed a video explaining techniques to manage variations in compressor performance ratings. The video follows a white paper, which includes further detail. Published ratings for compressors denote the mean performance and include variations caused by: measurement system uncertainty; lab-to-lab uncertainty; manufacturing variation; performance prediction uncertainty; and differences between tested and rated conditions. These minor differences can add up to variations in compressor power and capacity. While they cannot be eliminated, they can be managed by: using more accurate measurement systems; using a single lab for data generation; decreasing manufacturing tolerances; using a more precise range of test points for systemic validation testing; and testing at rated conditions. The North American and European standards for compressors are AHRI 540, Performance Rating of Positive Displacement Refrigerant Compressors and Compressor Units, and EN12900. Contact: Justin Prosser.

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AHRI Global VRF Standard Working Group Meeting Held in Japan


The fourth meeting of the AHRI Global Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Standard Working Group was held at the Panasonic Center in Tokyo December 3-4. Nearly 50 experts from 10 major VRF manufacturers, international associations, and laboratory testing experts participated, continuing the important work of developing a globally accepted standard that can provide accurate measurement and data for users. The meeting included four subcommittee breakout sessions on: Laboratory Requirements; Data and Efficiency Descriptor; Purpose/Scope/Definition/Classification; and Regulatory. The next Working Group meeting will be held April 23-24, 2020, at AHRI Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Contact: Henry Hwong.
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AHRI Publishes 2019 Edition of Specifications for Refrigerants Standard
AHRI has published a new edition of AHRI Standard 700-2019, Specifications for Refrigerants, which is available for free download on the AHRI website. The 2019 Edition supersedes AHRI Standard 700-2017 with Addendum 1. The updated standard includes new refrigerants and adds ISO Standard 817 to the scope of the standard. New refrigerant specifications include R-1224yd(Z), R-1336mzz(E), R-407I, R-460C, R-463A, R-464A, and R-465A. Contact: Ned Bent.
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Global
AHRI Files Comments with Ecuador and Qatari Regulators

AHRI has filed comments with regulators in Ecuador and Qatar respectively on draft Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). In both cases, AHRI recommended the referencing of AHRI Testing and Rating Standard 210/240-2017, Performance Rating of Unitary Air Conditioning & Air-Source Heat Pump Equipment in addition to ISO Standard 5151:2017, Non-Ducted Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps - Testing and Rating for Performance.

AHRI noted that reference to AHRI Standard 210/240 will result in more accurate measurements of energy efficiency, leading to a more competitive market where consumers have a larger range of product choices based on quality. AHRI’s comments also explained how the AHRI Certification Program and Directory can be used to implement their MEPS by providing (for free) verified test data for energy efficiency performance. AHRI filed comments with:

  • Ecuador (Spanish version) - Ministry of Production, Trade, Investments and Fishing (MPCEIP).  Product: Ductless air conditioners.
  • Qatar - Qatar General Organization for Standardization (QS).  Product: Window and split type air conditioners.

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

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