December 19, 2019 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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AHRI/Industry News
IoT in HVACR Registration Deadline Extended to January 3
Notice of 2020 Membership Invoicing and Mass Contact Updates
Legislative and Regulatory
AIM Act Garners Thirty-Two Co-Sponsors
AHRI Submits Comments on CEC Proposal to Update Metric for the 2022 Energy Code
AHRI Submits Comments to Massachusetts HFC Pre-rulemaking Stakeholder Workshop
CEC Approves First Local Energy Efficiency Standards that Exceed 2019 Statewide Requirements
Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
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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
Computer Room Air Conditioning Regulatory Advisory Committee  
Datacom WG
Flow and Contaminant Control Products Standards Review WG
Global VRF Standard Working Group Subcommittee: Standard Drafting  
Infrared Heaters Engineering Working Group  
International SEER WG
Liquid Chillers Regulatory Advisory Committee  
Liquid Chillers Technical WG
Purge Research WG
Unitary Regulatory Group (URG)

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AHRI/Industry News
IoT in HVACR Registration Deadline Extended to January 3


Registration for the upcoming Internet of Things (IoT) in HVACR Summit has been extended to January 3, 2020. Policy-oriented staff, engineers, and technical experts from AHRI member companies interested in the Summit, taking place January 22-23, 2020, at the Hilton Arlington (VA), are encouraged to view the agenda and register here.

AHRI welcomes attendees to join the discussion about emerging IoT issues and provide input on how best to position both the association and the industry for the future.  Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response Karen Evans is one of several subject matter experts confirmed to address attendees at the Summit. Contact: Lauren Miller. 

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Notice of 2020 Membership Invoicing and Mass Contact Updates

The AHRI Membership Department this week issued 2020 membership dues invoices to the assigned member company official representatives and dues billing representatives. Following the invoices, AHRI will send a mass request to official representatives of member companies for updated contact information, which will include an AHRI Organization Profile Reports, AHRI Connect Organizational Participation Report, and contact update instructions. Subsidiary reports will be included as well. Contact: Bethzabe Rother.

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Legislative and Regulatory
AIM Act Garners Thirty-Two Co-Sponsors

 

Support for the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act (S. 2754) continues to grow, with 32 Senate co-sponsors on board. Introduced in October by Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), the AIM Act 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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AHRI Submits Comments on CEC Proposal to Update Metric for the 2022 Energy Code

AHRI submitted comments November 30 responding to a pre-rulemaking proposal by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to modify compliance baselines and metrics to increase the state’s Energy Code’s support for California’s carbon-reduction goals. AHRI urged the CEC to publish a report on the proposed new metrics and to provide at least 60 days for public review and comments to the docket. This is imperative to properly analyze whether the CEC is meeting requirements to evaluate stated criteria for the new metric. For example, it cannot be discerned if federal preemption issues have been considered without a full examination of technical material. AHRI also urged the CEC to investigate reasons why consumers are opting not to voluntarily electrify their residences and to present this information for public review. Contact: Laura Petrillo-Groh.

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AHRI Submits Comments to Massachusetts HFC Pre-rulemaking Stakeholder Workshop

AHRI submitted comments December 12 responding to the November 20 Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) stakeholder meeting regarding the regulations, “Prohibitions on Use of Certain Hydrofluorocarbons in Aerosol Propellants, Chillers, Foam, and Stationary Refrigeration End-Uses and a Refrigerant Management Program.

Though the regulation is still in the pre-rulemaking stages, AHRI’s comments stress the importance of:

  • Harmonizing with existing regulations to align with the intent of the original Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) significant new alternatives policy (SNAP) rules;
  • updating building codes to enable low global warming potential alternatives;
  • minimizing and harmonizing the burden of administrative requirements;
  • establishing a formal exemption process;
  • supporting the use of reclaim to reduce emissions;
  • requiring technician training; and
  • allowing sufficient time for stakeholder involvement and compliance time.

 AHRI will continue to work with MassDEP staff and monitor the progress of these regulations. AHRI appreciates this early stakeholder engagement as MassDEP staff confirmed that the regulatory process in Massachusetts is swift, and the department has the regulatory authority to implement both the regulations very quickly. If Massachusetts proceeds 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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CEC Approves First Local Energy Efficiency Standards that Exceed 2019 Statewide Requirements

On December 11, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved six applications for local energy ordinances that exceed statewide requirements contained in the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The ordinances focus on building decarbonization – the strategic lowering of climate-changing emissions from buildings – including five that move toward building electrification. Local ordinances approved include the following requirements: 

  • City of Menlo Park – New residential construction must use electric space and water heating, but may use gas for cooking and fireplaces. New nonresidential construction must be all-electric and install solar generation. Exceptions are allowed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Cities of San JoseSan Mateo, and Santa Monica; County of Marin – New buildings that include natural gas are required to be more energy efficient than all-electric buildings. 

The CEC also approved the 2019 California Energy Efficiency Action Plan, which addresses building energy efficiency, barriers to energy efficiency for low-income and disadvantaged communities, and the use of efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in buildings. In 2015, California lawmakers set an ambitious goal to achieve a statewide cumulative doubling of energy efficiency savings and demand reductions in electricity and natural gas end uses by January 1, 2030. The action plan findings show that improved financing options and availability, increased program participation, improved code compliance, and increased equipment turnover are necessary for California to meet its energy efficiency goals. Some recommendations include increasing support for energy-efficiency workforce development and local compliance of energy standards; growing the demand flexible technology market; and working to decarbonize buildings.

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Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants

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

  • Hussmann Corporation - Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandisers and Storage Cabinets (CRM)
  • Air Cor Corporation - Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)

Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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