January 16, 2020 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Members Testify in Support of HVACR Jobs Bill
Urban Green Council to Offer Webinar on NYCís Buildings Law
AHRI Members Invited to Participate in Copper Substitution Study
Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation
Legislative and Regulatory
DOE Submits Process Rule for Publication in Federal Register
DOE Publishes Final Rule for Commercial Packaged Boilers
Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant
ASHRAE Issues a Call for Membership
Global
United States and China Sign Phase One of Trade Agreement
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Working Groups Recruiting on AHRI Connect

Several new communities are recruiting new members on AHRI Connect. Visit the Communities page to learn more and join. 

Learn more about AHRI Connect and join.


Upcoming Standards Meetings
•  210/240 Working Group
January 22 at 9:00 a.m. Contact: Austin Kim

410 Working Group
January 22 at 10:00 a.m. Contact: Kezhen Shen

View the full calendar.


AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Members Testify in Support of HVACR Jobs Bill

AHRI Chairman John Galyen (Danfoss North America), pictured left, and Gary Bedard (Lennox International) testified January 14 before the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change in support of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Leadership Act, H.R. 5544 on.  Galyen represented AHRI, while Bedard appeared as a representative of the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy.

AHRI strongly supports  R. 5544, introduced by Representatives Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Pete Olson (R-Texas), Scott Peters (D-Calif.), and Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), because it would boost American manufacturing of next-generation refrigerant technologies, promote American technology, and create tens of thousands of new jobs. The bill would bring about a phasedown of a class of refrigerants known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and allow for a market- and consumer-friendly transition to new and better performing refrigerants and related products and equipment. As Galyen noted during his testimony, “This is a rare opportunity for bipartisan leadership, with its job creation, investment stimulant, and export increase, to ensure that American companies can continue to lead a rapidly growing and increasingly competitive global market for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration products and equipment. Without passage of this bill, we risk a disorderly transition that puts American industry and innovation at risk.”

The bill is similar to the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act (S.2457), introduced in the Senate on October 30 by Senators John Kennedy (R-La.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.). Although the bills differ slightly in structure and organization, both would produce the same federal regulatory framework to phase down HFCs. 

According to a 2018 study by the Interindustry Forecasting at the University of Maryland (INFORUM), an HFC phasedown will create 33,000 new manufacturing jobs, increase direct manufacturing output by $12.5 billion, and increase the U.S. share of the global HVACR export market by 25 percent. Contact: Samantha Slater.

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Urban Green Council to Offer Webinar on NYCís Buildings Law

The Urban Green Council will host a webinar at 10:00 a.m. on January 30 regarding the impact and opportunities surrounding New York City’s Local Law 97, which sets new emissions rules for buildings.  Details about the webinar, as well as registration information, can be found here. In this webinar, Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck (formerly of Carrier Corporation) and Chris Halfnight from its policy team will cover the key points of the law and what it means for the retrofit market, followed by 30 minutes of audience Q&A.

The webinar is $250 per organization (free for Urban Green organizational members and sponsors), with no limit on the number of people who can join. Contact: Francis Dietz.

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AHRI Members Invited to Participate in Copper Substitution Study

The International Copper Association, together with DMM Advisory Group, is working on its annual Copper Substitution Study, which is designed to provide manufacturers and other stakeholders with information and data on the nature and extent of copper substitution, substitution drivers, and specific influence factors of copper use. The summary of the most recent substitution study can be found here. AHRI members interested in receiving the full report will need to participate in a blind survey regarding copper and aluminum usage for heat exchangers and connecting tubes. Contact: Xudong Wang.

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Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation

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


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Legislative and Regulatory
DOE Submits Process Rule for Publication in Federal Register

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced January 15 that it has submitted to the Federal Register its long-awaited standard that would set forth updated procedures for the Department to follow in its rulemaking activities.  The Procedures for Use in new or Revised Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Consumer Products and Commercial/Industrial Equipment rule, more commonly known as the Process Rule, outlines binding rules that DOE must follow when it develops new or updated energy conservation standards.  

AHRI has been consistent in its support for an updated Process Rule, as the previous version had been inconsistently followed by DOE. It will bring much-needed modernization to the DOE rulemaking process, including making them binding on the Department, and AHRI is happy that the Department appears to be strengthening its commitment to abide by provisions of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, such as the Act’s requirement that DOE develop test procedures prior to issuing updated standards – a requirement essential to manufacturers’ ability to accurately test equipment to ensure compliance.

Provisions to initiate an expeditious early look at costs and benefits and changes in equipment technology when determining whether a new standard is justified, as well as requiring early stakeholder engagement in rulemakings are of critical importance to the industry, as is defining the threshold for “significant energy savings” at .3 quads, or a 10 percent efficiency improvement, over 30 years for each covered product category. Contact: Caroline Davidson-Hood.

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DOE Publishes Final Rule for Commercial Packaged Boilers

In the January 10 edition of the Federal Register, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued its Final Rule for Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Packaged Boilers (CPBs), which imposes more stringent energy conservation standards for certain types of that product. The effective date of the rule is March 10, 2020, and the compliance deadline for the amended standards is January 10, 2023.

The Department examined the existing CPB standards and concluded that modifying and expanding the existing 10 CPB equipment classes to 12 equipment classes was warranted. In the rule, DOE opted to discontinue the use of draft type as a criterion for equipment classes and establish separate equipment classes for “very large” CPBs. Eliminating the use of draft type as a distinguishing feature for equipment classes consolidated the four existing draft-specific equipment classes into two non draft-specific equipment classes, while adding very large commercial packaged boilers as separate equipment classes resulted in an additional four equipment classes. DOE is adopting more stringent standards for eight of the 12 equipment classes in this final rule, which includes all except for the newly adopted very large CPB classes. The amended standards, which prescribe minimum thermal efficiencies (ET) or combustion efficiencies (EC), as applicable, are shown in Table I.1 of the Final Rule published in the Federal Register. Contact: Shannon Corcoran

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Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant

AHRI is pleased to welcome Intercambiadores de Calor to its Forced Circulation Air-Cooling and Air-Heating Coils (ACHC) certification program. Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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ASHRAE Issues a Call for Membership

ASHRAE has issued a call for membership to the SSPC 30, Method of Testing Liquid Chillers. 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 follow the instructions to access the online comment database. To obtain a paper copy, contact ASHRAE. All necessary membership forms are available here. Contact: Ladan Bulookbashi.

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Global
United States and China Sign Phase One of Trade Agreement

On January 15, President Trump and Vice Premier Liu He signed "Phase One" of a trade agreement between the United States and China during a White House ceremony. The agreement includes seven chapters, which are outlined in this fact sheet released by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

China has agreed to increase its purchases of U.S. agricultural, manufactured, and energy goods and services - outlined on page 6-3 of the agreement - by an additional $200 billion over two years, during which time U. S. exports of manufactured goods will increase by almost $80 billion. AHRI staff reviewed the list of manufactured goods and identified the following member products here. The United States has agreed to reduce tariffs on List 4A from 15 percent to 7.5 percent and to indefinitely suspend tariffs on List 4B, which were scheduled for December 15, 2019. Tariffs on Lists 1-3 will remain at 25 percent. The full agreement will go into force on February 14 and will include the tariff reduction for List 4A.

Members are encouraged to review the notice for a comprehensive assessment specific to individual member companies. For a full list of AHRI products and components affected by Section 301 tariffs, as well as exclusions, consult AHRI's Tariff Tracker. Contact: Michael LaGiglia. 

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