March 26, 2020 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Members: Tell Us Your “Helping Hand” Story!
AHRI Offers Online Coronavirus Resources
AHRI Cancels 2020 Spring Meeting Due to COVID-19
Have You Joined AHRI Connect Yet?
Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation
Legislative and Regulatory
Senate Environment and Public Works Legislative Hearing Converted to Public Hearing Process
Coronavirus Fears Close U.S. Capitol and White House to Visitors
Standards and Certification
Certification Directory Includes International Ratings for Unitary Small AC and Mini-Splits
Upgraded Data Platform Implemented Remotely
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
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AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Members: Tell Us Your “Helping Hand” Story!

Is your company pitching in to make ventilators for hospital use? Are you donating personal protective equipment to the healthcare, retail, or law enforcement communities? Have you and/or your employees been donating time and equipment to help others in this time of crisis? Let us know!

As we work with policy makers at the state level to ensure “essential” status for our factories, distributors, contractors, and technicians, and as we work with the media on these issues, it is great for us to be able to share examples of the good our industry is doing in this difficult time -- so be sure to send your stories along! Contact: Francis Dietz.

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AHRI Offers Online Coronavirus Resources

As the national health crisis continues, AHRI staff have been working diligently to see that the interests of the industry are protected in ensuring the continued health, safety, comfort, and productivity of our fellow citizens. As more and more states enact travel and other coronavirus-related restrictions, AHRI has been in contact with them and with affected members companies, and has issued statements to federal and state policy makers.

AHRI offers all industry-related news updates and resources about the pandemic online to the public, with additional resources for members only. A new working group on AHRI Connect (COVID-19 Restrictions and HVACR and Water Heating Essential Status Working Group) shares information on local, state, and federal restrictions related to COVID-19 that impact HVACR and water heating manufacturers and technicians. Contact: Francis Dietz and Alison Maginot.

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AHRI Cancels 2020 Spring Meeting Due to COVID-19

This week, AHRI canceled the Spring Meeting, scheduled for May 18-20, following news that the venue, Marriott Marquis, would be closing until May 26 in light of the coronavirus crisis. AHRI recognizes that its members are currently focused on operations and meeting customer demands, so the meeting will not be rescheduled. However, AHRI will consider the potential for offering general sessions and panel discussions as individual webinars, and will work with the Sector Leadership Councils on appropriate alternative times for those meetings. Contact: Lauren Miller

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Have You Joined AHRI Connect Yet?

AHRI Connect is the primary communications tool for AHRI members. Those who wish to be involved in AHRI committees and working groups, and who want to stay informed about AHRI’s activities must login to Connect, set up a profile, and establish their product interests.  

To ensure you receive messages from Connect, ask your IT department to whitelist the @connectedcommunity.org domain in email servers and add mail@connectedcommunity.org and donotreply@connectedcommunity.org to approved senders list. Contact: Monica Cardenas.

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Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation


The Rees Scholarship Foundation (Rees), a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of AHRI, last year awarded $147,500 to 85 students, including twelve military veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry. The Foundation supports workforce development by awarding scholarships to qualified students enrolled in an HVACR program at an accredited school. Since Rees was founded in 2003, more than $930,000 in scholarships have been awarded to over 500 deserving students and instructors. Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation and students like Kailey at www.ReesScholarship.org. Contact: Sue Perez.

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Legislative and Regulatory
Senate Environment and Public Works Legislative Hearing Converted to Public Hearing Process

Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee’s previously scheduled March 25 legislative hearing on S. 2754, the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act, has instead been converted to a public comment process. The comment period will begin today and close on April 8. 

ACTION ALERT: Please send a letter to the Committee in support of the AIM Act to qfr@epw.senate.gov no later than April 8 (and consider providing AHRI with a copy). Information about the comment process is available here. AHRI will file extensive comments with the Committee. Contact: Samantha Slater.

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Coronavirus Fears Close U.S. Capitol and White House to Visitors

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, Congress is prohibiting public access to the U.S. Capitol for the rest of the month. Access to the Capitol building and House and Senate office buildings is now limited to members, staff, press, and escorted official business visitors. The White House also announced it will be closed to visitors for the time being.

The House is not expected to return to Washington, D.C. until the third piece of emergency legislation to respond to the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus is ready, and the Senate schedule beyond this week is unclear. Contact: Samantha Slater.

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Standards and Certification
Certification Directory Includes International Ratings for Unitary Small AC and Mini-Splits

The AHRI Certification Directory recently launched a new feature that allows unitary small air conditioning (USAC) and variable speed mini split air conditioning (VSMSAC) participants to include international ratings. These ratings are available through all of the public search functions, as well as through the subscriber search functions. Development is currently underway for the related heat pump programs, with an expected launch in mid-April. Contact: Emily Davis

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Upgraded Data Platform Implemented Remotely

In an ongoing effort to ensure secure, dynamic, and reliable products and services, AHRI is upgrading critical parts of our service environments. Prior to beginning the implementation phase of an upgraded data platform for the Certification Directory service, AHRI adopted a 100 percent telework policy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The implementation process included substantive data migration and extensive testing, and followed months-long, careful staff planning and testing to ensure a better environment with minimal disruption to membership. While AHRI has had the capability to manage a remote implementation for some time, this is the first time that staff leveraged the technology to coordinate wholly distributed and remote teams. The implementation was seamless. AHRI continues to work hard to maintain and enhance services throughout this uncertain time. Contact: Emily Davis.

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AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants

AHRI is pleased to welcome the following companies to its certification program:

  • Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. – Variable Frequency Drives (VFD)
  • DongGuan Man Choi Air Conditioning Accessories Co. Ltd. – Variable Air Volume Terminals (VAV) 
  • Intellihot, Inc.  – Commercial Water Heaters (CWH)

Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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