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2020 AHRI Leadership Forum Goes Virtual
AHRI/Industry News
Reminder to Submit Annual Sales Volume Reports
Legislative and Regulatory
DOE Publishes Final Installment of its Process Rule
Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant
Unitary Large Equipment Working Group Meets to Discuss Standard Revisions
AHRI Standard 1230 EC/TC Working on New Controls Verification Procedure
International
Origin Labeling Change for Hong Kong Products Will Not Subject Them to Section 301 Tariffs
Global Operations
AHRI Talks Trends in HVACR at China Refrigeration Expo 2020 Opening
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Top Stories
2020 AHRI Leadership Forum Goes Virtual

 

RealClearPolitics columnist A.B. Stoddard and geopolitical analyst Peter Zeihan.

Last week, the AHRI Board of Directors made the decision to move this year’s Leadership Forum to a virtual event due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19. 

We are planning an exciting program for our members – November 16-18 – encompassing not only the traditional Sector Leadership Council Meetings, but also distinguished keynote speakers and panel sessions on key industry topics. Of course, we will have the Need-to-Know video that members have come to expect, along with a regulatory and government affairs panel session to provide up-to-the-minute information from Washington and the states. 

 We are excited to offer two excellent keynote speakers: RealClearPolitics columnist A.B. Stoddard, who will offer political insight just days after the 2020 Presidential election; and geopolitical analyst Peter Zeihan, well known for analyzing data from geography, populations, and global politics to understand economic trends and make predictions. 

 2020 Chairman John Galyen and incoming Chairman Mike Schwartz will provide highlights of our association’s resilience and adaptability during this unprecedented year and offer some insight into next year’s priorities, followed by a virtual presentation of this year’s industry awards. And for those avid runners and walkers, we will offer a virtual 5K run-walk to benefit the Rees Scholarship Foundation. Watch for registration information soon! Contact: Christine Gutermuth.

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AHRI/Industry News
Reminder to Submit Annual Sales Volume Reports

The deadline to complete AHRI’s 2020 Annual Sales Volume Report was Friday, July 31. If you have yet to submit your report, please do so by August 31 to avoid penalty. If you have not received email notifications about this deadline, please verify with your email service provider that you have whitelisted noreply@ahrinet.org and also check your spam/junk folders. Sales volume reminders are sent to these AHRI member company designated contacts: O-Rep, Dues Billing Rep, Cert Contact, Cert Billing Contact, and SV-Rep. If you have any questions regarding your organizational contacts or sales volume report, please submit a ticket to AHRI Support, choosing AHRI Association Membership/Company Profile/Individual Profile as the product/service about which you are inquiring. Contact: Accounting@ahrinet.org.

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Legislative and Regulatory
DOE Publishes Final Installment of its Process Rule

On August 19, the Department of Energy (DOE) published the second and final installment of its “Process Rule” which sets forth the procedures and processes that it will follow when promulgating energy conservation standards. Among the key provision of the rule, the first part of which was issued in February, are improved transparency and accountability of the rulemaking process, such as ensuring that test procedures are finalized before new standards are introduced; and setting a clear definition for “substantial energy savings.”

One piece of the proposed rule that the agency did not finalize in February was how it would assess “economic justification” for various potential standards. DOE is required by law to issue energy conservation standards that both save substantial energy and are also cost effective. Its assessment usually involves selecting several Trial Standard Levels (TSLs), or proposed new minimum efficiencies, and conducting an economic analysis to determine whether the cost of a given standard will outweigh the burdens of implementing it. In its new rule, DOE has clarified that it will first compare all TSLs to both the existing standard and to each other TSL, while also considering whether certain features, costs, or technological disadvantages would eliminate a given standard as not economically justified. After that comparative step, DOE will then conduct its so-called “walk down analysis” to consider the merits and burdens of each proposed efficiency level. For residential products, DOE is required by statute to select the level that achieves maximum energy savings while also being economically justified.

AHRI submitted comments in favor of this rule, citing successful circumstances where DOE has conducted similar analyses in the past. Importantly, the Process Rule that was published in February is now subject to litigation filed by environmental NGOs and states attorneys general. The court held that litigation in abeyance, anticipating that the plaintiffs would include this rule in their lawsuit. Therefore, despite the merits of this final rule, it will almost certainly be subject to litigation. AHRI is a party to the  litigation, having intervened on behalf of DOE, and we will keep members informed as the lawsuit progresses. Contact: Caroline Davidson-Hood.

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Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant

AHRI is pleased to welcome Radiant Bruciatori S.P.A. to the Residential Boilers (RBLR) Certification Program. Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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Unitary Large Equipment Working Group Meets to Discuss Standard Revisions

The Unitary Large Equipment Working Group (WG) has been meeting biweekly since the end of March, to revise AHRI Standard 340/360, Performance Rating of Commercial and Industrial Unitary Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Equipment. The WG last met on August 14 and expects to vote to approve the draft in its final meeting, scheduled for August 28 at 9:00 a.m. Contact: Shawn Andrews.

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AHRI Standard 1230 EC/TC Working on New Controls Verification Procedure

Engineering Committee / Technical Committee for AHRI Standard 1230, Performance Rating of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Multi-Split Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Equipment met on August 18 to review proposed changes presented by Department of Energy (DOE) consultants. These proposed changes were developed from meetings of a volunteer editorial review team and the DOE consultant to collect and review data supporting the development of a new Controls Verification Procedure. The EC/TC expects to meet several more times before approving the draft.Contact: Shawn Andrews.

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International
Origin Labeling Change for Hong Kong Products Will Not Subject Them to Section 301 Tariffs

On August 11, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in a Federal Register notice a change in origin labeling requirements for products from Hong Kong. Beginning September 25, imported goods from Hong Kong may no longer be marked to indicate “Hong Kong” as their origin, but instead must indicate “China” as their origin. Despite this change, imports from Hong Kong will not be subject to the Section 301 tariffs currently imposed on imports from China, according to the CBP’s clarification. For more information on the Section 301 tariffs, please see AHRI’s members-only Tariff Tracker. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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Global Operations
AHRI Talks Trends in HVACR at China Refrigeration Expo 2020 Opening

AHRI Vice President of Asia Operations Bridge Xue (shown at left) addressed attendees at the 2020 China Refrigeration Exposition in Chongqing regarding technology trends in the HVACR industry.  The expo had originally been scheduled for April in Wuhan, but had to be postponed and moved as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Nearly 500 companies exhibited at the show, but most of the larger companies chose not to participate for safety reasons and ongoing travel restrictions. Contact: Bridge Xue.

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