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Save the Dates: AHRI Refrigerant Webinar Series
AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Welcomes New Member
Legislative and Regulatory
Register Today for September 24 DOE Compliance Webinar
California’s 2020 Legislative Session Concludes; Controversial Plastics Legislation Fails While COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Legislation Passes
Standards and Certification
Working Group Spotlight: Certified Venting Standards
AHRI Welcomes New Participants
International
International Finance Corporation Announces Call for Project Applications for “Sustainable Cooling” in Colombia and Mexico
Global Operations
AHRI Visits LLHE Participants and National Lab
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Top Stories
Save the Dates: AHRI Refrigerant Webinar Series
AHRI is pleased to announce a series of five webinars on various aspects of flammable refrigerant research, to be held each Wednesday between September 23 and October 21. To date, the research has informed technical updates to safety standards that will enable compliance with global regulations that phase down the use of high-GWP refrigerants. This virtual forum will build on material covered in the Flammable Refrigerant Research and Planning Conference held in October 2018, examining research in collaboration with Department of Energy, California Air Resources Board, ASHRAE, AHRI, and others.

Manufacturers, channel partners, policy makers, fire service personnel, and building code and environmental experts are encouraged to participate. The free sessions will feature panel discussions and presentations from industry experts, including principal investigators on flammable refrigerant research projects. Registration for the first webinar is now available. Additional webinar information is below:


Webinar 1: Air Conditioning Applications
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

AHRI Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Helen Walter-Terrinoni will lead a panel of experts to discuss leak and ignition testing of low-GWP refrigerants in air conditioning equipment under whole room scale conditions, as well as refrigerant leak characteristics in real-life applications. Click to register.

Webinar 2: Commercial Refrigeration Applications
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Webinar 3: Understanding Refrigerant Sensors
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Webinar 4: Predictive Tools for Refrigerant Behaviors
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Webinar 5:  Refrigerant Ignition in Open Flame/Hot Surfaces: Has Anything Fundamentally Changed?
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Contact: Lauren Miller.

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AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Welcomes New Member

AHRI is pleased to welcome Elite Precision Components, manufacturing air-heating and air-cooling coils, as an Affiliate Member in the Applied Sector. Contact: Betz Rother.

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Legislative and Regulatory
Register Today for September 24 DOE Compliance Webinar

Running afoul of efficiency standards set by the Department of Energy (DOE) can be a costly mistake for original equipment manufacturers. AHRI Certification Program participants should plan to register for AHRI’s upcoming webinar, Navigating Compliance at DOE, which will be led by former DOE General Counsel Mary Anne Sullivan, now senior counsel in the energy regulatory practice at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C.Sullivan regularly represents clients before DOE’s Office of Enforcement. Register to attend September 24 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, and learn the key risk areas and defense strategies should a Notice of Noncompliance land in your inbox. Contact: Lauren Miller.

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California’s 2020 Legislative Session Concludes; Controversial Plastics Legislation Fails While COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Legislation Passes

The California Legislature adjourned on August 31, marking the end of a highly unusual 2020 legislative session. While it was largely dominated by COVID-19 and budget-related concerns, legislators continued to debate a slate of high priority policy bills that had been introduced earlier in the year, including Senate Bill 54 (Allen) and Assembly Bill 1080 (Garcia), both controversial bills that proposed to implement a broad array of single-use plastics and packaging regulations.

At the end of the session early Tuesday morning, SB 54 remained “on call” in the Assembly, with the Assembly unable to approve the amendments made by the Senate. Prior to the clock running out on the legislation, both bills underwent significant revisions to change the proposed implementation of a comprehensive regulatory scheme involving most plastics and single-use packaging to focus on plastics only. Despite these changes, AHRI joined a large business coalition that formally opposed the legislation on the basis of its broad regulatory scope, lack of infrastructure, and absence of necessary exemptions that would make implementation of the program feasible. AHRI anticipates the legislation will be reintroduced next year.

AHRI also closely monitored final passage of SB 1159, related to COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims. The bill, which passed during the final hours of the legislative session, creates a disputable presumption that a COVID-19 case originated in the workplace. The bill also includes provisions that require an employee to first exhaust paid sick leave benefits before receiving any temporary disability benefits and establishes disease certification requirements. Earlier in the year, Governor Newsom issued an executive order very similar to SB 1159; however, the legislation includes additional requirements and codifies the order. AHRI continues to monitor a wide variety of similar bills across the country that address COVID-19 workers’ compensation. For additional information or questions please contact Chris Bresee.

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Standards and Certification
Working Group Spotlight: Certified Venting Standards

The Certified Venting Standards Working Group is clarifying requirements for venting systems certified by the ANSI Z21.13 standard or by the UL venting standards (UL-1738, ULC-S636). The group developed installation code interpretation requests to the NFPA 54 National Fuel Gas Code and the International Fuel Gas Code to confirm the acceptable use of vent systems certified to UL-1738 or by the applicable ANSI Z21 appliance standard. The committee also established two sub-working groups: one for the UL venting standards and the other for the ANSI Z21.13 standard, to analyze the vent testing requirements and seek harmonization between the various standards. The UL venting standards sub-working group held bi-weekly meetings, and at its last meeting on August 27,  finalized its analysis with proposed recommendations for the appliable UL Standards Technical Panel. The Certified Venting Standards Working Group will reconvene to review the sub-working group’s analysis.

AHRI Working Groups are managed through AHRI Connect. Visit to see which groups are now recruiting. Contact: Tae Kwon.

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AHRI Welcomes New Participants

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

  • Steel and Pipes, Inc. – Unitary Small Air Conditioner Equipment (USAC)
  • Coil Design LLC – Forced Circulation Air-Cooling and Air-Heating Coils (ACHC)
  • Dongguan Tech Free Air Conditioning – Central Station Air-Handling Unit Casings (AHUC)
  • Nehmeh Enterprises and Industries – Room Fan-Coil Air Conditioners (RFC)
  • Groupe Distribution Dulac Division Quebec – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)
  • Aurora Air Condition – Unitary Small Heat Pump (USHP)

Contact:Rupal Choksi.

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International
International Finance Corporation Announces Call for Project Applications for “Sustainable Cooling” in Colombia and Mexico

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the World Bank), has announced a call for project applications in its “TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling Latin America” program, which aims to accelerate the adoption of innovative sustainable cooling technologies in Colombia and Mexico. This includes residential, commercial, and industrial space cooling, cold chain, and transport refrigeration units. Winning applications will be eligible for grant funding to carry out pilot projects. 

Applications are due by September 18 and FAQs can be found here. The IFC is targeting “small- to mid-size tech” companies in this call for submissions.  Further, the FAQs imply that “multinational corporations” would not be eligible. Interested members can find more about TechEmerge on its website or by attending an informational webinar on September 8 or September 9. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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Global Operations
AHRI Visits LLHE Participants and National Lab

As ice-powered commercial AC thermal storage technology becomes more popular in China and certification demand grows, AHRI Vice President of Asia Operations Bridge Xue visited Liquid-to-Liquid Heat Exchanger (LLHE) certification program participants THT and IVEY and the National Heat-Exchange Product Quality Supervision and Inspection Center (NHQSI) August 27-28. The Center built a larger test facility for LLHE testing, which is up to 1320 GMP for ethylene glycol and 3520 GMP for water testing, which will support AHRI as it tests and certifies the entire operation map of LLHE products. Contact: Bridge Xue

Pictured left to right: Bridge Xue, Wang Naijing, Yan Shizhong.

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