November 12, 2020 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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AHRIís Virtual Leadership Forum Preview
AHRI Files Comments with ITC in Support of Free Trade and Market Access for Members
AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Welcomes New Member Company
Troubleshooting Customer Support Website Feature
Legislative and Regulatory
AHRI Joins Industry Comments on Clarifying Amendments to the Error Correction Rule
Standards and Certification
AHRI Upgrades Protocols for Certification Directory
Working Group Spotlight
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
International
EU Retaliates and Implements Tariffs on U.S. Goods in Response to Illegal Subsidies for Boeing
Global Operations
AHRI MENA Hosts Successful Stakeholder Engagement Meeting
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Top Stories
AHRIís Virtual Leadership Forum Preview


AHRI’s virtual Leadership Forum takes place next week, November 17-18, following Leadership Council meetings on November 16. Here are some of the highlights of the meeting for those who have registered: 

LEADERSHIP FORUM OPENING GENERAL SESSION: The opening session on November 17 will feature 2020 Chairman John Galyen and incoming Chairman Mike Schwartz recapping 2020 and looking ahead to the coming year. Recipients of the AHRI Richard C. Schulze and Distinguished Service Awards will be announced, followed by the traditional Need-to-Know video. A panel session featuring AHRI’s staff sector leads, moderated by COO John Lanier, will round out the session.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: 2020 ELECTION ANALYSIS 
Keynote speaker A.B. Stoddard, associate editor and columnist with the political news site RealClearPolitics, will address the 2020 elections and review the new political landscape.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: LIFE AFTER COVID...AND GLOBALIZATION 
On the final day, November 18, Geopolitics expert Peter Zeihan will present on the issues of changing demographics, housing shortages, supply chain impacts, and the future workforce generation, all in the wake of the global pandemic. Following his address, Zeihan will take questions from the audience.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD’S TOP PRIORITIES 
California Air Resources Board (CARB) Vice Chair Sandra Berg will provide AHRI members with an update on CARB’s ongoing efforts to reduce air pollution and protect public health in the state. Berg will provide insight into CARB’s top priorities and discuss actions related to air quality that may impact the HVACR and water heating industry. 

Contact: Christine Gutermuth.

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AHRI Files Comments with ITC in Support of Free Trade and Market Access for Members

AHRI filed comments last week in response to a June 17 Federal Register notice issued by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) that requested input on the economic impact of trade agreements. This is the second part of an investigation instituted by the ITC per the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, also known as trade-promotion authority, which was formerly known as “fast track” authority.

AHRI recognizes that the HVACR and water heating global marketplace consists of multiple competitors trying to win over customers by offering quality, energy efficient products at an affordable price.  An important objective for AHRI is to maximize market access for its members based on these product attributes by eliminating country-specific impediments, such as market-distorting rules and regulations that are technical barriers to trade (TBT). AHRI advocates trade agreements that are technically “fit for purpose” and that meet the definition of an “international standard” according to the WTO’s Agreement of TBT, as do AHRI standards.  Further, AHRI fully supports the TBT chapter in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and advocates its use as a model for drafting future trade agreements. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Welcomes New Member Company

AHRI is pleased to welcome FluoroFusion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., manufacturer of chemicals and refrigerant reclaimers, as a full member in the Applied, Refrigeration, and Unitary Sectors. Contact: Betz Rother.

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Troubleshooting Customer Support Website Feature

Please note we are troubleshooting an issue some users are experiencing with our “Request Assistance” feature across all AHRI websites. If you are unable to submit a ticket using this widget, please email Directory_Support@ahridataservicessupport.freshdesk.com for prompt assistance. This issue does not affect all users. If you are able, kindly continue to use the “Request Assistance” widget. Contact: Denise Hicks.

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Legislative and Regulatory
AHRI Joins Industry Comments on Clarifying Amendments to the Error Correction Rule

This week, AHRI filed joint comments with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) notice of proposed rulemaking setting forth amendments to the Error Correction Rule. In 2016, AHRI was instrumental in compelling the Department to adopt the Error Correction Rule as the result of a litigation settlement wherein DOE had failed to correct errors in its rulemakings. In addition, AHRI joined a 2019 litigation in which plaintiffs’ overbroad reading of the Error Correction Rule forced DOE’s hand in publishing certain rules, despite ongoing review.

The clarifications in the proposed rulemaking align with DOE’s and AHRI’s litigation position—that DOE has inherent authority to manage its docket, and that the Error Correction Rule stands as a separate obligation limited to the review of errors prior to the imposition of the anti-backsliding rule. However, some of DOE’s clarifications also granted the Department too much discretion in deciding whether and how to post rules for error correction. The joint commenters support DOE’s inherent rulemaking authority, while disagreeing with any significant procedural changes to the Error Correction Rule as adopted. Contact: Caroline Davidson-Hood.

 

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Standards and Certification
AHRI Upgrades Protocols for Certification Directory

In an effort to further secure our systems and minimize security vulnerabilities, AHRI will retire the support of outdated protocols used by older versions of web browsers. Effective December 14, the AHRI Directory will rely on upgraded protocols (TLS v1.2). TLS v1.2-supported browsers and operating systems are listed here.  Users are advised to verify that their systems are in the supported list, and if not, upgrade accordingly. Contact: Denise Hicks.

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Working Group Spotlight

Unitary Small Equipment Compliance Committee: Met on November 5 to review and discuss timelines for the transition to DOE’s Appendix M1 by January 1, 2023. The Chairman also noted that AHRI’s Certification Committee approved the USE CC recommendations for strengthening the penalty provisions of the certification program and will begin revising the program Operations Manual to align with those recommendations. Contact: Austin Kim.

Unitary Small Equipment Condenser Curve Subcommittee: Met on October 30 to discuss the accuracy and usefulness of the condenser curves. Independent coil manufacturers noted that condenser curves are required for producing accurate ratings and subcommittee members tasked AHRI staff with obtaining condenser curve data for the next meeting. Contact: Austin Kim.

Unitary Large Equipment Working Group: Currently reviewing the final draft of AHRI Standard 340/360-2020 for letter ballot vote. This letter ballot closed on November 11 and, if approved, will be presented to the Cooling Standards Subcommittee for approval to publish. Contact: Shawn Andrews.

AHRI Standard 1230 Engineering Committee Technical Committee: Currently reviewing the final draft of AHRI Standard 1230-2020 for approval via letter ballot. The letter ballot is scheduled to close on November 20, and if approved will be presented to the Cooling Standards Subcommittee for approval to publish. Contact: Shawn Andrews.

Visit AHRI Connect to learn more and to join recruiting groups. 

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AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants

AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new certification participants:

  • Simon-Aire, Inc. – Water-Source Heat Pumps (WSHP)
  • Material Supply, Inc. dba AC Pro – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)
  • Klima Control Air Conditioning & Heating LLC – Unitary Small Air Conditioner Equipment (USAC)
  • Trane U.S., Inc. – Unitary Small Air Conditioning Equipment (USAC) and Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)
  • Brock Air Products, Inc. – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)
  • Zhongshan Changhong Electric Co. Ltd. – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)

Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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International
EU Retaliates and Implements Tariffs on U.S. Goods in Response to Illegal Subsidies for Boeing

On November 9, the European Union (EU) published a notice in its Official Journal of the European Union announcing the implementation of tariffs on goods imported in response to illegal U.S. government subsidies to commercial aircraft manufacturer Boeing per a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) decision. The tariffs became effective on November 10. AHRI staff reviewed the product list in Annex 1 and 2 of the notice and did not identify any member products. AHRI staff recommends that members review the EU’s notice for a comprehensive assessment specific to individual member companies.

The EU tariff action takes place in an environment of increased tariffs imposed since the spring of 2018 under the Trump Administration. The EU’s action is interpreted by many observers as retaliation for the U.S. tariffs on EU products due to a previous WTO decision that EU government subsidies to commercial aircraft manufacturer Airbus were illegal. AHRI informed members of these tariffs in a Policy and Government Relations Update dated October 7, 2019. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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Global Operations
AHRI MENA Hosts Successful Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

AHRI’s management team in the new Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional office in Dubai, UAE, held a successful introductory webinar on November 11 titled, “AHRI in MENA: Working Together for a Better Future.” Senior executives and managers in charge of standards, certification programs, and regulatory compliance in the region joined AHRI MENA staff and senior leaders from the headquarters in Arlington, VA, to discuss the ways in which AHRI plans to enhance its support and engagement with industry stakeholders across the MENA region.

Topics included AHRI global services, global advocacy, the outlook for regional standards and certification programs, and contributing to greater energy & environmental consciousness. A guest speaker from the ASHRAE Falcon Chapter, YEA Committee Chair Carine Saliba, presented on ASHRAE Std 90.1/90.2 - Regional Adoption and Relevance.

AHRI’s team in MENA is committed to collaborating with member companies to address the region’s increasing environmental and energy efficiency challenges, regulatory concerns, and the growing demand for regionally relevant AHRI standards and certification programs. Learn more about AHRI MENA here. Contact: Khalil Issa.

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