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AHRI Board of Directors Approves Bylaws Change
AHRI Requests Essential Status for HVACR and Other Industries in Mexico City
AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Video Update: Membership Dues Invoicing
AHRTI Publishes Phase II Final Report on Refrigerant Detector Characteristics for Use in HVACR Equipment
Sector Leadership Councils Meet During Leadership Forum
AHRI Welcomes New Member
Legislative and Regulatory
CARB Board Meeting Details
Standards and Certification
AHRI Publishes Two Updated Standards
UL Standard 60335-2-89 Released for Public Review
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
International
International Committee Discusses 2021 Program Priorities
Global Operations
AHRI Certification Featured at India Construction Week
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AHRI Board of Directors Approves Bylaws Change

On December 3, the AHRI Board of Directors approved a change to the association bylaws that will impact voting eligibility for committees, working groups, and task groups. The amendment limits related companies to only one voting member per committee, working group, or task group. The following new provision takes effect on January1:

"Section6. Voting Privileges. Except as otherwise specifically provided for in these Bylaws, each Member shall have one vote on all matters put to a vote of the membership. Committees, Working Groups, and Task Groups may consist of voting and non-voting Members; however, no more than one (1) representative from a Member, its subsidiaries, related companies, or parent companies or other may serve as a voting member on any one Committee, Working Group, or Task Force at any time."

AHRI staff will review rosters this month to ascertain whether related companies have more than one voting representative on their committees, working groups, or task groups. Each AHRI member retains its status as a member and each member may vote for the Board of Directors and in other association-wide ballots. However, for committees, working groups, and task groups, only one voting representative per parent company will be permitted a voting seat. Additional representatives from related member companies may participate as non-voting members.

For clarity, some examples of related companies are: Company A, which is owned by Company B, both of which are AHRI members. Alternatively, Company C and Company D are owned by a separate company, Company X, which may or may not hold AHRI membership. The rosters for committees with related companies should be revised, effective January 1, 2021. AHRI’s General Counsel has advised EAs to ask the related companies' representative for a recommendation on who will fill the voting seat and who will participate as a non-voting member. Future rosters should be designed in line with the new voting rules. Contact: Caroline Davidson-Hood.

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AHRI Requests Essential Status for HVACR and Other Industries in Mexico City

AHRI sent a letter on December 4 to Christopher Landau, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, supporting his efforts to have the Mexican federal government declare various industries, including HVACR and water heating, as providing “essential” products and services. Such a federal declaration would eliminate the current patchwork that exists among Mexican states.

The HVACR and water heating industry has experienced shutdowns and restricted operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and designating it as essential would prevent future shutdowns from affecting manufacturing, distribution, installation, and maintenance operations. AHRI stressed the importance of the HVACR and water heating industry in providing health and safety benefits during the pandemic to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19. Examples included “commercial refrigeration equipment for food and medical supply safety and availability, and water heating equipment for personal and industrial sterilization, hand-washing, and proper hygiene.” Due to the integrated North American supply chain, AHRI’s letter also urged Mexico to work with the United States and Canada to harmonize their definitions of an “essential” industry to reach a shared North American definition. Contact: Jim Walters.

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AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Video Update: Membership Dues Invoicing

In this week’s Video Update, Membership Coordinator Betz Rother shares details on the 2021 dues invoicing process, which will take place this month, and recent updates to the Membership pages of the AHRI website. Contact: Betz Rother.

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AHRTI Publishes Phase II Final Report on Refrigerant Detector Characteristics for Use in HVACR Equipment

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology Institute recently published the Phase II final report for project 9014, Refrigerant Detector Characteristics for Use in HVACR Equipment, which aims to assess refrigerant sensor and refrigerant detector performance requirements for A2L refrigerants, and the capability of commercially available refrigerant detectors to meet the requirements of major refrigerating system safety standards. This report focuses on the development of the test methods for assessing the robustness and reliability of refrigerant detectors. The contractor, Creative Thermal Solutions (CTS), summarized the requirements and procedures for the sensor reliability assessment from relevant standards. Five categories of tests have been established based on the types of stressors and test procedures. The Phase II report can be downloaded here.

Under AHRI members’ guidance, CTS is conducting tests to assess refrigerant sensor reliability and robustness in Phase III. In Phase I, six sensors with four different sensing principles were tested in terms of standard requirements on response time under typical leakage scenarios. The Phase I report can be downloaded here. Contact: Xudong Wang.

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Sector Leadership Councils Meet During Leadership Forum

During last month’s virtual Leadership Forum, AHRI’s Leadership Councils met to discuss issues relevant to each sector:

Heating Sector Leadership Council

Council members discussed the strategic implications of the COVID-19 crisis on the heating sector. The unwillingness of the Mexican federal government to designate the HVACR industry as an essential business has resulted in inconsistent COVID-19 restrictions among states. AHRI staff provided updates on the Clean Energy Future Task Group activities to support AHRI’s guiding principles on clean energy for policy, public affairs, and research activities. Council members also received updates on the proposed strategic framework as drafted by the Heating Systems Efficiency Working Group to evaluate the efficiency of a building system rather than individual appliances. Contact: Rupal Choksi.

Unitary Sector Leadership Council

Council members discussed the domestic refrigerant transition and voted to: 1) support the adoption of available editions of UL-60335-2-40, ASHRAE 34, ASHRAE 15, and ASHRAE 15.2 into state and model codes; and 2) advocate for changes to these standards through the safety standard process unless a change is agreed to by the Low-GWP Working Group. AHRI staff reported on efforts to have the hydrofluorocarbon phase down legislation included in the FY2021 omnibus spending bill, efforts to transition to the Department of Energy Appendix M1 metrics by January 1, 2023, and activities of the Independent Coil Manufacturers task force. Members also received updates on the sector-specific strategic priorities and reaffirmed the Drive, Support, and Monitor priorities from previous years. Contact: Rupal Choksi.

Refrigeration Sector Leadership Council

The Council focused on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phase down and flammable refrigerants topics and activities, and approved a draft national HFC phasedown approach to provide some consistency and certainty in legislation and regulation in the coming years.  Members also reviewed sector working group activities, efforts of the Refrigeration Regulatory Committee (RRC), and sector priorities.  Minor revisions were made to the sector goals and objectives to ensure that low-global warming potential options are always pursued in a technology neutral fashion. The HFC phase down, flammable refrigerants, system efficiency, and global standards and certification remain priorities for the sector. Contact: Lauren MacGowens.

Applied Sector Leadership Council

Members of the Council were briefed on the progress of the various Applied Sector working groups, with specific highlights on the ERV Software Implementation and the Liquid Chiller Global Regional Standards Working Groups. The Council discussed progress toward the strategic priorities identified last year, and staff presented on HFC phasedown legislation at the federal and state levels, the efforts of the Safe Refrigerant Transition Task Force, and the status of safety standards and building code revisions. The Council received an update on the Applied Products Working Group and efforts regarding system efficiency. Following a presentation on the impact of the pandemic on the future of applied equipment, members agreed to form a working group to determine opportunities for AHRI members in terms of new and/or revised standards, certification programs, regulatory mandates, and government incentives. Contact: Bill McQuade.

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AHRI Welcomes New Member

AHRI is pleased to welcome NevadaNano as a full member in the Heating Sector, manufacturing gas detection and analysis products. Contact: Betz Rother.

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Legislative and Regulatory
CARB Board Meeting Details

On November 25, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) shared details about its December 10-11 Board meeting, during which it will vote on CARB's proposed HFC regulation order. Members can join the meeting via a listen only webcast and should register for the zoom webinar if planning to provide verbal comments. Written comments will be accepted in the public docket until the Board Chair closes the record on each agenda item.

The agenda has also been published and the proposed hydrofluorocarbon regulation order is scheduled for discussion today, December 10. For more information and details about the Board meeting please see this document. Contact: Helen Walter-Terrinoni.

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Standards and Certification
AHRI Publishes Two Updated Standards

AHRI recently published two updated standards, 430 (I-P)-2020 and 431 (SI)-2020, Performance Rating of Central Station Air-Handling Unit Supply Fans. As with all AHRI standards, these are available as a free download at www.ahrinet.org/standards. Contact: Kristin Carlson.

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UL Standard 60335-2-89 Released for Public Review

Following a year of major revisions by the AHRI Refrigeration Safety Standards Working Group and CANENA Working Group 12, UL 60335-2-89 Ed. 1 - Household and Similar Electrical Appliances - Safety - Part 2-89: Particular Requirements for Commercial Refrigerating Appliances with an Incorporated or Remote Refrigerant Unit or Compressor, was released for public review. The proposed second edition comment period opened on December 4 and will remain open until February 2, 2021. Proposed changes include a major overhaul of the standard A2L, A2, and A3 allowances; mitigation measures; covered product scope; harmonization with IEC 60335-2-89; and electrical and mechanical safety requirements for all refrigeration products. These revisions will allow flammable refrigerants to be used safely in refrigeration sector products and assist with compliance to low-global warming potential requirements across the country.  The public review documents, summary of changes, and comment submission portal can be accessed here. Contact: Lauren MacGowens.

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AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants

AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new certification participants:

  • Klimaire Products, Inc. – Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHP)
  • Trane U.S., Inc. – Commercial Furnaces (CFRN)
  • Multi Manufacturing, LLC – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)
  • MoreTrade Network Technology Co., Ltd. – Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHP)

Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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International
International Committee Discusses 2021 Program Priorities

On December 4, members of the International Committee, chaired by Scott Bates of Rheem Manufacturing, met virtually for its last meeting of the year. The committee examined its 2020 priorities and discussed those for 2021 as they relate to the goals of the four AHRI Sector Leadership Councils and the AHRI Board of Directors. The committee also reviewed the Section 232 and 301 tariffs and trade issues, the status of the Refrigerant Driving License (RDL) program, and the 2021 political landscape in the context of the upcoming transition to the Biden Administration. The committee will next meet on February 16, 2021. Contact: Jim Walters.

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Global Operations
AHRI Certification Featured at India Construction Week

The Government of India’s Construction Industry Development Council held this year’s India Construction Week online from December 1-5.  This event enabled leading construction influencers to exhibit, present, and network, and was attended by more than 10,000 delegates from government, industry, developers, contractors, and related stakeholders.

Presentations on various topics related to the HVACR and water heating industry were made by a coalition of stakeholders with interests in India, including AHRI, the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Manufacturers Association (RAMA), the Indian Society of Heating Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), and the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Trade Association (RATA). Vikram Murthy (pictured) of AHRI’s India office gave a well-received presentation that explained how certification, when properly carried out on HVACR and water heating equipment and applied in building construction, significantly improves energy efficiency and reduces global warming. Contact: Henry Hwong.

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