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AHRI Participates in CRAA Annual Meeting
AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Board of Directors Approves Bylaws Change
Legislative and Regulatory
AHRI Board Clean Energy Task Group Meets, Changes Name
Standards and Certification
Working Group Spotlight: Refrigeration Efficiency Systems Subcommittee
Certification Directory Launches DOE Attachment Functionality
AHRI Systems Webinar: ASHRAE Standard 205P
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
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Top Stories
AHRI Participates in CRAA Annual Meeting

AHRI’s President and CEO Stephen Yurek provided opening remarks by video at the China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association’s (CRAA) annual meeting December 10-11, emphasizing the need for the global industry to work together to solve challenging industry issues. Specifically, he discussed the importance of working together to provide training to technicians and operators to ensure the safe use of new refrigerants, as well as the need for cooperation on HVACR industry standards and certification programs.

AHRI’s Vice President of Asia Operations Bridge Xue attended the meeting in person and was approved as a member of the SAC/TC238 standard committee for the 2020-2022 term, making him the first committee member representing an international organization. Xue presented on AHRI standards and certification programs to the more than 50 AHRI members in attendance at the jointly held CRAA QCC Certification meeting, and shared how AHRI’s plan for global operations and an expanded presence will help members access global markets. Contact: Bridge Xue.

Caption: Li Jiang (left), SAC/TC238 Standard Committee Director and Chairman of CRAA, presented a membership certificate to Bridge Xue (right). 

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AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Board of Directors Approves Bylaws Change

On December 3, the AHRI Board of Directors approved a change to the association’s bylaws that will limit related companies to only one voting member per committee, working group, or task group, effective January 1:

"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 nominees to 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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Legislative and Regulatory
AHRI Board Clean Energy Task Group Meets, Changes Name

The Clean Energy Task Group, established by the AHRI Board of Directors last year, met December 8 for its regular monthly meeting. The group is tasked by the Board with coordinating AHRI’s policies with respect to federal, state, and local electrification and decarbonization initiatives that impact AHRI member companies. At the meeting, the group agreed to broaden its scope, change its name to the AHRI Climate Leadership Task Force, and update the group charter and complete a new mission and vision statement as a platform for accelerated activities in this area. 

An ever-increasing number of states and localities are looking toward electrification and decarbonization efforts as a way to achieve ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals, all of which have the potential to seriously impact AHRI member companies in ways both positive and negative. The new Task Force’s mission will include positioning the association as a solution to maintaining human health, safety, comfort, and productivity, utilizing new and existing technologies to reduce the associated carbon impact. Contact: Francis Dietz.

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Standards and Certification
Working Group Spotlight: Refrigeration Efficiency Systems Subcommittee

Members of the Refrigeration Systems Subcommittee met on December 9 for an overview of ASHRAE Standard 205, provided by Dick Lord of Carrier. The standard will develop a uniform approach to represent performance data that can be used in models. This review explained how members should approach the process of creating a model/algorithm that will be used to predict the performance and efficiency of different systems. The group will meet again in January to finalize its scope and plan next steps in this process. See below to learn more about the standard and upcoming webinar. Visit AHRI Connect to learn more and to join recruiting groups. Contact: Greg Kalinyak.

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Certification Directory Launches DOE Attachment Functionality

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a feature that provides manufacturers of regulated products participating in AHRI certification programs a copy of their DOE submissions. AHRI added this new feature and launched it on the AHRI Directory on December 14. The regulatory contact on file for participants of DOE regulated programs should receive an email from DOE whenever AHRI makes a submission on behalf of the company, which occurs when a new model is added to the Directory or when an existing model is updated.

If you would like to update the regulatory contact for these notifications, please submit a ticket via the "Request Assistance" widget, with the subject line "Update DOE Attachment Function Contact" and include the new contact name and email address in the body of your ticket. Contact: David Noyes.

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AHRI Systems Webinar: ASHRAE Standard 205P

Join us on Friday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. ET for a webinar on proposed ASHRAE Standard 205: Standard Representation of Performance Simulation Data for HVACR and Other Facility Equipment. Dick Lord of Carrier will present an overview of the standard and discuss its importance to AHRI’s systems work and to the industry as a whole. The AHRI Systems Steering Committee has been leading association-wide efforts related to system efficiency for several years and is currently working to address system efficiency in each sector and make improvements to performance metrics and mapped ratings where appropriate. System efficiency has been identified as a top priority across the four sectors and working groups have been created to pursue these objectives.

Mark your calendars for this webinar, which is open to all systems WG and AHRI members. Contact: Lauren MacGowens for more information or to receive the webinar invite. 

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AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants

AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new certification participants:

  • Changhong Trading Corp., USA – Unitary Small Air Conditioner Equipment (USAC)
  • Guangdong Shenling Environmental Systems Co., Ltd. – Water-Cooled Water-Chilling and Heat Pump Water Heating Packages (WCCL)
  • W Appliance Co., LLC – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)

Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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