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Save the Dates: Registration Opens April 5 for AHRIís Spring Webinar Series!
AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Releases Refrigerant Research Results
Next Week: Join the Refrigerant Detection Systems 101 Webinar
Standards and Certification
AHRI Working Group Spotlight: Heating Systems Efficiency Working Group
Standards Web Pages Get an Upgrade
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant
International
AHRI Submits Regulatory Comments to Singapore, Colombia, and Mexico
Global Operations
AHRI to Sponsor and be a Certification Partner of Retrofit Tech MENA Summit
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Top Stories
Save the Dates: Registration Opens April 5 for AHRIís Spring Webinar Series!

AHRI’s Spring Webinar Series will be held in May, with a free webinar every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon, EDT. Please save the dates and plan to participate in these sessions; registration is free and will be available on April 5.

Webinar Highlight

The third webinar in AHRI’s series, U.S. and Global Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Economic Review and Forecast, will take place on Tuesday, May 18, from 10:30 a.m. – noon EDT.Join Connor Lokar, an economist with ITR Economics, Inc., as he reviews short-term and long-term economic forecasts and how they will directly impact the HVACR and water heating industry. Connor also will provide insight into what we can expect in the way of inflation, interest rates, and taxes over the next four years, as well as the lingering effects of the pandemic on the U.S. and global economies. Contact: Christine Gutermuth

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AHRI/Industry News
AHRI Releases Refrigerant Research Results

This week, AHRI released results of a project undertaken in cooperation with UL and the Firefighter Safety Research Institute, in which refrigerants classified by ASHRAE as A2L (lower flammability) were tested and compared with A1 (no flame-spread) refrigerants in real-world situations. The effort was undertaken to develop training programs for firefighting personnel when responding to fires in occupancies with both new (A2L) and existing (A1) refrigerants. The project included scenarios designed by fire service professionals to develop training for tactical consideration and demonstrate hazards that may be encountered for both types of refrigerants. The full report, A2L Refrigerants and Firefighter Tactical Considerations, is available here. Contact: Xudong Wang.

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Next Week: Join the Refrigerant Detection Systems 101 Webinar

HVACR technicians, firefighters, and other first-responders are invited to learn more about the basics of refrigerant detection systems (RDSs) being implemented in HVAC equipment by joining the webinar, Refrigerant Detection Systems 101, to be held March 24, at 4:00 p.m., EDT.

AHRI Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs Mary Koban will lead a panel of industry experts to explain what comprises an RDS, the function of an RDS in an HVAC system, how these systems are constructed per UL 60335-2-40, the importance of proper servicing and maintenance, and to address a number of frequently asked questions. The webinar is free, but registration is required here. Contact: Mary Koban.

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Standards and Certification
AHRI Working Group Spotlight: Heating Systems Efficiency Working Group

On March 3, the Heating Systems Efficiency Working Group held a preliminary discussion on integrating efficiency standard outputs into an accurate building model of heating appliances using ASHRAE 205P. The group agreed that ASHRAE 155P for boilers is the most developed part-load efficiency standard to be integrated into ASHRAE 205P and will now host separate meetings focused on product type to determine if the product type lacks a part-load efficiency standard and how to include them in the proposed standard.  

For more information on AHRI Working Groups and to join, visit AHRI Connect. Contact: Cobi Waxman.

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Standards Web Pages Get an Upgrade

The web pages for AHRI Standards are updated to reflect the newly approved AHRI Standards Committee Policy & Procedure document. The pages provide an overview of the standards procedure, news on standards activities, and a description of opportunities to participate.

If you are interested in joining a Standards Subcommittee, please submit your resume and product sectors of interest to AHRI_Standards@ahrinet.org. Contact: Karl Best.  

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AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant

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

  • Kentuckiana Curb Co. – Commercial Furnaces (CFRN)

Contact: Rupal Choksi.

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International
AHRI Submits Regulatory Comments to Singapore, Colombia, and Mexico

On March 5, AHRI submitted comments to Singapore on its draft Environmental Protection and Management Bill, commending that nation for its efforts to phase down hydrofluorocarbons but recommending that it take a more globally harmonized approach and allow refrigerants with a GWP of less or equal to 750 in water-cooled chillers, versus the proposed, technically infeasible 15 GWP limit.

On March 8, AHRI submitted comments to Colombia’s Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo on its draft minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for gas water heaters, and on March 11, to Mexico’s Secretaría de Economía on its draft MEPS for water heaters, NOM-003-ENER-2020. In both cases, AHRI recommended that the revision of the standards include a reference to ASHRAE Standard118:2: Method of Testing for Rating Residential Water Heaters.

In its submissions, AHRI lauded regulators for their efforts to set MEPS, which AHRI supports in principle, and advised them on how the use of AHRI’s standards, certification programs, and Directory of Certified Product Performance can improve the implementation and verification of each country’s energy efficiency policies. Contact: MichaelLaGiglia.

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Global Operations
AHRI to Sponsor and be a Certification Partner of Retrofit Tech MENA Summit

AHRI is proud to sponsor and be a certification partner of the 6th Retrofit Tech MENA Summit, hosted by Etihad ESCO and Dubai Carbon, to be held, March 23-24 in Dubai, UAE. AHRI MENA staff will present on the importance of HVACR performance certification as a path to achieving and verifying energy efficiency. Summit attendees will learn the latest retrofitting innovations, brainstorm new ideas, discuss upcoming projects, and chart the way forward for the retrofit and energy efficiency industry. HVACR equipment accounts for 60-70 percent of energy consumption in high ambient climates such as those in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). AHRI encourages energy efficiency through the use of certified equipment found on the AHRI Directory of Certified Product Performance. To learn more about AHRI MENA, click here. Contact: Khalil Issa.

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