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AHRI Petitions EPA on HFC Phase Down Rule
Register Now for AHRIís Spring Webinar Series!
AHRI/Industry News
How to Win the HFC Phasedown: Register Today
Technicians Invited to Join Servicing A2L Refrigerant Systems Webinar
Legislative and Regulatory
DOE Extends Comment Period for Minimum Boiler Efficiency Requirements
Standards and Certification
AHRI Certification Program Successfully Completes SCC Audit
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Program Participant
AHRI Working Group Spotlight: Refrigeration Sector
International
Manufacturing Extension Partnership Mission Highlighted by Ongoing Supply Chain Issues
Global Operations
AHRI Talks Challenge and Changes at China Refrigerant Expo 2021 Roundtable Meeting
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Top Stories
AHRI Petitions EPA on HFC Phase Down Rule

AHRI joined more than 35 other industry and environmental organizations in petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), seeking uniform national standards for stationary air conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment to transition to climate-friendly refrigerants under the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act. These standards will result in an additional half-billion tons of CO2 reduction over current AIM Act implementation projections. Read the full press release here. Contact: Francis Dietz

 

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Register Now for AHRIís Spring Webinar Series!


AHRI’s 2021 Spring Webinar Series will feature sessions on critical issues affecting the HVACR and water heating industry - to be held each Tuesday in May, from 10:30 a.m. to noon EDT. Registration is now available here

The second webinar, State Legislative Priorities Impacting the HVACR and Water Heating Industry, will take place Tuesday, May 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon EDT. Join us for an insider’s look at the energy and environmental policy issues driving state legislative action across the country. Hear directly from key policymakers who are leading state-level efforts to tackle issues such as HFC phasedown plans, plastics and packaging waste, building decarbonization, and more.

On the panel:

  • Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, Member, House Environment and Energy Committee/ Author of Washington State HFC Legislation, Washington State House of Representatives
  • Senator Nathan Johnson, Vice Chair, Senate Committee on Administration/ Author of Texas HFC Legislation, Texas State Senate (Invited)
  • Assemblymember Chris Holden, Chair, House Energy and Utilities Committee, California State Assembly
  • Senator Christopher Bray, Member, Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, Vermont State Senate (Invited) 

Register here. Contact: Christine Gutermuth

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AHRI/Industry News
How to Win the HFC Phasedown: Register Today

Register to join AHRI on April 20 at 12:00 p.m. EDT to learn how the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown and American Innovation and Manufacturing Act will impact the refrigerant supply chain. The How to Not Only Survive, but "Win" the Refrigeration Industry HFC Phasedown webinar will feature an outstanding panel of experts to discuss industry best practices that support a smooth HFC transition:

  • Tim Anderson, Hussmann Corporation
  • Rajan Rajendran, Emerson Climate Technologies
  • Stephen Spletzer, The Chemours Company
  • Helen Walter-Terrinoni, AHRI

Register here. Contact: Lauren Miller.

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Technicians Invited to Join Servicing A2L Refrigerant Systems Webinar

The eighth webinar in AHRI’s refrigerant series will take place April 22 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Servicing A2L Refrigerant Systems is geared toward HVACR technicians and will focus on service requirements, recommendations, and best practices for refrigeration and air conditioning systems that will be using A2L refrigerants.

As the HVACR industry continues to move forward and innovate, it is phasing down the current commonplace refrigerants to those with a lower-global warming potential. With numerous changes to building codes and industry standards to accommodate the safe use of these refrigerants, those working in the field need information on installing and servicing systems that will use them. AHRI’s full series is available online here. Register here. Contact: Lauren Miller.

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Legislative and Regulatory
DOE Extends Comment Period for Minimum Boiler Efficiency Requirements

In the April 9 edition of the Federal Register, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the comment period to respond to the request for information (RFI) related to consumer boilers has been extended to May 26. DOE has established an early assessment review process to conduct a more focused analysis to evaluate, based on statutory criteria, whether a new or amended energy conservation standard is warranted. Based on the information received in response to the RFI and its own analysis, DOE will determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking for a new or amended energy conservation standard. Contact: Shannon Corcoran.

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Standards and Certification
AHRI Certification Program Successfully Completes SCC Audit

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) conducted an audit of the AHRI Certification Programs from April 7-9 to evaluate AHRI’s conformity with requirements identified in the ISO standard. The successful audit resulted in a full reaccreditation. AHRI is accredited by the SCC as a certification body to ISO/IEC Standard 17065:2012; SCC accreditation is required by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and benefits AHRI certification program participants that ship products to Canada. Contact: Bill Tritsis.

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AHRI Welcomes New Certification Program Participant

AHRI is pleased to welcome Hamilton Engineering Co. to its Commercial Boilers (CBLR) and Commercial Water Heaters (CWH) certification programs. Contact: Bill Tritsis.

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AHRI Working Group Spotlight: Refrigeration Sector

The Flow and Contaminant Control Products (FCCP) Working Group met several times last year to update standards related to filter driers, liquid line driers, and other valves integral to the refrigeration cycle. This led to the publication of AHRI Standard 770 (I-P)/771 (SI), Performance Rating of Pressure Regulating Valves, at the end of 2020. The group will now discuss the viability of adding certain A1 and A2L refrigerants to a number of its standards, including AHRI Standards 710/711, 715/716, 730/731, and 760/761, in anticipation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s adoption of Proposed Significant New Alternative Policy Rule 23. The A1 and A2L refrigerants under consideration include R-32, R-448A, R-449A, R-449B, R-452B, R-454A, R-454B, R-454C, and R-457A. The group will aim to meet in May 2021. For more information on AHRI working groups or to join a specific group, visit AHRI Connect. Contact: Ned Bent.

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International
Manufacturing Extension Partnership Mission Highlighted by Ongoing Supply Chain Issues

As many industries struggle with ongoing supply chain issues, including shortages of raw materials and logistical difficulties, AHRI reminds members about the resources available through the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). MEP's mission is “to enhance the productivity and technological performance of U.S. manufacturing.”

There are 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and over 1,400 advisors and experts at its 385 MEP service locations, which offer a variety of resources for manufacturers, such as supplier scouting, workforce training, and cybersecurity resources. Small and medium-sized enterprises may find it valuable to work with MEP as the current supply chain issues unfold. Executive Order (EO) 14005, Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All American Workers, also established a leading role for the MEP and its network. More information about the 51 MEP Centers and how to connect with a local MEP Center is available here. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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Global Operations
AHRI Talks Challenge and Changes at China Refrigerant Expo 2021 Roundtable Meeting

AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek addressed attendees at the 2021 China Refrigerant Expo in Shanghai on “New Politics, New Challenges, and New Refrigerants in the HVACR industry” during a virtual roundtable meeting. AHRI Vice President of Asia Operations Bridge Xue and Program Manager Tommy Wu presented on AHRI Standards 1350 and 440 for air handler unit casing and room fan coil unit testing and certification to more than 50 manufacturers in attendance. The team also introduced AHRI’s new casing deflection, air leakage, thermal transmittance, and thermal bridging classes to the industry, with testing of real units and applied pressures up to 10 inches (2500pa) for airport, pharmaceutical, and electrical factory use. AHRI staff met at AHRI’s booth with several members and certification participants during the Expo, including GD Midea’s North American Market Technical Manager Sam Ye, and Certification/Regulatory Manager Leon Li, and their team members (pictured). Contact: Bridge Xue.

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