September 16, 2021 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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Industry Leadership Meets in Louisville
AHRI MENA Out Front at the Big 5 Show in Dubai
Legislative and Regulatory
Oral Arguments Heard in the Commercial Package Boiler Lawsuit
Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Program Participant
AHRI Working Group Spotlight: Applied Sector
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AHRI/Industry News
Industry Leadership Meets in Louisville
Staff and member leaders from ACCA, AHRI, HARDI, and PHCC met in Louisville, Kentucky, this week to reconnect and discuss issues of common concern. The meeting marked the first time in more than two years that industry leadership was able to connect in-person, and discussions and networking occurred in an atmosphere of hope and anticipation of better times ahead. Discussion items included the industry’s response to decarbonization efforts around the country, the upcoming M1 transition, the pending furnace rule, the ongoing refrigerant transition, and the rising importance of both residential and commercial indoor air quality. Contact: Francis Dietz.
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AHRI MENA Out Front at the Big 5 Show in Dubai

AHRI MENA Team (from left to right): Khalil Issa, Managing Director; Nabil Shahin, Technical Director; Francois Boueri, Vice President; and Dalip Singh, Technical Analyst

AHRI’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team was on hand to exhibit this week at the Big 5 International Building & Construction Show in Dubai, UAE. The event attracted over 1,200 exhibitors and facilitated much-needed interaction with several AHRI members, certification program participants, and others.

AHRI MENA is keen on assisting regional businesses – manufacturers, governmental, and non-governmental organizations  with leveraging the association’s turnkey solutions for regulatory and environmental issues in the region. Visitor discussions centered around:
  • The AHRI standards, certification, and other programs relevant to the region
  • The interest in and need for new AHRI certification programs
  • AHRI’s efforts in building relationships with regulators and authorities
  • The importance of performance ratings
  • Adapting to local environmental and industry challenges
Those unable to connect with AHRI MENA in person are welcome to do so through the Big 5 virtual event, which continues online until November 17. Learn more about AHRI MENA here. Contact: Khalil Issa.
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Legislative and Regulatory
Oral Arguments Heard in the Commercial Package Boiler Lawsuit

On September 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments on the commercial package boiler lawsuit, American Public Gas Association v. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Petitioners’ counsels supported the lawsuit by:

  • pointing out DOE’s failure to use the clear and convincing evidence standard to justify its more stringent standards for commercial package boiler energy conservation;
  • arguing that DOE relied on incorrect projections about future natural gas prices to conclude that the new efficiency standards would provide an economic benefit to consumers; and
  • disputing respondents’ claims that a remand with vacatur would cause disruptions when DOE corrects their legal error.  
Judges on the panel included Obama appointee Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan, Reagan appointee Judge Douglas Ginsburg, and Biden appointee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was making her first appearance. It typically takes the Court three- to nine-months after oral arguments to publish its final opinion. AHRI will continue to keep members informed accordingly. Contact: Marie Carpizo.
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Standards and Certification
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Program Participant

AHRI is pleased to welcome Ningbo Ecoair Environmental Technology Co., Ltd. to the Central Station Air-Handling Unit Casings (AHUC) Certification Program. Contact: Bill Tritsis.

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AHRI Working Group Spotlight: Applied Sector

During a recent ASHRAE meeting, the Applied Sector team compiled key findings and identified actions to serve AHRI member interests. Applied team engineers actively contribute to research projects that impact products and components by participating on 15 technical committees and several standards committees, including methods of test and energy standards. A new reporting mechanism for sector members is being developed. Contact: Julie Majurin.

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