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Rees Scholarship Foundation Seeks Applicants
AHRI/Industry News
Public Review Period Now Open for AHRI Standard 1520
Standards and Certification
AHRI Working Group Spotlight: Unitary Sector
AHRI Welcomes New Certification Program Participant
International
U.S., Japan Reach Deal to Remove Section 232 Tariffs on Steel Imports
Senators Ask USTR for Expanded Tariff Exclusion Process
Commerce Requests Comments on Section 232 Exclusion Process
Global Operations
AHRI MENA Staff Visit Member Company and Industry Colleagues in Jordan
AHRI MENA Staff to Attend the Big 5 Saudi Show in Riyadh
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Top Stories
Rees Scholarship Foundation Seeks Applicants

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation is seeking applicants for its scholarship program, which awards HVACR scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled in an institutionally accredited school. The foundation offers multiple scholarship programs to support the HVACR industry and accepts applications year-round! Learn more about these programs here.

Spring semester applications are now open and will close on June 1. Contact: Mike Golden.
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AHRI/Industry News
Public Review Period Now Open for AHRI Standard 1520

The draft BSR/AHRI Standard 1520-202x (SI/I-P), Performance Rating of Centrifugal Refrigerant Compressors, is now open for public review.

Please see more information regarding the standard here. To submit comments, complete this form and email it to AHRI_Standards@ahrinet.org by March 21. Contact: Karl Best.
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Standards and Certification
AHRI Working Group Spotlight: Unitary Sector

The Geothermal Water-Source Heat Pumps Standards Technical Committee met on February 10 to continue work on AHRI Standard 600P. Chairman Brown reviewed the standard background and the committee’s current progress. The committee also voted and approved the proposed external fan watts methodology for use in the standard. Contact: Antonio Romero.

The Unitary Small Equipment Compliance Committee met on January 19, during which regulatory staff updated the group on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) three-phase notice of proposed rulemaking regarding alternative energy determination method requirements and potential links to single and three-phase products. Contact: Austin Kim.

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AHRI Welcomes New Certification Program Participant

AHRI is pleased to welcome Invertercool, Inc. to the Unitary Heat Pump Equipment (USHP) Certification Program. Contact: Bill Tritsis.

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International
U.S., Japan Reach Deal to Remove Section 232 Tariffs on Steel Imports

On February 7, the United States and Japan reached a deal to remove the Section 232 tariffs on steel imported from Japan. Implemented in 2018 by the previous administration, the tariffs were designed to address global overcapacity. Under the new tariff-rate quota (TRQ) agreement, most steel shipments from Japan will be allowed to enter the U.S. tariff-free, beginning April 1. Aluminum imported from Japan is not included in the deal and will still be subject to 10 percent tariff. Negotiations for a full resolution between the countries will continue. 

The U.S. - Japan agreement on steel mirrors the TRQ deal made between the U.S. and the European Union in October 2021, but they remain separate solutions at this time. Talks between the U.S. and the United Kingdom to address steel and aluminum tariffs, which began in January, are ongoing.

AHRI members who wish to send a letter to their representative and senators urging further movement on Section 232 tariffs may do so through AHRI’s Call-to-Action center, which helps make our voices heard on Capitol Hill. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.
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Senators Ask USTR for Expanded Tariff Exclusion Process

On February 7, a bipartisan group of 41 senators, led by Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rob Portman (R-OH), sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai urging an expanded and comprehensive Section 301 China tariff exclusion process that would benefit many U.S. manufacturers. Currently, only companies that were previously granted a tariff exclusion may apply for a new exclusion, creating an unfair opportunity for some companies. Further, the letter asks for retroactivity for tariff refund eligibility beyond October 2021.

The Senate’s letter follows a similar letter sent from the House of Representatives to Ambassador Tai on January 20, supporting a similar expansion of the Section 301 China tariff exclusion process. See AHRI’s January 24 Policy and Government Relations Update for reference. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

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Commerce Requests Comments on Section 232 Exclusion Process
On February 10, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a request for comment on the Section 232 exclusion process. Following the tariff-rate quota agreement with the European Union, BIS particularly seeks comments on “the responsiveness of the exclusions process to market demand and enhanced consultation with U.S. firms and labor organizations.” Comments on other aspects of the exclusions process, such as (1) potential changes to the associated forms and required information, (2) the request, objection, rebuttal, and surrebuttal process, (3) the standards of review, and (4) the overall transparency of the process, are also welcome and can be filed electronically by March 28. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.
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Global Operations
AHRI MENA Staff Visit Member Company and Industry Colleagues in Jordan

AHRI MENA Executive Director Khalil Issa (pictured second to left) with Petra Engineering representatives: Omar Ali, Director of Operations; Samir Hamed, General Manager; Mohammad Abu Baha’a, Deputy R&D Manager

The Middle East nation of Jordan constitutes an emerging market for businesses and organizations working in the building and construction industry and also a growing base for the HVACR and water heating manufacturing, consulting, and sustainable building organizations. With that in mind, AHRI recently visited with AHRI affiliate member Petra Engineering Industries Co., industry peers, and other stakeholders there to increase those bonds and offer greater support.

During the visit with Petra, staff discussed that company’s expansion into new programs and markets as well as its participation in AHRI’s certification program and its recent decision to certify its unitary large equipment under high ambient temperature conditions (HAT) or T3 conditions. This move will set the path for validation of product performances based on region-specific testing, in line with the regional minimum energy performance standards (MEPS).

MENA staff also visited with colleagues at the Jordan Chapter of ASHRAE about the convergence of three powerful forces: The rise of regional/local green building codes, the reliance on the Golden Standard in minimum equipment energy efficiency and test procedures and ASHRAE Standard 90.1, and AHRI standards and certification programs. AHRI reiterated the vital importance of the AHRI certification program as a path of compliance with ASHRAE 90.1’s mandatory requirements for equipment efficiencies, verification, and labeling, while also helping to meet the requirements of local green building codes such as Estidama, Barjeel, Al Sa’afat, GSAS, and Mostadam.

Rounding out the trip was a visit with representatives of the Jordan Green Building Council (Jordan GBC) representatives who not only supported the issues of the ASHRAE meeting but are planning with AHRI to organize a series of top-level gatherings to further develop this track.

Learn more about AHRI MENA here. Contact: Khalil Issa.
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AHRI MENA Staff to Attend the Big 5 Saudi Show in Riyadh

AHRI’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team will attend the Big 5 Saudi Show, March 28-31, in Riyadh. The show brings together leading manufacturers and stakeholders in the construction industry. The team plans to connect with members, licensees, the wider HVACR community of consultants, developers, government agencies, and regulators with dedicated visits and meetings. Those attending the show are welcome and encouraged to stop by and visit with AHRI at stand 4A04.

Learn more about AHRI MENA here. Contact: Khalil Issa.
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