AHRI Public Policy Symposium Registration Deadline Next Week

The registration deadline for the 2015 AHRI Public Policy Symposium is next week, Friday, March 13. Register today to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill. The symposium is designed to help AHRI members influence federal policies that affect manufacturers and the industry. Members will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with key public officials, lawmakers, and Congressional staff to promote crucial industry issues, and build or strengthen relationships with elected officials. It will be held March 25-26 at the Grand Hyatt Washington and the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C.

AHRI will post updates and live tweet from the symposium using #AHRIsymposium. Share your thoughts with us and let others know you'll be attending the event using this hashtag. Be sure to follow us on our Twitter page.

The event mobile app will be released this month. The app will contain schedule information, speaker bios, location maps, and legislative information that will be useful for your Congressional visits. The event app will be available on any portable device and accessible directly from the AHRI app. To download the AHRI app, click here from your portable device. Contact: Brittany Buchanan.

Registration for 2015 AHRI Spring Meeting Now Open

AHRI members are invited to register for the 2015 Spring Meeting, to be held May 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. The AHRI Spring Meeting is the place to reconnect with industry colleagues and learn about the latest issues affecting the industry. Most of AHRI’s product sections will meet to discuss product-specific standards, certification, communications, statistics, and policy issues; and AHRI staff will again present the Need-to-Know session, alerting attendees to developments on issues relevant to our members and the industry. For your convenience, AHRI offers a reduced registration fee along with a hotel group rate at the Hyatt Regency, both of which expire April 13. Follow all of AHRI’s Spring Meeting announcements on Facebook and Twitter with #AHRIspring. Contact: Brittany Buchanan.

AHRI Chairman’s Challenge Fosters School Visits


The AHRI Chairman’s Challenge received its first two school visits. On February 16, Danfoss visited Remington College's campus in Cleveland, Ohio. On February 26, Danfoss also visited Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin. See all of the contestants here. Left photo: Alfonse D'Ambola of Danfoss (left) pictured with HVACR Instructor Gary Ranello. Right photo: David Callender of Danfoss pictured center with Instructor John Pipkorn (center left) and students.

The 2015 AHRI Chairman’s Challenge is designed to support the current chairman’s goals for the association. Chairman Ed Purvis (Emerson) has highlighted public policy and workforce development as two important initiatives for his chairmanship, so this year’s challenge is comprised of two components: legislative visits and school visits. Contestants are also divided into single-state and multi-state categories. The companies in each category with the most visits (both legislative and/or school) will be recognized at the 2015 AHRI Annual Meeting. AHRI members are encouraged to visit the Chairman’s Challenge webpage for access to members-only resources for organizing visits. Participants must inform AHRI about any visit and submit a photo of the visit to Monica Cardenas. AHRI will announce these visits as they occur in the AHRI Update and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Contact: Monica Cardenas.

EPA Approves New Low-GWP Refrigerants

On March 3, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a pre-publication Federal Register notice adopting new low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants under the Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) program. The final rule adopts the following refrigerants, subject to use conditions:

  • Ethane in very low temperature refrigeration and in non-mechanical heat transfer;
  • Isobutane in retail food refrigeration (e.g., stand-alone commercial refrigerators and freezers) and in vending machines;
  • Propane in household refrigerators, freezers, combination refrigerators and freezers, vending machines, and room air conditioning units;
  • R-441A in retail food refrigeration (e.g., stand-alone commercial refrigerators and freezers), vending machines and room air conditioning units; and
  • R-32 in room air conditioning units.

According to the EPA’s definition, room air conditioning units include packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps, window air conditioners, and portable air conditioners designed for use in a single room. Specifically excluded from the definition are central air conditioners, and mini-split and multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps. Finally, with the exception of R-32, the EPA is exempting all the above listed refrigerants from the non-venting provision of the Clean Air Act. Contact: Karim Amrane.

DOE Submits Semi-Annual Report to Congress

Federal energy conservation laws requirements mandate that the Department of Energy (DOE) provide a semi-annual report to Congress on its activities related to energy conservation standards. The February 2015 Energy Conservation Standards Activities Report notes the rulemaking actions, standards, and test procedures that have been issued since the previous report in August 2014, as well as activities that are behind schedule or are approaching an upcoming statutory deadline. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

AHRI Video Update: Selection Rating Software

In the latest AHRI Video Update, AHRI Certification Engineer Richie Mohan explains selection rating software: what it is, how manufacturers should provide it to AHRI, what AHRI uses it for, and how to maintain it. Selection rating software serves as a digital catalog of the products offered by manufacturers. Participants in some of AHRI’s certification programs are required to submit and maintain their software on AHRI’s secured network server. This video is part of the Certification 101 video series, which provides information on aspects of AHRI’s certification program. Look for more video updates from AHRI on its YouTube channel at AHRIcommunications. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

CP&P Committee Reviews Certification Testing Progress

The members of AHRI’s Certification Programs and Policy (CP&P) Committee met on February 26 at AHRI headquarters to review the testing progress of all AHRI certification programs for the 2014 testing year. AHRI’s presentation included certification program failure rates and a review of participants in various penalty modes, as well as key performance indicators for the testing laboratories under contract. AHRI also provided progress reports on its testing diversification plan, and on regulatory activities in the United States and around the world. Several certification program operations manual revisions were approved, including those for Unitary Small Equipment, Room Fan Coils, and Unitary Large Equipment.  Contact: Bill Tritsis.

Burners Product Section Creates Safety Plans for New Grades of Biofuels

The AHRI Burners Product Section created a Biodiesel Subcommittee to develop recommendations for safely introducing new biofuels added to ASTM Standard D396, Standard Specification for Fuel Oils. The standard was approved late in 2014 and is expected to be published soon. The changes will include a new fuel oil grade that includes biodiesel blends of 6 to 20 percent.

AHRI members in the section are in favor of more biodiesel use in their products; but without proper guidelines for its use, the higher biodiesel levels could negatively impact the performance of existing system components that might not be designed for biofuels. Such components might include pumps, tanks, and appliances. In addition, methods must be developed to identify approved fuel types and to outline how to properly retrofit a system to change fuels. The subcommittee will recommend a methodology to approve heating systems with oil-fired equipment to use new fuel blends and safety labels that display approved fuel types for these systems.

Once complete, the subcommittee plans to share its recommendations with other AHRI members and interested stakeholders. If you would like to receive updates on the subcommittee’s work, please indicate your interest via email to Aykut Yilmaz.

ASHRAE Publishes New Standards

The following ASHRAE standards documents are now available. Standards and Guidelines may be purchased on ASHRAE’s website at www.ashrae.org/bookstore.

  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 17-2015, Method of Testing Capacity of Thermostatic Refrigerant Expansion Valves
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 100-2015, Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 133-2015, Method of Testing Direct Evaporative Air Coolers
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 143-2015, Method of Test for Rating Indirect Evaporative Coolers
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Addenda a, b, d, e, f, g, and t to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2013, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 203-2014, Method of Test for Determining Heat Gain of Office Equipment Used in Buildings

Contact: Michael Woodford.

ASHRAE Issues Call for Members – Due March 27

ASHRAE has announced a Call for Members for SSPC 189.1, Standard for the Design of High- Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Membership applications are due March 27.

The purpose of this standard is to provide minimum requirements for the siting, design, construction, and plan for operation of high-performance green buildings to:

  • Balance environmental responsibility, resource efficiency, occupant comfort and well-being, and community sensitivity; and
  • Support the goal of development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

This standard provides minimum criteria that

  • Apply to the following elements of building projects:
    • New buildings and their systems;
    • New portions of buildings and their systems; and
    • New systems and equipment in existing buildings.
  • Address site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials, and resources.

Those interested in serving on these ASHRAE committees should indicate their interest and obtain the necessary membership forms at ASHRAE Forms and Procedures, or by contacting Stephanie Reiniche. Contact: Michael Woodford.

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AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant

AHRI is pleased to welcome Shanghai Comer Machinery Co., Ltd., to the Water-Cooled Water-Chilling and Heat Pump Water-Heating Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle (WCCL) certification program. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

AHRI Exhibits at ACREX India 2015

ACREX India, south Asia’s largest exhibition on air conditioning, ventilation, refrigeration, and building services, was held in Bangalore, February 26-28. More than 400 exhibitors, including AHRI, from 25 countries participated in the Expo, which drew 30,000 visitors. AHRI, represented by President and CEO Stephen Yurek, Senior Vice President Henry Hwong, Director of Certification Sunil Nanjundaram, and Chief Consultant Bridge Xue, attended the three-day event, where they were able to meet with more than 20 AHRI certification program participants from India, in programs such as chillers, fan coils, heating and cooling coils, air handling units, and energy recovery ventilation devices. The event also served as a convenient venue to meet with manufacturers interested in joining the 44 various AHRI certification programs, as well as reconnect with Indian industry partners, such as the Indian Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), the India Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Manufacturers’ Association (RAMA), and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). AHRI staff also had the opportunity to visit several manufacturers prior to the show to continue discussions on AHRI standards and certification programs. Contact: Henry Hwong.