|AHRI Attends the International Conference on Compressors and Refrigeration
Vice President of Asia Operations Bridge Xue and Vice President of Research
Xudong Wang gave presentations at the 9th International Conference on
Compressors and Refrigeration (ICCR), held July 11-12 in Xi'an, China. The
conference was sponsored by Xi'an Jiaotong University, the Chinese Association
of Refrigeration (CAR), and the China Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Industry Association (CRAA), and supported by AHRI. More than 300 people
participated in the two-day meeting, including AHRI members from Asia. Xue
presented an update on positive displacement and centrifugal refrigerant compressors,
while Wang provided an update on the results of an R290 refrigerant
testing project. Contact: Bridge Xue.
|AHRI to Host Connect Demo August 28
AHRI will host a webinar August 28 for AHRI members on
the basics of using AHRI Connect.The webinar will explain to participants how
to join communities and set up a profile with preferences, and will also demonstrate community features. The session is identical to one held August 6 webinar, recorded and available here (under
Resources). Visit the AHRI Connect page for
more information, or contact Alison Andrews for dial-in information.
|AHRI Joins globalFACT for Mid-Year HVACR Regulatory Update
Helen Walter-Terrinoni, AHRI’s vice president of regulatory affairs,
will join globalFACT August 14 at 10:00a.m. EDT for a mid-year HVACR regulatory
update. Participants are invited to learn the latest on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)
regulation, phase down schedules, the Significant New Alternatives Policy
(SNAP) Program, activities of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and
more. Online registration is
available. Contact: Helen Walter-Terrinoni.
|Scott Ayers to Participate in AHRI Refrigerants Teleconference
Scott Ayers, Directorate
for Engineering Sciences at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, will
participate in a teleconference August 15, from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. EDT,
with the AHRI Safe Transition Task Force Please call 301-987-2030 or
Ayers for more information on this meeting. Contact: Chris Bresee.
|AHRI Safe Refrigerant Transition Task Force and Working Groups Set Goals, Identify Gaps
AHRI’s Safe Refrigerant Transition Task Force (STTF) is comprised of an overarching task force and seven working groups. The following working groups have reported the following progress:
- Codes and Standards - reviewed
existing standards and codes
- Safety Training - created
an informal drafting team to do a gap analysis on training materials
- Communications - will
participate in an in-person work session next week to review existing safe
refrigerant transition communications materials and identify needs going
- Department of Transportation/Shipping/Packaging and Handling/Warehouse
- has engaged in a review of existing
regulations and materials relating to shipping
The three additional working
groups - Installation/Operation/Maintenance, Reclaim/Recovery/Discussion, and
Bulk Storage/Manufacturing Facilities - are expected to meet soon. Members and
other interested parties are encouraged to contact AHRI about participating. Technical
experts are especially welcome. Contact: Chris Bresee.
|CARB Hosts Public Workshop - Carbon Neutrality: Scenarios for Deep Decarbonization
California Air Resources Board (CARB) will host a public workshop to hear from
experts and the public on scenarios for achieving deep decarbonization of
California’s economy and to discuss implications for meeting California’s
carbon neutrality goals. The workshop will consist of a moderated panel
discussion that brings together experts who have constructed economy-wide, deep
decarbonization scenarios. The session
will address key aspects of these scenarios that lead to economic
transformations needed to achieve carbon neutrality goals.
The workshop is scheduled August 15, from 1-4 p.m., and will take place at the Byron Sher Auditorium of the California Environmental Protection Agency, in Sacramento. Contact: Caroline Davidson-Hood.
|AHRI Establishes Global VRF Standard Manufacturer Working Group
AHRI hosted representatives of every major Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) manufacturer at the third Global VRF Standard meeting in Brugge, Belgium, July 29-30. AHRI is leading the effort to produce a globally harmonized and accepted standard for VRF equipment that will simplify comparisons of globally manufactured VRF equipment and provide data that can be used for energy calculations and building analysis.
A working group was established to advance the standard, and the four subcommittees
listed below are expected to meet through AHRI Connect
to address tasks in their respective areas:
- Data and
- Purpose, Scope,
Definition, and Classification
The next meeting is tentatively set for Japan, in early December. Contact: Henry
|AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following participants to its certification programs:
Contact: Rupal Choksi.
- AIR-O-MATIC CORP - Unitary Small Air Conditioner
Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USAC)
- Blue Star Ltd - Room Fan-Coil Air Conditioners
|USTR Grants China Tariff Exclusions – No Exclusions for AHRI Member Products
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on August 7 published a Federal Register notice announcing additional Section 301 tariff exclusion approvals for Chinese imported products. The 15 approved product exclusions came from products on List 3, which were subject to tariffs effective September 24, 2018, and cover $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. No AHRI products were among those granted a tariff exclusion.
AHRI recommends that members review
the notice for a comprehensive assessment specific to individual member
companies. For a full list of AHRI products and components affected by Section
301 tariffs, consult AHRI's Tariff Tracker. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.