AHRI Leadership Forum Hotel Reservation Deadline October 17

Get ready for a November to remember at the AHRI Leadership Forum! Members are reminded to make room reservations in advance of the October 17 deadline. After this date, reservations are available only on a space - and rate - available basis.

The Leadership Forum, November 10-12 at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort, promises to be a dynamic and engaging event. Join AHRI and the HVACR industry's business leaders for:

  • An insider's look at the cyber threats faced by modern businesses in the strategic session: Cybersecurity Threat Detection and Response: Is the HVACR Industry Prepared?
  • Economic and political news from top-line keynote speakers; and
  • A report on the state of the association by AHRI Chairman Bill Steel, and incoming chairman John Galyen's plans for his tenure. 

    Members also will benefit from several unique opportunities to interact with industry colleagues, including at the opening and sector-specific receptions. See the agenda at-a-glance. Contact:Lauren Miller.

    AHRI Heating Team Visits Rheem for Training


    Left to right: Sean McGraw (Rheem), Jack Scanlon (Rheem), Eileen Lauzon (Rheem), David Noyes (AHRI), Ron Marcelino (Rheem), Tae Kwon (AHRI), Todd Lumpkin (AHRI), Troy Trant (Rheem), Cobi Waxman (AHRI), Jason Hall (Rheem). 

    AHRI staff recently visited the Rheem water heater manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Alabama, for training on commercial and residential water heaters. The training provided an opportunity for AHRI staff to learn about the products through classroom-style presentations and hands-on training. The trip also included a tour of the manufacturing facility and the research and development laboratory. AHRI staff met with key Rheem staff members directly responsible for AHRI Directory maintenance, product selections, regulatory reporting, and testing for various products. Members interested in hosting AHRI staff for training sessions should contact their relevant AHRI engineering staff. Contact: Todd Lumpkin.

    AHRI R&T Committee Approves Funding of New Testing Approach for Unitary Products

    The AHRI Research and Technology (R&T) Committee recently met at AHRI headquarters to discuss industry research needs and approved funding for a project that will evaluate the load-based testing approach for unitary products. The R&T Committee also recommended an assessment of the following research needs:

    • Low emission combustion technologies
    • Common venting
    • Electrification and decarbonization for gas-fired products
    • Refrigerant leak rates for installed equipment
    • Low-GWP refrigerant heat transfer characteristics
    • Low-GWP refrigerant property
    • Low-GWP refrigerant material compatibility and lubricant research

    As one of AHRI’s Standing Committees, the R&T Committee administers the AHRI research program, and recommends and takes measures to promote research activities that strengthen the industry’s competitive position across the globe. Contact: Xudong Wang.

    AHRI SRTTF Meets to Review Working Group Progress

    The AHRI Safe Refrigerant Transition Task Force (SRTTF) met on October 1 to discuss the progress of its active working groups:

    • Codes & Standards
    • Safety Training
    • Communications
    • DOT/Shipping/Packaging & Handling/Warehouse
    • Installation/Operation/Maintenance

    The SRTTF voted on several items, including its goals. Group members reviewed progress on a gap analysis of public information about new refrigerants and draft content for communicating information about the safe refrigerant transition to various audiences. Shipping, transport, storage regulations, and other projects underway also were discussed. The task force also reviewed updates on codes, standards, and pending regulations related to the refrigerant transition.

    Members and others interested parties interested in joining the SRTTF are encouraged to contact AHRI. Technical experts are especially welcome. Contact: Chris Bresee.

    AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant

    AHRI is pleased to welcome Breeze33 Products LLC to the Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) Certification Program as a private brand marketer. Contact: Rupal Choksi.

    AHRI Holds Seminar on AHU Casings in New Delhi

    On September 27, more than 50 consultants attended an AHRI-sponsored seminar for the specification, testing, and application of air handling unit casings (AHUC) at Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi, India. Bridge Xue, AHRI’s vice president of Asia operations, presented on the new AHUC ratings referenced in AHRI Standard 1350, which are based on the testing of real units (not a model box) at different static pressures required for various applications. Amit Goel from Edgetech and Rahul Aeron from Bry-Air - both participants of the AHUC certification program - gave presentations on the market need for certified ratings that are appropriate for the application and on the importance of credible, independent certification offered through AHRI. Contact: Henry Hwong.
    ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments

    ASHRAE has issued a 45-day 1st Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE Addendum ato ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 169-2013, Climatic Data for Building Design Standards. Comments are due November 4. To view details, refer to the recent issue of ASHRAE’s Standards Action. Access the Public Review Drafts by visiting ASHRAE’s Standards, Research, & Technology/Public Review Drafts web page, and following the instructions to access the online comment database. To obtain a paper copy, contact ASHRAE. All necessary membership forms are available here. Contact: Cesar Eizaga Colmenares.

    AHRI Submits Comments to USTR on Section 301 Tariff Increase

    On September 20, AHRI submitted comments to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in response to a September 3 Federal Register notice concerning an increase in Section 301 tariffs from 25 percent to 30 percent on approximately $250 billion worth of imports from China on October 1. (The effective date of the increase has been changed to October 15 since the September 3 notice).

    AHRI’s submission to USTR echoed its previous opposing comments (Round 1, Round 2, Round 3), re-emphasizing that the tariffs limit member company access to a global supply chain for components, while bringing about the following harmful economic consequences:

    • Increased costs for manufacturers and expected negative cost impacts on consumers.
    • A dampening effect on the industry's efforts to make more energy efficient equipment available in the marketplace.
    • An unintended hampering of the industry's ability to address climate change because of higher than necessary demand on the electric grid, due to reduced access to energy efficient equipment.

    Please see AHRI’s members-only Tariff Tracker for more information on the Section 301 tariffs. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.