Register Today for AHRI Virtual Leadership Forum

Register today to hear first-hand how the post-election political environment will likely affect the legislative and regulatory landscape in the U.S. as well as advocacy at AHRI, and what HVACR businesses can expect in terms of supply chain and workforce development impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keynote speakers include geopolitics expert Peter Zeihan, RealClearPolitics Editor A.B. Stoddard, and CARB Vice Chair Sandra Berg. Not-to-be-missed panel sessions include a bipartisan take on the post-election regulatory landscape and a look at key state and local issues as we begin another decade. Registration is now open for AHRI's first-ever virtual Leadership Forum. Please join us online, November 16 -18, for an exciting program of events that includes dynamic keynote speakers and panel sessions, as well as features you have you have come to expect over the years.

The Forum will begin with Sector Leadership Council Meetings, which will provide updates on the progress of the sectors toward goals set in four strategic categories at last year’s Leadership Forum - System Efficiency, Flammable Refrigerants, the HFC Phasedown Transition, and Global Standards and Certification. Sectors also will discuss working group progress on various topics, including:

  • Decarbonization
  • Cybersecurity Data Privacy
  • Workforce Development
  • Tax Reform
  • Tariffs and Trade
  • Strategic Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Registration and general meeting information are available here. Contact: Lauren Miller.

Hundreds Join Refrigerant Webinar Series

AHRI’s Refrigerant Webinar Series has attracted more than 500 attendees to its first two events, with three more to follow in the coming weeks. AHRI’s five-part webinar series builds on flammable refrigerant research performed in collaboration with Department of Energy, California Air Resources Board, ASHRAE, AHRI, and others, which has informed technical updates to safety standards that will enable compliance with global regulations that phase down the use of high-global warming potential refrigerants.

Manufacturers, channel partners, policy makers, fire service personnel, and building code and environmental experts are encouraged to participate. The free sessions will feature panel discussions and presentations from industry experts, including principal investigators on flammable refrigerant research projects. Recordings of the first two webinars are available on AHRI’s website.

The following webinars are next:

October 7: Understanding Refrigerant Sensors This session will introduce the flammability risk mitigation concept using refrigerant sensors and will review the major differences in sensor requirements across key safety standards. Researchers will present ongoing efforts to evaluate several sensors using different sensing technologies. Register here.

October 14: Predictive Tools for Refrigerant Behaviors Scientists with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and National Institute of Standards and Technology will introduce their modeling tools and discuss applicability for simulating refrigerant dispersions and predicting burning velocity of refrigerant blends. Registration details available soon.

October 21: Refrigerant Ignition in Open Flame/Hot Surfaces: Has Anything Fundamentally Changed? This session will report the results and ongoing effort to understand the implications of exposing fluorinated refrigerants to fire or hot surfaces, and compare legacy refrigerants and low-GWP refrigerants relative to heat and gases generated in these events. Registration details available soon.

Contact: Lauren Miller.

Are You Following Us on Social Media?

Important reminders about events and membership benefits are available across our social media platforms. AHRI members should be sure to follow AHRI’s accounts to ensure that your company does not miss out on important announcements, news, and other membership information. Please join us on the following platforms:

Contact: Adanna LeGendre.

NYSERDA and DOE Offer New Research Funding Opportunities

The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced a $30 million funding opportunity for NextGen HVAC Innovation Challenges. The program seeks to reduce the energy use of New York State consumers through advancements in the performance and capabilities of economically viable HVAC solutions. By supporting HVAC innovations, the program will enable buildings to be more energy efficient, load flexible, and resilient. The program has also expanded to include support for building envelopes since improvement in these systems can reduce the energy required to heat and cool buildings by as much as or more than improvements in HVAC equipment efficiencies. More details are available here.

The Department of Energy (DOE) released the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2020 Funding Opportunity Announcement, outlining up to $80 million for projects that enhance energy demand flexibility across buildings and the grid, enabling greater affordability, increased energy productivity, and improved occupant comfort. More information, submittal requirements, and instructions for applying are available on the EERE Exchange; a  concept paper must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on November 5. Contact: Xudong Wang.


AHRI Hosts Briefing Session on Proposed Amendments to Certification, Compliance, and Enforcement Rules

This week, AHRI hosted a webinar for members that produce regulated products to discuss a draft rule from the Department of Energy (DOE) proposing amendments to its certification, compliance, and enforcement rules: “Enforcement for Consumer Products and Commercial and Industrial Equipment” 85 Federal Register 53,691. A recording of the webinar is now available to AHRI members on the AHRI Connect Member News Stream library.

Comments on the proposal are due on October 30. Some of the proposed changes include:

  • Providing manufacturers with a “Notice of Intent” letter 30 days prior to issuing a “Notice of Violation” so that manufacturers can provide the Department with relevant information to mitigate the non-compliance before the violation notice is formally issued;
  • Discontinuing the requirement that manufacturers inform customers of DOE’s determination of non-compliance; and
  • Formalizing the procedure by which manufacturers can seek an allowance to distribute redesigned or modified basic models that had been subject to a violation notice.

AHRI is interested in members’ perspectives about the use of third-party test data, including AHRI test reports, in DOE enforcement actions. We encourage manufacturers of regulated products to review the rule and contact Caroline Davidson-Hood or Marie Carpizo with questions or concerns. Contact: Caroline Davidson-Hood.

Working Group Spotlight: AHRI Standard 1400

The Indirect Water Heater Standards Working Group is defining temperature, pressure, flow, and weight measurement requirements for AHRI Standard 1400,Performance Rating of Indirect Water Heaters. The working group has created updated instrument tables for measurement as well as image, orientation, and spacing requirements. The working group has also incorporated relevant test procedure language into the new standard, as well as updated figures.  Once published AHRI Standard 1400 will replace the former GAMA Standard, Method to Determine Performance of Indirect-Fired Water Heaters, and the testing standard supplement. A letter ballot is currently out for review and is anticipated to be reviewed in November. All Working Groups are maintained in AHRI Connect. Contact: Todd Lumpkin.

AHRI MENA Team Meets Local Members

AHRI’s Dubai office team is actively engaging local members to discuss challenges in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, both in person and virtually. Representatives from local standard development organizations such as the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), and The Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (EOS) have all met with AHRI MENA staff to conduct an exhaustive regulatory overview of the region. Michel Farah, Director or Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility at Daikin Middle East and Africa, shared his perspective on the impact of regulations on the industry. AHRI plans to continue advocating for a more integrated, cohesive set of policies and programs with other regional counterparts.

At a recent business meeting with Emerson staff – who are pleased with AHRI’s decision to establish a permanent presence in the region - AHRI toured an ISO 17025-compliant psychrometric laboratory that the company is making available to its MENA customers. Contact: Khalil Issa.