Save the Dates: Registration Opens Monday for AHRIís Spring Webinar Series!

AHRI’s 2021 Spring Webinar Series will feature sessions on critical issues affecting the HVACR and water heating industry - to be held each Tuesday in May, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, EDT. Registration opens Monday, April 5 at Sessions include:

Federal Climate Initiatives: Plans, Impacts, Challenges
Tuesday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. – noon EDT

State Legislative Priorities Impacting the HVACR and Water Heating Industry
Tuesday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. – noon EDT

U.S. and Global Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Economic Review and Forecast
Tuesday, May 18, 10:30 a.m. – noon EDT

COVID and the HVACR Industry: Lessons, Challenges, Opportunities
Tuesday, May 25, 10:30 a.m. – noon EDT

Contact: Christine Gutermuth

Register Now: Dehumidification Webinar Featuring AHRIís Bill Tritsis

AHRI Vice President of Certification Bill Tritsis will join a panel of speakers Wednesday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. EDT for a webinar on Demystifying Dehumidification in Indoor Horticultural Environments, hosted by the Resource Innovation Institute. Controlled environment agriculture operations require climate control systems to maintain conditions optimal for plant growth and development. Utilities and energy efficiency programs can benefit from understanding traditional and efficient approaches to dehumidification processes and quantifying the energy benefits using consistent methods to support more customers and claim defensible savings. This webinar is intended for utility engineers and program implementers, energy code and policy advisors, ASHRAE working group members, and supply chain professionals in the cultivation industry. Register here. Contact: Bill Tritsis.

Register Now: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Commercial Spaces Webinar

Indoor air quality is top-of-mind as the nation emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and tries to return to some sense of normalcy, including returning to offices and other commercial spaces. Join us April 8 at 2:00 p.m. for this webinar, co-presented with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), to learn how new technologies, building codes and demonstrated best practices can help make the commercial spaces you manage as healthful and safe as possible. Our panel of experts includes: Ernie Conrad, Conrad Engineering; Guy Tomberlin, International Code Council; Ron Cosby, Trane Technologies; Francis Dietz, AHRI; and Don Davis, BOMA. Register here. Contact: Francis Dietz.

Erik Baptist to Lead TSCA Webinar April 15

On April 15, AHRI will host a webinar,Understanding the Downstream Impacts of the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act, featuring Erik Baptist, partner at Wiley Rein LLP. He will explain changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in light of the recently enacted Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Baptist is a former deputy assistant administrator for law and policy in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and former senior deputy general counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act became law in 2016 and significantly changed TSCA. Manufacturers recently witnessed the impact of the law on their businesses when the EPA included articles in its ban on the processing and distribution of five chemicals, including phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)). On March 8, the EPA issued a “No Action Assurance” policy confirming that it would temporarily not enforce certain PIP (3:1) rule violations. EPA reopened the public comment period to review the final rules for all five chemicals to determine, among other things, whether stronger restrictions and more reasonable compliance deadlines are needed. Please register to join this free webinar, taking place April 15 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Register here. Contact: Lauren Miller.

DOE Releases Amendments to Process Rule

On March 31, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a pre-publication version of amendments to the Process Rule. The current version of the updated Final Process Rule was published on February 14, 2020, and the Biden administration has made it a priority to propose significant changes to that final rule. Among the key proposals are: 1. Making the Process Rule guidance only, thus it is not binding on the Department; 2. Eliminate the “significant energy savings” threshold; 3. Grant DOE express authority to revise industry test procedures; 4. Eliminate the required six-month interval between final test procedures and proposed standards; 5. Permit the discretionary use of Direct Final Rules; and 6. Eliminate restrictions on the use of negotiated rulemakings. Comments are due 45 days after the rule is published in the Federal Register.

AHRI encourages stakeholders to register for the public webinar to be held on April 23 at 10:00 a.m. EDT here. Contact: Caroline Davidson-Hood.

AHRI Working Group Spotlight: Unitary Sector

AHRI Standard 1230 – 2021

The Cooling Standards Subcommittee (CSS) offered some changes to AHRI Standard 1230-2021, including replacing references to AHRI 550/590 with ASHRAE 30-2019, which were approved by the Engineering and Technical Committees. The final version will be published upon review of the interim section in early April. Contact: Shawn Andrews.

AHRI Standard 340/360-2021

This working group will review comments from the CSS on AHRI Standard 340/360. The draft will be resubmitted to CSS for approval when its comments are resolved. Contact: Shawn Andrews.

AHRI Standard 211/241

The 211/241 draft is out for final review by the Consensus Standard Project Committee, with a deadline of April 2. It will be submitted to the CSS for review in April, upon approval of the letter ballot. Contact: Shawn Andrews.

210/240 Working Group

The 210/240 Working Group met on March 24 to discuss the definitions and external static pressure requirements of ducted mini-splits in AHRI 210/240-2023 and the Department of Energy’s Appendix M1. Members plan to discuss within their own companies ahead of the next Working Group meeting. Contact: Austin Kim.

Demand Response Task Force

The Demand Response Task Force met March 15 with Intertek staff, who discussed their lab’s capabilities for demand response equipment testing. Members also reviewed the most recent draft of the Demand Response Operations Manual. Contact: Austin Kim.

For more information on AHRI Working Groups and to join, visit AHRI Connect

AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants

AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification program:

  • Distribution Maxi-Vent – Unitary Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)
  • Korea Air Conditioning Eng Co. – Forced Circulation Air-Cooling & Air-Heating Coils (ACHC)
  • Material Supply Inc. dba AC Pro – Unitary Air Conditioner Equipment (USAC)
  • Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning Wuhu Co. – Unitary Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)

Contact: Rupal Choksi.

AHRI MENA Team Visits Rheem Innovation Center

AHRI Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is focused on nurturing relationships with manufacturers and other stakeholders in the region. Vice President Francois Boueri, Technical Director Nabil Shahin, and Managing Director Khalil Issa recently visited the Rheem Innovation Center in Dubai, which serves as a hub for education and training of HVAC technicians, and to promote new technologies. AHRI’s visit to the state-of-the-art center was hosted by Rheem’s Sri Rangan, Director of Marketing and Product Management; Brian Hampenstall, Managing Director; Samer Bachour, Director of Business Development; Ansar Fasilullah, Regional Service Manager; and Kartik Raval, General Manager at Leminar, a Rheem distributor. Contact: Nabil Shahin.