July 18, 2019
Registration for AHRI's second annual Leadership Forum is now open! Make plans to join your industry colleagues and AHRI staff November 10-12 at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort. This year’s Forum will provide 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? We also have an exciting lineup of top-line economic and political keynote speakers, as well as a report on the state of the association by AHRI Chairman Bill Steel and plans for the future by incoming chairman John Galyen.
The gathering will also serve as the meeting place for AHRI’s four Industry Sectors, as well as the Leadership Councils and certain standing committees. Quality networking events, sports tournaments, tours, and other activities will round out an action-packed program. Don’t miss it! View the schedule at-a-glance and register here. Contact: Lauren Miller.
Unitary statistical report participants are reminded to complete the
letter ballot sent on July 17, to confirm their commitment to preparing for
changes to the 2020 report. The new report requires programming changes by both
participants and AHRI, which must be coordinated to ensure to ensure a smooth
transition. Testing will begin in November and launch is scheduled for February
1, 2020. Contact: Katherine
AHRI’s research arm, the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration
Technology Institute (AHRTI), conducted refrigerant R-290 (propane) leak and
ignition testing under whole room scale conditions to develop data and insight
into the risks associated with the use of Class A3 refrigerants, and to
generate technical data to support revisions of relevant safety standards,
namely IEC/UL 60335-2-40 and IEC/UL 60335-2-89. The testing scenario simulated
a packaged terminal air conditioner and a mini-split air conditioner in a
typical motel room, and a single door reach-in cooler and a three-door reach-in
cooler in a convenience store. All tests were conducted by AHRTI’s
subcontractor, UL, under the supervision of a technical committee comprising
AHRI members and staff of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Test
results demonstrated potential issues with the safety standards for R290 charge
quantities, and possible resolution to mitigate ignition risk.
This project is part of a $5.6 million research program jointly funded by
AHRI, ASHRAE, CARB, and the Department of Energy, and is the U.S. industry’s
effort to phase down the use of high-GWP refrigerants and to facilitate and
accelerate the safe use of flammable refrigerants. The final report can be
accessed on AHRI’s
website. Contact: Xudong Wang.
AHRI offered its support for the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, introduced July 17 by Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). The bill ensures implementation of energy efficiency measures across the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. Initiatives outlined in the legislation enable AHRI member companies to leverage private capital, provide long-term market certainty, spur economic growth, and create jobs.
In its letter
of support, AHRI noted that energy efficiency measures are the
quickest, cheapest, and cleanest way to tackle growing energy demand. Energy
efficiency offers real solutions to deal with the short - and long-term
economic and environmental problems associated with rising energy use while
saving money, lessening dependence on imported energy sources, reducing
pollution, and improving our nation’s global competitiveness. Contact: Francis Dietz.
is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification program:
Contact: Rupal Choksi.
ASHRAE has issued the following calls for comments:
Public Review/Deadline: August 11, 2019
Public Review/Deadline: August 26, 2019
ASHRAE also issued a call
for members to SPC
33, Methods of Testing Forced Circulation Air Cooling and Air-Heating Coils.
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. All necessary membership forms are available here. Contact: Cesar Eizaga Colmenares.