April 2, 2020
The Department of Homeland Security’s
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released updated guidance this
past weekend on critical infrastructure
workers during the COVID-19 response. AHRI maintains all COVID-19 guidance
relevant to AHRI members on its dedicated web
page (for members),
with additional resources available on AHRI Connect.
Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking public input on a potential funding
opportunity to demonstrate and evaluate the capacity of energy efficient
buildings to interact with one another and the grid to provide greater degrees
of demand flexibility at scale. These “connected communities” include
grid-interactive, efficient buildings with diverse, flexible, end-use equipment
that collectively work to maximize building and grid efficiency without
compromising occupant needs and comfort. The DOE’s request for information allows a wide range of
stakeholders to work with DOE on issues related to connected communities and
help design and shape the goals of a potential “Connected Communities” funding
4-6 projects will be awarded -- up to $7 million each -- in the form of
cooperative agreements, for a total of up to $42 million. Responses to the request
for information must be submitted electronically to CCPilotsRFI@ee.doe.gov no
later than 5 pm EDT, May 12. Two webinars will be offered to provide more
information: April 3, 1-3 pm EDT, register here; April 15, 3-5pm EDT, register here. Contact: Xudong Wang.
In an effort to limit the spread of
COVID-19 coronavirus, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee's
legislative hearing scheduled for March 25 on S. 2754, the American Innovation
and Manufacturing (AIM) Act, has instead been converted to a public comment
process. The comment period began on March 25 and will close on April 8. Please
send a letter to the Committee in support of the AIM Act no later than April 8.
Instructions for submitting testimony or letters can be found here. Please submit
comments to this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
members are encouraged to join the COVID-19 Restrictions and HVACR and Water
Heating Essential Status Working Group that has been established on AHRI Connect. This group met via
conference call on March 24 to discuss the industry response to COVID-19
and the designation of “essential” business and/ or worker status to HVACR manufacturers,
contractors, technicians, engineers, plumbers, and sheet metal contractors
under state business closures, which has since been adopted in 39 states and
the District of Columbia.
are encouraged to join the COVID-19 working group to:
If you have difficulty
joining the working group or have any questions, please contact Chris Bresee.
On March 26, COFRAC, an
auditing body based in France, extended AHRI’s certification program
accreditation to ISO/IEC Standard 17065 for another year, allowing AHRI
certified products to remain a viable option for project bids in Europe. Both
the latest edition of EN Standard 14511, Air conditioners, liquid chilling
packages and heat pumps for space heating and cooling and process chillers,
with electrically driven compressors and EN Standard 14825, Air
conditioners, liquid chilling packages and heat pumps, with electrically driven
compressors, for space heating and cooling; testing and rating at part load
conditions and calculation of seasonal performance are included within our
scope of accreditation. AHRI’s globally recognized certification program
independently measures and verifies performance of products, offering accurate
and unbiased evaluation. Certified products are listed in the online Directory.
Contact: Rupal Choksi.
On April 8 at 2:00 p.m. EDT,
Intertek will host a UL 60335-2-40 Flammable Refrigerant webinar and review
steps required to comply with the standard. After UL 1995 and UL 484 sunset on
January 1, 2024, all products listed to these standards will need to be
certified to 60335-2-40. The webinar will cover:
Register for the webinar here. Intertek
notes that this webinar will be similar to its February AHR Expo presentation. Contact:Laura
has launched the new ENERGY STAR submission process for the residential and
commercial water heater and unitary large equipment certification programs.
Participants should start using the new process immediately. It may be
necessary to clear cookies from the internet browser to see the new module in
the dashboard. Participants should check the new dashboard to review the status
of models; records that were pending submission to EPA may require action. The
Directory User Guide has been updated to reflect the new process. A training
video on how to navigate the new dashboard is available here. Contact: David Noyes.
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following companies to its
On March 30, the Department
of Commerce published a Federal Register notice requesting
comments on its proposed changes to the existing Steel Import Monitoring and
Analysis (SIMA) system, which is used to collect steel import data. Commerce proposes four overarching changes to the SIMA
system, including minor amendments; expanding the steel product scope; extending
the SIMA system for an indefinite period; and expanding the eligibility for use
of low-value licenses for certain steel entries. Complete
explanations of the proposed changes can be found in the notice. Comments are
due by April 29 via the Federal eRulemaking Portal and are due by April 29. Contact: Michael
On March 31, Mexico issued a health emergency declaration with a list of essential industries, including "storage and cold chain of essential supplies."The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) circulated a summary presentation of the declaration from the Mexican Ministry of Health (Spanish;English Google translation), which suspends all non-essential activities and recommends social distancing measures. AHRI is advocating that this list be broadened explicitly to include all HVACR and water heating equipment. This is especially important given the degree of integration between Mexico and the U.S. in the production of HVACR equipment and components.
Prior to the declaration, AHRI co-signed a letter (Spanish; English Google translation)with four Mexican HVACR and water heating industry associations addressed to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador asking him to categorize HVACR and water heating companies as an essential service in any future COVID-19 related policy. The letter, which can be used by AHRI members for state and local advocacy efforts in Mexico, was also signed by the Asociación Nacional deDistribuidores de la Industria de la Refrigeración y Aire Acondicionado(ANDIRA), the Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes para la Industria de laRefrigeración (ANFIR), Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de AparatosDoméstico, A.C. (ANFAD), and the Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International Mexico (HARDI Mexico).
Mexico issued a federal policy (Spanish; English Google translation) on March 23 which established measures of social distancing for all Mexican citizens from March 23 to April 17. A number of Mexican states have implemented their own policies to combat the spread of COVID-19. AHRI is tracking policies in Chihuahua (March 25 order), Coahuila (March 19 order; March 24 order), Nuevo León (March 19 order; March 23 order), and Sonora (March 25 order). We currently are working with authorities and members in both countries to understand if the March 30 declaration supersedes the prior state policies. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.