December 6, 2018
Forum begins this Sunday, November 11 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Ariz.. AHRI staff
look forward to welcoming members and guests to this inaugural meeting, which
will feature interactive, dynamic sessions, covering a variety of topics and
exciting, top-line speakers. Due to the meeting, the next AHRI Update will be published November 22. Contact: Katie Nord.
October 25, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and E4TheFuture
held a briefing on "Energy Efficiency: America's Job-Creation
Powerhouse." The briefing presented the findings of a recent job market
report from the nonprofit groups E4TheFuture and Environmental Entrepreneurs
(E2). The report states that "as the fastest-growing part of the energy
sector, efficiency now employs twice as many workers as all fossil fuel
industries combined and accounts for 35 percent of all U.S. energy jobs
overall." It also found the most energy efficiency jobs by sector belong
to the HVAC industry (see page 4). The full report is available here.
On October 31, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
published Amendment 14 regulations in the Canada Gazette Part II. Amendment 14
covers the following products:
AHRI and the Heating, Refrigeration and Air
Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) submitted comments during various
stages of the consultation process pertaining to large air conditioners, heat
pumps, and water heaters in cooperation with the Canadian Institute of Plumbing
& Heating. The comments requested that NRCan retain only the IEER
metric to align with the U.S. for large air-cooled air conditioners and heat
pumps, and limit the scope to eliminate water-cooled
products over 70 kW and evaporative-cooled products as they are outside the
NRCan did not agree to
remove the EER metric given that it is used by the industry to better
understand peak load requirements, is already reported to NRCan and does not
add incremental testing requirements since it is measured as part of the IEER
metric. NRCan also disagreed with scope change recommendation and will continue
to align with the United States. As both industry associations requested
that NRCan suspend any labeling requirements for dedicated outdoor air systems,
it issued a letter clarifying the regulatory requirements for make-up air conditioners
and direct expansion dedicated outdoor air systems.
A number of comments were filed for gas fired storage
Contact: Lauren MacGowens.
is pleased to welcome the following companies to its certification program:
Contact: Rupal Choksi.
has announced a 45-day 3rd ISC Public Review (deadline December 17) of
ASHRAE Guideline 12- 2000R, Managing the
Risk of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems.
also announced a call for membership to SPC 133, Method of Testing Direct Evaporative Air Coolers and SPC 143, Method of Test for Rating Indirect
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.
On October 26, AHRI International Affairs Analyst Nick Harbeck attended
an off-the-record trade forum hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers
(NAM). Angela Ellard, Chief Trade Counsel and Trade Subcommittee Staff Director
for the House Committee on Ways and Means (HWM), briefed attendees on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada
Agreement (USMCA); upcoming Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the UK, the EU,
and Japan; and concerns surrounding the Section 232 tariffs on steel and
aluminum and the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports.
three countries of the USMCA intend to sign the agreement before December 1. Recent
reports, including a statement from Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), indicate that Congress will not vote on the
later in 2019.
October 16, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)
notified Congress of its intention to enter FTA negotiations with the UK, the EU, and Japan. The USTR is required to
publish negotiating objectives for these potential FTAs at least 30 days before
continues to oppose tariffs placed on its members’ products and continues to
advocate alongside its partners, including NAM, for the creation of a Section
301 tariff exclusion process for the third round of tariffs. Please see AHRI's Tariff Tracker for a full summary
of tariff actions that the United States and major U.S. trading partners have
taken in relation to the U.S. Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, and
the U.S. Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imported products. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.
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