February 14, 2019
AHRI announced the membership of our four Sector Leadership Councils, individuals who were elected by members to serve two-year terms ending in
November 2020. The Councils' first face-to-face meetings will be at the
upcoming Spring Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
of the AHRI Sector Leadership Councils will be to set the overall strategic
direction of each sector and assign activities to task forces and working
groups. The Councils also will serve as arbiters of disputes among members of
specific task forces and working groups to enable timely completion of tasks. AHRI
members may access the Council list here, and other details here. Contact: Monica Cardenas.
AHRI members are
invited to join staff and industry colleagues at the 2019 AHRI Spring Meeting,
our first membership-wide event under the new Reinvent structure approved by the Board of Directors in November 2018.
have participated in product section meetings in the past, the work of the
sections is now being done through working groups, several of which are meeting
at the Spring Meeting. Working group meetings, listed
here, will focus on sector- and product-specific certification,
regulatory, and technical issues. AHRI members interested in joining a working
group should contact the identified staff lead.
addition to working group meetings, AHRI staff and invited speakers will lead
three sessions focused on regulations related to heating, cooling,
and state HFC regulatory proposals. Register
today. Contact: Beth Teferi.
Organizers of the Global Cooling Prize will host two webinars next week to share detailed technical criteria
about the program. Ankit Kalanki from RMI and Yash Shukla from CEPT University
will present the Prize Criteria and answer questions from those in attendance. The webinars are
scheduled for February
20, 5-6:30 pm GMT (Noon-1:30 pm EST), and February
22, 6:30-8am GMT (1:30am-3am EST). Registration is required.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will host a technical working
group meeting on March 6 in Sacramento to discuss a proposal for reducing
high-global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants (HFCs) from stationary
air conditioning equipment. At the meeting, CARB staff will present draft
regulatory text, including options to support enforcement and preliminary cost
information. AHRI staff will attend, and participants can join the meeting, which begins at 9am PST, online, or by calling (646) 749-3112 (access code: 511-169-789). Meeting materials will be posted here.
Petrillo-Groh and Helen Walter-Terrinoni.
On February 11, the Task Force on ASME Boiler Pressure Vessel Code
Section VII Scope Revisions met to discuss the proposed removal of the
exemption for vessels less than six inches in diameter. Participants reasoned
that the changes would result in inconsistent enforcement from local
jurisdictions and a significant burden on the HVAC industry, among others. Significant
evidence was not presented to necessitate the change and it was suggested that the proposal be withdrawn. The task force plans to continue this discussion at its
next meeting in early June 2019. Contact: Tae Kwon.
AHRI is pleased to announce that California State Senator Cathleen Galgiani will join CARB Vice Chair Sandra Berg, and Assemblymember Laura Friedman in addressing attendees at the AHRI State Summit next month in Sacramento. The two-day AHRI State Summit provides an opportunity for AHRI members to
communicate directly with key California policy makers about the positive
impact of our industry on jobs, health, comfort, and productivity in their
state. Make plans to join us in Sacramento March 26-27 to take the industry's message to
California legislators, and hear from this excellent lineup of speakers. In addition to meetings
with California lawmakers and the Governor's office, the State Summit will also feature two panel sessions: An Outlook on California’s Energy Policies Now and
in the Future; and HFC Emissions and Beyond. Register
today. Contact: Beth Teferi.
is pleased to welcome the following participants to its certification programs:
Contact: Rupal Choksi.
ASHRAE has announced the following Calls for
Comments and Membership:
30-day Public Review/Deadline: March 10, 2019
45-day Public Review/Deadline: March 26, 2019
60-day Public Review/Deadline: April 9, 2019
Call for Members
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.
AHRI has published new editions of the following
standards, which are available free on the AHRI website:
AHRI Standard 275-2018, Application of Outdoor
Unitary Equipment A-weighted Sound Power Ratings. This new edition uses the
2015 edition of AHRI Standard 270 for the rating and updates the scope to
include the list of the products covered by AHRI Standard 270, as follows:
Air-source Unitary Heat Pumps, Heat Pump Pool Heaters, Unitary Air Conditioners
and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) System. Contact Ladan Bulookbashi for more
A new official interpretation to the following
standard(s) is now available on the AHRI website.
AHRI Standards 550/590 (I-P)-2018 and 551/591
(SI)-2018, Performance Rating Of Water-chilling And Heat Pump Water-heating
Packages Using The Vapor Compression Cycle, December 19, 2018. This
interpretation is in reference to coverage of four-piped chillers by these
standards. Contact: Cesar Eizaga Colmenares.
February 8, AHRI International Affairs Analyst Nick Harbeck participated in the
National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) off-the-record Trade Forum to
discuss recent foreign relations developments with Andrew N. Keller, Chief
Democratic Counsel, Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In his current role, Keller works on a full range of foreign policy priorities for the new
Congress, many of which affect manufacturers. Attendees discussed the role of
sanctions in U.S. foreign policy and the United States’ relationship with
international organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO). Contact: Michael LaGiglia.
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