September 24, 2020
new advocacy platform is now live, and
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Samantha Slater is on hand to
discuss its features and the importance of taking an active role in the
association’s advocacy efforts. Watch here. Contact: Samantha Slater.
Flammable refrigerant research has informed technical updates to safety standards that will enable compliance with global regulations that phase down the use of high-global warming potential refrigerants. AHRI’s five-part webinar series will build on flammable refrigerant research performed in collaboration with Department of Energy, California Air Resources Board, ASHRAE, AHRI, and others.
is now available for the next two webinars in the series. Manufacturers,
channel partners, policy makers, fire service personnel, and building code and
environmental experts are encouraged to participate. The free sessions will
feature panel discussions and presentations from industry experts, including
principal investigators on flammable refrigerant research projects.
September 30: Commercial Refrigeration Applications | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15
AHRI Vice President of Research Xudong Wang will lead a panel of experts to
discuss IEC/UL Standard 60335-2-89 and refrigerant charge level requirements.
Panelists will summarize the most recent test results on dispersion and
ignition tests of low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in
commercial refrigeration display cases. The testing has covered A2L and A3
refrigerants, and the session will include a comparison of these
refrigerants on an equivalent basis for single-door and three-door reach-in
coolers. Register here.
October 7: Understanding Refrigerant Sensors
session will introduce the flammability risk mitigation concept using
refrigerant sensors and will review the major differences in sensor
requirements across key safety standards. Researchers will present ongoing
efforts to evaluate a number of sensors using different sensing technologies. Register here.
14: Predictive Tools for Refrigerant Behaviors
October 21: Refrigerant Ignition in
Open Flame/Hot Surfaces: Has Anything Fundamentally Changed?
Contact: Lauren Miller.
is pleased to welcome Addison HVAC LLC as a full member in the Applied Sector,
manufacturing dehumidifiers. Contact: Betz Rother.
Members of AHRI’se Demand
Response Task Force met on August 25 to review AHRI Directory structure
proposals that would allow manufacturers to submit data in preparation for the
launch of this new certification program. AHRI Directory staff were present to
provide feedback and answer directory-related questions. The group will meet
again soon to finalize the format of the Demand Response Certification Program
Directory and the respective Operations Manual. Contact: Austin Kim.
The AHRI Standard 390 Working Group
has recently completed the proposed revision of AHRI Standard 390, Performance
Rating of Single Packaged Vertical Air Conditioners
and Heat Pumps. Members added the new
energy efficiency metric, Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio (IEER), to the
standard, which replaced the Integrated Part-Load Value (IPLV) metric. This
change in metric will allow for a better evaluation of unit performance over
the course of a year instead of only full-load
conditions, and provide a method to evaluate part-load conditions for units without compressor modulation.
The working group voted to approve the standard on July 1 and that standard
will be up for review and possible vote on September 24 by the Cooling
Standards Subcommittee. Contact: Kyle
is pleased to welcome the following new participant to its certification
August 31, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a draft rule proposing
amendments to its certification, compliance, and enforcement rules: “Enforcement for
Consumer Products and Commercial and Industrial Equipment” 85 Federal Register
Comments are due on October 30. Some of the proposed changes include:
also clarified its statutory authority to execute enforcement over electric
motors and products that are subject to design requirements. The proposed rule
specifies that “DOE will make a determination of non-compliance for the basic
model based on an examination of whether a single unit of the basic model fails
to comply with applicable design requirements.” Commercial refrigeration and walk-in
cooler-freezer models are subject to statutory design requirements for which
they may be subject to enforcement pursuant to these procedures.
the proposed rule states that DOE can request any information concerning the
certification or compliance of a basic model. It also suggests that DOE can
make a finding of non-compliance based on information acquired during an
investigation, including third-party test data. The preamble to the proposed
rule specifically states that “In response to feedback from various industry
associations, DOE proposes within its regulation to have the discretion to
consider third party certification program testing as official enforcement
data.” This amendment would be a notable departure from how DOE has executed
its enforcement actions in the past.
is interested in members’ perspectives about the use of third-party test data,
including AHRI test reports, to be used in DOE enforcement actions. We
encourage manufacturers of regulated products to review the rule and contact
Caroline Davidson-Hood or Marie Carpizo with questions
or concerns. AHRI will hold a briefing session for regulated members on September
29 at 3:30pm EDT. Contact: Caroline
The House is considering energy legislation on the floor this week. The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act (H.R. 4447), includes the AHRI-backed American Innovation and Manufacturing Leadership Act, which establishes a federal framework to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by providing the Environmental Protection Agency a limited and discrete grant of authority to phase them down over a 15-year period. This grant of authority only applies to HFCs and cannotbe used for any other purpose. The enactment of federal legislation ensures an orderly transition from HFCs.
Several amendments related to the HVACR and water heating industry were approved by the Rules Committee for consideration on the House floor, including amendments by:
The House is expected to complete work on the energy package this afternoon. Contact: Samantha Slater.
AHRI webinar, Navigating Compliance at DOE, will be recorded and available for
viewing on our website. Running
afoul of efficiency standards set by the Department of Energy (DOE) can be a
costly mistake for original equipment manufacturers. The webinar leader, Former DOE General Counsel
Mary Anne Sullivan, now senior counsel in the energy regulatory practice at
Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., regularly represents clients before DOE’s
Office of Enforcement. Contact: Lauren Miller.
On September 16, AHRI staff
and members of the AHRI International Committee, chaired by Scott Bates of
Rheem Manufacturing, met virtually to assess the status of the Committee’s 2020 priorities in view of COVID-19 and
numerous international engagements. The committee welcomed guest speaker Mary
Vargas, trade and investment counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, who
briefed members on the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in
Mexico, as well as federal, state, and local actions and industrial activity.
The committee reviewed a
recent request by the Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative
for AHRI input to the U.S. position on technical barriers to trade (TBT) for an
upcoming WTO meeting. They also considered tariff issues and progress on the
AHRI MENA and China offices, and discussed the harmonization of U.S. and
Canadian regulations. The committee meets next on December 4. Contact: Jim Walters.