June 21, 2018
More than 30 product sections met in Baltimore, Md., during the AHRI Spring Meeting in May. Sections discussed pertinent legislative and regulatory issues, standards, and future goals. Read summaries from each product section meeting here. Contact: Monica Cardenas.
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new members:
As global participation in AHRI programs increases, an expanded network
of AHRI-approved laboratories for certification testing, ideally near where
products are manufactured, has become a necessity. To meet this need, AHRI has
signed testing contracts with European laboratories that now include the University
of Lucerne (Lucerne, Switzerland), DMT (Essen, Germany), and CETIAT (Lyon,
France). Each lab is audited regularly to ensure compliance with AHRI’s
governing documents and to ensure that each lab maintains the high level of
technical competency required to administer AHRI certification testing. Justin
Prosser recently visited DMT (Essen, Germany) and CETIAT (Lyon, France) to
conduct these audits. Contact: Justin Prosser.
AHRI’s Certification Programs and Policy (CP&P) Committee met on June
14 at AHRI headquarters in Arlington, Va., to review a mid-year progress report
on the performance of AHRI certification programs for the 2018 program year.
The committee members received a report on the status of the NextGen Directory,
including outstanding issues and plans for resolution. A progress report was
provided on the development of a data-driven selection tool for annual
verification testing that uses predictive analytics to identify anomalies in
product ratings. The members discussed the testing diversification plan along
with highlights from several certification programs. Contact: Bill Tritsis.
joint efforts with the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy resulted in
a large number of media reports this week (Bloomberg, Hill, Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, E&E) on support for submitting the
Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to the Senate for consideration. More
than 30 stakeholders, including many AHRI member companies, signed a letter to
the president requesting that the administration submit the Amendment to the
Senate; thirteen republican senators requested the same. In addition, a
coalition of conservative organizations issued a similar letter to the
President on June 20 requesting his support for the Amendment. These are all positive steps toward building
the case to submit the Amendment to the Senate this year. Contact: Joe Trauger.
and other members of the High Performance Building Coalition celebrated High
Performance Building Week by meeting with a number of legislators last week to
show joint support for manufacturer priorities. The meetings highlighted issues
such as the Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) fix needed under bonus
depreciation, and the need to resurrect currently expired efficiency-related
tax breaks (25C, 45L, and 179D). AHRI and others in the QIP Coalition sent a letter to all Congressional offices
urging them to address this drafting error as soon as possible. Contact: Joe Trauger.
With the approach of July 1 annual submission of cooling products information to the Department of Energy (DOE), as well as AHRI’s request to participants to update their model lines in preparation for the 2019 certification testing year, many participants are submitting corrections to a large number of records. This has resulted in an unusual load on the system and processing is taking longer than expected. AHRI is doing all we can to decrease the processing time of these files.
are watching the upload process very closely and have a number of development
initiatives underway to speed things up. AHRI is also reaching out to DOE
to inform the agency of our system processing delays and to discuss options
related to annual cooling product submissions. Contact: William Fong.
pleased to welcome the following new certification participants:
recently published a new fact sheet on Intellectual Property Rights to assist
members in resolving IPR issues at trade shows. IPR infringements can be a serious
problem for U.S. companies in both domestic and foreign markets. The new fact
located in the members-only area of the AHRI website, includes steps and resources
that members can use to remedy IPR infringements that occur within the United
States. The page also includes specific information for violations that occur
at the annual AHR Expo. AHRI developed the fact sheet with the support of the
Intellectual Property Rights Branch at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. AHRI
is committed to helping member companies address IPR infringements and
encourages vigilance in identifying and reporting them. AHRI intends to develop
a similar fact sheet about IPR infringements at select trade shows outside of
North America. Contact: Jim Walters.
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