November 14, 2019
Forum begins this Sunday November 10, and we look forward to welcoming members
and invited guests to Puerto Rico! Follow #AHRILeadership to keep up with news
from the event.
Here are a few things attendees need to know:
Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation and students like Rickey at www.ReesScholarship.org.
The recently introduced American
Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2019 (S. 2754) would authorize the
Environmental Protection Agency to phase down hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)
production and consumption, allowing a transition to next-generation
refrigerants and new technologies that protect the environment while
supporting U.S. manufacturing jobs and the needs of consumers. This is a bill that AHRI members and staff worked diligently to have introduced – it is AHRI’s top legislative
Please call or e-mail your
Senators and ask them to co-sponsor S. 2754. Information is available at senate.gov. The AIM Act of 2019 will ensure that U.S. manufacturers maintain
their position as global technology leaders and help American workers and
consumers to benefit from the transition to next-generation refrigerant
technologies. It is critical to the HVACR industry that this legislation is
enacted quickly! Contact: Samantha Slater.
AHRI recently sponsored and exhibited at the 2019 Building Safety & Design Expo, managed by the International Code Council (ICC). AHRI took the opportunity to promote the work of the Safe Refrigerant Transition Task Force (SRTTF) - a team of industry experts who have volunteered to champion the adoption of A2L refrigerants. During the Expo, members of the SRTTF provided information about A2L refrigerants, issues related to the transition, and the work of the task force.
AHRI staff also attended the ICC Public
Comment Hearings, including hearings about the adoption of updates to the
ASHRAE 15 Safety Standard for Refrigeration Systems into the International Fire
Code and the update of UL Standard 603352-40 into the 2019 (or 3rd)
Edition in the International Residential Code. These updates were previously
adopted by the ICC Administrative Committee in Albuquerque, N.M., as modified
by that committee, but during the Public Comment Hearing, the assembly voted to
disapprove these updates by a vote of 129 to 103. Votes received during the
Online Governmental Consensus Vote (scheduled to take place this month) will be
added to these totals to determine the final action, available in mid-December.
is pleased to welcome Trane U.S., Inc. to the Residential Furnaces
Certification Program as a private brand marketer. Contact: Rupal
ASHRAE has issued the following calls for comments:
30-day Public Review/Deadline: December 1
45-day Public Review/Deadline: December
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. To obtain a
paper copy, contact ASHRAE. All necessary membership forms are
available here. Contact:Cesar Eizaga Colmenares.