October 15, 2020
Yesterday, AHRI, ASHRAE, and the International Exposition Company
made the reluctant – but necessary – decision to cancel the 2021 AHR Expo, originally
scheduled for January and previously rescheduled for next March in
Chicago. The inability of the show
organizers to receive assurances from Illinois authorities that a large
gathering would be allowed by that time and our own inability to ensure the
safety of exhibitors and attendees forced the first-ever cancellation of the
Exhibitors who placed deposits for the 2021 show will have 30 days
to decide whether to apply their deposits to the 2022 Las Vegas show or receive
a refund. AHRI members and staff will be discussing in the coming weeks whether to
hold virtual informational sessions that would have been held in-person in
Chicago. We will keep members updated. Contact: Christine Gutermuth.
Don’t miss RealClearPolitics Editor A.B. Stoddard, a featured keynote speaker at
AHRI’s 2020 Virtual Leadership Forum. Register
today to learn first-hand how the post-election
political environment will affect the legislative and regulatory landscape in
the U.S. -- and your company!
Stoddard is an associate editor and columnist with political news
site and polling data aggregator RealClearPolitics, and a contributor and guest
host for SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel. She appears regularly on Fox News Channel,
Fox Business Network, CNN, and MSNBC for her expertise as a political
commentator. She is a former associate editor and columnist for The Hill
newspaper. Her column with The Hill won a first place Dateline Award from the
Society of Professional Journalists’ Washington, D.C. chapter in 2010 and 2011.
AHRI launched an informational campaign aimed at helping school systems
nationwide improve indoor air quality as a way to make schools safer for
learning and teaching. The campaign, which builds on an AHRI White Paper, Anatomy of a
Healthy School, is designed to help building engineers maintain
and design school buildings for occupancy in the wake of the COVID-19
pandemic. AHRI, its 320 member manufacturers, and a host of allied
associations will promote the indoor air quality message through social media,
paid advertising in targeted digital publications, and video messaging designed
to attract the maximum attention to a timely and very serious issue. Visit the
campaign web page. Contact: Francis Dietz.
of the Demand Response Task Force met several times in October to review
provisions in the draft Program-Specific Operations Manual, including options
for program participants following a first and second test failure. The Task
Force will next meet in November. Visit AHRI Connect to learn more and
to join recruiting groups. Contact: Austin Kim.
Small Equipment Compliance Committee met several times in September to continue
reviewing test data of the unitary small air conditioning and heat pump
certification programs. Members provided feedback on changes to program rules
to improve the penalty provisions in the programs. The next meeting will be
held on October 22, and a presentation of the revised proposal to the
Certification Committee will follow. Contact: Austin Kim.
is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification
Contact: Rupal Choksi.
AHRI’s Refrigerant Webinar Series has attracted hundreds of attendees to each of the webinars in its five-part series. The final webinar -- Refrigerant Ignition in Open Flame/Hot Surfaces: Has Anything Fundamentally Changed? -- takes place October 21, and will report the results and ongoing effort to understand the implications of exposing fluorinated refrigerants to fire or hot surfaces. Presenters also will compare legacy refrigerants and low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants relative to heat and gases generated in these events. Register here.
The series builds on flammable refrigerant
research, performed in collaboration with Department of Energy, California Air
Resources Board, ASHRAE, AHRI, and others, which has informed technical updates to safety standards that will
enable compliance with global regulations that phase down the use of high-GWP
of the completed webinars are available on AHRI’s website. Contact: Lauren Miller.
October 9, the Department of Commerce issued affirmative
antidumping preliminary determinations on imports of common alloy aluminum
sheet (CAAS) from Bahrain, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India,
Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea,
Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey. It determined that exporters have dumped common
aluminum sheet in the United States at differing rates. These determinations
are part of the antidumping duty investigations and are separate from the
Section 232 tariffs on aluminum products. AHRI staff cannot determine if these
sheets are used by members but is publishing the notice to ensure awareness.
result of these determinations, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits from importers of CAAS from the
countries listed above, based on the preliminary rates detailed here. Commerce
is scheduled to announce its final determinations in these cases by February
22, 2021, and the U.S. International Trade Commission will make its final
determination by April 5, 2021. For more
information, see the factsheet. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.
International Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers
Associations (ICARHMA) met virtually on October 8 for its Annual Meeting.
ICARHMA consists of eleven member associations from nearly every continent,
representing manufacturers that produce 90 percent of the world’s heating,
cooling, commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment.
members discussed changes to their respective associations’ top objectives in
light of COVID-19. Members also exchanged views on the impact of the pandemic
on discussions about indoor air quality, the ongoing refrigerant transition,
industry tradeshows, and the overall health of the industry. For example, how
will the changing behaviors and habits of individuals alter demand for ICARHMA
member products, both in the short term and long term? What is the
expected impact of the huge increase in teleworking on the commercial real
estate market? Members will meet again in November for an in-depth
discussion of these questions and others.
President & CEO Stephen Yurek represented AHRI, while Vice President of
International Affairs Jim Walters and Senior Director of International Affairs
Michael LaGiglia represented the Secretariat of ICARHMA. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.