As AHRI members were arriving in Washington, D.C., for the opening of the
AHRI Public Policy Symposium, the sad news of the untimely death of an industry
stalwart and AHRI member, Joe Fristik, reached the group. The entire AHRI
family – members and staff – join member company Rheem Manufacturing in
mourning his loss.
Fristik joined Rheem in August
of 2011 after being in the sales and marketing industry for more than 30 years.
"During his rich career,
Joe provided many lasting contributions to our industry and made many
meaningful friendships along the way," said Rheem President & CEO J.R.
Jones. “He was more than a leader at Rheem; Joe was also a friend and mentor to
many. He will be dearly missed."
Prior to joining Rheem, Fristik
served as Group Publisher, Market Leader at Penton Media — parent company
of CONTRACTOR Magazine, Contracting Business and many other media
properties. During his tenure at Penton, his group published AHRI Trends magazine, and before that, ARI Magazine.
With a primary residence in
Cleveland, Ohio, Fristik is survived by his wife of 32 years, Debra, and their
three children, Joseph, Kelsey, and Jared. Contact: Francis Dietz.
AHRI exhibited at the 2015 IIAR
Industrial Refrigeration Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, Calif., March
22-25, to promote one of AHRI’s newest certification programs: Unit Coolers
(UC). During the event, AHRI Certification Manager Lauren Zelinski also met
with Evapco, a participant in the UC program, and other manufacturers and
specifiers of UC equipment. For more information about the UC program, click
here. Contact: Lauren
AHRI members are invited to register for the
2015 Spring Meeting, to be held May 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in
Arlington, Va. The AHRI Spring Meeting is the place to reconnect with industry
colleagues and learn about the latest issues affecting the industry. Most of
AHRI’s product sections will meet to discuss product-specific standards,
certification, communications, statistics, and policy issues; and AHRI staff
will again present the Need-to-Know session, alerting attendees to developments
on issues relevant to our members and the industry. For your convenience, AHRI offers
a reduced registration fee along with a hotel
group rate at the Hyatt Regency, both of which expire April
13. Follow all of AHRI’s Spring Meeting announcements on Facebook and Twitter with #AHRIspring. Contact: Brittany Buchanan.
AHRI is pleased to welcome Zhejiang DunAn Artificial Environment Co.,
Ltd., as an international member of the Air Conditioning & Heat Transfer
and Flow & Contaminant Controls Product Sections. Contact: Freshta Rosario.
At its March 19 meeting, the Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards
and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) approved the formation of two
working groups. The first working group will negotiate the rulemaking on
commercial and industrial fans and blowers; the second will focus on the
rulemakings on commercial air conditioners and commercial furnaces. On March
24, DOE issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of intent to
establish a working group to negotiate the rulemaking on commercial air
conditioners and furnaces. In the notice, DOE indicated that the working group
is expected to negotiate a final term sheet regarding energy conservation
standards for these products by June 15. DOE also announced that the first
meeting of the working group will be held on April 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in
Washington, D.C. Contact: Karim
In the latest AHRI Video Update, AHRI Government Affairs Manager
Mike O'Halloran explains AHRI's regulatory and legislative involvement in state
governments, including how we approach state issues relevant to the HVACR and
water heating industry, and what the future looks like for our industry.
halfway through the state legislative season and AHRI remains busy. AHRI’s state
government affairs program has been very active this year, with important
victories in New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington state.
Hampshire, AHRI submitted written testimony opposing Senate Bill 18, which would have prohibited the
use of PVC piping as a flue material for venting combustion gases. The bill was
re-referred to committee after a hearing, killing it for the year.
this month, O’Halloran travelled to Nashville, Tenn., to deliver testimony on House Bill 1071, informing the legislature on the
negative impact it would have on AHRI members’ warranty programs. After several
meetings with Tennessee legislators, the House Consumer and Human Resources
Subcommittee pulled the bill from consideration.
Connecticut and Oregon remain, as AHRI staff along with its State Government
Affairs Committee work with legislators and relevant stakeholders in resolving
issues facing the HVACR and water heating industry. More information on AHRI's
state advocacy is available here.
legislatures have already either adjourned or will do so soon, and delegates
will head back to their home districts. This is a great time for AHRI members
to invite their representatives to tour their facilities for the AHRI Chairman's Challenge (see next article).
Look for more video updates from AHRI on its YouTube channel at AHRIcommunications. Contact: Mike
continues its lead in the school category with four more visits, bringing its
total up to 11. During these visits, Danfoss representatives held training
sessions and promoted the Rees
to students. See which company is in the lead for legislative visits with our Chairman’s Challenge 2015 Tracker here.
The 2015 AHRI Chairman’s Challenge is designed to
support the current chairman’s goals for the association. Chairman Ed Purvis
(Emerson) has highlighted public policy and workforce development as two
important initiatives for his chairmanship, so this year’s challenge is
comprised of two components: legislative visits and school visits. AHRI members
are encouraged to visit the Chairman’s Challenge webpage for access to members-only
resources for organizing visits. Participants must inform AHRI about any visit
and submit a photo of the visit to Monica Cardenas. AHRI will announce these visits
as they occur in the AHRI Update and
on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Contact: Monica
Standards Council of Canada (SCC) conducted a successful audit of the AHRI certification
programs during a visit to AHRI’s offices, March 19-20. The SCC evaluated the
programs’ conformity with certification body requirements documented in the new
ISO/IEC Standard 17065:2012, CAN-P-1500:2013, and associated referenced
documents for the AHRI certification programs. The results of the intensive
audit were extremely positive, with accolades from the auditing team on the programs’
quality management system and AHRI’s expertise in administering certification
programs. One of the most important successes of this audit was that no
corrective actions were issued.
also conducted a technical audit for the expansion of AHRI’s scope of
accreditation to include the newest certification programs: Active Chilled
Beams, Central Station Air-Handling Unit Casings, and Liquid-to-Liquid Brazed
& Fusion Bonded Plate Heat Exchangers.
accreditation is required by National Resources Canada (NRCan) and benefits
AHRI certification program participants that ship certified products across the
northern border. Contact: Rupal Choksi.
invites comments on the public review draft for the following standards and
Standard 33-2000R, Methods of Testing
Forced Circulation Air Cooling and Air Heating Coils. The 2015 edition of
this standard was updated with assistance from the members of the AHRI Forced
Circulation Air-cooling & Air-heating Coils certification program.
Standard 170-2013, Ventilation of Health
Standard 55-2013, Thermal Environmental
Conditions for Human Occupancy.
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 Stephanie Reiniche.
Contact: Michael Woodford.
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