week, AHRI Director of Education Warren Lupson served as a judge for the United
Association National Competition, in which six service technician regional
contest winners competed across 10 different categories. Industry colleagues
from HVAC Excellence and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society also
served as judges of this week-long event. Of note was the variable frequency
drives category, judged by Lupson and AHRI member company Danfoss, which
required contestants to complete at least six out of seven labs in four hours
(all other categories lasted only one hour).
In conjunction with the competition, Lupson also attended
HVACR, plumbing, and mechanical seminars at the United Association's 61st annual Instructor Training Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., on the campus of
Washtenaw Community College. Contact: Warren Lupson.
Chairman’s Challenge ends November 14 – only three months away. The AHRI member
company that hosts the most congressional or state legislator visits to its
place of business (any and all U.S. locations) will win a free registration to
the 2015 Public Policy Symposium and will be recognized at the 2014 Annual Meeting, to be held November 16-18 at
the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. Widmeyer Communications is
available to help a limited number of member companies organize visits. Enter
the contest by submitting a photo of the legislator on-site during the visit.
AHRI will post it in the AHRI Update and
on our Facebook page (#AHRIChairmansChallenge). See who’s in the running here.
Top left: On August 14, Congressman Andy
Barr (R-Ky.) visited Trane’s Lexington, Ky., plant. Pictured from left to right: Billy Smith (Trane) with Congressman Barr.
Top right: On
August 13, United Technologies Electronic Controls (UTEC) (Carrier) in
Huntington, Ind., welcomed Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.). Pictured from left to right: Alex Housten (UTEC), Rep. Stutzman, Mike
Roher, Kelly Raugh, and Dominique Milard (UTEC).
Bottom left: On
August 5, Carrier’s facility in Indianapolis, Ind., hosted Rep. Andre
Carson (D-Ind.). Pictured from left to
right: Rep. Carson and John Gibbons (Carrier).
Register today for the 2014 AHRI Annual
Meeting, to be held November 16-18, in Carlsbad, Calif., at the scenic Omni La
Costa Resort & Spa. AHRI members should plan to join staff and industry
colleagues at this picturesque location to learn about the most important
issues facing our industry. Highlights include the Need-to-Know session,
alerting attendees to the latest developments on important industry issues; a
keynote address by political analyst Charlie Cook; standing committee and
product section meetings; sports and tours; and the Chairman’s Reception and
Dinner-Dance. Schedule information, including product section meetings, is
available here. AHRI members who have
downloaded AHRI’s mobile app may access the meeting app under
Event Apps. Take advantage of the AHRI group hotel rate, which will expire on October
23. Follow all of AHRI’s Annual Meeting announcements on Facebook and Twitter (#AHRIannual). Register before October 4 and save $50.
Contact: Brittany Buchanan.
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is working on a major new study to
assess the total cost of federal regulations on manufacturers. AHRI members are
invited to share their experiences about how regulations are affecting their
manufacturing business; discuss whether it’s about compliance, costs or
unattainable standards; and include any interactions with federal agencies. The
NAM advocates strongly on behalf of manufacturers to change the way the
government regulates business. These stories will help the NAM explain this new
study in real time and how these costs are directly impacting manufacturing. Names and businesses can be kept anonymous, and nothing
will be used without final approval. If you have questions or would like to share
an experience, contact Rosario Palmieri at email@example.com.
18, AHRI filed comments in response to the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking amending the Energy
Labeling Rule. In its comments, AHRI supported the use of electronic labels
through an online database and noted that AHRI had already implemented this
feature in its Directory of Certified Product Performance. However, AHRI
requested that the FTC not limit the label upload to URL links, but allow other
means, such as PDF files, to depict the label as well. In addition, the
comments recommended new ranges of comparability for residential boilers, and
requested that the FTC allow manufacturers of packaged heating and cooling
products to combine the gas furnace and the air conditioner or heat pump
information, as applicable, in a single EnergyGuide label. Contact: Frank
staff attended the annual National Conference of State Legislatures’
Legislative Summit this week, which marked the organization’s 40th anniversary.
This year, Minneapolis welcomed over 1,100 legislators and high-level legislative
staff from all over the country, as well as international delegations from
Germany, South Africa, and Kenya.
received in-depth analyses of energy issues facing the United States, including
a keynote from General Wesley Clark (U.S. Army – Ret.). General Clark’s address
focused on the need for America to better utilize its domestic energy
production. AHRI staff also attended a discussion on the future of greenhouse
gas emissions in the power supply sector. That discussion was led by the President
of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Colette
Honorable. Contact: Mike O'Halloran.
August 14, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Federal Register notice of availability and request for comment on the framework document for the physical
characterization of grid-connected end-use equipment and appliances in
commercial and residential buildings. It proposes a draft plan for how to
develop characterization protocols for connected buildings’ end-use appliances
and equipment. DOE plans to work with industry and other stakeholders to
develop characterization protocols that do not place undue burden on the industry,
and to measure the responses that connected equipment can provide. The
department is seeking information on current activities that may be useful in
the development of characterization protocols, as well as feedback on several
specific questions outlined in the framework document.
will accept written comments, data, and information regarding the framework document
no later than September 29. Contact: Laura
August 13-14, the Department of Energy (DOE) held the first meeting of the
Residential Central Air Conditioners Standards Enforcement Working Group. The
purpose of the group is to undertake a negotiated rulemaking to reach consensus
on recommended rules for effective enforcement of regional standards for
central air conditioners. The working group spent most of the first day
establishing the ground rules and defining the scope of the negotiations. Among
the issues discussed in the second day were product definitions, tools that can
be applied to properly enforce the regional standards, and clarifications
needed to develop an effective enforcement plan. The working group established
a very aggressive schedule to complete its recommendations and submit them to
the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) by
the end of October 2014. The next meeting of the group is scheduled for August 26-28.
Contact: Karim Amrane.
Liquid Chillers Engineering Committee and Lab Subcommittee met August 14-15 to
revise ANSI/AHRI Standards 550/590 (I-P)-2011 and 551/591 (SI)-2011, Performance
Rating of Water-Chilling and Water-Heating Packages Using the Vapor Compression
Cycle. The committees plan to complete the revisions in time for AHRI’s
Cooling Standard Subcommittee review in December 2014. In addition to updating
the standards, both committees discussed adding global regional efficiency
requirements, as well as providing comments for ASHRAE Standard 205P, Standard
Representation of Performance Simulation Data for HVAC&R and Other Facility
Equipment, specifically for water-cooled chillers. Contact: Rupal
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved AHRI’s reaccreditation,
effective August 15, under its recently revised AHRI Standards Policy Committee’s Policy and Procedures, which is used to
document consensus on AHRI-sponsored American National Standards. This
accreditation as an American National Standards developer is active for five
years from the effective date. Contact: Danny
year, AHRI conducts an internal audit of each AHRI certification program to
maintain a high level of quality and consistency across all programs, as well
as to ensure accountability to policies established in the AHRI Certification Program Quality Manual, the AHRI Record
Retention Policy, and all the governing documents. These audits are led by
Chief Financial Officer Stephanie Murphy, with Director of Certification Sunil
Nanjundaram and Director of Quality Rupal Choksi. All aspects of each program
are subject to review and certification engineers are issued corrective action requests
for items that are not in compliance. Contact: Rupal
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new
participants to its certification program:
Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.
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