AHRI members and staff collaborated to make this year
a banner one for the association and our industry. 2014 began on a very
promising note when the AHR Expo in New York broke the all-time attendance
record, despite a snowstorm. More than 61,000 people attended the show, which
is the largest number of any AHR show in history, not just outside of Chicago,
where attendance is typically highest.
As the year progressed, the records kept coming: In
May, a record number of members attended AHRI’s Spring Meeting in Crystal City,
The AHRI Standards Department also set several
records in 2014, with the total number of standards reaching 107, and the total
number of ANSI-approved standards rising to a record level of 79. In addition,
the Standards Policy Committee approved the most standards and guidelines ever
in a single year: 42.
In October, AHRI’s Certification Department added a
record 44th program, adding to an already globally recognized and industry
respected program. In November, more people – 652 to be exact – attended AHRI’s
Annual Meeting in Carlsbad, Calif., than had ever attended a previous Annual
Meeting. This was particularly noteworthy because West Coast meetings typically
have smaller attendance than those on the East Coast.
You could say that the number of records broken was
itself a record! Happy New Year from all of us at AHRI! Contact: Francis Dietz.
During the Annual Meeting in November, AHRI debuted a video
highlighting all that AHRI members do for the HVACR and water industry and the
world. Look for more
video updates from AHRI on its YouTube channel at AHRIcommunications. Contact: Francis Dietz.
At last month’s annual meeting, AHRI’s Nominating
Committee nominated, and AHRI Board Members approved, the 2015 members of
AHRI’s Board of
Directors and Executive
Committee (members only). AHRI’s 2015 officers are: Chairman Ed Purvis
(Emerson), Immediate Past Chairman Bob McDonough (Carrier), Vice Chairman Doug
Young (Lennox) and Treasurer Chris Drew (Burnham Holdings). Contact: Francis Dietz.
On December 16, AHRI held its ninth Lunch-and-Learn event at the
Arlington, Va., office of Jacobs, an international engineering, architecture,
and construction firm. AHRI Certification Engineers Helen Davis and Justin
Prosser presented on the AHRI certification program, highlighting its ability
to verify performance and provide greater predictability in the market. These
Lunch-and-Learns are part of an ongoing effect to spread the word about AHRI
Certified products to contractors and specifiers. For firms outside the D.C.
area, AHRI offers a remote presentation. Contact Monica Cardenas to schedule one for your
Director of Education Warren Lupson participated on a panel discussion on the
future of indoor home and commercial comfort during the HVAC Council at the Heating,
Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) annual
meeting. Lupson was joined by Lauren Liecau from the Consortium for Energy
Efficiency, Larry Zarker from the Building Performance Institute, and Glenn
Hourahan from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. The discussion
covered topics such as mini splits, variable refrigerant flow technology,
quality installation and maintenance, building systems, future refrigerants,
ENERGY STAR, and ASHRAE 62 and 90. Contact: Warren Lupson.
December issue of AHRI’s TechUpdate e-newsletter is now available. This issue contains details on
Phase II of the Low-Global Warming Potential Alternative Refrigerants
Evaluation Program, updates on recent refrigerant research conferences, and
status reports on AHRI’s current research projects covering a wide range of products.
The TechUpdate is published three times a year and includes the latest
information on AHRI’s research initiatives, including recently concluded
research reports and ongoing projects. Click here to subscribe.
invoices for 2015 AHRI membership were sent via e-mail this week. The due date
for payment is January 31, 2015. Contact: Cheron Scott.
January 1, 2015, new federal minimum energy conservation standards for
residential central air conditioners and heat pumps will become effective. These
standards, which are listed here, are regional for split and
single package air conditioners and national for heat pumps. The effective date
of January 1, 2015, applies to the date of installation for products subject to
regional standards and the date of manufacture for products subject to national
standards. However, the Department of Energy (DOE) granted an 18-month grace
period to allow manufacturers to sell their remaining inventory of models that
do not meet the regional standards. This grace period ends on July 1, 2016, and
applies to split and single package air conditioners manufactured prior to
January 1, 2015. In addition, DOE is currently drafting regulations to
implement an effective enforcement plan for residential central air
conditioners subject to regional standards. This plan is based on
recommendations made by a group of stakeholders comprised of manufacturers,
contractors, distributors, energy efficiency advocates, and utility
representatives. A notice of proposed rulemaking outlining the enforcement plan
is expected early in 2015. Contact: Karim Amrane.
adjourning the 113th Congress, the Senate passed H.R.5771, the Tax Increase
Prevention Act of 2014. Commonly known as tax extenders, the bill passed by an overwhelming
majority of 76-16 and is now headed to the President’s desk. However, this
extension of expired tax provisions is in reality only available for the 2014
calendar year. Both the House and Senate agreed to make no policy changes to
the tax code, but merely allow individual and corporate taxpayers to submit
credits and deductions for 2014. With only two weeks left in the year, the tax
package is not expected to sway any personal or business financial decisions. As
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the outgoing chairman of the Senate Finance
Committee said, “This package of tax incentives will last just two weeks. It
doesn’t have the shelf-life of a carton of eggs.”
credits such as 25C and deductions like 179D, while intended to help consumers choose
more efficient equipment, are, in their current form, ineffective in attaining
that goal. A confusing and short extension without any major corrections to
either provision is disappointing for the industry. AHRI will continue to work
with Congress to achieve true tax reform in 2015, instead of continuing
ineffectual tax policies. Contact: Guido Zucconi.
On December 31, initial certification is due for all commercial
water heater (CWH) and commercial packaged boiler (CBLR) products. AHRI is
preparing to submit certification reports and compliance statements to the
Department of Energy (DOE) on behalf of manufacturers that participate in these
certification programs and have authorized AHRI to do so. Manufacturers can
provide DOE with supplemental testing instructions by sending them in PDF
format to the AHRI certification engineer managing the relevant product area.
DOE has not yet published the templates to be used for CBLR reporting. Contact: Hubert Liu.
President and CEO Stephen Yurek and Senior Vice President of Technical Services
Henry Hwong met with the leadership of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) on
December 15 to continue discussions on efforts to harmonize U.S. and Canadian standards.
The meeting was held at the headquarters of the Heating, Refrigeration, and Air
Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI). Also in attendance were the leadership
teams from HRAI and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating. The parties
discussed strategic objectives, opportunities for collaboration, and efforts to
develop relationships with Canada’s provincial and territorial regulators. AHRI
has been accredited by the SCC as a certification body for more than 15 years,
and recently became a SCC-accredited standards developer. AHRI aims to harmonize
standards and regulatory compliance requirements for manufacturers where possible
for all of North America. Contact: Henry Hwong.
year ASHRAE recognizes the outstanding efforts of a single volunteer in the
area of standards development. The award is open to ASHRAE members who have
demonstrated outstanding achievement in the ASHRAE standards development process
based on criteria in Appendix B of the Standards
Committee Reference Manual, which can be found on the ASHRAE website.
a reminder to please submit your nomination to Stephanie
December 19. The nomination form can be found listed under the “Other Forms”
heading on the ASHRAE website. Contact: Michael
pleased to welcome the following new participants in its certification program:
Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.
its members anticipate a busy year in 2015, driven by events related to hydrofluorocarbons
(HFCs) and the Montreal Protocol. Currently, four related meetings are
scheduled between April and July 2015:
industry’s outlook on 2015 was affected by a number of outcomes in two fourth
quarter meetings in 2014.
Noting the interest in high-ambient
temperature conditions, AHRI is working to ensure that any U.S. or
international work in this area factors in the work already underway by the industry,
particularly by AHRI.
At the recently concluded 20th
United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP20) in Lima, Peru, member
countries agreed to submit
in early 2015 a detailed plan for addressing carbon emissions. The intent is to
ask countries to make their specific plans to reduce carbon emissions more
transparent. Despite what the members described as a positive step forward, the
action has received mixed reviews from environmental groups, and it is clear
that a specific agreement on HFC phasedown remains a difficult task to achieve.
Contact: Jim Walters.
The 2015 AHR Expo
will be held at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, January
26-28. Members that have not yet reserved booth space are encouraged to do so
quickly, as space is at a premium for this record-shattering show. The latest
show newsletter and information about reserving booth space can be found by
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