The AHRI hotel group rate for the 2015 AHRI
Public Policy Symposium expires on Tuesday, March 3. Click
here to reserve your room at the Grand Hyatt Washington for this premier
grassroots event. The registration
deadline, March 13, also is fast approaching.
The symposium is designed to help AHRI members influence
federal policies that affect manufacturers and the industry, and make their
voices heard. Members will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with key
public officials, lawmakers, and Congressional staff to promote crucial
industry issues, and build or strengthen relationships with elected officials.
It will be held March 25-26 at the Grand Hyatt Washington and the National
Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C. Contact: Brittany Buchanan.
The 20th annual HVACR & Mechanical
Conference for Education Professionals is in less than two weeks. This
industry-supported event, sponsored by sixteen industry organizations,
including AHRI, is designed to provide instructors, industry trainers, and
administrators of apprentice and secondary/post-secondary instructional
programs with cutting-edge technical information and teaching techniques that
will enable them to effectively train the next generation of skilled workers
for the HVACR and plumbing industries. The final program is available for download here.
Attendees should note that NATE, ICE, RSES, and NORA tests require pre-registration. For NATE and ICE tests, send this request
form to Tony Spagnoli at firstname.lastname@example.org. For
RSES tests, contact Kim Heselbarth at email@example.com. For
NORA tests, contact Warren Lupson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 24, President Obama used his veto power to reject S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, sending the bill back to the
Senate. The bill, which would have allowed the construction of the Keystone XL
oil pipeline from the U.S.-Canada border down to refineries and ports on the
Gulf of Mexico, was important to AHRI members
because it included an amendment by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman
(R-Ohio) that provides needed language to resolve an unintended consequence of
the water heater efficiency standard, set to become effective on April 16. An
override of the Keystone veto is unlikely, as both the House (vote of 270-152)
and Senate (vote of 62-35) fell short of the two-thirds majorities needed in
order to override a veto. The Shaheen-Portman amendment creates a separate
product category for thermal storage water heaters, also called grid-enabled
water heaters, which are large electric storage water heaters whose energy use
can be managed by a utility to minimize operation during times of high demand. Portman
and Shaheen have indicated that they plan to reintroduce their energy
efficiency legislation, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, in the coming
weeks. This legislation was the original source for the Keystone amendment language.
Contact: Austin Gold.
On February 19,
Madeline Barter, Legislative Counsel and Energy Liaison for Congressman Bob
Latta’s (R-Ohio) office, met with representatives of Bard Manufacturing
Company, Inc., at its Bryan, Ohio, facility. From left to right: Bill Metz, Madeline Barter, Pam Bard Steel, and
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. The contest will span from January
1 to November 2, 2015. This year’s challenge is comprised of two components:
legislative visits and school visits. Contestants are also divided into
single-state and multi-state categories. The companies in each category with
the most visits (both legislative and/or school) will be recognized at the 2015
AHRI Annual Meeting. 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
Addenda a through n to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 34-2013, Designation and Safety Classification of Refrigerants, are now
available to download at http://www.ashrae.org/standards-addenda.
following ASHRAE standards have been withdrawn from publication:
is pleased to welcome Hisense (Guangdong) Air Conditioning Co., Ltd. to the
Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP) and Unitary
Small Air Conditioner Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USAC) certification
programs. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.
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