On August 3, AHRI will co-host the 5th annual HVACR
and Water Heating Congressional Reception in the Rayburn House Office Building
Foyer on Capitol Hill. AHRI began hosting this event in 2011 to showcase the
more than one million jobs the industry supports in the American economy, and
its continued innovation and commitment towards energy efficiency. It offers a
chance for AHRI staff, members, and Capitol Hill staffers to discuss relevant
legislative and regulatory issues in a relaxed environment. The reception is
co-sponsored by AHRI; the Air Conditioning Contractors of America; Heating,
Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International; North American
Technician Excellence; and the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors
Association. AHRI members are welcome to attend the event. Contact: Mike O’Halloran.
AHRI’s product sections met May 5-7 in Arlington, Va.,
during AHRI’s Spring Meeting. Sections discussed pertinent legislative and
regulatory issues, standards, and future goals. Read summaries from each
section meeting here.
Contact: Monica Cardenas.
Education and Training Committee met last week to develop strategy and
coordinate efforts with the Workforce Development Foundation on the issues of
bringing new people to the industry to address the skills and employments gaps,
which were discussed in last week’s AHRI Update. The
committee also is working on improving the outreach and publicity of the
equipment donation program, in which AHRI members provide equipment to schools
so that technicians have updated products to utilize in their studies. Contact:Warren
AHRI's Chemicals and Refrigerant Reclaimers Product
Section is conducting a survey to determine market needs for refrigerant labeling,
as well as to collect feedback on the current color scheme for refrigerant
containers as more refrigerants are approved for use. AHRI invites handlers of
refrigerant containers to provide input by completing the survey.
18, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Federal Register notice seeking nominations for membership
to the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC).
All nomination information should be provided in a single, complete package
submitted electronically to ASRAC@ee.doe.gov or mailed and postmarked by July
17. The qualifications for nominees and the required package information are
described in the notice. Contact: Frank Stanonik.
ASHRAE has announced a Call for
Members for SPC 26, Mechanical
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Installations Aboard Ship. The purpose of
this standard provides the minimum general requirements for the design,
construction, installation, operation, inspection, and maintenance of
mechanical refrigeration and air conditioning equipment aboard ships to permit
the safe, efficient, and reliable operation of such systems.
Those interested in serving on
these ASHRAE committees should indicate their interest and obtain the necessary
membership forms at ASHRAE Forms and Procedures, or by contacting Stephanie Reiniche.
Contact: Michael Woodford.
Last week, AHRI
President & CEO addressed the 16th European Conference on
technological Innovations in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. In his presentation, entitled, “The Global
Refrigerant Transition: Good Science,
Good Judgment, Correct Choices,” Yurek discussed ways we can work together, as
a global community, to address the need to do three things: Successfully phase down global use of HFC
refrigerants, do the research and testing necessary to find suitable
alternatives for those refrigerants, and properly train those who will be installing
equipment using the new refrigerants. In
addition to AHRI, participants in the Milan conference included the United
Nations Environment Program, the International Institute of Refrigeration, the
European Commission, ASHRAE, and EPEE. Contact:Francis
AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek visited European HVAC manufacturers
GeoClima, Aermec, and Climaveneta. He
congratulated Aermac on receiving AHRI Certification for air-cooled chillers, and for the recent approval of Aermac's air-cooled chiller
testing laboratory. With GeoClima and
Climaveneta he discussed and answered questions about AHRI’s certification
program qualification process and testing laboratory requirements for
air-cooled and water-cooled chillers. AHRI will continue to support manufacturers
interested in becoming AHRI Certified to compete in a global market. Details on joining the AHRI Certified program are online here. Contact: Bill
International Committee, chaired by Dennis Appel (Luvata), met June 11 to
assess and take appropriate actions on industry global issues.
devoted considerable time to reviewing AHRI’s role in a series of meetings in
2015 related to the Montreal Protocol. These meetings, ending with a Meeting of
the Parties of the Protocol in Dubai, UAE, on November 1, serve as a forum for
discussing several proposals for hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown. Recommended
approaches have been made by North America, the European Union (EU), India,
and Africa. In that context, the committee reviewed AHRI’s Climate Change
Policy and affirmed that it addresses AHRI member concerns and policies. Noting
that the EU F-gas regulation, the U.S. Significant New Alternatives Policy program,
and proposed Canadian HFC regulations either have bans or propose bans on the
use of certain refrigerants, the committee said that industry policy is to
oppose bans because they are market distorting and therefore can be
counter-productive. They stressed that that position ought to be clearly
communicated in comments to regulatory bodies globally.
committee agreed that AHRI should continue its efforts to promote previously
industry-nominated HVACR and water heating equipment as environmental goods to
the World Trade Organization negotiators in Geneva, and should facilitate
cooperative efforts with the industry’s global partner, the European
Partnership for Energy and the Environment in Brussels. Contact: Jim
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