On April 13, AHRI Associate
Certification Engineer Ted Wayne visited AHRI member manufacturer Aaon’s
facility in Tulsa, Okla., for training on the theory and application of
refrigeration systems and psychometric testing. The next day, AHRI Chief
Financial Officer Stephanie Murphy and Certification Manager Lauren Zelinski
joined Wayne for a tour of Aaon’s facility, where they learned about the
company’s history, and discussed issues affecting its business operations, such
as standards, regulations, and certification. Aaon representatives also
accompanied AHRI staff on a visit of Oklahoma State University in Okmulgee.
Program Chairman Roger Shepherd gave a tour of the campus, where students can
earn a two-year accredited degree in air conditioning and refrigeration. During
the visit, AHRI staff discussed the Rees
encouraged applications from the school. Left
photo, from left to right: Scott
Asbjornson (Aaon), Ted Wayne (AHRI), Norm Asbjornson (Aaon), Stephanie Murphy
(AHRI), Mark Fly (Aaon), and Lauren Zelinski (AHRI).
15, Murphy, Wayne, and Zelinski toured Johnson Controls’ (JCI) facility in
Norman, Okla., and visited Moore Norman Technology Center, where AHRI staff
again provided information on the Rees Scholarship application process. JCI
works with Moore Noman to support its career training for HVACR technicians. Right
photo, from left to right: Ted Wayne
(AHRI), Vicki Davis, Chris Forth, Stan Shulz, Steve Maddox (JCI), Stephanie
Murphy (AHRI), Dave Negrey, Bruce Porter, and R. Eric Newburg (JCI).
concluded their trip on April 16 with a tour of International Environmental
Corporation (IEC) in Oklahoma City, Okla. Staff of IEC provided a brief history
of the company and a tour of the facility. Bottom
photo, from left to right: Dennis
Kloster, Kim Sabatino (IEC), Ted Wayne, Stephanie Murphy Lauren Zelinski
(AHRI), Krista Newcomb, Dick Stillinger, and Tim Draftz (IEC). AHRI member
companies that would like to schedule a tour for AHRI staff may contact
Amanda Donohue. Contact: Ted
13-14, AHRI General Counsel Amy Shepherd and Certification Engineers Mikelann
Scerbo and Justin Prosser visited Emerson Network Power (Liebert) in Columbus,
Ohio, and MicroMetl Corporation in Indianapolis, Ind. Emerson Network Power
(Liebert) is a member of the Datacom Cooling Section and MicroMetl Corporation
is a member of the Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Ventilation Equipment Section. At
each visit, AHRI staff provided an overview of AHRI and initiated a discussion of
issues of importance to each member company.
Left photo, from left to right: Justin Prosser, Mikelann Scerbo (AHRI), Ben Dolcich,
Dave Kelley (Emerson), and Amy Shepherd (AHRI). Right photo, from left to
right: Jim Lindgren (MicroMetl), Mikelann Scerbo (AHRI), Jim Brooks, Hector
Cabrera, Steve Brower (MicroMetl), Justin Prosser (AHRI), and Gary Anderson
(MicroMetl). Contact: Justin Prosser.
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 coloring
scheme for refrigerant containers as more refrigerants are approved for use.
AHRI invites handlers of refrigerant containers to complete the survey and
provide valuable input. The survey is online here. Contact: Mikelann
AHRI members will receive logins for the 2015
AHRI Spring Meeting mobile app today via email. These will allow access to
specific executive session agendas. Open session agendas are also available to
all users in the Schedule section under the corresponding sessions.
The Spring Meeting app can be accessed directly
from the AHRI app. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes
to download the AHRI app by clicking
here from your smartphone or tablet. Users have
access to meeting schedules, maps, information about speakers, and more. AHRI
has developed a tutorial, available
here, to highlight all the app’s features.
Registration is still open for the Spring
here to register. Contact: Nicole Snyder.
21, the House passed by voice vote S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement
Act of 2015, introduced by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen
(D-N.H.). The bipartisan measure now heads to President Obama’s desk for
signature. The legislation, which passed the Senate by voice vote in March,
contains a provision that resolves the unintended consequence of the Department
of Energy water heater efficiency standard, which took effect on April 16.
Specifically, the provision allows for the continued manufacture and use of
large-capacity, 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. In the immediate past Congress, the
House had passed a similar efficiency bill, H.R. 2126, but the measure was not
considered in the Senate. Contact: Austin Gold.
of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) this week released its latest
Report on Appliance and Equipment Costs and Efficiencies, available online here. It identifies baseline and
projected performance and cost characteristics for both residential and
commercial end-use equipment, including heating, air conditioning, water
heating, and refrigeration products. The forecast evaluates current trends and
projects on the impact of product and technological improvements through 2040.
16, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) new federal minimum efficiency standards
for residential water heaters (RWH) went into effect. At the same time, the
ENERGY STAR non-solar RWH program transitioned to version 3.0. AHRI resubmitted
ENERGY STAR listings on behalf of its certification program participants to
provide a seamless transition. The requirements in the AHRI Directory have also
been updated to reflect the new minimums, and all RWH models listed below the
new minimums were marked as discontinued.
The next step
for RWH manufacturers will be to transition to a new test procedure in July
2015. On April 14, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for a
conversion factor from the current test procedure to the new one. AHRI will
hold a meeting of the Water Heater Technical Committee and Regulatory Policy
Committee on April 27-28 to review the NOPR and develop a position. Contact: Helen
Standard Project Committee (SPC) 184 met on April 14-15 to continue revising
BSR/ASHRAE Standard 184P, Method of Test for Field Performance of
Liquid-Chilling Packages, with the goal of approving the standard for public
review during the June 2015 ASHRAE Annual Conference. Members will meet again
on May 28 at the University of Maryland in College Park. ASHRAE SPC 30 met on
April 15-16 to continue revising ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 30-1995, Method of
Testing Liquid-Chilling Packages, also with the goal of approving the
standard for public review by the Annual Conference. This standard will then be
referenced as the method of test for the latest revisions of ANSI/AHRI
Standards 550/590 (I-P) and 551/591 (SI), Performance
Rating of Water-Chilling and Heat Pump Water-Heating Packages Using the Vapor
Compression Cycle. The committee will meet again on May 27 at the
University of Maryland. Contact: Rupal
Small Equipment Lab Qualification Subcommittee met April 16-17 at UL’s campus in
Plano, Texas. Members of the subcommittee, accompanied by AHRI staff Eric Chen,
Chris Stone, Mary Opalka, and Marc Neufcourt, reviewed UL’s facility, inspected
correlation setup, witnessed the testing of selected correlation samples, and
reviewed preliminary test results. The subcommittee also discussed UL’s
facility upgrades and reviewed results of the Laboratory Evaluation Adjustment
Plan (LEAP). Contact: Marc Neufcourt.
ASERCOM have been meeting regularly since March to discuss harmonizing
standards for compressor performance uncertainties and the rating for
refrigerants with glide, in addition to AHRI’s continued efforts to harmonize
compressor performance rating and testing standards. AHRI and ASERCOM enjoy a
long history of cooperation, and recently signed a memorandum of understanding
to formalize this relationship and define common goals. Contact: Justin
ASHRAE invites comments on the
public review of Addendum a to
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 200-2015, Methods of
Testing Chilled Beams. This addendum updates the normative and informative
references in the standard.
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.
In the latest AHRI
Video Update, AHRI Vice President of International Affairs Jim
Walters discusses AHRI’s involvement in the first of four meetings in 2015 on
the Montreal Protocol that will conclude with a Meeting of the Parties in Dubai,
UAE, in November 2015. The first meeting, for the 35th Open Ended
Working Group, is currently taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, and was preceded
by a two-day workshop on hydrofluorocarbon management (April 20-21). AHRI is
represented by Senior Vice President Karim Amrane. The industry supports the
inclusion of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol in order to
achieve a global solution and a gradual phasedown of HFCs. Walters also
highlights AHRI’s and the industry’s continued commitment to being
environmental stewards. Look for more video updates from AHRI on our YouTube
channel at AHRIcommunications.
Contact: Jim Walters.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC)
161 and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC 72 held spring
meetings the week of April 13 with U.S. delegations present. Experts from
several other member countries were in attendance, including Germany and Japan.
AHRI serves as the U.S. TAG Secretary to both technical committees.
committee of ISO/TC 161, which deals with standards for control and protective
devices for gas and/or oil burners and appliances, met in Tianjin, China. The ISO/TC
161 Working Group (WG) (3) completed a review of comments on ISO 23550 Amd 1
and decided to move the draft to the publication stage. New preliminary
projects were activated under TC 161/WG 4 such as one for pressure regulators.
TC 161/WG 5 also met to discuss the new standards series on controls for
operating pressures greater than 500 kPa. IEC/TC 72, which develops standards
for automatic controls for household use, met the same week in Lisbon,
Portugal. Several IEC/TC 72 WGs met during that week and progress was made on
reviewing comments and proposals for responsible standards.
ISO/TC 161 and IEC/TC 72 WG meetings are scheduled for October 2015 in Bilbao,
Spain, and Welkenraedt, Belgium. Contact: Maryline
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