December 1, 2016
At the Annual Meeting, AHRI elected its new officers and
presented awards to industry leaders. AHRI’s new Chairman is Chris Drew,
Executive Vice President of Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Burnham Holdings, a
manufacturer of heating equipment.
The officers and Executive Committee are as follows:
Chairman: Chris Peel, President and COO,
Rheem Manufacturing Co.
Ron Duncan, President, Magic Aire
Past Chairman: Doug Young, President and COO,
Lennox International, Inc.
Dennis Appel, Executive Vice President, Heat Transfer
John Galyen, President, Danfoss North America
Nicholas Giuffre, President and CEO, Bradford White
Chris Nelson, President, North America HVAC, Carrier
Chris Peel, President & COO, Rheem Manufacturing Co.
Earle Pfefferkorn, President, Cleaver-Brooks
Dave Regnery, President North America, Climate Solutions,
Rod Rushing, Vice President and General Manager Global
Products, Johnson Controls
Brent Schroeder, President, Air Conditioning, Emerson
Mike Schwartz, CEO, Daikin Applied
Bill Steel, President and CEO, Bard Manufacturing
Kevin Wheeler, President, North America, Europe, and India,
The Richard C. Schulze Award is given for distinguished
service and commitment to AHRI and the industry’s goals and objectives. AHRI
John Bade, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Matthew Friedlander, RenewAire
John Galyen, Danfoss
Ron Passafaro, ECR International
Tom Troyanek, Trane
In 2016, AHRI honored two individuals with Distinguished
Service Awards, AHRI’s highest honor, which recognizes individuals who are
leaders in the industry and who have made significant contributions throughout
AHRI honored Peter Alexander, Senior Vice President at
Goodman Manufacturing, who recently retired after an incredible 59 years in the
HVACR and water heating industry. Alexander’s
tenure in our industry is legendary, and his knowledge, insight, grace, and
humor will be missed at his company and within the industry.
AHRI also honored Bill Root, Vice President and General
Manager of Laars Heating Systems. Root,
who will shortly retire from the industry, has been active since 1986 in a
variety of positions prior to joining Laars in 1998. Root has been an invaluable resource on the
heating side of the house and his presence will be greatly missed.
Pictures of the Industry Awards presentation at the 2016
AHRI Annual Meeting can be viewed here. Contact: Francis Dietz.
The four winners of the AHRI Chairman’s
Challenge were announced during the Annual Meeting. Throughout 2016, AHRI Chairman
Doug Young challenged members to host
guided tours for elected officials at their plants and to conduct visits to
schools with HVACR programs. Members competed in two categories: single-state
and multi-state. Parker Hannifin (represented by John Van Buskirk, pictured left with Young) won in the multi-state school category with a total
of 177 visits. Daikin took home the award in the multi-state legislative
category with 114 visits. For single-state companies, Bristol Compressors won
the legislative category with 28 visits, while Beckett took the school category
with 14 visits. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all
members who participated. We will be posting the final tallies for
participating member companies here.
recently began a member profile series to highlight each of its member
companies, including their history, interests, and role in the industry. Weil
McLain completed the latest profile in the series, highlighting among
other things its 135th anniversary. AHRI members interested in
completing a profile should contact Adam Carey for more information.
SLK Software is
happy to announce a webinar on Redefining HVAC through Cognitive
Sensors in IoT.
The Webinar will feature a discussion of the rise of cognition and how it can
be applied to find correlations and patterns in order to unlock the challenges
in IoT in the HVAC industry.
Webinar will be presented by Jagdish Bhandarkar, SLK’s Chief Technology
Officer. The session will also cover the embedding of cognition into sensors,
the learning process of these sensors, and how the networking among these
sensors can enable new solutions. Attendees can anticipate information on how
these sensors can help the HVAC industry with a case study.
exclusive webinar has limited space available. Register soon! Contact: Amit
November 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published new reporting
templates for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (PTAC and
PTHP). Version 5.0 of this template, which went into effect on November 8, 2016,
replaces Version 4.7. AHRI’s development team quickly adopted the reporting
process and was able to transition to the new reporting requirements without
any issues. A major change to the reporting requirements was that private
labelers, referred to in the AHRI certification programs as Private Brand Marketers
(PBMs), are no longer required to submit certification reports prior to
releasing PTAC and PTHP products into the market. Moving forward, AHRI will
only submit Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) model information to DOE's
Certification Compliance Management System (CCMS) database for PTAC and PTHP
AHRI monitors DOE websites on a daily basis for changes in templates, reporting requirements and deadlines, and other issues related to compliance with DOE regulations. Contact: Rupert Alfiler.
On Friday, November 18, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
published the final rule titled, “Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Update to
the Refrigerant Management Requirements Under the Clean Air Act.” The rule,
which was reported in pre-publication form in the October 6, 2016 edition
of the AHRI Update, amends the safe handling requirements under
section 608 by extending them to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Further summary of
this rule and links to webinar slides, a fact sheet on the existing 608
program, and fact sheets on how the rule affects supermarkets and property and
facility managers, refrigerant distributors, small appliance recyclers,
reclaimers, and technicians, are available on EPA’s website here. AHRI is
working with the EPA to schedule a webinar for AHRI members. Contact: Helen Davis.
On November 28, 2016, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued
a notice revising the Proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction
Strategy. The original proposed strategy was released on April 11, 2016, and was
summarized in the April 14, 2016, AHRI
Update. Among other things, CARB is proposing planning targets to reduce
emissions of HFCs by 40 percent (below 2013 levels) by 2030. As it
relates to the reduction of HFCs, the strategy has been modified to:
CARB has requested comments on the revised strategy by January 17, 2017, which can be submitted here. The notice includes exact times, locations, and webcast links for three public workshops that will be held on December 12,
15, and 16, 2016, where CARB staff will provide a summary of the changes and
participants will discuss the revised strategy. CARB will hold a public board
meeting to consider approving the revised strategy on March 23 and 24, 2017. More
information is also available in the notice. Contact: Helen Davis.
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification programs:
ASHRAE invites comments on the following standards and addenda:
Due December 11
ASHRAE Addendum d to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 161-2013, Air Quality within Commercial Aircraft. This
proposed addendum expands on the design and operational requirements intended
to prevent over servicing of the aircraft engines and auxiliary power unit
(APU) with engine oil.
90.2-2007R, Energy Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential
Buildings. This proposed revision of ASHRAE Standard 90.2-2007
represents a new approach in residential building energy performance.
This new Standard 90.2 seeks to deliver residential building energy performance
that is at least 50% more efficient than the energy efficiency defined by the
2006 IECC. While this standard focuses on “performance” as the primary
objective, it does include some system level minimum prescriptive provisions of
performance. These minimum provisions are provided to ensure compliance.
Due December 26
ASHRAE Standard 171-2008R, Method of Testing for Rating Seismic and
Wind Restraints. This revision of Standard 171-2008R is a complete overhaul
of the original standard, published in 2008, replacing a static push/pull test
method with a cyclical, low-frequency test method and establishing a rating
methodology for use with building codes. Restraint capacities determined using
the previous version are no longer considered valid.
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 ASHRAE. Contact: Michael Woodford.
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