April 27, 2017
In a press release yesterday, AHRI welcomed President Trump's effort to reform the nation's tax
system, which has not been significantly reformed since the Reagan
"We are encouraged by the President's
willingness to work with Congress to make needed reforms to our tax
system," said AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. "We look
forward to working with the administration and Congress on ways to improve the
current system and spur economic growth by allowing companies to expense the
full cost of capital equipment in the tax year purchased, or at least reduce
the depreciation period to be more aligned with the useful life of our
equipment," he added. Contact: Francis
AHRI’s Spring Meeting is taking place next week at the
Hyatt Regency Reston Town Center in Reston, Va. The Spring Meeting program and Need-to-Know highlights booklet are now
available electronically. Be sure to attend the Need-to-Know session at noon on
Tuesday, May 2, which will cover AHRI’s many activities and accomplishments
since the Annual Meeting.
Attendees should also be sure to join us for a panel discussion on the Trump
Administration's first 100 days. The discussion will be led by Senior Vice
President of Policy and Government Relations Joe Trauger, and will feature Neil
Bradley, Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce. AHRI members will learn what they can expect from Congress in the
coming months, and how the current climate in Washington impacts the industry.
Don't miss this informative discussion on Tuesday, May 2, from 5-6 p.m. Read more
about Neil Bradley here. Contact: Kelsey Fonnett.
Spring Meeting event mobile app is now available on any portable device
directly within the AHRI app, which you can download from the app store. AHRI
has developed a tutorial to highlight all of the app's
features, including instructions on how to download it. The first time you log
in, your username will be the email you used to register for the meeting, and
your password will be your last name. The app will then prompt you to create a
new password of your choosing. Users have access to meeting schedules (which
you may personalize within the app), interactive maps, and speaker details. You
can also learn more about the meeting sponsors, and connect with attendees
through the app. Additionally, your mobile app includes product section meeting
agendas that are customized to your meeting registration. If you cannot access
the agendas, log out then log back into the app. Contact: Adam
Join us this summer for the first AHRI
State Summit, to be held June 28-29 in Sacramento, Calif. The
summit will provide an opportunity for members to communicate directly with key
California policy makers about the positive impact of our industry on jobs,
energy efficiency, the environment, and personal comfort. As elected officials
at the federal level continue to debate and shift priorities on many key
initiatives, the resulting uncertainty has spurred some state governments,
including California, to develop and advance their own energy and environmental
policies that could significantly affect your company and the entire HVACR and
water heating industry. Lawmakers and regulators in California need to hear
from you before they consider important policy decisions that will impact your
business, your employees, and your customers. Contact: Garrett McGuire
Annual Report is now available
online, and a hard copy also will be mailed to all
AHRI member company official representatives and distributed at the Board of
Directors meeting next week. This
document outlines your association’s many accomplishments in the past year, but
more than that, it illustrates the breadth of AHRI’s reach across the industry
and the world, as we serve as the voice of our industry. Contact: Carrie
The next AHRI Update will be published May 11 due
to AHRI’s Spring Meeting May 1-3. We look forward to seeing our
members in Reston, Va. next week!
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) issued two technical bulletins initiating the process of consulting with stakeholders on the revisions being considered for Amendment 15 to its energy efficiency regulations. One bulletin covers air conditioners and heat pumps under 19 kW (65,000 Btu/h) and addresses the development of an off-mode energy consumption requirement to align NRCan’s standards with those of the United States. The proposed off-mode consumption standards would apply to all applicable air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured on or after January 1, 2015.
The other bulletin
covers walk-in coolers and freezers and addresses revisions being considered
for Amendments 14 and 15 to align NRCan’s standards with those in the United
States. The technical bulletin summarizes the status of U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) regulations for those products and presents a regulatory approach
for aligning with the requirements in the December 28, 2016 DOE final rule. NRCan
is also considering a proposal in Amendment 14 to: exclude walk-in process
cooling refrigeration systems from minimum energy performance standards; add
marking requirements for doors and panels manufactured after June 26, 2017; and add the DOE nameplate marking requirements for refrigeration systems,
including walk-in process cooling refrigeration systems manufactured after
January 1, 2020. For Amendment 15, NRCan is considering harmonizing with
both the DOE final rule for walk-in coolers and freezers and the DOE effective dates, once they are
NRCan has scheduled a webinar on May 4, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT to consult with
representatives of industry and other stakeholders regarding this technical bulletin.
Comments on both technical bulletins must be
submitted by May 19, 2017 and should be sent to:
Carrier maintains a lead in the legislative visit category of the Chairman's Challenge with one new visit, totaling 13 submissions this year. With an additional 12 submissions in the school visit category for multi-state companies, Parker Hannifin has gained the most points since the beginning of the competition, and now has a total of 46 points. Other companies currently in the running for the multi-state company category include Danfoss, currently touting 10 points; Emerson, with three visits; and Carel, with one visit. Please remember that visits are not tallied unless companies submit the required information, including photos.
Top photo, left: Congressman David Kustoff (R, Tenn.) with Carrier staff members after a tour of the Collierville, Tenn. facility.
Bottom photo, left: Parker representative Ron Blechle presents on April 18 to HVAC students at Southern Illinois College in Granite City, Ill.
Single-state members should note that no single-state companies are currently competing in either the school visit or the legislative visit competitions, so both are wide open to any contenders.
Chairman’s Challenge is designed to support the current chairman’s goals for
the association. For the 2017 challenge, contestants will compete for legislative
visit and school visit awards in two categories: multi-state and single-state.
The company in each category with the most points accumulated between November
1, 2016, and October 31, 2017, will receive awards at the 2017 AHRI Annual
Meeting. Visit the Chairman’s
Challenge web page to
submit an entry, review the new rules for 2017, read helpful FAQs, and access
members-only legislative visit and school visit Toolkits. Contact: Adam
AHRI is pleased to welcome R.E. HANSEN INDUSTRIES, INC., DBA ISLANDAIRE to the Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHP) and Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) certification programs. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.
To view the most recent issue of the ASHRAE’s Standards Action for
announcements including public review drafts open for comments and call for
members on committees, click here. View
previous Standards Action Issues here.
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
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