March 23, 2017
More than 60 AHRI members came to Washington, D.C.
March 21-22 to advocate for the industry during the AHRI National Advocacy Conference
(formerly the Public Policy Symposium.) Members learned about effective
messaging on industry issues before heading to Capitol Hill, where 90 meetings
were scheduled with legislators regarding tax reform, regulatory reform, and
refrigerant policy. As Rep. Markwayne
Mullin (R-Okla.) asked members during a breakfast talk on Wednesday, “If you
are not up there [on the Hill], who’s telling your story?” See a detailed recap
on AHRI’s Twitter page at #AHRIEngage. Photos
will also be available soon on AHRI’s Facebook
page. Contact: Allison Edwards.
Photo, top: Fox News Digital Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt educates and entertains conference attendees over lunch at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel.
that the calendar (if not necessarily the weather) has turned to spring, please
take a moment to register for the 2017 AHRI Spring Meeting, to be held May 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency
Reston Town Center, Reston, Va. The AHRI Board of Directors and staff look
forward to welcoming you. We hope you will join us to reconnect with your
industry and AHRI colleagues while learning about the most important issues we
face, both here in the U.S. and around the world. Hotel reservations must be
made on or before Monday, April 17, 2017. Contact: Kelsey
The AHRI State
Summit, to be held
June 28-29 in Sacramento, Calif., is an opportunity for members of the HVACR
and water heating industry to communicate directly with key California
policymakers about the positive impact of our industry on jobs, comfort, and
productivity at the state and local level. Group rates for hotel reservations are
available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact: Garrett
Liquid Chillers Compliance Committees and Product Section met at AHRI
headquarters in Arlington, Va. March 14-16 to discuss certification activities,
such as development of a test stand directory and expanding the scope of the
Air-Cooled (ACCL) certification program to include NPLV and the part-load
operating map. Members reviewed updates to AHRI Standards 550/590 (I-P)-2015
and 551/591 (SI)-2015 as well as including global rating conditions for both
standards. Finally, section members updated section specific short- and long-term
goals and a strategic plan for incorporating a systems approach for chillers
products and efficiencies. Contact: Rupal Choksi and Justin
On March 21, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued Federal Register notices announcing further delays in the effective date of the final rules on test procedures for walk-in coolers and freezers and for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. The new effective date for the walk-in coolers and freezers test procedure is now June 26, 2017, while the new effective date for the residential central air conditioners and heat pumps test procedure is July 3, 2017. These delays will provide DOE officials more time to review and consider these new regulations. AHRI will provide information on the results of the reviews as soon as it is available. Contact: Frank Stanonik.
On March 4, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) issued a notice initiating the process for developing Amendment 15 to its energy efficiency regulations. This amendment will include updated efficiency standards for residential gas and oil boilers, residential gas furnaces, gas fireplaces, vertical air conditioners and heat pumps, chillers, and walk-in coolers and freezers. The amendment will also add efficiency standards for residential tankless water heaters, commercial/industrial pumps, commercial water heaters, and commercial gas and oil boilers. NRCan will also consider standards more stringent than those specified in the United States for the following products: residential gas and oil boilers, residential gas furnaces, gas fireplaces, commercial water heaters, and commercial gas boilers. Over the next few months, NRCan will be consulting with representatives of industry and other stakeholders to discuss the proposals to be included in Amendment 15. Technical bulletins will be released to collect stakeholder views on the new requirements being considered for each of the product categories noted above. Those technical bulletins will be forwarded to the appropriate AHRI product sections as they are released. Contact: Frank Stanonik.
pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification program:
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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