February 16, 2017
This year, it is more
important than ever for AHRI members to attend the AHRI National Advocacy Conference, which will be held March 21-22 in Washington,
D.C. This event, formerly known as the Public Policy Symposium, is an excellent
way to better understand prominent industry issues, begin establishing or
strengthening working relationships with your elected officials and their
staff, and share your company's concerns and ideas with key federal government
decision makers. Registration is now open and hotel rooms are going quickly.
Registration is now
open for the 2017 AHRI Spring Meeting, to be held May 1-3 in 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 Fonnett.
At a ceremony in
London, former ASHRAE President and current consultant to AHRI member company Daikin Applied Thomas Watson was recently awarded the UK-based Institute of
Refrigeration's J & E Hall Gold Medal in recognition of his groundbreaking
work to improve the efficiency of chillers and industrial heat pumps. Watson, who has been active in AHRI for
decades, is currently contributing his expertise as head of the Air-Conditioning,
Heating and Refrigerating Technology Institute’s (AHRTI) Subcommittee on
Research and Technology for Flammable Refrigerants. Photo, right:
Tom Watson (center) receives the J & E Hall Gold Medal from IOR President
Steve Gill (right). At left is J & E Hall Managing Director Mark Roberts.
Contact: Francis Dietz.
On February 21, 2017, the Refrigeration Regulatory Committee (RRC) held
its annual meeting at AHRI headquarters in Arlington, Va. The RRC was formed
two years ago to monitor ongoing regulatory issues relevant to the Commercial
Refrigeration Section, Compressors Section, and Industrial Unit Coolers
Subsection. Committee members reflected on the past year and discussed the
structure and activities of the committee, identifying opportunities for
improvement. The committee also discussed the status of Department of Energy
(DOE) rulemakings on the standard and test procedure for walk-in coolers and
freezers (WICF) to determine the appropriate next steps. The Ontario energy
efficiency regulation for WICF was also discussed as it references DOE
regulations directly. Members discussed ongoing activities related to
refrigerants, including the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Short-Lived
Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy, Environment and Climate Change Canada
(ECCC), the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, and the Environmental
Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program. Contact: Helen
UL recently announced that it will conduct a series of four one-hour
webinar sessions on flammable refrigerants. The webinars are intended to
provide an in-depth introduction to the topic and will review regulations,
standards, and codes impacting refrigeration and air conditioning
equipment. The webinars will also discuss refrigerant leaks and ways to
detect and mitigate them. More information about the webinars can be found here. Contact: Karim Amrane.
Parker Hannifin is
holding onto its lead, with 21 visits, in the multi-state school category of
the Chairman’s Challenge, with Danfoss close behind, with 5 visits. Emerson is currently in third place with 1 visit. Parker completed visits last week to Minnesota,
Illinois, and Texas. Photo, left: HVAC
Instructor Michael Anderson and his third year HVAC/R class which Parker visited at
St. Paul Technical College in St. Paul, Minn. on February 15.
should note that both the school visit and legislative visit competitions are
currently among multi-state companies only, which leave the single-state
categories wide open to any contenders. In addition, members attending the 2017
National Advocacy Conference (details above) can count any congressional visits
toward their contest totals.
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 the following new participants to its certification program:
ASHRAE invites comments on the following standards:
Due March 19
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
ASHRAE has announced a call for members to serve on the following committees and work on the following standards:
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