June 22, 2017
In the latest AHRI Video Update, Director of Government Relations Garrett
McGuire goes over some of the highlights of the upcoming 2017 State Summit, to
be held June 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, California. Fifty-five
people from member companies will attend AHRI’s inaugural State Summit, which
will include legislative office visits and presentations from legislative and
regulatory leaders in California. Contact: Garrett
AHRI annually recognizes outstanding individuals for contributions that advance the HVACR and water heating industry. Deserving candidates will be the recipients of three AHRI awards – the Richard C. Schulze Award, the AHRI Public Service Award, and the AHRI Distinguished Service Award, at AHRI’s Annual Meeting, to be held November 12-14, 2017, at the Trump National Doral Resort and Spa in Miami, Fla. AHRI’s Nominating Committee will review nominations and select award recipients. Please use this Nomination Form, which can be completed online and emailed (instructions on bottom of form). Nominations are due on or before July 7, 2017. Past winners of the Schulze Award and the Distinguished Service Award can be found at these links. Contact: Francis Dietz.
than 30 product section meetings were held in Reston, Va. during AHRI’s Spring
Meeting, May 1-3, 2017. Sections discussed pertinent legislative and regulatory
issues, standards, and future goals. Read summaries from each product section
meeting here. Contact: Carrie Johnson.
staff members Francis Dietz and Allison Edwards attended the “Energy Strong” forum June
19 in Washington to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. The institute took this occasion to announce a name change to the Global
Energy Institute, welcoming a variety of speakers, from Interior Secretary Ryan
Zinke to global energy expert Daniel Yergin, to discuss the future of energy
production and use in the United States and around the world. Nearly all speakers noted, in one form or
another, the strides made in the United States to reduce energy use and
associated emissions, with Yergin noting that in 2016 U.S. carbon emissions
fell to 1990 levels, despite the doubling of the U.S. economy during those 26
years. Also prominently mentioned was the dramatic reduction in U.S. reliance
on energy imports, with one speaker noting that this nation now produces 95
percent of the energy it uses. Contact: Francis Dietz.
By a vote of 27-12,
the California Senate passed legislation on May 31 that would establish a Wood
Smoke Reduction Program designed to encourage replacement of wood-burning
stoves with cleaner, more efficient heating alternatives. S.B. 563 would provide incentives for homeowners to make the switch, which would
result in short- and long-term climate benefits and localized public health
benefits. The bill would authorize allocation of funds from the Greenhouse Gas
Reduction Fund for incentives offered to homeowners as part of the program. In
addition, the bill would require professional installation of replacement
heating equipment to maximize energy efficiency and minimize emissions.
AHRI and the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association support the legislation,
which has been referred to the State Assembly Committee on Natural Resources. Contact: Garrett McGuire.
filed comments on June 12 in response to a May 23 notice from the United States
Trade Representative requesting suggestions for modernizing the North American
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). AHRI recommended that revisions to NAFTA not
disrupt current trade flows, investments, or infrastructure of HVACR and water
heating equipment manufacturers. The comments also proposed the harmonization
of standards by properly defining an "international standard," and
aligning conformity assessment procedures to prevent duplicative requirements.
A copy of AHRI's comments is available here. Contact: Allison Edwards.
a friendly reminder that any legislative meetings in which you have participated,
including during the AHRI National Advocacy Conference or otherwise, count
toward the AHRI Chairman’s Challenge. Submit your legislative and school visit
information here using your association login.
Contact: Adam Carey.
A new compressor standard, AHRI Standard 545, Performance Rating of
Modulating Positive Displacement Refrigerant Compressors, is now available
to download on the AHRI website. This
standard is used in conjunction with AHRI Standard 540, Performance Rating
of Positive Displacement Refrigerant Compressors and Compressor Units, as
it references AHRI 540 for definitions, test requirements, published rating
requirements (including published performance in the form of a 10 coefficient
polynomial equation), and performance rating uncertainties.
AHRI Standard 545 defines minimum requirements to publish part-load
operating map ratings for modulating compressors, including compressors
utilizing pulse width modulation. This new standard has been developed in
cooperation with the Association of European Refrigeration Component
Manufacturers (ASERCOM) to harmonize, where possible, with rating conditions,
tolerances, and presentation of manufacturer's performance data for EN12900 refrigerant
compressors. Contact: Justin Prosser.
If you are interested in
contributing to the next revisions and maintenance of the following HVACR
industry standards, contact AHRI Standards Manager Ladan
Bulookbashi. The latest editions of these standards are available
to download on the AHRI website.
AHRI currently seeks participation
from individuals in Canada and the U.S. in the categories of general interest, producer, regulator,
and user. Contact: Ladan
AHRI is pleased to welcome United Parts & Equipment, LLC to the Unitary Small Air Conditioner (USAC)
certification program. Contact: Sunil
To view the most recent issue of the ASHRAE’s Standards Action for
announcements, including public review drafts open for comments, click here.
View previous Standards Action Issues here.
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