October 12, 2017
AHRI’s Annual Meeting will take place November 12-14 in
Miami, Florida. Important information about this year’s meeting is outlined
week, AHRI released a report on the current economic status of America's
heating, ventilation, air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, and water
heating industry. The study, available now on AHRI’s website, shows that the
industry has bounced back from the Great Recession and has surpassed its 2008
On October 5, 2017, the California
Air Resources Board (CARB) announced a public workshop to discuss a proposal to
reduce high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant emissions from
stationary refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. This workshop will mark
the start of a rulemaking process to adopt into state regulations the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy
(SNAP) provisions as they relate to the use of HFCs in this equipment. CARB also indicated that it will further evaluate the proposed HFC mitigation
strategies identified in the Short Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy (SLCP) for
potential future rulemakings. The public workshop will be held on October
24, 2017, from 10 am-2 pm PST at CARB’s offices in Sacramento. A webcast
will be available for those unable to attend. The meeting agenda, staff
presentation, draft regulatory language, and any other related materials will
be posted to the CARB website prior to the workshop. More information can
be found in the public meeting announcement. Contact: Karim
Certification Programs and Policy (CP&P) Committee met on October 5 at AHRI
headquarters in Arlington, Va., to review the certification testing progress
for the 2017 program year for all AHRI certification programs. Staff presented
certification program failure rates, the number of participants in various
penalty modes, as well as key performance indicators for the testing
laboratories under contract. The members discussed changes to the General Operations
Manual related to the penalty provisions
for program test failures as well as the implementation plan for new rules for
first sample failures and rerates that will become effective January 1, 2018. A
progress report was provided on the testing diversification plan, along with
highlights from several certification programs. Contact: Bill
As we count down to the Annual Meeting, more companies are submitting entries from past and present visits. Weil-McLain earned points for hosting policy makers at its Michigan City, Ind., and Eden, N.C. facilities since May of this year, and for one legislative office visit in Washington, D.C. Other entries this week were submitted by Carrier Corporation, Parker Hannifin’s Sporlan division, and Carel USA.
now has nine points in the multi-state legislative visit category of the
challenge, placing the company in second place in its category behind Carrier
Corporation. In the school visit category, Parker Hannifin maintains its lead
in the challenge as a multi-state company.
Top photo, left to right: Brian
Szymanowski (Weil-McLain Director, Product Engineering), Nick Wilkinson (Regional
Director of Strategic Operations, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis), and Mark
Dilliplaine (Weil-McLain Eden, N.C. Site Director)
Bottom photo: Bryan Armstrong (Carel)
and the Warwick High School Women's STEM club, which visited Carel USA as part
of manufacturing week.
AHRI is pleased to welcome Sharqawi Air Distribution Systems Co. Factory
to its Variable Air Volume Terminals (VAV) certification programs. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.
ASHRAE has announced a call for members for its Standards Reaffirmation
Subcommittee (SRS). The SRS acts as the
consensus body for reaffirmation and withdrawal of ASHRAE standards and guidelines.
Under limited circumstances, the SRS acts as the consensus body for revision of
standards and guidelines. It has a continuing assignment to maintain the
currency of existing standards and guidelines.
To view details, refer to the recent issue of ASHRAE’s Standards Action. All necessary membership forms are available here. Contact: Ladan Bulookbashi.
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