AHRI Spring Webinar Series

You're invited to register for the 2021 AHRI Spring Webinar Series - free sessions on critical issues affecting the HVACR and water heating industry - to be held each Tuesday in May, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, EDT. Please take a moment to learn more about the four upcoming webinars listed below and visit our registration page to sign up for any sessions of interest. We look forward to your participation!

1. Federal Climate Initiatives: Plans, Impacts, Challenges
Tuesday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. – noon EDT

This compelling informational webinar will bring together speakers from the Biden administration and Congress to examine the plans, impacts, and challenges of the federal climate initiatives. This administration has placed a far greater emphasis on the climate issue than any other administration, and many of the executive orders, presidential appointments, and announced additional steps will greatly impact our industry and our customers.

Listen in and participate with:

  • Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor (Invited)
  • David Nemtzow, Director of Building Energy Technology, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Cedric Richmond, Senior Advisor to the President, Director of the Office of Public Engagement (Invited)
  • Richard Russell, Republican Staff Director, Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources
  • Adam Tomlinson, Republican Staff Director, Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works


2. State Legislative Priorities Impacting the HVACR and Water Heating Industry
Tuesday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. – noon EDT

Join AHRI for an insider’s look at the energy and environmental policy issues driving state legislative action across the country. Hear directly from key policymakers who are leading state-level efforts to tackle issues such as HFC phasedown plans, plastics and packaging waste, building decarbonization, and more.

On the panel:

  • Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, Member, House Environment and Energy Committee and Author of Washington State HFC Legislation, Washington State House of Representatives
  • Senator Nathan Johnson, Vice Chair, Senate Committee on Administration and Author of Texas HFC Legislation, Texas State Senate (Invited)
  • Assemblymember Chris Holden, Chair, House Energy and Utilities Committee, California State Assembly


3. U.S. and Global Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Economic Review and Forecast
Tuesday, May 18, 10:30 a.m. – noon EDT

AHRI will welcome Connor Lokar, an economist with ITR Economics, Inc., who will review short-term and long-term economic forecasts (U.S. and/or global) and how they will directly impact the HVACR and water heating industry. Connor also will provide insight into what we can expect in the way of inflation, interest rates, and taxes over the next four years, as well as the lingering effects of the pandemic on the U.S. and global economies.

4. COVID and the HVACR Industry: Lessons, Challenges, Opportunities
Tuesday, May 25, 10:30 a.m. – noon EDT

Make plans to join AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek and the heads of ASHRAE, the Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC), for a look at how our industry has fared during the pandemic – the lessons we’ve learned and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Topics will include the state of the supply chain, training and education in the wake of COVID, indoor air quality opportunities, and some discussion of things we’d do differently if we could do them again!

Hear from:

  • Stephen Yurek, President & CEO, AHRI (Moderator)
  • Jeff Littleton, Executive Vice President, ASHRAE
  • Talbot Gee, President & CEO, HARDI
  • Michael Copp, Executive Vice President, PHCC National Association


To ensure the best user experience possible, webinar attendees should have up-to-date web browsers. Google Chrome (preferred), Internet Explorer, or Firefox are recommended. Registration will close 24 hours prior to the start of each webinar.

2020 Spring Webinar Series Webinars and Presentations
1. Clean Energy Future

Wednesday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT

The Clean Energy Future webinar featured an interactive discussion on the tremendous role of our industry in developing and implementing technologies for a clean energy future, in light of state and local proposals to significantly restructure energy supplies and use in consumer and business applications.

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2. Safe Refrigerant Transition: Safety Standards & Codes

Thursday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT

In this webinar, attendees learned the latest information about the current effort to ensure a safe transition from hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants, including AHRI’s work to address outstanding issues. There was a detailed discussion regarding the content of the safety standards related to the transition.

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3. System Efficiency

Wednesday, June 17, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT

System efficiency is likely “the next big thing” in energy management for the built environment, with the goal of optimizing building components to maximize efficiency while preserving function and comfort. A standardized method of measuring system efficiency is a vast undertaking due to the necessary collaboration of a breadth of stakeholders. This webinar featured experts from municipal governments, academic think tanks, and building design to discuss the future of system efficiency and its impact on AHRI members.

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