State Priorities

AHRI’s State Government Affairs Committee (SGAC) combines professionals from every facet of the industry to ensure all our members’ priorities are represented at the state level. AHRI works in a myriad of states each year to promote industry priorities with state legislators, policy makers, utilities, and national organizations.

Our state-level priorities for this year, as identified by the SGAC, are the following:

Energy Standards/Programs

 

  • Ensure that efficiency standards for HVACR and water heating equipment are uniform throughout the United States and do not conflict with federal requirements.

 

Energy Supply

 

  • Promote the responsible development and use of all energy sources and encourage energy efficiency measures aimed at meeting future energy demands.
  • Support state policies that encourage clean, reliable energy sources that provide the power necessary for AHRI members’ equipment to operate efficiency and as intended, with minimal impact to the environment, and on an affordable and consistent basis for customers.
  • Support state policies that promote energy storage that will make better use of the electric grid and lower costs to customers.

 

Energy Sourcing and Buildings

 

  • Ensure that state proposals to modify buildings or restrict energy sources do not impose on the ability of AHRI members to do business in that state. Specifically, federal preemption is not violated, and products are not forced out of the market due to energy source.

 

State HFC Rulemakings

 

  • Support the harmonization of state level prohibitions on HFCs in all end uses in EPA SNAP Rules 20 and 21.

 

Codes and Standards Adoption

 

  • Encourage state and local jurisdictions to adopt, implement, and advance industry consensus building energy codes that are consistent with federal energy conservation standards and are technology neutral.
  • Educate states on the need to update building codes to reflect new technology and next generation refrigerants.

 

Efficiency Program Funding

 

  • Support state funding for utility run energy efficiency programs. As states continue to look for ways to fill budget gaps, educate legislators on the importance of energy efficiency program funding.

 

Early Retirement Programs

 

  • Work with state legislators and other policy makers to support programs that would incentivize consumers to replace older, less efficient HVACR and water heating equipment with newer, more efficient equipment.

 

Proper Repair and Maintenance

 

  • Work with industry partners at the state level to promote quality installation and maintenance of HVACR and water heating equipment. Ensure that repairs and maintenance are being completed by qualified, licensed contractors.

 

Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

 

  • Encourage state policies and practices that ensure the proper handling of data through inclusion of industry best practices, self-regulation, and market-based solutions rather than through the use of government mandates.
  • Support the use of incentives to encourage manufacturers of all sizes to adopt voluntary cyber maintenance practices.
  • As more HVACR and water heating products increase their connectivity to the internet, support state policies that encourage innovation among manufacturers and rely on voluntary, industry-led best practices aimed at ensuring products are secure and safe from the threat of hacking or malfeasance.

 

Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing Safety Campaign

 

  • Support state level efforts to ensure that homeowners and home inspectors are made aware of the need to have properly grounded equipment when connecting gas sources to appliances.

 

Permitting Compliance

 

  • Support statewide online permitting systems that streamline the permit application process and reduce barriers to permitting compliance.
  • Oppose serial number tracking or digital tracking as a method of attempting to increase permitting compliance.

 

Workforce

 

  • Support state policies that encourage schools to offer a diverse array of career and technical education (CTE) programs that are up-to-date and reflect current manufacturing technology and installation techniques.
  • Support state-sponsored programs at the secondary and post-secondary school level that offer and incentivize CTE career programs to students and encourage completion of industry-recognized certification programs, with a focus on encouraging more women to enter the manufacturing workforce.
  • Support state and local policies aimed at developing and expanding a skilled workforce through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) retention programs for students who indicate an interest in a STEM career field.

 

Right to Repair

 

  • Work with legislators to ensure right to repair legislation is limited in scope and does not inadvertently include HVACR and/or water heating products in the definition of eligible equipment.

 

Warranty

 

  • Oppose state policies that interfere with manufacturers’ warranty processes and programs and/or their relationships with contractors.

 

 

AHRI Staff