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April 10, 2014


2014 Spring Meeting Early Bird Registration and Hotel Deadlines Approaching, Mobile App Available

Less than one week remains to take advantage of the early bird registration fee and hotel group rate for the 2014 AHRI Spring Meeting – both expire on Monday, April 14. AHRI members are invited to register here. The Spring Meeting will be held May 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va., and will feature a keynote address from Aric Newhouse, Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations at the National Association of Manufacturers. Most of AHRI’s product sections will meet to discuss product-specific standards, certification, communications, statistics, and policy issues; and AHRI staff will again present the Need-to-Know session, alerting attendees to developments on issues relevant to our members and the industry. Follow all of AHRI’s Spring Meeting announcements on Facebook and on Twitter (#AHRISpring). Register now. For registration questions, contact Brittany Buchanan.

For attendees’ convenience, AHRI has also developed a corresponding mobile app for Spring Meeting. To access it, download the AHRI app here. The Spring Meeting app is located under the “Event Apps” icon and contains information on the meeting schedule, maps, featured speakers, and other resources. AHRI members will receive login information in the coming weeks, which will allow access to meeting agendas. If you have questions about the mobile app, contact Nicole Snyder.


2014 AHRI Chairman’s Challenge Heats Up

Competition for the Chairman’s Challenge is getting fierce, with three more companies -- FreightWatch International, Lochinvar LLC, and Trane -- hosting facility tours for their elected representatives. AHRI members: looking to host a tour with one of your representatives? Congress will recess for the Easter holiday April 14-25, making it a great time to invite your Senator and Representatives to learn about HVACR business, products, and employment. See all submitted photos here (#AHRIChairmansChallenge).
 
From left to right:
  • On March 31, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) visited Trane’s southwest Virginia facility. Pictured from left to right: Mark Slone (Trane), Rep. Goodlatte, and Dave Pierson (Trane).
  • On March 19, Congressman Diane Black (R-Tenn.) visited Lochinvar LLC’s facility in Lebanon, Tenn. Pictured from left to right: Charlie Adams, A.O. Smith Corporation; G.C. Hixson, Executive Director, Wilson County (Tenn.) Joint Economic and Community Development Board; Lisa Robertson, Continuous Improvement Manager, Lochinvar; Congresswoman Diane Black; Joel Usery, VP Finance and Treasurer, Lochinvar; Phillip Craighead, Mayor, City of Lebanon; and Randall Hutto, Mayor, Wilson County.
  • On January 22, Congressman John Carter (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Homeland Security, toured the FreightWatch International (Carrier Transicold) facility in Austin, Texas. He was briefed by Barry Conlon (left) and Ronnie Morrison (right).
Contact: Monica Cardenas.

AHRI Welcomes New Member

AHRI is pleased to welcome RapRec as a full member of the Chemicals and Refrigerant Reclaimers Product Section. Contact: Freshta Rosario.

AHRI Submits Questions at Moniz Hearing

Last week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz testified before two House subcommittees to defend his department's fiscal 2015 funding request of $27.9 billion. Secretary Moniz’s testimony is the first of this year’s budget and appropriations season.

Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) used this opportunity to submit questions to the Secretary on behalf of AHRI regarding the recent rulemaking on commercial refrigeration. The questions were submitted as part of the record at the Energy and Power Subcommittee testimony. Secretary Moniz also testified before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies.

AHRI hopes DOE will address the industry’s concerns as quickly as possible. Contact: Guido Zucconi.


DOE Requests Comments on End-Use Equipment and Appliances

On April 8, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Federal Register notice regarding the physical characterization of end-use equipment and appliances in smart and grid-connected commercial and residential buildings. DOE is soliciting comments and data on the following issues: 1) examples of physical characterization of smart and grid-connected buildings equipment; 2) potential national value and benefits, and stakeholder value propositions, of smart and grid-connected buildings equipment; 3) candidate metrics to characterize smart and grid-connected buildings equipment; 4) potential frameworks for the characterization process; 5) other topics related to smart and grid-connected equipment that DOE should consider; 6) public input on key stakeholders DOE should engage; and 7) public input to identify reports, analyses, and case studies of which DOE should be aware.

DOE will hold a public meeting on April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT in Golden, Colo. Please notify Brenda Edwards at (202) 586-2945 if you wish to attend this meeting in person. DOE will accept written comments on this notice until Friday, May 23 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.


Draft Revised ENERGY STAR Residential Water Heater Specification

On April 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Draft 1, Version 3.0: ENERGY STAR Product Specification for Residential Water Heaters. EPA’s proposed changes address the revised minimum efficiency standards for residential water heaters that go into effect on April 16, 2015. These changes include:
  • Reclassifying storage water heaters into two product classes based on capacity – less than or equal to 55 gallons and greater than 55 gallons.
  • Raising the minimum energy factor levels for gas storage and electric heat pump water heaters greater than 55 gallons and for gas instantaneous water heaters.
  • Reducing the maximum standby loss requirement for Light Duty EPACT covered gas water heaters.
EPA will host a webinar on April 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT to discuss the Draft 1 specification. Comments must be submitted to Waterheaters@energystar.gov by April 30. AHRI staff will attend the webinar and submit comments on the draft specifications. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

AHRI Responds to DOE SNOPR for Walk-in Coolers and Freezers Test Procedures

On March 24, AHRI submitted comments responding to the Department of Energy’s supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking regarding alternative efficiency determination methods (AEDMs) and test procedures for walk-in coolers and freezers (walk-ins). The comments noted that clarifications to the referenced test procedure for unit coolers and condensers, AHRI Standard 1250-2009, Performance Rating of Walk-In Coolers and Freezers, are near completion, and the standard is on track to be published later this month. AHRI supported the use of AEDMs and recommended the addition of several provisions to align walk-ins with the AEDMs developed for other commercial HVACR and water heating equipment. Contact: Laura Petrillo-Groh.

AHRI Receives Bids for Hydronics Institute Certification Testing

In response to an AHRI request for proposals (RFP), Intertek and CSA Group submitted bids on April 4 to provide independent laboratory services to conduct equipment and witness testing for the Hydronics Institute (HI) Product Section’s certification programs. Through their applications, the labs illustrate their ability to effectively and accurately complete the tasks set forth in the RFP, in a timely manner. AHRI will review both proposals and contact the labs for additional information as necessary. Representatives from the labs will present their proposals at the upcoming AHRI Spring Meeting. AHRI expects to make a selection by September 1. Contact: Bill Tritsis.

Cooling Standards Subcommittee Approves Standards

AHRI’s Cooling Standards Subcommittee (CSS) met on April 2 and approved the following AHRI standards for publication:
  • Addendum 1 to AHRI Standards 1360 (I-P)-2013 and 1361 (SI)-2013, Performance Rating of Computer and Data Processing Room Air Conditioners
  • Addendum 1 to AHRI Standard 440-2008, Performance Rating of Room Fan-Coils
  • AHRI Standards 610 (I-P)-2014, Performance Rating of Central System Humidifiers for Residential Applications and 611 (SI)-2014, Performance Rating of Central System Humidifiers for Residential Applications
The CSS also began a review of the revisions to ANSI/AHRI Standards 1250 (I-P)-2009 and 1251 (SI)-2009, Performance Rating of Walk-In Coolers and Freezers, and will hold another meeting later this month to complete the review and approval. Contact: Michael Woodford.

LLHE Updates OM to Include “Certify-all” Policy

At the start of 2014, the Liquid to Liquid Heat Exchangers (LLHE) certification program underwent major revisions to its Operations Manual (OM), including changes to the program scope. A new “certify-all” policy will require manufacturers participating in the LLHE certification program to sell only AHRI Certified ® gasketed plate heat exchangers if they fall within the following criteria:
  • Heat duty between 0-24 million Btu/h;
  • Flow rate between 0-2,000 gpm;
  • Utilizing water and/or sea water; and
  • For “HVACR applications” only.
AHRI defines “HVACR applications” as equipment located in a residential or commercial building exclusively used for conditioning spaces for the occupants of the building. The updated OM is available on the AHRI website under “Product-Specific Operations Manual (Effective Date: January 2014).”

In addition, contractors, specifiers, and design engineers are now able to verify the software outputs of LLHE performance ratings to ensure the reliability of data supplied by the manufacturer. This service facilitates the comparison of certification participants’ software output, including heat duty, heat transfer area, volumetric flow rate, and pressure drops, with the output obtained through that same participant’s selection rating software housed with AHRI. This information is not publicly available on the AHRI Directory of Certified Product Performance. Contact: Richie Mohan.


ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments – Due May 4

Comments are invited by ASHRAE on the Public Review Drafts of the following ASHRAE standards and standards addenda. The Public Review Drafts can be accessed 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 Stephanie Reiniche.

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 16-1983(RA), Method of Testing For Rating Room Air Conditioners and Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners. This standard prescribes a method of testing for rating room air conditioners and packaged terminal air conditioners.

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 58-1986(RA), Method of Testing for Rating Room Air Conditioner and Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner Heating Capacity. This standard prescribes test methods for room air conditioners and packaged terminal air conditioners equipped with means for room heating.

Addendum a to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. Currently, 62.1 has responsibility for multi-family residential buildings of four stories or more and 62.2 has responsibility for buildings with three stories or less. This proposed scope change would remove the building height threshold, bringing all dwelling units under 62.2 regardless of height, while common areas would be covered by 62.1.

Addendum g to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2013, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings. This scope change would remove the building height separation, bringing dwelling units under 62.2 regardless of height. This will allow for consistency within dwelling units and also allow application of ASHRAE ventilation standards to the multi-family retrofit market.

Addendum c to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 145.2-2011, Test Method for Assessing the Performance of Gas-Phase Air- Cleaning Systems: Air-Cleaning Devices. This addendum modifies the initial performance test to allow testing to stop when the penetration exceeds 0.95.

Addendum ax to ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. This addendum modifies the original addendum by not allowing the use of any control factors from Table 9.6.3, Control Factors Used in Calculating Additional Interior Lighting Power Allowances, of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, for lighting control methodologies.

ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings
  • Addendum ay: This addendum modifies the outdoor airflow rate levels where demand control ventilation would be required to make it more consistent with reasonable system equipment sizes.
  • Addendum bh: This addendum addresses the issue of a designer or owner having the ability to designate site features for preservation not necessarily designated by the authority with jurisdiction.
  • Addendum cb: This addendum modifies Table D1.1 of Appendix G in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, to reflect new fenestration orientation requirements made by an earlier addendum.
Contact: Michael Woodford.

ASHRAE Issues Call for Members

ASHRAE has announced a Call for Members for the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings Committee. Those interested in serving on this ASHRAE committee are asked to indicate their interest and obtain the necessary membership forms by viewing the ASHRAE Forms and Procedures, or by contacting Stephanie Reiniche. Contact: Michael Woodford.

AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant

AHRI is pleased to welcome Kerr Controls Limited to the Unitary Small Air Conditioner Equipment (USAC) certification program. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

Saudi Arabia Continues Push to Develop Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Commercial ACs

Compliant with its previously announced schedule to publish minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for commercial air conditioners (ACs) in June 2014, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC) met on April 2 in Riyadh. Al-Asasyah (trader: Sanyo, Gree Basic, Fuji Electric), Carrier (Samco), Daikin, JCI, Zagzoog (trader), SASO (Saudi Arabia Organization for Standards and Metrology), SKM, Trane, and Taiyo Sussan Co. Ltd. (Fujitsu distributor) attended, along with AHRI. Attendees expressed concern with the current SASO 2663 (MEPS for window room ACs and mini-splits) because of the vagueness of its scope, which does not define “other types” of ACs. SASO’s response was that “other types” would be stricken from the scope and defined more clearly in the upcoming commercial MEPS. The Saudi Energy Efficiency Project (SEEP) is currently considering MEPS values in the ASHRAE 90.1, 2010 edition, but no decisions have been made. The next meeting is April 30 in Riyadh, and will identify testing and rating standards to be cited in the MEPS. AHRI will circulate SEEP’s report of the meeting when it is available. Contact: Jim Walters.


April 3, 2014

DOE Extends Request for Information Deadline for Commercial Boiler Efficiency Test Procedures
The Department of Energy (DOE) is reopening the comment period for the request for information (RFI) regarding the efficiency test procedures for commercial boilers. The RFI was published in the February 20, 2014, edition of the Federal Register and the initial comment period was supposed to end March 24. However, there were technical difficulties associated with the e-mail address to which those comments were to be submitted and some comments, including AHRI’s, were not accepted by the inbox. Therefore, DOE is allowing comments until April 16 and established a new email address to submit comments: commercial_packaged_boilers@ee.doe.gov. Since DOE did not identify any new issues for the RFI, AHRI does not plan to submit any additional comments. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

AHRI Responds to RFI for Commercial Water Heating Equipment Efficiency Test Procedures
On March 31, AHRI submitted comments responding to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) request for information (RFI) regarding efficiency test procedures for commercial water heating equipment , specifically commercial water heaters and hot water supply boilers. The comments supported changes to update the reference to the 2013 edition of the Z21.10.3 Standard, and use AHRI 1300 as the basis for testing commercial heat pump water heaters. The comments also objected to DOE’s suggestion that a test is needed to evaluate the insulation on unfired storage tanks and recommended that no changes be made to the thermal efficiency test method. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

DOE Issues Final Rule on Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
On March 28, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a final rule on energy conservation standards for commercial refrigeration equipment. The final rule updates the standards that were set by DOE in 2009. Compliance with the amended standards is required by March 27, 2017. The standards, which consist of maximum daily energy consumption values as a function of either refrigerated volume or total display area for various equipment classes, are shown in Table I.1 on pages 17727 and 17728 of the Federal Register notice. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

Certification Programs and Policy Committee Meets to Discuss Testing Diversification
The Certification Programs and Policy (CP&P) Committee held a teleconference on March 27 to review the Executive Committee’s recent statement on testing diversification. The Executive Committee directed the CP&P Committee and AHRI staff to develop a sustainable certification testing laboratory diversification plan for the Executive Committee’s review and approval by the 2014 AHRI Spring Meeting. The next CP&P Committee meeting will be held on April 17 at AHRI headquarters in Arlington, Va. Contact: Bill Tritsis.

Unitary Small Equipment Committee Reviews AHRI Standard 210/240
On March 26 and 27, AHRI hosted a meeting of the Unitary Small Equipment Engineering Committee’s Technical Committee (USE EC TC) at AHRI headquarters in Arlington, Va., to continue to revise AHRI Standard 210/240, Performance Rating of Unitary Air Conditioning & Air-Source Heat Pump Equipment. The USE EC TC was established to provide the initial review of this standard. Representatives from U.S. Department of Energy, AHRI staff, AHRI member companies, and testing laboratories were in attendance. Participation in AHRI’s standard writing meetings is open to anyone; individuals interested in participating may contact Eric Chen.

ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments – Due April 20
Comments are invited by ASHRAE on the Public Review Drafts of the following ASHRAE standards addenda. The Public Review Drafts can be accessed 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 Stephanie Reiniche.

Addendum a to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2013, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy. This proposed addendum separates vertical air stratification limits for standing versus seated occupants, because the previous requirement did not distinguish between the two, and would be overly restrictive when applied to standing occupants. This clarification only applies to occupants who are standing still with metabolic rates less than 1.3 met because the entire Section 5.3.4, Local Thermal Discomfort, does not apply above 1.3 met.

Addendum d to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2013, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings. This proposed change eliminates gravity or barometric dampers as allowable components of passive makeup air systems for combustion appliances. This change has been proposed because of concerns that such dampers do not reliably open at the low pressures (-1 to -5 Pa) that have the potential to backdraft atmospherically-vented appliances.

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality
  • Addendum k: This proposed addendum modifies the standard such that laboratory exhaust is assigned a default of Air Class 4, but explicitly allows a responsible EH&S professional to determine that a lower air class is appropriate for particular systems. If they assign a lower air class, then the use of heat wheel energy recovery would be allowed. The SSPC believes that determination of the appropriate air class is best made by a qualified professional on a case-by-case basis.
  • Addendum q: This proposed addendum modifies Section 5.2, Exhaust Duct Location, to clarify requirements by including air classes instead of descriptive language, and modifies the requirements by allowing positively pressurized exhaust ducts inside the space of origin. It also modifies the air class of residential kitchen hoods.
  • Addendum r: This proposed addendum deletes Sections 6.2.7.1.2 and 6.2.7.1.3, and removes an informative note to Section 6.2.7.1.1. The deleted sections remove potentially confusing language, retaining the essential requirement for DCV as stated in Section 6.2.7.1.1. The changes remove the assumption that the standard is intended for use only as calculations for code review and not physical operation. Proposed changes to Section 5.9.2 clarify the requirements and extend them to apply under conditions of DCV control operation.
ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings
  • Addendum bn: This addendum adds a requirement for an automated pre-occupancy outdoor air purge in order to ameliorate indoor contaminant buildup that may occur during extended periods of time during which ventilation systems are off.
  • Addendum bo: This addendum updates the requirements for economizers to reflect requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013.
  • Addendum bp: This addendum revises language in the exhaust air energy recovery section to reflect requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013.
  • Addendum bq: This addendum updates the efficiency requirements for Electrical-Operated Unitary Air Conditioners and Condensing Units.
  • Addendum br: The addendum updates the requirements for air and water cooled chillers.
  • Addendum bs: This addendum revises requirements for Single Packaged Vertical Air Conditioners, Single Packaged Vertical Heat Pumps, Room Air Conditioners, and Room Air Conditioner Heat Pumps.
  • Addendum bt: This addendum updates requirements for Gas and Oil Fired Boilers.
  • Addendum bu: This addendum updates requirements for water heating equipment.
  • Addendum bw: This addendum proposes to update the Performance Requirements for Heat Rejection Equipment.
  • Addendum bx: This addendum is intended to revise the existing requirements for addressing moisture in building envelopes to be more stringent and to use largely performance-based design criteria.
  • Addendum by: This addendum proposes changes to provide a higher level of indoor moisture control that is currently required in the standard by addressing air leakage with more stringency that the current requirements.
  • Addendum bz: This addendum replaces an existing requirement in the standard to address outdoor air quality impacts of construction vehicles with a requirement that limits vehicle idling and requires signage.
  • Addendum aj: This independent substantive change (ISC) addresses an issue with the definition of low-emission, hybrid, and electric vehicles that was raised in the first public meeting by replacing the definition with a more appropriate statement in the requirements.
  • Addendum an: This ISC makes changes to Table 7.5.3 based on a comment received during the first public review regarding the values for wood and biomass.
  • Addendum aw: This addendum increases the range of products and materials that are considered and introduce more holistic considerations of supply chain impacts of products via life-cycle assessment.
  • Addendum bv: This addendum adds new requirements for Variable Refrigerant Flow Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps.
Contact: Michael Woodford.

AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant
AHRI is pleased to welcome Hybrid PTAC Systems to the Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHP) certification program. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

AHRI to Exhibit at China Refrigeration
AHRI will exhibit and promote its world-class certification program and the value of selecting AHRI Certified® products at the 2014 China Refrigeration Expo on April 9-11 in Beijing. AHRI members and certification participants also exhibiting at the show are invited to visit AHRI’s booth, W2G11, to meet with AHRI staff. AHRI, the China Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Industry Association and ASHRAE are once again sharing a common booth at the show. To request booth signage indicating your relationship with AHRI and AHRI Certification, contact Monica Cardenas.