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April 24, 2014


2014 Spring Meeting Mobile App Tutorial

To make AHRI’s Spring Meeting more convenient and enjoyable for attendees, AHRI has developed an event mobile app, complete with meeting schedules, maps, speaker information, and many other resources. The app also includes open session meeting agendas, and members will soon receive login information that will allow access to executive session agendas as well. AHRI has created a tutorial to help users navigate the mobile app, and staff members will be available at the event to answer any questions. The Spring Meeting app is accessible directly from the AHRI app, which, if you have not already done so, can be downloaded here. Contact: Nicole Snyder.

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Accepts APGA vs. DOE Settlement Motion

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an Order April 24 granting the unanimous motion of the parties to settle the APGA vs. DOE litigation. The Order vacates the energy conservation standards for non-weatherized gas furnaces set forth in the Direct Final Rule and remands them for notice and comment rulemaking. In addition, under the settlement motion, DOE committed to take the following steps:
  1. DOE will issue an enforcement policy statement providing an 18-month period within which it will not seek civil penalties for violations of the regional standards regarding distribution in commerce (including sales by retailers and installation) of 13 SEER central air conditioners in the South or Southwest region if they were manufactured prior to January 1, 2015.
  2. DOE will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking for efficiency standards for non-weatherized gas furnaces within one year, and will issue a final rule within two years.
  3. Within 90 days, DOE will initiate a negotiated rulemaking regarding the enforcement of regional standards by recommending that the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) establish a working group for that purpose. DOE will also clarify that it will not assert civil penalties over distributors for violations of the regional standard for central air conditioners.
  4. DOE will initiate a notice and comment rulemaking proceeding to clarify its process related to the promulgation of Direct Final Rules.
AHRI will continue to update members on this issue as DOE implements its obligations under the settlement agreement. Contact: Amy Shepherd.

NAM Conflict Minerals Task Force Discusses U.S. Court of Appeals Opinion

On April 21, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Conflict Minerals Task Force met to discuss a recent court opinion in the case of NAM v. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). NAM had challenged that several parts of the SEC’s conflict minerals disclosure rule violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, and the First Amendment. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that requiring publically traded companies to disclose products “not found to be ‘DRC conflict free’” to the SEC violated the First Amendment, but dismissed the APA and Exchange Act challenge. Because the court did not determine whether the violation was due to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation or to the SEC’s implementing regulations, it remanded the case back to the District Court for further proceedings.

The attorneys of Sidley Austin, who represent NAM in the case, participated in the task force meeting, and described that there will be “twists and turns” with the court because judges in the NAM case also are involved in the American Meat Institute v. United States Department of Agriculture, a case with similar issues that will be reheard by the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on May 19. While the SEC and NAM have until May 29 to file a rehearing petition, attorneys are advising the parties to comply with the current mineral disclosure filing deadline of June 2. (Under the rule, companies should file their first specialized disclosure report on May 31, 2014, for the 2013 calendar year and on May 31 in subsequent years. However, because May 31 falls on a Saturday this year, the deadline has been extended to June 2.) The attorneys mentioned that the SEC has not yet announced how it plans to proceed, but they believe that the NAM case will not be consolidated with the American Meat Institute case.

NAM argued to the appellate court that the SEC’s conflict minerals disclosure policy was not factual but instead ideological in nature, and that it was not targeted at preventing consumer deception. It urged the court to review the SEC’s “conflict minerals” rule under heightened First Amendment scrutiny. NAM argued that the relaxed standard of review applied by the district court is applicable only when the compelled speech is factual and non-controversial, maintaining that simply declaring minerals as conflict free is not a fact, but speculation. The court’s full opinion can be read here. Contact: Austin Gold.


DOE Issues Final Test Procedure for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

On April 21, the Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a final test procedure on commercial refrigeration equipment. In this final rule, DOE revised and reorganized the test procedure to clarify certain terms, procedures, and compliance dates to improve repeatability and remove ambiguity. DOE also addressed a number of test procedure clarifications that arose as a result of the negotiated rulemaking process for certification of commercial HVACR and water heating equipment.

The revisions within the final rule address: 1) applicability of the test procedure and related energy conservation standards to certain types of equipment; 2) definitions of “hybrid commercial refrigeration equipment,” “commercial refrigeration equipment with drawers,” and “commercial refrigeration equipment with solid and/or transparent doors;” 3) relationship among the rating temperature, operating temperature, and integrated average temperature ; 4) proper configuration and use of energy management systems, lighting controls, and test packages; 5) treatment of various features and components; 6) rounding requirements for test results and certified ratings; 7) a provision adopted in the 2012 test procedure final rule to allow testing at the lowest application product temperature for equipment that cannot operate at the prescribed rating temperature for its equipment class; 8) clarifications raised by AHRI’s Interpretations 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of AHRI 1200–2010; 9) methodology used to determine total display area; and 10) compliance date of certain amendments established in the 2012 test procedure final rule. The effective date of this rule is May 21. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.


AHRI Meets with Utility Industry to Discuss Smart Systems

On April 17, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, the Electric Power Research Institute, and selected utility companies met with AHRI at its headquarters in Arlington, Va., to discuss issues related to smart systems. AHRI had previously notified the utilities about the public release of its white paper on smart systems in late 2013. In addition to discussing key issues such as demand response and communication protocols, the group also briefly discussed the Department of Energy’s (DOE) upcoming public meeting on smart- and grid-connected commercial and residential buildings. The DOE public meeting will be held on April 30 in Golden, Colo. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

EPA Issues Draft ENERGY STAR Specification

On April 16, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a memorandum announcing the release of its Draft 1 Version 5.0 ENERGY STAR central air conditioner and air-source heat pump (CAC/ASHP) specification. The EPA will hold a stakeholder webinar on May 5 from 1p.m. – 3 p.m. EDT and will accept written comments until May 16. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should RSVP or submit comments to CAC-ASHP@energystar.gov by April 30. The EPA anticipates completing the revision process in time for the new specification to go into effect on January 1, 2015, aligning with the new federal standard.

The EPA is revisiting the CAC/ASHP specification in light of the fact that it has been more than three years since the last revision, and that new federal regional energy conservation standards will go into effect on January 1, 2015. The draft:
  • Updates definitions to align more fully with federal regulations;
  • Proposes adding a requirement that manufacturers provide a document incorporating the ENERGY STAR mark for each qualifying combination;
  • Modifies sampling requirements to be consistent with DOE requirements;
  • Updates the test method reference to directly refer to the federal test method for CAC/ASHP units;
  • Proposes regional requirements for CAC split systems;
    • Increases SEER from 14.5 to 15.5 in the U.S. South
    • Increases EER from 12 to 13 in the U.S. South
    • Retains current ENERGY STAR levels in the U.S. North
  • Proposes national requirements for CAC/ASHP single package units; and
    • Increases SEER from 14.5 to 15.5, EER from 11 to 12.5 for CAC
    • Increases SEER from 14.5 to 15.5, EER from 11 to 12, and HSPF from 8.0 to 8.3 for ASHP
  • Proposes national requirements for ASHP split systems.
    • Increases SEER from 14.5 to 15.5, EER from 12 to 12.5, and HSPF from 8.2 to 8.6
Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

CPSC Plans Forum, Issues RFI on Carbon Monoxide/Combustion Sensors

On April 16, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a forum on carbon monoxide/combustion sensors and issues related to the use of such sensors for residential gas furnaces, boilers, and vented direct heating equipment. The forum will be held on June 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT at the CPSC’s National Product Testing and Evaluation Center in Rockville, Md. The CPSC is seeking qualified individuals to participate in panels that will address the various topic areas of the forum. Those who wish to be considered as a panel member must register on or before May 9. All others who wish to attend the forum should register by May 23. The forum will also be available on webcast.

The CPSC also issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the capabilities of currently available sensors. In particular, the CPSC staff is seeking information regarding the availability and state of all sensor technologies that are capable of being used within vented gas heating appliances or the vent system for those appliances, to shut down the appliance in response to high levels of carbon monoxide or upon detection of incomplete combustion conditions. Information and comments responding to this RFI may be submitted until July 7.

AHRI staff will attend the forum and will consult with the appropriate product sections to develop comments in response to the RFI. Contact: Frank Stanonik.


CP&P Committee Develops Draft Testing Diversification Plan

AHRI’s Certification Programs and Policy Committee (CP&P) met on April 17 to develop a sustainable certification testing diversification plan to meet AHRI’s strategic objectives. The plan will be presented to the Executive Committee for review and approval at its meeting on May 6. The CP&P Committee also approved revisions to the Datacom Cooling (DCOM) certification program Operations Manual. Contact: Bill Tritsis.

CANENA Working Group 5 Continues Work Towards Bi-National Standard

The Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations of the Americas (CANENA) Working Group (WG) 5 met April 15-17 at AHRI headquarters to develop a U.S.-Canada standard based on IEC 60335 Part 2-89: Particular requirements for commercial refrigerating appliances with an incorporated or remote refrigerant unit or compressor. The standard specifies the safety requirements for electrically operated commercial refrigerating appliances that have an incorporated compressor or that are supplied in two units for assembly as a single appliance, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions (also known as a split system).

Representatives from UL and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), and industry stakeholders discussed each clause of the draft standard, and plan to continue work throughout 2014. They expect to complete a draft bi-national standard by the year’s end. Contact: Danny Abbate.


AHRI Standards Approved by ANSI

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved nine AHRI standards. Seven of the standards were approved on April 15 and the other two the following day. Each has become an American National Standard and is available on the AHRI website, ANSI website, and others:
  • ANSI/AHRI Standard 230-2013, Sound Intensity Testing Procedures for Determining Sound Power of HVAC Equipment
  • ANSI/AHRI Standard 250-2013, Performance and Calibration of Reference Sound Sources
  • ANSI/AHRI/CSA 310/380-2014, Standard for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (CSA-C744-2013)
  • ANSI/AHRI Standard 730 (I-P)-2013, Flow Capacity Rating of Suction-Line Filters and Suction-Line Filter-Driers
  • ANSI/AHRI Standard 731 (SI)-2013, Flow Capacity Rating of Suction-Line Filters and Suction-Line Filter-Driers
  • ANSI/AHRI Standard 850 (I-P)-2013, Performance Rating of Commercial and Industrial Air Filter Equipment
  • ANSI/AHRI Standard 851 (SI)-2013, Performance Rating of Commercial and Industrial Air Filter Equipment
  • ANSI/AHRI Standard 1270 (I-P)-2013, Requirements for Seismic Qualification of HVACR Equipment
  • ANSI/AHRI Standard 1271 (SI)-2013, Requirements for Seismic Qualification of HVACR Equipment
Contact: Danny Abbate.

AHRI Hosts Standards Revisions Meeting

The ASHRAE Standard Project Committee (SPC) 184 met on April 9 to continue revising BSR/ASHRAE Standard 184P, Method of Test for Field Test of Liquid-Chilling Packages. Members present during the meeting voted to approve sending the draft standard to ASHRAE for advisory public review, pending several editorial changes. The next day, ASHRAE SPC 30 continued revising ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 30-1995, Method of Testing Liquid-Chilling Packages, with a goal to complete the project by summer 2015. This standard will then be referenced as the method of test for the latest revisions of ANSI/AHRI Standard 550/590 (I-P) and 551/591 (SI). Contact: Rupal Choksi.

Goodman Hosts Training for AHRI Staff

On April 9 and 10, AHRI Engineering Manager for Regulatory Affairs Laura Petrillo-Groh, and Certification Engineers Helen Davis, Rupert Alfiler, and Anuj Mistry traveled to Fayetteville, Tenn. to undergo training at Daikin Industries’ Goodman facility. AHRI staff members learned about packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps, commercial and residential furnaces, and Goodman’s manufacturing and service processes. This visit is part of an ongoing effort from AHRI’s Product Section Services Department to learn more about the diverse equipment manufactured by AHRI’s member companies and certification program participants. The visit also included a discussion about the Department of Energy’s recent notice of proposed rulemaking concerning certification of PTAC/HP. Contact: Rupert Alfiler.

AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants

AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification programs:
  • Perfect Aire, LLC – Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC)
  • Isolation Beauport 1978 Inc. – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)
  • Conformatic Corp. – Unitary Small Air Conditioner Equipment (USAC)
Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

Industry Partners Work Toward Compressor Standard Harmonization

At the 2014 China Refrigeration Expo in Beijing, AHRI Certification Engineer Justin Prosser moderated a meeting of AHRI, the Association of European Refrigeration Component Manufacturers, and the China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association. The discussion focused on compressor standard harmonization efforts among the three parties, with specific emphasis on proposed updates to AHRI Standard 540, Performance Rating of Positive Displacement Refrigerant Compressors and Compressor Units. Future work will include establishment of a technical baseline for compressor performance tolerances. AHRI is committed to providing globally recognized performance rating standardization and will continue to work toward harmonization with global partners. Contact: Justin Prosser.


April 17, 2014

More Spring Meeting Rooms Added, Keynote Speaker Announced
Due to overwhelming demand, hotel rooms are no longer available at the Hyatt Regency for AHRI’s Spring Meeting, but AHRI has secured a new room block at the Residence Inn by Marriott Arlington Capital View, located directly across the street from the Hyatt. All reservations must be made prior to Friday, April 25, 2014.

AHRI is also pleased to feature keynote speaker Aric Newhouse, Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Known for his leadership and influence in the lobbying world, Newhouse is largely responsible for developing and implementing NAM’s policy agenda, which includes many items that affect the HVACR and water heating industry. AHRI members are invited to register here for the Spring Meeting, which will be held May 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. Follow all of AHRI’s Spring Meeting announcements on Facebook and on Twitter (#AHRISpring). Contact: Brittany Buchanan.


Congress In Recess – A Great Time for Members to Compete in the AHRI Chairman’s Challenge
Congress is in recess from April 14-25, which means that Senators and Representatives are in their home states and districts. It’s a great time to invite them to come tour your facility and teach them about the tremendous positive impact of the HVACR and water heating industry. As of April 15, Trane is in the lead with three visits. On March 20, Congressman Ron Kind (D-Wis.) visited the Trane manufacturing facility in La Crosse, Wis. View all Chairman’s Challenge photos on AHRI’s Facebook page. Contact: Monica Cardenas.

EPA Hosts Webinar on Draft Revised ENERGY STAR Residential Water Heater Specification
On April 16, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted a webinar to discuss the Draft 1, Version 3.0: ENERGY STAR Product Specification for Residential Water Heaters. During the webinar, EPA staff reviewed the changes proposed in the draft revised specification and the reasons for making those changes. The webinar also provided an opportunity for participants to ask questions and provide initial comments. AHRI staff questioned the purpose for adding optional connected product criteria for electric water heaters, since the specification will apply only to electric heat pump water heaters. Staff also commented that the change in the maximum standby loss requirement for “light duty EPACT covered” gas water heaters was too stringent. AHRI staff will meet with Water Heater Product Section members to develop official comments. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

DOE Conducts Analysis of ASHRAE 90.1-2013
On April 11, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of data availability (NODA) concerning its analysis of the revised efficiency standards for commercial heating, air conditioning, and water heating equipment in the 2013 edition of ASHRAE Standard 90.1. This analysis was done to comply with the federal law requiring DOE to review amended minimum efficiency standards that are specified for commercial equipment in ASHRAE Standard 90.1, and adopt either those amended efficiency standards or more stringent standards. The analysis compared the existing federal energy conservation standards and the corresponding standard levels in ASHRAE 90.1-2013 for the following types of commercial equipment: air-cooled air conditioners and heat pumps; water-source heat pumps; packaged terminal air conditioners; through-the-wall (TTW) heat pumps; small-duct, high-velocity (SDHV) air conditioners and heat pumps; single-package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps; and commercial water heaters.

For TTW heat pumps, SDHV air conditioners and heat pumps, and commercial water heaters (except for oil storage water heaters), DOE determined that the applicable efficiency requirement in ASHRAE 90.1-2013 did not increase the corresponding federal efficiency level. Therefore, DOE did not conduct any analysis of the potential energy savings for these products. For the other equipment types listed and commercial oil storage water heaters, the analysis estimates of the potential and expected energy savings will result in amended energy conservation standards, as well as additional, more stringent efficiency levels.

In addition to addressing efficiency standards, DOE analyzed updated references to several efficiency test procedures in ASHRAE 90.1-2013. In all cases, DOE’s preliminary conclusion is that the updated test procedures do not significantly affect the efficiency ratings of the products to which they apply, and DOE does not need to take any action at this time.

Comments, data, and other relevant information may be submitted until May 12. AHRI will consult with the appropriate product sections to develop comments. AHRI’s basic position will be for DOE to adopt the revised minimum efficiency standards in ASHRAE 90.1-2013. Contact: Frank Stanonik.


DOE Adopts New Definition for Through-the-Wall Products
On April 11, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule in the Federal Register, adopting in the Code of Federal Regulations a new definition for through-the-wall (TTW) central air conditioners and heat pumps. This definition was established under the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (AEMTCA) that was enacted by Congress a year ago. DOE removed the outdated energy efficiency standards for TTW that applied to products manufactured prior to January 23, 2010 (i.e.: ratings of 10.9/10.6 SEER and 7.1/7.0 HSPF for split and packaged systems respectively). DOE also clarified that most, if not all, of the historically characterized TTW products are now subject to the minimum energy efficiency standards of the “space-constrained” product class (i.e.: ratings of 12 SEER/7.4 HSPF). Contact: Karim Amrane.

ISO TC 161 and IEC TC 72 Meet in Netherlands to Discuss Safety Standards
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 161, Control and protective devices for gas and/or oil burners and appliances, and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC 72, Automatic electrical controls, met in Amsterdam the week of April 7 to continue developing broadly accepted international safety standards for control and protective devices.

Meeting attendance was high and included delegations from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, China, and Korea. The U.S. delegation was comprised of several members of the AHRI Controls Product Section, as well as representatives from UL and CSA Group. During the main (plenary) meeting, the United States presented its safety standard landscape for controls and the challenges it faces in adopting international standards.

International standard development is necessary to create an environment suitable for the development and international trade of safe and technologically advanced products. This effort aligns with one of AHRI’s core objectives to reduce the burden placed on manufacturers caused by diverging standards. Contact: Marc Neufcourt.


ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments – Due May 26
ASHRAE invites comments on the Public Review Drafts of addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. 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/ACCA Standard 183-2007RA, Peak Cooling and Heating Load Calculations in Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. This standard establishes requirements for performing peak cooling and heating load calculations for buildings, except low-rise residential buildings.

Addendum am to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2012, BACnet - A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks. This addendum extends BACnet/WS with RESTful services for complex data types and subscriptions, extracts data models from Annex Q into separate models, reworks Annex Q to be an XML syntax for the common model, adds a JSON syntax for the common model, replaces Annex N SOAP services with a migration guide, and changes Clause 21 identifiers to use a consistent format.

Contact: Michael Woodford.


AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification programs:
  • SKM Air-Conditioning, LLC – Water Chilling Packages Using Vapor Compression Cycle (Air-Cooled) (ACCL)
  • Summit Refrigerants – Refrigerant Recovery/Recycling Equipment (RRRE)
  • 4435273 Canada Inc. – Unitary Small Air-Conditioner Equipment (USAC) and Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mixed-Match Coils) (USHP)
Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

EU F-Gas Rule Receives Final Approval; Contains New Reporting Requirements
On April 14, the Council of the European Union voted to approve the new F-gas rules in the EU. Combined with the European Parliament’s endorsement in March, the rule’s publication in the Official Journal would be the last step in completing the revision of the F-Gas regulation, which will go into effect January 1, 2015. To comply with new reporting requirements for the industry, the European Commission is currently drafting new reporting rules that will apply to the supply, handling, and use of HFCs.

The goal of the new regulation is to reduce F-gas emission levels in the EU by two-thirds by 2030. The use of F-gases in some new equipment, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, will be banned where more climate-friendly alternatives are readily available. The regulation introduces bans over several years on the market placement of refrigeration equipment and systems, freezers, air conditioning systems, and technical aerosols with varying global warming potential levels. The regulation implements a phase-down mechanism involving a gradually declining cap on the total placement of bulk HFCs (in tons of CO2 equivalent) on the market in the EU, with a freeze in 2015 followed by a first reduction in 2016-2017, and reaching 21 percent of the levels sold in 2009-2012 by 2030. Contact: Jim Walters.


AHRI Exhibits at China Refrigeration
AHRI participated in the 2014 China Refrigeration Expo held in Beijing on April 9-11. The Expo, started in 1987, has grown into one of the larger expos in the HVACR and water heating industry, welcoming more than 40,000 visitors from more than 100 countries. Organized by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), the Chinese Association of Refrigeration (CAR), and the China Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Industry Association (CRAA), it is certified by the International Association of Exhibition Industry (UFI) and the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service of the Department of Commerce. In addition to meeting with many Chinese manufacturers that either participate or are interested in AHRI certification and membership, AHRI staff took the opportunity to meet with industry leaders from around the world, including traveling to Hefei, China, to meet with the General Machinery Product Inspection Institute (GMPI) to discuss opportunities for future testing cooperation. AHRI also held a meeting for chiller manufacturers, and AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek spoke at the Ozone2Climate Industry Roundtable on Alternatives to HCFCs (see articles below). As in previous years, AHRI shared a booth with industry partners ASHRAE and CRAA Certification Company that highlighted the decades of cooperation between the three industry associations. View photos from the event here. Contact: Henry Hwong.

AHRI Hosts Chillers Meeting in Beijing
During the 2014 China Refrigeration Expo in Beijing, AHRI Certification Engineer Justin Prosser and Asia-Pacific Consultant Bridge Xue, with translation support from Sharon Liu of the China Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Industry Association, moderated AHRI’s first meeting outside of North America of Chinese air-cooled (ACCL) and water-cooled (WCCL) chiller manufacturers. It drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 60 attendees. The discussion included an overview of the AHRI ACCL and WCCL certification programs, and a review of AHRI Chiller Standards 550/590 (I-P) and 551/591 (SI), Performance Rating of Water-Chilling and Heat Pump Water-Heating Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle. AHRI also requested participation from the manufacturers as AHRI works to update the related programs and standards. AHRI is planning to include climate-zone-specific rating conditions in Standards 550/590 (I-P) and 551/591 (SI) in an attempt to further increase the value of AHRI chillers certification, with respect to regional rating requirements in areas such as Europe, the Middle East, India, and China. AHRI is committed to providing globally recognized performance certification to decrease the testing burden for manufactures around the world. Manufacturers responded with sound questioning and informative discussion. Additional meetings will be scheduled in the near future to continue this certification program and standards development conversation. Contact: Justin Prosser.

AHRI Encourages Collaboration at U.N. Industry Roundtable
AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek participated in two panel sessions at the Ozone2Climate Industry Roundtable on Alternatives to HCFCs, sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Programme. In his remarks, Yurek stressed the need for the international community to work together to ensure the coming refrigerant changeover is done correctly, noting that refrigerants are vital to the health, comfort, safety, and well-being of all the world’s citizens. He discussed the current situation with respect to refrigerants, including U.S. initiatives such as the President’s Climate Action Plan and efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to further regulate refrigerants under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP). Yurek updated the audience on AHRI’s ongoing Low-Global Warming Potential Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program, a research effort currently beginning its second phase, and also outlined ways the international community can work together to ensure that equipment installers and technicians are properly educated and trained to handle a variety of refrigerants for different applications. Contact: Francis Dietz.


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.