AHRI Update: August 2013

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August 29, 2013

AHRI Annual Meeting Registration Now Available
Register today for the 2013 AHRI Annual Meeting, to be held November 17-19 at the AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, on Amelia Island, Fla. This peaceful resort, located on Florida’s northeast coast barrier island, features breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by 26 acres of lush vegetation. We hope you will join us at this picturesque location to reconnect with your industry colleagues and AHRI staff while learning about the most important issues facing our industry. Register before October 4 and save $50. Click here to register. Contact: Brittany Buchanan.

REVAC 2014 Offers Free Webinar
A free webinar will be presented during REVAC 2014, an international refrigeration, ventilation, and air conditioning industry event in Southeast Asia. The webinar, The Imminent Market Changes in AC&R Industry: Moving Toward Greener Refrigerants, will be conducted on September 5 at 3 pm Malaysia Time (GMT+8). Topics will include the HCFC phase out schedule in Southeast Asian countries and alternative refrigerants.  Register for the free webinar here. Contact: Henry Hwong.

AHRI Member Company Danfoss Hosts Illinois Congressman Kinzinger to Discuss Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R – Ill.), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, recently visited AHRI member company Danfoss’s facility in Loves Park, Ill., to learn about the economic benefits of energy efficient and renewable technologies.

During the meeting, Kinzinger emphasized his support for renewable energy and encouraging deployment of renewable and energy-efficient technologies as key components of a broad national energy policy. 

Congressman Kinzinger, who is on the Board of Directors for the Alliance to Save Energy, noted that proven HVACR technologies play a critical role in improving U.S. energy productivity today – driving solutions for energy challenges and helping make the country less reliant on foreign energy sources. Pictured above: Robert Wilkins, Danfoss Vice President, Public Affairs; Congressman Adam Kinzinger. AHRI member companies who have hosted Members of Congress are invited to share stories in AHRI Update by sending them to Monica Cardenas.

AHRI Staff Attend SNAP Stakeholder Meeting
On August 22, AHRI staff attended a public meeting hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. The meeting was an opportunity for stakeholders to exchange information on effective steps to meet the goals laid out in the Climate Action Plan for the Significant New Alternatives Program (SNAP). Established in 1994 by Section 612 of the Clean Air Act, SNAP was created to ensure a smooth transition to safe, low-GHG chemical alternatives in key commercial sectors. 
Attendees seemed relatively pleased with the success of the current program, but advised EPA staff that manufacturers and users of HFCs would oppose attempts by the EPA to use SNAP to de-list certain HFC alternatives in response to President Obama’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan. The meeting ended with an agreement by the EPA to hold another stakeholder meeting. A date is yet to be announced. Contact: Austin Gold. 

AHRI Comments on Petition for Rulemaking for Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
On July 25, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice in the Federal Registerregarding a Petition for Rulemaking on certification regulations applicable to residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. AHRI submitted a letter to DOE on August 26 stating that DOE should not collect any Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) information for split-system and single-package air conditioners prior to January 1, 2015, via the Compliance Certification Management System (CCMS) as part of the DOE annual certification reporting requirements. Instead, AHRI recommended that DOE focus its efforts on finalizing the essential corresponding regulations covering the enforcement of regional energy conservation standards for residential furnaces, central air conditioners, and heat pumps. AHRI urged DOE to recognize that several manufacturers already make their EER information readily available either in their product literature or via the AHRI Directory of Certified Product Performance. The letter also suggested that DOE avoid creating a situation where the CCMS database could be used as a marketing tool to sell products through the publication of EER information that would not be subject to DOE enforcement testing prior to January 1, 2015. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments
ASHRAE invites public commentary on the following ASHRAE public review draft standards and addenda. Those interested in providing comments can do so by accessing the ASHRAE website before September 22.
  • Addendum to ASHRAE Guideline 28-2012, Air Quality within Commercial Aircraft, adds flame retardant language to the guideline.
  • Addendum to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 52.2-2012, Method of Testing General Ventilation Air Cleaning Devices for Removal Efficiency by Particle Size, makes proposed MERV table changes to Standard 52.2 as a result of a thorough review and series of votes at the committee level to address key issues about the variability of the standard, specifically the MERV 8 through 11 overlap issue and the need for each range to be consistent with the lower limits of the other ranges.
  • Addendum ae to ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2008, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities, adds room design parameters to Table 7-1 (Design Parameters) for continued care nurseries, updates the references to Standard 62.1 from the 2007 to the 2010 edition, and removes a reference to AIA (2001) from Standard 170.
  • Addendum to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 206-2013, Method of Test for Rating of Multi-Purpose Heat Pumps for Residential Space Conditioning and Water Heating, changes the intermediate compressor speed for the intermediate heating test from 1/2 of the speed between minimum capacity (k = 1) and the speed for maximum capacity (k = 2) to 1/3 for variable capacity systems.
  • Addendum to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 206-2013, Method of Test for Rating of Multi-Purpose Heat Pumps for Residential Space Conditioning and Water Heating, adds wording to clarify that the upper element portion of the water heater tank is always heated to 57°C (135°F) at the conclusion of a water heating test, and to correct for any net change in average tank temperature.
Contact: Michael Woodford.

August 22, 2013

AHRI Annual Meeting Registration - Coming Soon
Join AHRI and your industry colleagues at the AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for AHRI’s Annual Meeting on November 17-19, 2013. This peaceful and picturesque resort on Florida’s east coast features breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, just 30 minutes from Jacksonville International Airport. Located on a grand stretch of the island’s 13 miles of coastline, the Ritz-Carlton features a spa and fitness center; indoor and outdoor pools; Florida’s only Five-Diamond Award restaurant, SALT; and on-site tennis facilities and an18-hole private championship golf course. 
Join us for productive product section meetings, and to learn more about what your association is doing for you and your business. As always, the Annual Meeting will include the informative Need to Know session, Chairman’s Breakfast and Industry Awards, Incoming Chairman’s Luncheon and Sports Awards, and Chairman’s Dinner-Dance. A First-Time Attendee Welcome Mixer and an AHRI 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Rees Scholarship Foundation have been added to this year’s program. Look for registration details on AHRI’s website and in your inbox soon. Contact: Sarena Robertson.

International Conference for Enhanced Building Operations to be Held in Montreal
The 13th annual International Conference for Enhanced Building Operations (ICEBO) will be held October 8-11 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ICEBO is a global forum providing technology transfer, best practices, education, and networking opportunities for professionals committed to innovative solutions to enhancing the productivity and efficiency of their buildings. To learn more, visit the official conference website. Contact: Monica Cardenas.

AHRI Staff Attend the National Conference of State Legislatures' Legislative Summit
Last week, AHRI staff attended the annual Legislative Summit sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
Each year the conference provides an opportunity for hundreds of state legislators to meet with their peers from around the country to discuss state issues and initiatives. NCSL staff hosts roundtable discussions and committees determine policy positions on pressing state legislative policy issues.
The summit proved to be a great opportunity for AHRI to promote the mission and policy positions of our members by attending briefings and setting up one-on-one meetings with key legislators. Contact: Mike O'Halloran

AHRI and HRAI Submit Comments on Proposed Amendments to Energy Efficiency Regulations
On August 16, AHRI and the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) submitted joint comments to the Ontario Ministry of Energy (OME) on proposed amendments to its existing energy efficiency regulations. The comments supported the proposed amendments that set efficiency levels for the following products: gas-fired floor furnaces, residential electric furnaces, residential electric boilers, residential oil-fired furnaces, residential oil-fired boilers, commercial gas-fired furnaces (input rating from 225,000 Btu/h up to 400,000 Btu/h), central air conditioners and heat pumps, and packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps. The proposed amendments for these products are consistent with the existing DOE regulations. These comments did not address the proposed energy efficiency standards for residential gas and electric storage water heaters. AHRI will advise our members when the OME issues the finalized amended requirements. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

AHRI Staff Attend Meetings at Intertek Test Facilities
AHRI staff visited the Intertek test facilities in Cortland, N.Y., last week to conduct test facility audits, review progress in certification program testing, and discuss contracts, process evaluation, and opportunities for improvement. Contact: Bill Tritsis.

AHRI Signs New Testing Contract Liquid to Liquid Heat Exchangers Certification Program
Earlier this week, AHRI signed a contract with Heat Transfer Research Institute, Inc. (HTRI), a leading global provider of process heat transfer and heat exchanger technology, research, and software headquartered in College Station, Texas, for Liquid to Liquid Heat Exchangers (LLHE) certification program testing. The agreement will facilitate testing for large LLHE units with capacities up to 16 million Btu/h and/or 1,200 gpm. Testing will be conducted at HTRI’s Navasota, Texas, facility and is scheduled to begin in November. LLHE subsection members have shown great interest and support in building a long-term working relationship with HTRI. Contact: Richie Mohan.

Standards Engineering Society Meets in Savannah
AHRI standards staff participated in the 62nd Annual Conference of the Standards Engineering Society (SES), held last week in Savannah, Georgia. The conference was themed "The Art and Science of Standardization,” and offered seven sessions on conformity assessment, engagement with standards developing organizations, training standards professionals, internet piracy, international standards, research and standards, and new trends/technology.
SES and the Society for Standards Professionals have established a certification program for standards professionals designed to recognize persons who have demonstrated a high degree of professional competence in the field of standards and standardization. There are two levels of SES certification, both of which recognize a person’s experience, expertise, and contributions: 
  • associate status, where individuals demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of standards and application; and
  • standards certification, where individuals demonstrate a thorough, more sophisticated knowledge of the principals, techniques, and effects of standardization.
AHRI members who are interested in obtaining SES professional certification for their standards employees can learn more about the program by visiting the certification portion of the SES website, or by contacting Michael Woodford, SES Certification Committee Chairman, for further information.

AHRI Participates in ASHRAE Region III CRC Conference
AHRI members and staff participated in this year’s ASHRAE Region III Chapters Regional Conference (CRC) held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on August 15-17.This annual conference is intended to provide a forum for the dissemination of information pertaining to ASHRAE chapter and regional activities. It also provides a medium to allow chapter to report their activities and goals; conduct chapter workshops; and allow chapter delegates to conduct Society business. 
Participating from AHRI staff were Laura Petrillo-Groh, Vice President of the ASHRAE National Capital Chapter (NCC) and Michael Woodford, Past President of the ASHRAE NCC. Contact: Michael Woodford.

ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments
ASHRAE invites public commentary on the following ASHRAE public review draft standards and addenda. Those interested in providing comments can do so by accessing the ASHRAE website before September 30.
  • ASHRAE Guideline 16-2010R, Selecting Outdoor, Return, and Relief Dampers for Air-Side Economizer Systems, provides the basis for selecting and sizing control dampers (outdoor, return, and relief) commonly found in constant volume (CAV) and variable air volume (VAV) air-handling units and systems with air-side economizers.
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 93-2010 RA 201X, Methods of Testing to Determine the Thermal Performance of Solar Collectors, provides test methods for determining the thermal performance of solar energy collectors that use single-phase fluids and have no significant internal energy storage.
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 134-2005 RA 201X, Graphic Symbols for Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigerating Systems, defines graphic symbols for heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigerating systems.
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 193-2010 RA 201X, Method of Test for Determining the Airtightness of HVAC Equipment, prescribes a method of test to determine the airtightness of forced-air HVAC equipment prior to field installation.
ASHRAE has withdrawn public review of  ASHRAE Guideline 8-1994W, Energy Cost Allocation for Multiple-Occupancy Residential Buildings,  which establishes recommended methods, applications, and terminology for energy cost allocation systems in multiple-occupancy residential buildings. 

Contact: Michael Woodford.

AHRI Welcomes New Certification Program Participants
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its Certification Programs (program in italics):
  • Zamil Air Conditioners & Home Appliances Co. (L.L.C.) – Unitary Large Equipment (ULE) and Unitary Small Air-Conditioner Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USAC)
  • Zhejiang Dunan Machinery and Electronics Technology Co., Ltd. – Water Chilling Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle (Water-Cooled) (WCCL)

August 15, 2013

Support the American Jobs for America's Heroes Campaign
Members of the United States National Guard are equipped with a wide variety of skills necessary for success in the workforce, and need civilian jobs as they return to their homes from deployment. The American Jobs for America’s Heroes campaign works to connect these trained, capable individuals with employment opportunities back home. As part of their efforts, the campaign now gives employers the ability to post available jobs to connect with these Guard members, free of charge. In addition, there are a variety of tax incentivesavailable to encourage businesses to support Guard members who have served our nation. Contact: Monica Cardenas

DOE Issues Proposed Determination of Natural Draft Commercial Packaged Boilers
On August 13, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice in the Federal Registerproposing to determine that natural draft commercial packaged boilers meet the criteria for covered equipment under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). Commercial packaged boilers are currently included as covered equipment under Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 431 (subpart E of 10 CFR part 431). Until recently, DOE was regulating commercial packaged boilers without distinction between boilers manufactured and shipped as natural draft or mechanical draft. However, in 2009 DOE amended the federal minimum energy conservation standards for commercial boilers and adopted efficiency levels for natural draft commercial packaged boilers consistent with the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 90.1. DOE is initiating this coverage determination to explicitly clarify its statutory authority under EPCA to cover natural draft commercial packaged boilers. DOE will accept comments until September 12. AHRI is working with boiler manufacturers to develop an industry position. Contact: Karim Amrane.

DOE Commercial Equipment Certification Working Group Continues to Make Progress
In late July and early August, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Commercial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Water Heating, and Refrigeration Certification Working Group held several meetings at DOE Headquarters in Washington, D.C. These were part of a series of ten meetings scheduled over a four-month period to develop consensus certification requirements for commercial HVACR and water heating equipment. The Working Group has reached consensus on the Alternative Efficiency Determination Method (AEDM) requirements and the basic model definitions. The AEDM recommendations were approved by the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) and will be released by DOE as a proposed rulemaking sometime this fall. The working group began discussions on the effective date of the certification requirements and DOE’s proposed verification program, including the role of voluntary industry certification programs. These topics will be further discussed at the next meeting of the Working Group, scheduled for August 26-28. Contact: Karim Amrane.

New Members Invited to Participate in AHRI Standard 210/240 Revision
The Unitary Small Equipment Engineering Committee will meet at AHRI Headquarters in Arlington, Va., September 3-4, to revise AHRI Standard 210/240, Performance Rating of Unitary Air Conditioning & Air-Source Heat Pump Equipment. This meeting will include a section-by-section review of the standard, and participants are encouraged to review it prior to the meeting. Following the initial meeting, the committee will meet every two to three weeks until completion of the standard. Those interested in participating should contact Eric Chen.

ASHRAE Publishes New Standards and Standards Addenda
The following standards and addenda are now available for purchase on the ASHRAE website.
  • ASHRAE Guideline 33-2013, Guideline for Documenting Indoor Airflow and Contaminant Transport Modeling
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.10-2013, Standard Methods for Volatile Refrigerant Mass Flow Measurement Using Flowmeters
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 182-2008 (RA2013), Method of Testing Absorption Water-Chilling and Water-Heating Packages
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 195-2013, Method of Test for Rating Air Terminal Unit Controls
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 202-2013, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 206-2013, Method of Testing for Rating of Multi-Purpose Heat Pumps for Residential Space Conditioning and Water Heating
  • ASHRAE Addenda g, h, and i to ASHRAE Guideline 13-2007, Specifying Direct Digital Control Systems
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Addenda w, x, ag, ah, ai, aj, and ak to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 34-2010, Designation and Safety Classification of Refrigerants
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Addenda i, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, and to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2010,Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Addendum to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 84-2013, Method of Testing Air-to-Air Heat/Energy Exchangers
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Addendum to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 161-2007, Air Quality Within Commercial Aircraft
  • ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Addenda u, w, x, z, and ab to ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2008, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities
Contact: Michael Woodford

AHRI Welcomes New Certification Program Participants
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its Certification Programs (program in italics): 
  • ClimaCool Corp – Water Chilling Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle (Air-Cooled) (ACCL)
  • Burnham Commercial – Residential Boilers (RBLR)
Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

August 8, 2013

AHRI Hosts Capitol Hill Awareness Event
AHRI hosted a congressional reception this week to showcase the HVACR and water heating industry, and the more than one million jobs it supports in the American economy. The event featured G-Wiz from the Washington Wizards, Slapshot from the Washington Capitals, and the Georgetown Hoyas’ Jack, all of whom were available to have their picture taken with the more than 200 Capitol Hill staffers in attendance. 

The annual HVACR Industry Awareness Congressional Reception is co-sponsored by AHRI; the Air Conditioning Contractors of America; Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International; North American Technician Excellence; and the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors National Association. The reception offered a chance to discuss relevant legislative and regulatory issues in a relaxed environment. View and download photos from the event here. Pictured: G-Wiz, Harry Holmes (AHRI Chairman), Jack the Bulldog, Stephen Yurek (AHRI President & CEO), Paul Stalknecht (ACCA President & CEO), Slapshot, Talbot Gee (HARDI Exec. Vice President & COO), John Lanier (NATE Chief Operations Officer), Don Frendberg (Executive Director, HVACR Workforce Development Foundation). Contact: Mike O’Halloran.

Energy Efficiency Summit Brings Together Industry, Environmental Advocates
AHRI and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) hosted the annual Energy Efficiency Summit this week in Washington, D.C., during which AHRI member company representatives met with their counterparts in the environmental community to discuss ways to resolve issues of common concern. In addition to the numerous HVACR and water heating companies, representatives from ACEEE, the Department of Energy, the National Association of State Energy Officials, the Alliance to Save Energy, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, and the Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International were in attendance.
Topics of discussion included the future of consensus agreements, the roles of the various stakeholders in advancing system efficiencies, and next steps for residential incentive programs. These events allow AHRI and the energy efficiency advocates to find common ground on issues related to environmental stewardship. AHRI plans to continue working with its partners at ACEEE and other environmental advocates to promote cooperation on common interests. Contact: Cade Clark.

AHRI to Exhibit at Upcoming Greenbuilding Brasil International Conference and Expo
AHRI will exhibit and promote its industry respected, globally recognized performance certification program at the upcoming Greenbuilding Brasil International Conference and Expo, to be held August 27-29 in Sao Paulo. We invite those who will be in attendance to stop by our booth, A21, to share any feedback you may have with AHRI staff. 

At the conference, AHRI will present a session on August 28 entitled, “The First Best Practice: Using Third Party Equipment Certification to Ensure Energy Efficient Buildings.” Contact: Matt Gardner.

AHRI Visits Member Companies in Michigan
AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek recently visited Structural Concepts; Bradford White; and Tecumseh Products in Michigan. 

The visit provided AHRI staff with an opportunity to learn more about these member companies and see their operations first-hand. Pictured left to right are Stephen Yurek, Jason Paquette, Mike Yonker, Danielle McMiller, and Viktor Anderson. See photos from the visits on AHRI’s Facebook page, here. AHRI member companies that would like to host AHRI staff should contact Amanda Donohue.

Members Urged to Complete 2012 Economic Census Forms
Nearly one year ago, the U.S. Census Bureau mailed 2012 Economic Census forms to more than four million businesses, including AHRI member companies. The forms were due February 12, but those who failed to complete them on time can still do so online Contact: Monica Cardenas.

EPA Schedules Meeting to Discuss SNAP Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will hold a public meeting August 22 to discuss means to achieve President Obama’s goals for the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program. As part of his Climate Action Plan, the President directed EPA on June 25, 2013, to use its authority under the SNAP program to “encourage private-sector investment in low-emissions technology by identifying and approving climate-friendly chemicals while prohibiting certain uses of the most harmful chemical alternatives.” The meeting will be held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., from 1:30-2:30 pm. Stakeholders interested in participating should respond to Rebecca von dem Hagen  by August 16. Contact: Karim Amrane

Ontario Ministry of Energy Extends Deadline for Comments on Amendments to Energy Efficient Regulations
The Ontario Ministry of Energy has extended the deadline to August 16 for comments on proposed amendments to its existing energy efficiency regulations in response to a request issued by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH). The proposed amendments were issued on June 18. In most cases, the proposed amendments harmonize the Ontario energy efficiency regulation with the corresponding U.S. regulations.  However, there are some concerns with the proposed energy efficiency standards for residential gas and electric storage water heaters. AHRI staff will continue to work with those organizations to develop comments in response to the Ontario proposals. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

AHRI Audits Intertek Testing Lab
A team of AHRI engineers traveled to Cortland, N.Y., during the week of July 29 to conduct an in-depth audit of the Intertek Cortland testing lab that handles the majority of AHRI’s certification testing. Each of the AHRI certification programs was audited against a variety of criteria, including data maintenance, laboratory staff training, and familiarity with the program’s specific method of test, the AHRI General Operations Manual (OM), the product specific OM, and AHRI’s certification program procedures. A larger team of AHRI staff will travel to Intertek during the week of August 12 to discuss a variety of technical topics and review existing processes to identify areas for improvement. Contact: Rupal Choksi.

ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments
ASHRAE invites public commentary on the following ASHRAE public review draft standards and addenda. Those interested in providing comments can do so by accessing the ASHRAE website before September 16.
  • ASHRAE Standard 22-2007R, Methods of Testing for Rating Liquid Cooled Refrigerant Condensers, updates that Standard’s Title, Purpose, and Scope; implements mandatory language; adds requirements to use enthalpy for Primary Test Calculation and uncertainty analysis; and adds three informative annexes. Overall, this standard prescribes methods for testing liquid-cooled refrigerant condensers.
  • Addendum an to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2012, BACnet - A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks, adds MS/TP Extended Frames. Since BACnet now supports higher baud rates for MS/TP, increasing the frame sizes will allow better throughput as well as opening up future possibilities enabled by the ability to carry full ethernet-sized frames.
  • Addendum o to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135.1-2011, Method of Test for Conformance to BACnet, aligns SubscribeCOVProperty error codes with SubscribeCOV. Error situations were identified for SubscribeCOV in Addendum 135-2008h.
Contact: Michael Woodford.

AHRI Submits Information to DOE on Behalf of Automatic Commercial Ice Maker Certification Program Participants
On August 1, AHRI successfully reported all necessary data and information from its Automatic Commercial Ice Maker (ACIM) certification program to the Department of Energy (DOE) to comply with the agency’s annual filing requirements for certification reports. AHRI will continue to submit data to DOE on a daily basis as an added service to ACIM certification program participants. Contact: Chris Reddersen.

New Certification Participant
AHRI is pleased to welcome National HVAC Manufacturing Company, LLC to its Residential Boilers (RBLR) Certification Program. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram

August 1, 2013

RSVP Today for the Third Annual HVACR and Water Heating Congressional Reception
Join AHRI and our industry partners for the Third Annual HVACR and Water Heating Congressional Reception this Monday, August 5, from 5pm-7pm in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer in Washington, D.C. This reception, sponsored by AHRI; The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA); the Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI); the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors (PHCC); and North American Technician Excellence (NATE), will showcase the innumerable contributions of the HVACR and water heating industry to the health, comfort, and productivity of the American people, and highlight the more than one million jobs created and sustained by our industry. RSVP to Mike O'Halloran today.

Marketing, Communications, and Events Committee Meets in Arlington
AHRI’s Marketing, Communications, and Events Committee met at AHRI Headquarters in Arlington, Va., on July 24. During the meeting, members discussed future locations for AHRI’s Annual Meeting, and the upcoming AHR Expo, in New York, January 21-23, 2014. Members also heard presentations from three public relations firms on a proposed congressional awareness campaign that would highlight the contributions and impact of the HVACR and water heating industry. The committee is reviewing these proposals and will make a recommendation to the Executive Committee later this year. Contact: Francis Dietz.

Contact Your Elected Officials Before August Recess
Congress’ August recess is fast approaching. Elected officials take this recess opportunity to spend time on constituent needs at home. AHRI encourages members to invite their local Congressman or Senator to visit their facilities. In light of the current fiscal and political climate, Congress is increasingly focused on jobs and the economy, so this is a great time to educate your representative on the impact you have on the local and state economy. If you need assistance in locating contact information for your representative, please do not hesitate to contact AHRI’s government relations team. Contact: Cade Clark.

AHRI Video Update: Guido Zucconi on Shaheen-Portman Developments
AHRI's Guido Zucconi sheds some light on the latest developments with Shaheen-Portman in this week's AHRI Video Update. Guido explains how Congress will likely proceed in the next few days, and what AHRI Members can expect after August recess. AHRI member companies are invited to add their names to an AHRI letter urging Senate support, and may contact Guido Zucconi. Look for more video updates from AHRI on its YouTube Channel, at AHRIcommunications. Contact: Sean Lynch.

Industry-specific Federal Rulemaking Schedule Available Online
AHRI’s regulatory staff closely monitors federal rulemakings that may impact test procedures, standards revisions, and enforcement provisions. As an AHRI members-only benefit, the expected rulemaking schedule for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is available on the members only website, in the Federal Regulatory section of the Advocacy Center. The next update of the DOE and EPA rulemaking schedules will occur on November 1. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

CPSC Denies Petition for Rulemaking on Vented Gas-fired, Glass-fronted Fireplaces
On April 30, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) decided to deny petition CP 11-1. It would have initiated a rulemaking process to reduce the risk of burn hazards on vented gas-fired fireplaces with glass fronts. The Commission voted unanimously to deny the petition for a rulemaking that would require safeguards on glass fronts to protect from burn hazards when a consumer comes into contact with the hot glass. The CPSC cited the recent voluntary standards actions that will now require barriers on those fireplaces that pose a hazard and eliminates or reduces an unreasonable risk of injury associated with the use of that product. Similar requirements are now being considered to update the Standard for Gas-Fired Unvented Room Heaters, ANSI Z21.11.2, as it relates to similar glass-fronted appliances. Contact: Dave Delaquila.

EPA Adds Commercial Ice Machines, Water Heaters to ENERGY STAR Product Finder Tool
The EPA announced the deployment of new product finder tools for several ENERGY STAR products, including commercial ice machines and commercial water heaters. The product finder tools provide consumers, partners, and interested third parties with an easily-accessible, user-friendly search tool. EPA encourages ENERGY STAR Manufacturing Partners to review your listed models and verify the accuracy of the data. Any concerns about data quality should be reported to AHRI. Contact: Hubert Liu.

ASHRAE Call for Comments
ASHRAE invites public commentary on the following ASHRAE public review draft standards and addenda. Those interested in providing comments can do so by accessing the ASHRAE website before August 25.
  • Addendum an to ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. This addendum makes changes to Table 7.5.3 CO2 Emission Factors, which has equivalent carbon dioxide emission rates (CO2) for common energy sources used in buildings.
  • Addendum ao to ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES, Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. This addendum is intended to clarify the requirements for sealing air filter installations, which are currently vague and difficult to interpret.
  • Addendum ap to ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High- Performance Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. This addendum updates requirements in, Minimum Side Lighting Effective Aperture, with ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.
  • ASHRAE Standard 181P, Methods of Testing for Rating Liquid to Liquid Heat Exchangers. This standard prescribes methods for testing liquid-to-liquid heat exchangers.
Contact: Michael Woodford.

AHRI International Committee Holds Web Conference
AHRI’s International Committee, chaired by Roger Richmond-Smith, Chairman and CEO, Smardt Chiller Group, met July 30 to review highlighted items from its Working Groups in Europe, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, China, India, and the Middle East/Africa. The groups are composed of member companies in those locations who meet regularly with AHRI staff typically by teleconference.

The committee reviewed a broad range of issues relating to climate change, energy efficiency, minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), industry organizational efforts in the Middle East and Mexico, and the upcoming October 28 ICARHMA meeting. Andrea Voigt, Director-General of EPEE, reviewed F-Gas developments in the EU, and HRAI’s Caroline Czajko and Martin Luymes reviewed pending Canadian legislation regarding product counterfeiting and manufacturers’ responsibilities, and regulatory developments. The next meeting of the committee will be held on November 8, at AHRI headquarters. Contact: Jim Walters.

AHRI Participates in CIAR 2013
AHRI recently participated in the Ibero-American Conference on Air-conditioning and Refrigeration (CIAR 2013), held from July 22-24 in Cartagena, Colombia. The event was hosted and organized by AHRI Global Partner Colombian Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Association (ACAIRE), and takes place every two years. It is supported by the Federación de Asociaciones Iberoamericanas de Aire Acondicionado y Refrigeración (FAIAR), a federation of associations from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and Uruguay. The conference provided a great opportunity to strengthen AHRI’s relationship with both ACAIRE and FAIAR while educating Columbian manufacturers about AHRI’s Certification Program. During the conference, AHRI met with and provided information to a number of Colombian manufacturers who expressed interest in participating in AHRI’s certification program. Pictured left: Matt Gardner, AHRI’s Senior Manager, International Affairs, and Camilo Botero, FAIAR Secretary. Contact: Matt Gardner.

Korean Industry Representatives Visit AHRI
AHRI and the Korea Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Assessment Center (KRAAC) met at AHRI last week and agreed to hold a workshop on AHRI certification on October 18, in conjunction with the Energy “Korea Show 2013” (October 16-19) in Seoul, Republic of Korea. KRAAC’s President, Jung Tae Woo, explained that KRAAC is working especially with small and medium size enterprises who desire AHRI certification for various products. KRAAC agreed to provide AHRI a list of the top three products needing certification, which AHRI will address during the workshop. AHRI also will provide an overview of the value of the programs to manufacturers. Woo was joined by Jeong Sik Seo and Jong Ug Jeon, both Chief Researchers at KRAAC. AHRI’s Stephen Yurek, President and CEO; Henry Hwong, Senior Vice President, Technical Services and Communications; and Jim Walters, Vice President, International Affairs attended the meeting. Pictured from left: Jong Ug Jeon, Jim Walters, Jung Tae Woo, Stephen Yurek, Henry Hwong, Jeong Sik Seo. Contact: Jim Walters.