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AHRI Update: July 2012

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July 26, 2012


AHRI Staff Attends Purdue Conference, Presents Low-GWP Research Paper
AHRI Vice President of Regulatory and Research Karim Amrane, and Manager of Research Xudong Wang recently attended the 21st International Compressor Engineering Conference, the 14th International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference, and the 2nd International High Performance Buildings Conference at Purdue University. The staff presented a technical paper related to the AHRI Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program (Low-GWP AREP). Contact: Xudong Wang.

AHRI Staff Visit Chicago- and California-based Member Companies
AHRI staff members Karim Amrane, Umair Surani, and Xudong Wang recently visited Scotsman Ice Systems; Xylem, Inc.; and Guntner U.S. LLC, near Chicago, Ill. In California, staff members Michael Woodford, Aniruddh Roy, and Aykut Yilmaz traveled to Ajax Boiler Co., Noritz America Corporation, and Killion Industries, Inc. The visits were an opportunity to learn more about the operations and issues that impact AHRI’s members and how AHRI is meeting its members’ needs.  Contact: Umair Surani.

















Karl Fischer, Edgar Trempe,
Lance Block, Aniruddh Roy,
and Michael Woodford
during a visit to
Killion Industries, Inc.







Heidi Williams, Darin Klein,
Jeremy Lindstedt,
Michael Woodford,
Aykut Yilmaz, and
Tamer Abousoud
during a visit to
AJAX Boiler Inc.





Aykut Yilmaz,
Michael Woodford,
Scott Isaksen,
Hiroshi Ichikawa,
and Aniruddh Roy
during a visit
to Noritz America Co.







Karim Amrane and
Jeff Biel during a visit to
Scotsman Ice Systems.





Larry Konopacz,
Umair Surani, and
Karim Amrane during
a visit to Xylem Inc.



AHRI Welcomes New Staff
AHRI recently welcomed two new staff members.


Richie Mohan joined AHRI as an Associate
Certification Engineer, overseeing the
Flow & Contaminant Control Products,
Thermal Storage Equipment, Datacom Cooling,
and Mobile Refrigeration sections, as well as
the Transport Refrigeration certification program.
Richie recently graduated from Virginia Tech
with a degree in aerospace engineering.


Reema Desai joined AHRI as
a Human Resources Specialist.
She graduated in 2011 from the
University of Central Florida,
and worked most recently with
a consulting firm in Toronto.
Contact: Lisa Cardinal.



 

Product Section Focus: Zone Control System Technology
The Zone Control System Technology Engineering Committee is continuing efforts to develop a work statement for a zoning field study. The study will aim to quantify the possible energy savings of using a zoned system. In addition, the committee is developing AHRI 1270P, Performance Rating of Zone Dampers. Finally, the committee will be working with the California Energy Commission to develop appropriate modeling rules for zoning systems with bypass ducts. Contact: Eric Chen.

DOE Issues Preliminary Analysis on Commercial and Industrial Motors
On July 23, 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a public meeting to discuss and receive comments on the preliminary analysis it conducted as part of the rulemaking process to amend energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial electric motors.  The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) established energy conservation standards and test procedures for certain commercial and industrial electric motors and directs the Department to amend the standards no later than 24 months after the effective date of the previous final rule.  As part of this rulemaking process, DOE has prepared a preliminary technical support document (TSD) and will hold a public meeting on August 21, 2012, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C.  A copy of the TSD can be downloaded here. Contact Karim Amrane.

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Commending CSST Safety Campaign
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed S. RES. 483, a bipartisan effort introduced by Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), commending a recent corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) safety campaign and “encouraging further educational efforts…on the need to properly bond yellow CSST retroactively and moving forward in houses that contain the product.”

Yellow CSST is flexible metal gas tubing that has been installed in over six million homes in the U.S. since the early 1990s. It is used to supply natural gas or propane to furnaces, water heaters, and other gas appliances. The manufacturers of CSST partnered with the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) to launch a nationwide safety campaign to inform homeowners of the importance of proper bonding of yellow CSST due to potential damage risks associated with lightning. A companion resolution, H.RES.638, has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Robert Dold (R-IL) and Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX). Contact: Phillip Wallace.

AHRI CEO Speaks at Successful ICARHMA Event
On July 25, 2012, the International Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers’ Associations (ICARHMA) and the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) hosted an official Side Event in conjunction with the 32nd Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 32) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. The event in Bangkok, Thailand, drew over 70 participants from national delegates, NGOs, and industry to discuss the global impact of refrigerant policy. AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek spoke as the Secretariat of ICARHMA with a global perspective of the transition to lower GWP refrigerants as well as the need to maintain refrigerant choice and use Life-Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP) analyses as the basis of any decision.
In addition to Yurek’s talk, a representative from EPEE discussed regional and country-specific experiences, and Refrigerants Australia described the implications of the recently implemented carbon tax in that country. Contact: Shelley Pursell.

ASHRAE Comments Due September 3
ASHRAE has invited comments for the following Public Review Drafts. Public Review Drafts can be accessed here.
  • 1st Public Review of ASHRAE Guideline 4-2008 (RA 201x), Preparation of Operating and Maintenance Documentation for Building Systems. The purpose of this guideline is to guide those responsible for the design, construction, and commissioning of building HVAC&R systems in the preparation and delivery of operating and maintenance (O&M) documentation.
  • 1st Public Review of ASHRAE Standard 18-2008 (RA 201x), Methods of Testing for Rating Drinking-Water Coolers with Self-Contained Mechanical Refrigeration. The purpose of this standard is to establish a method of testing and performance rating method for drinking-water coolers.
  • 1st Withdrawal Public Review of ANSI/ASHRAE 87.2-2009, In-Situ Method of Testing Propeller Fans for Reliability. The use of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 87.2-2009 was previously used to qualify products. Current practice is to use finite element analysis, and as such this standard is no longer needed.
  • 1st Withdrawal Public Review of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 136-1993 (RA 2006), A Method of Determining Air Change Rates in Detached Dwellings. The content in ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 136-1993 (RA2006) has been transferred to ANSI/ASHRAE Addendum n to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2010, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings. As such, ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 136-1993 (RA 2006) is no longer needed as a stand-alone document.
  • 1st Advisory Public Review of ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, Facility Smart Grid Information Model. The purpose of this standard is to define an abstract, object-oriented information model to enable appliances and control systems in homes, buildings, and industrial facilities to manage electrical loads and generation sources in response to communication with a “smart” electrical grid and to communicate information about those electrical loads to utility and other electrical service providers.

Contact: Michael Woodford.

CSA Meets on Gas Equipment Safety
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) held a standards week for groups involved gas equipment safety standards in San Diego during the week of July 16, 2012.  The Z21/83 Committee met on July 17 to consider proposed revisions to several existing Z21 and Z83 standards, as well some proposed new standards.  The committee adopted proposed revisions to the standards for Non-Recirculating Direct Gas-Fired Industrial Air Heaters, Z83.4•CSA 2.7; Gas Unit Heaters, Gas Packaged Heaters, Gas Utility Heaters and Gas Fired Duct Furnaces, Z83.8•CSA 22.6; Recirculating Direct Gas-Fired Industrial Air Heaters, Z83.18; and Direct Gas-Fired Duct Furnaces, Z83.25•CSA 3.19.  The Committee also adopted the following new standards: Standard for Propane-Fired Portable Emergency Use Heater Systems, Volume III, Unvented Room Heaters, ANSI Z21.11.3, and Standard for Residential Excess Flow Valves, ANSI Z21.93/CSA 6.30.  In response to an item regarding the installation of gas equipment at high altitudes, the Committee directed several gas equipment Technical Advisory Groups to consider developing proposed revisions to the standards’ requirements covering the installation of units at high altitudes.  Also, at this meeting Bruce Swiecicki and Matt Wilber were elected as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Committee.

Several joint Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) met during this week.  Summaries of the significant actions taken by the TAGs are available here.Contact: Frank Stanonik.



July 19, 2012

Save the Date: Congressional Reception Fast Approaching
TAHRI is gearing up for the annual Congressional Reception on August 8, 2012, from 5-7 pm in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer. The event, hosted by AHRI and other trade associations from the HVACR and water heating industries, is sure to be a must-attend for any Washington insider, providing both AHRI members and Hill staff a chance to bump elbows in a relaxing environment. Attendees can also look forward to sampling a 250 lb cake from the famous Carlo’s Bakery, which will artistically (and deliciously) depict how heating and cooling products make their way from manufacturing facilities to millions of Americans’ homes. Contact: Phillip Wallace.

DOE Announces Negotiated Rulemaking
On July 10, 2012,  the Department of Energy (DOE) announced its intention to start a negotiated rulemaking on the certification of commercial HVAC and refrigeration equipment. DOE is limiting the rulemaking  to the following topics:
  • Grouping of basic models for purposes of certification
  • Information that is certified to DOE
  • Timing of when certification should be made to DOE
  • Alterations to a basic model that would impact the certification
However, DOE indicated that it is not considering re-opening the definition of “basic model” with respect to rating and testing requirements.  In addition DOE indicates that any potential changes to the compliance date for the certification of commercial HVAC and refrigeration equipment will be addressed in a separate proceeding.  DOE’s announcement has more information about the scope and process of this negotiated rulemaking and can be consulted here. AHRI staff will work with impacted product sections and engineering committees to develop an industry position once the negotiation process starts in the fall 2012.  Contact: Karim Amrane.

AHRI Welcomes New Member
TAHRI is pleased to welcome FAFCO Thermal Storage Systems, Inc., as a new member in our Thermal Storage Equipment Section. Contact: Freshta Rosario.

Updated AHRI Membership Roster Now Available
The AHRI Membership Roster has been updated. Among its many useful features, the July 2012 edition includes a staff organizational chart and directory, a list of standing and business committees, and a directory for AHRI’s Board of Directors. Only AHRI members may access the roster, available online here, under Member Information. Contact: Stephanie Murphy.

AHRI Staff Announcements
AHRI is pleased to welcome a number of new staff members to the team, as well as watching familiar faces move up the ranks

Genie Wong is AHRI’s new Executive Assistant,
Policy, and brings a wide skill set to the AHRI office,
including her previous position as an
executive assistant at another
non-profit organization.




Clay Anderson officially joined the AHRI team
as IT Support Specialist. He previously worked
as an IT consultant with Hired Strategy,
a local technical consulting agency.






Furthermore, AHRI extends our congratulations to:
  • Danny Abbate, promoted to Manager, Standards;
  • Cheron Scott, promoted to Manager, Certification Administration; and
  • Aykut Yilmaz, promoted to Senior Certification Engineer.
Contact: Monica Cardenas.

Smart Energy Act Begins Its Legislative Journey
On July 12, the House Subcommittees on Energy and Power and Oversight and Investigations held a joint hearing to address two bills, one of which was the Smart Energy Act, also known as Bass-Matheson. The legislation is designed to reduce federal energy consumption through expanded use of energy saving performance contracts, consolidation of federal data centers, greater energy use metering in federal buildings, and expanded access to electric vehicles for federal fleets. The bill received encouraging bipartisan support at the hearing; comments from witnesses and committee members, including Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), were positive. Citing the potential energy and financial savings, speakers focused on the potential for private sector job creation through the efficiency improvement work described in Bass-Matheson. The full Energy and Commerce Committee is not expected to hold any hearings until the fall, but such positive statements from witnesses and committee members bode well for the Smart Energy Act on its legislative journey. Contact: Guido Zucconi

ASHRAE Call for Comments on Energy Standard
ASHRAE has invited comments for the following Public Review Drafts, available here. Comments are due by August 12 on the following addenda to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings:
  • Addendum u:  This addendum proposes a fan efficiency metric and was developed with fans being classified based on fan efficiency grades.
  • Addendum au: This addendum adds a fan power deduction for systems without any central heating or cooling device, a requirement that the sound attenuation credit is only available if there are background noise criteria requirements, and a fan power deduction for systems with electric resistance heating.
  • Addendum av: This addendum removes the mechanical cooling exception for economizer use in Tier IV datacenters.
  • Addendum aw: This addendum updates the reference to the latest edition of ASHRAE Standard 140, Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs.
  • Addendum ax: This addendum requires that all shading by adjacent structures be modeled per G3.1 part 14a.
  • Addendum ay: This addendum changes the thresholds for applying day lighting controls to a wattage controlled basis which will apply to more spaces in a buildings for additional energy savings, simplifies the delineation of daylight zones and clarifies area calculation, and eliminates the need for effective aperture calculation.
  • Addendum az: This addendum increases the minimum efficiency of open circuit axial fan cooling towers from the current 38.2 gpm/HP to 40.2 gpm/HP.
  • Addendum ba: This addendum adds a requirement for window switches that integrate operable window positioning to the mechanical ventilation controls.
  • Addendum bc: This addendum adds automatic lighting control to guest room type spaces for additional energy savings and allow captive key systems that provide similar savings control to also comply.
  • Addendum bd: This addendum modifies the requirements to the functional testing of lighting controls for the common controls required by the standard and adds some clarification to the description of entities allowed to perform the testing and verification.
  • Addendum be: This addendum makes minor changes to ensure the intended scope of the lighting section.
  • Addendum bf: This addendum increases the spaces where plug shutoff control is require, clarifies the application of the receptacle control requirement to furniture systems, states a labeling requirement, and restricts the use of non-permanent equipment.
  • Addendum dm: The addendum adds a size limit for vestibules in large buildings; additionally exemptions are added for semi heated spaces and for elevators in parking garages provided that they have a lobby.

Comments are due by August 27 for Addendum b to ASHRAE Standard 169-2006, Climatic Data for Building Design Standards. The purpose of the addendum is to provide recognized climatic data for use in building-design and related equipment standards. A draft of the addendum can be found here. Contact: Michael Woodford.
 


AHRI Plans Intertek Testing Lab Audit
AHRI staff will visit Intertek Testing Laboratory's Cortland, NY, office next month to audit all aspects of test data acquisition and test report generation for every AHRI certification program. During the two-day visit, AHRI staff will observe product selection, testing, shipping, and invoicing procedures. They also will review documentation, and discuss Intertek’s internal procedures.  The goal of this yearly audit is to gain a better understanding of Intertek’s internal procedures and identify possible areas of improvements for both Intertek and AHRI. Contact: Henry Hwong.
 


ASHRAE Call for Members
ASHRAE has announced a Call for Members for the following committees.  Persons who are interested in serving on these ASHRAE committees are asked to indicate their interest and obtain the necessary membership forms by clicking here, or by contacting Stephanie Reiniche by email: Standards.Section@ashrae.org.
  • GPC 11-2009R, Field Testing of HVAC Controls Components
  • GPC 34P, Energy Guideline for Historical Buildings and Structures
  • SPC 37-2009R, Methods of Testing for Rating Electrically Driven Unitary Air-Conditioning and Heat Pump Equipment
  • SPC 90.4P, Energy Standard for Data Centers and Telecommunications Buildings
  • SPC 103-2007R, Method of Testing for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency of Residential Central Furnaces and Boilers
  • SPC 116-2010R, Methods of Testing for Rating Seasonal Efficiency of Unitary Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
  • SPC 124-2007R, Methods of Testing for Rating Combination Space-Heating and Water-Heating Appliances
  • SPC 174-2009R, Method of Test for Rating Desiccant-Based Dehumidification Equipment
  • SPC 211P, Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits
Contact:  Michael Woodford.
 


Heat Pump Pool and Spa Heaters Section Targets Contractors
The Heat Pump Pool and Spa Heaters (HPPH) Product Section recently began developing content for AHRI’s Contractors & Specifiers page. The information will be used to educate contractors on the product, and explain the value of choosing AHRI Certified equipment. Section members will contribute information for the web page, and the full section will vote to approve it prior to publication. This effort is in addition to the section’s recent participation at the Orlando Pool & Spa Show, where several manufacturers, and AHRI Certification, exhibited. Section members include: AquaCal; AquaPRO Systems; Built Right Pool Heaters; G&F Manufacturing; Hayward Industries; Pentair Water Pool and Spa; Raypak; WaterFurnace International; and Zodiac Pool Systems. Contact: Maryline Rassi.
 




July 12, 2012



Mark Your Calendar for AHRI’s Annual Meeting
Remember to mark your calendars for the 2012 AHRI Annual Meeting, to be held November 11-13 at the La Quinta Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, California. AHRI members can look forward to a productive series of meetings on industry topics — while taking some time to relax and mingle with industry colleagues — in a refreshing and fun environment. Those planning to attend should watch for hotel and meeting registration information next week. Contact: Brittany Buchanan.
 


AHRI President Visits Members in Minnesota, North Carolina, and Wisconsin
In June and July, AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek visited Cleaver Brooks, Zero Zone, Research Products, RenewAire, Carnes Company, Ingersoll Rand, Weil-McLain, Honeywell, and Twin City Fans. The visits were an opportunity to learn more about the operations and issues that impact AHRI’s members and how AHRI is meeting its members’ needs. Pictures from the visits can be found on AHRI's Facebook page here. Contact: Amanda Miller.
 


DOE Announces Public Meeting on Residential Furnace Fans
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a Public Meeting and availability of the Preliminary Technical Support Document (TSD) for residential furnace fans. The public meeting will be held July 27 to discuss and receive comments on DOE’s approaches for establishing energy conservation standards for residential furnace fans. The meeting notice and the Preliminary TSD can be accessed here. In addition, the web page provides access to the transcript of a DOE public meeting held on June 15 concerning test procedures for residential furnace fans. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.
 


Bass-Matheson Efficiency Bill to Be Reviewed by Energy Subcommittee
H.R. 4017, the Smart Energy Act, introduced by Reps. Charlie Bass (R-NH) and Jim Matheson (D-UT), will see its first legislative action on Thursday, July 12, at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power.  The bill is considered the House companion to the highly publicized Senate bill S.1000, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011, (known as Shaheen-Portman). The House version is somewhat scaled-down, focusing mainly on the federal government’s energy use. The Smart Energy Act allows greater flexibility for the use of Energy Saving Performance Contracts, and addresses energy production by establishing strategic plans to expand the use of combined heat and power technologies and waste heat recovery systems, while also expanding federal alternative energy vehicle fleets and common sense electricity conservation techniques in federal offices.  AHRI will provide a summary of the hearing in the AHRI Policy Brief on Friday. Contact: Guido Zucconi.
 


Prepare Now for Congressional August Recess
As members of Congress prepare for August Recess, AHRI members should consider contacting their elected officials now to invite them to tour facilities in their district. This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the positive impact that your business has on the surrounding community, and to make sure your elected representatives understand how to best meet your needs. All eyes are on the economy this election season, and both incumbent and challenger candidates are looking for opportunities to interact with constituents. If you need assistance in reaching out to your elected officials, please do not hesitate to contact the AHRI Government Affairs department. Contact: Cade Clark.
 


ASHRAE Invites New Members to SSPC 90.1 Standards Committee
A Call for Members has been announced by ASHRAE for the SSPC 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings standards committee.  Those interested in serving on this ASHRAE committee are asked to indicate their interest and obtain the necessary membership forms by clicking here.

The purpose of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 is to provide minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of buildings, including the design, construction, and plans for operation and maintenance, as well as utilization of on-site, renewable energy resources. The standard covers (1) new buildings and their systems, (2) new portions of buildings and their systems, (3) new systems and equipment in existing buildings, and (4) new equipment or building systems specifically identified in the standard that are part of industrial or manufacturing processes. Contact: Michael Woodford.
 




July 5, 2012


AHRI Staff Visits Houston-based Member Companies
On June 27 and 28, AHRI Senior VP and General Counsel Dave Calabrese, AHRI Manager of Certification Marc Neufcourt, and AHRI Project Analyst Hubert Liu visited several member companies in the Houston, Texas area. During visits to Seisco International, Nailor Industries, and Allstyle Coil Company, AHRI staff received company overviews from management and visited local manufacturing facilities. Later, staff provided an overview of AHRI’s core services and discussed several topics, including certification programs, standards development, and advocacy efforts. Contact: Hubert Liu.
 


AHRI Seeks Clarification on Puerto Rico E-Waste Law
On June 29, AHRI staff met with Puerto Rican officials to discuss AHRI’s position on an electronic-waste law going into effect on July 17. Staff met with the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board (EQB), the Governor’s office, and the Department of Economic Development and Commerce to emphasize AHRI’s position that this new law does not apply to its members’ products.

Though the July 17 date draws near, officials have not published the regulations crucial to the law’s implementation, including establishing products that are specifically defined as within the bill’s scope. In the meeting with the EQB, the Chairman acknowledged the need to clarify the scope of the legislation, as well as the need to work with business in determining a reasonable path forward for implementation.  The Chairman indicated the Board should have additional information next week on potentially modifying the date of enforcement.

The law imposes end-of-life responsibility upon manufacturers, importers, and exclusive distributers of electronic equipment and mandates that businesses with 11 or more employees create a voluntary “Green Business” certification program and implement e-waste take-back programs. Contact: Cade Clark or Phillip Wallace.
 


AHRI Submits Comments on DOE’s AEDM NOPR
On July 2, AHRI submitted comments in response to the Department of Energy (DOE) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on the Alternative Efficiency Determination Method (AEDM). AEDMs are computer modeling or mathematical tools derived from mathematical models and engineering principles that could predict the energy performance of a covered product. Under existing regulations, the use of an AEDM is allowed in lieu of actual product testing.

The NOPR proposed to expand the use of AEDMs to commercial refrigeration products, commercial ice makers, and walk-in coolers and freezers (limited to the refrigeration system only).  DOE also proposed to relax the AEDM tolerances and revise the AEDM validation and substantiation requirements to reduce the testing burden on manufacturers.   AHRI staff worked with the Engineering/Technical Committees of the impacted product sections in order to develop an industry position.

In comments, AHRI requested that:
  • The DOE postpone the certification reporting date of December 31, 2012, and that manufacturers be provided with at least 18 months lead time from the date of publication of the AEDM final rule; 
  • The DOE maintain the current ARM requirements for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps; and 
  • The ARM be extended to 3-phase commercial air-cooled air conditioners and heat pumps less than 65,000 Btu/h. 
Comments also addressed various issues within the NOPR on which DOE sought stakeholder comments. In addition, AHRI strongly urged the DOE not to share comprehensive test data in its public domain, and reiterated that DOE’s current basic model definition is inadequate and must be addressed before manufacturers of commercial HVACR equipment are required to certify products to DOE.  Read the full text of the comments here. Contact: Karim Amrane.
 


Industrial Efficiency Incentives Legislation Includes CFC Chillers Replacement Credit
AHRI continues to work with key U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) as they introduce bipartisan legislation creating tax incentives to replace CFC-based chillers, as well as reuse water, incorporate advanced motors with variable speed drives, and enhance incentives for combined heat and power (CHP) systems.  The bill, called the Expanding Industrial Energy and Water Efficiency Incentives Act of 2012, is specifically aimed at increasing energy efficiency and decreasing water consumption in the U.S. industrial sector.

The chiller replacement credit is very similar to previous legislative efforts by Senators Bingaman and Snowe to incentivize the retirement of CFC-based cooling plants. The purchaser of a new chiller would be eligible to receive $150 multiplied by the tonnage rating of the replaced CFC chiller. The replaced chiller must have been installed between 1980 and 1993, be water-cooled and currently in use, and meet the efficiency standards effective Jan 1, 2010, as defined by table 6.8.1c in Addendum M to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007.  In addition, if all chilled water distribution pumps connected to the new chiller include variable frequency drives, an additional $100 multiplied by any tonnage downsizing may be claimed.  An energy audit of the building will be required prior to installation of the new unit. The audit’s criteria will be set by the Secretary of Energy.  While the legislative road ahead is very bumpy and time is short, AHRI will work closely with the senators to push the Expanding Industrial Energy and Water Efficiency Incentives Act. Contact: Guido Zucconi.
 


Stakeholders Expect Changes to the Workforce Guidelines
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that “comments are being reviewed and changes are being made as appropriate” to the Standard Work Specifications for Single-Family Energy Upgrades. AHRI and NATE have been among many stakeholders advocating for significant changes to the document, including the removal of specifications related to the installation of HVAC equipment. In conjunction, DOE announced that four new Home Energy Professional certifications are open, despite the fact that DOE has yet to respond to concerns raised by relevant stakeholders. This project is funded by the DOE, developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and offered through the Building Performance Institute, Inc. AHRI is working to clarify the changes that will be made to the guidelines. Contact: Phillip Wallace.
 


AHRI Reception at ASHRAE San Antonio
On Monday, June 25, AHRI sponsored an evening reception at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas, in appreciation of AHRI members who serve on ASHRAE Committees.  The reception also provided a forum to exchange ideas on how AHRI can better assist those members in their service to the industry. Contact: Daniel Abbate.
 


ASHRAE SSPC 90.1 Activities
The ASHRAE Standing Standards Project Committee (SSPC) 90.1 continues to work towards its goal of developing a 2013 edition that will save 50 percent more energy than the 2004 edition of 90.1.  At its June 23-25, meeting, SSPC 90.1 adopted for public review several addenda submitted by AHRI.  These addenda:
  • Added higher efficiency requirements for commercial gas water heaters in new buildings that have service water heating systems with design capacities of 1,000,000 Btu/h or greater; 
  • Revised the efficiency requirements for 3-phase air-cooled unitary small air conditioners and packaged terminal air conditioners; and 
  • Introduced a product class for 3-phase small duct high velocity air conditioners.
The committee also developed responses to comments on the proposed addendum that added AHRI’s proposed system design requirement for boiler heating systems with design system input of 1,000,000 Btu/h or more. It is expected that those responses will resolve the comments and the addendum will then proceed to final approval.  Contact: Frank Stanonik.
 


New Certification Participants
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participant to its certification program:
  • Columbia Heating Products, Inc.– Residential Boilers (RBLR)
Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.
 


ICARHMA and EPEE to Host Event at the Montreal Protocol Meetings in Bangkok
The International Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers’ Associations (ICARHMA) and the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) are hosting an official Side Event at the 32nd Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 32) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. During the event, The Impact of Refrigerant Policy Throughout the World, AHRI’s President and CEO Stephen Yurek will speak as the Secretariat of ICARHMA. The event also will include presentations from Andrea Voigt, Director-General of EPEE, and Steve Anderson, Executive Director of Refrigerants Australia.  The event is scheduled on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, from 1:00-3:00 pm.

For additional information and the Program, please click here. To register for the event, please email: secretariat@epeeglobal.org. Contact: Shelley Pursell.