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AHRI Update: July 2013

AHRI's newsletter brings you timely, concise policy information. You will receive the latest analysis on topics that most affect the HVACR, gas space heating, and water heating industries, as well as up-to-date information on current AHRI initiatives, standards development activities, certification program changes, and much more. If you are not receiving the newsletter, subscribe today.


July 25, 2013

2014 AHR Expo Exhibit Space Going Quickly
Make plans to exhibit at and attend the 2014 AHR Expo, to be held January 21-23, 2014, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Exhibit space is going fast and is sure to sell out, so now is the time to reserve your space. The past four shows have exceeded expectations, even as the economy was struggling to emerge from recession, so there’s every reason to believe next year’s show will also be a blockbuster. Your customers will be there; so should you! Go to www.ahrexpo.com to reserve your space and register to attend. Contact: Francis Dietz.

AHRI Visits Member Companies in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maryland
AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek and staff recently visited the Mestek, Inc.; CoorsTek; Bosch Thermotechnology; Fenwal; the Whalen Company; and HTP Inc., in Massachusetts, Maryland and New Hampshire. See photos from the visits on AHRI’s Facebook page, here.

The visit provided AHRI staff with an opportunity to learn more about these member companies and see their operations first-hand. AHRI member companies that would like to host AHRI staff should contact Amanda Donohue.

RSVP Today for the Third Annual HVACR and Water Heating Congressional Reception
Join AHRI and our industry partners on August 5, from 5-7pm, 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); North American Technician Excellence (NATE); and the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors (PHCC), showcases the innumerable contributions of the HVACR and water heating industry to the health, comfort, and productivity of the American people, and highlights the more than one million jobs created and sustained by our industry. RSVP to Mike O'Halloran before August 1.

AHRI Encourages Senate to Enact Shaheen-Portman
AHRI joined a coalition of 18 sponsors this week in taking out a full-page ad in POLITICO encouraging enactment of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). 

In addition to the full-page notice, AHRI and member companies will deliver a letter to the entire Senate urging them to support an amendment to the bill sponsored by Senators Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark). The amendment, which reduces the regulatory burden of unnecessary duplicative product testing while ensuring compliance to federal standards, is considered AHRI’s top legislative priority. It directs the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to recognize voluntary industry certification programs like AHRI’s for air conditioning, furnace, boiler, heat pump, and water heating products. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

CEE Requests Comments on Advanced Tier Revision
On July 19, AHRI received a letter from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) regarding revision of its advanced tier for split-system central air conditioners. The current CEE high efficiency specification for these products has been in effect since January 1, 2009. CEE believes that the increased availability of central air conditioning systems that perform beyond the levels specified in CEE’s current advanced tier is indicative of the potential to set a more ambitious target for the highest performing systems, recognizing that these products may not pass all utility program cost-effectiveness tests today, but that they could do so in the future. In addition to proposing increases to both SEER and EER, CEE is seeking manufacturer input on the following:
    • Types of air conditioning equipment technology that would help meet the objectives of the CEE advanced tier.
    • Types of equipment components or technologies that should be promoted to realize the greatest efficiency gains.
    • Implications of increasing SEER and EER beyond the current levels for both present and future technologies.
    • Emerging technologies that could offer efficiency benefits in addition to increased SEER and EER.
    • Impact of federal energy conservation standards that go into effect in January 2015 on manufacturers’ equipment offerings.
    • Incorporation of various “connectivity” factors such as load management, energy management and diagnostics into the next specification.
    • Characterization of the demand for energy efficient equipment.Requirements that will most likely appeal to the market segment of early adopters.
    CEE intends to develop a proposed specification in the fall, and has requested comments by August 16. AHRI’s Unitary Regulatory Committee will hold a conference call in the near future to develop an industry response. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

    DOE Issues Petition for Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Rulemaking
    On July 25, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Federal Register notice on aPetition for Rulemaking and request for comments regarding certification regulations applicable to residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. The petition requests that DOE conduct a rulemaking to amend certification regulations for the aforementioned products under 10 CFR Part 429, Subpart B, to collect Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) information from manufacturers through the Compliance, Certification Management System (CCMS) as part of annual certification reporting requirements; and publish the information in DOE's Compliance Certification Database (CCD). The petition also states that:
      • Although DOE’s June 2011 direct final rule established EER requirements for the Southwest Region, the rule did not amend existing certification regulations to require manufacturers to supply EER information through CCMS.
      • In the interest of proper enforcement of DOE’s standards, and to prevent harm to manufacturers and consumers, DOE should collect EER information from manufacturers on an expedited and voluntary basis by January 2014, and should publish the data in the CCD. DOE should seek Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for such an expedited process.
        DOE is seeking comment on whether to grant the petition and proceed with a rulemaking to consider the proposals contained in the petition. AHRI plans to develop an industry response. The public comment period will close on August 26, 30 days after publication of the notice in the Federal Register. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

        ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments and Members
        ASHRAE invites public commentary on the Title, Purpose, and Scope (TPS) of the following newly approved ASHRAE projects. Those interested in providing comments can do so by accessing the ASHRAE website before August 18. 
          • GPC35P, Method for Determining the Energy Consumption Caused By Air-Cleaning and Filtration Devices. The purpose of this guideline is to establish a consistent methodology to determine the energy consumption created by the introduction of air cleaning and filtration devices into an air stream.
          • SPC 189.2P, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Sustainable Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The purpose of this standard is to provide minimum requirements for the siting, design, construction, and plan for operation of high-performance, sustainable low-rise residential buildings.
          • SPC 213P, Method for Calculating Moist Air Thermodynamic Properties. This purpose of this standard is to establish a standardized method of calculating thermodynamic properties of moist air for use in analyzing heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration applications.
          • SPC 214P, Standard for Measuring and Expressing Building Energy Performance in a Rating Program. This purpose of this standard is to provide a standardized approach and methodology for measuring and expressing building energy performance in a rating program, standardize the format and label associated with building energy rating programs, and establish minimum requirements for rating program documentation.
           In addition, ASHRAE has announced a call for members for committees. Individuals may indicate their interest and obtain the necessary forms here. Contact: Michael Woodford.

          Call for AHRI Standards Reviewers
          AHRI invites industry professionals, consumers, and general interest individuals to participate in the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) review of AHRI Standards for approval as American National Standards. If you work for an HVACR manufacturer, trade association, professional society, testing laboratory, or regulatory agency, you are welcome to review the AHRI Standards listed below. 

          Those who choose to participate will receive copies of the standards for review by email, as well as online ballots.

           
          The AHRI standards available for review are: 
          • AHRI 1110 (I-P)-2013, Performance Rating of Mechanical Transport Refrigeration Units
          • AHRI 1111 (SI)-2013, Performance Rating of Mechanical Transport Refrigeration Units
          • AHRI 1200 (I-P)-2013, Performance Rating of Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandisers and Storage Cabinets
          • AHRI 1201 (SI)-2013, Performance Rating of Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandisers and Storage Cabinets
          • AHRI 1300 (I-P)-2013, Performance Rating of Commercial Heat Pump Water Heaters
          • AHRI 1301 (SI)-2013, Performance Rating of Commercial Heat Pump Water Heaters
          • AHRI 1360 (I-P)-2013, Performance Rating of Computer and Data Processing Room Air Conditioners
          • AHRI 1361 (SI)-2013, Performance Rating of Computer and Data Processing Room Air Conditioners
          • Addendum 1 to ANSI/AHRI 1210 (I-P)-2011, Performance Rating of Variable Frequency Drives
          • Addendum 1 to ANSI/AHRI 1211 (SI)-2011, Performance Rating of Variable Frequency Drives
          Contact: Danny Abbate.

          AHRI Welcomes New Certification Program Participants
          AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its Certification Programs (program in italics): 
          • GD Midea Air-Conditioning Equipment Co., Ltd - Packaged Terminal Heat Pump (PTHP) and Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC)
          • Fulton Heating Solutions – Commercial Boilers (CBLR)
          Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.


          July 18, 2013

          AHRI to Host Conference to Present Low-GWP Refrigerant Research Results
          AHRI will host a conference on its Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program (AREP) on January 16, 2014, in New York City. The single-day conference will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, one day before the ASHRAE Winter Conference begins at the same hotel. Registration is available now

          The purpose of the Low-GWP AREP program is to identify and evaluate promising alternative refrigerants for major product categories, including air conditioners, heat pumps, chillers, ice makers, and refrigeration equipment. Testing for the program will conclude this year, and final test results will be presented at the conference. Contact: Xudong Wang.

          General Statistics Committee Meets in Arlington
          On July 12, the AHRI General Statistics Committee reviewed and discussed product section statistical activities and actions taken at the AHRI Annual and Spring Meetings. In addition, the Committee discussed the effectiveness of CEO and Industry report cards as a tool to facilitate more accurate and timely statistical reports. Notably, the Committee confirmed that equipment manufactured in Mexico is within the scope of AHRI statistical reporting and that such equipment should be included in the applicable statistical reports. The Committee will meet again on September 12 at AHRI headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Contact: Henry Hwong.

          2014 International Sorption Heat Pump Conference: Abstracts Due August 30
          The 2014 International Sorption Heat Pump Conference (ISHPC2014) will take place in Washington, D.C., March 31-April 3, 2014. The conference serves as a forum to present and discuss information on the latest progress in research and development of absorption heat pump technology. Interested individuals are invited to submit abstracts online before the August 30, 2013, deadline. For more information about the conference, please visit its official website here. Contact: Karim Amrane.

          AHRI Issues 2013 Call for Nominations
          Do you have a friend or colleague who has been admirably active in AHRI? Or perhaps someone from outside of AHRI who has been particularly helpful to our industry over the years? Or maybe someone who has been an industry stalwart, undertaking many different tasks and tirelessly promoting our industry? If so, please consider nominating that person for an AHRI Richard C. Schulze award, an AHRI Public Service Award, or an AHRI Distinguished Service Award. These awards are AHRI’s way of saying “thank you” to those who do the hard work for our industry. To submit your nomination, please download this formand send it by email by August 9 to Francis Dietz, at fdietz@ahrinet.org. Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting, November 17-19, in Amelia Island, Fla. Contact: Francis Dietz.

          RSVP Today for the Third Annual HVACR and Water Heating Congressional Reception
          Join AHRI and our industry partners on August 5, from 5-7pm, 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); North American Technician Excellence (NATE); and the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors (PHCC), showcases the innumerable contributions of the HVACR and water heating industry to the health, comfort, and productivity of the American people, and highlights the more than one million jobs created and sustained by our industry. RSVP to Mike O'Halloran before August 1.

          Participate in Manufacturing Day - October 4
          The second annual Manufacturing Day, supported by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013. Save the date and plan to host visitors to your manufacturing facilities on this day. This event is a great opportunity to expand knowledge about, and improve the general public’s perception of, manufacturing careers, and to showcase the industry’s value to the U.S. Economy. Visit the event’s official website to learn more. Contact: Francis Dietz.

          AHRI Introduces New EnergyGuide Label Images to Directory of Certified Product Performance
          On July 15, AHRI’s Directory of Certified Product Performance was upgraded to include EnergyGuide labels for all basic models in the following product categories: Unitary Small Air Conditioners, Unitary Small Heat Pumps, Variable Speed Mini Split Air Conditioners, Variable Speed Mini Split Heat Pumps, Residential Boilers, Residential Furnaces, and Residential Water Heaters. This will help certification program participants comply with a final rule issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that requires images of EnergyGuide labels to be available for electronic linking and downloading. Visit the AHRI Directory at www.ahridirectory.org. Contact: Monica Cardenas.

          Contact Your Elected Officials Before August Recess
          The Congressional August recess is fast approaching. Elected officials take this recess opportunity to spend time on constituent needs at home. AHRI encourages members to take this time to invite your local Congressman or Senator to visit your 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.

          New Rule Requires Imported Products to Meet Federal Energy Conservation Standards
          The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) and Department of the Treasury recently issued a final rule allowing CBP to refuse admission into the United States of covered products intended for sale that fail to meet an applicable DOE energy conservation standard. In addition, imported products intended for sale that are not compliant with Federal Trade Commission labeling requirements may also be refused admission. Contact: Michael Woodford.

          FTC Finalizes Amendments to ENERGYGUIDE Labeling Regulation
          The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a final rule amending its Appliance Labeling Rule covering residential products, which will be published in the Federal Register in the near future. The amendments will become effective on November 15, and include these changes: 
          • Updated ranges of comparability for residential water heater and gas-fired pool heater EnergyGuide labels.
          • A requirement to use 2012 national average energy costs to estimate the annual energy cost shown on the EnergyGuide label for water heaters.
          • Editorial corrections to the list of states and capacity references on heating and cooling equipment EnergyGuide labels adopted in the February 6, 2013, FTC final rule.
          AHRI staff will provide a more detailed analysis of this final rule once it is published in the Federal Register. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

          Senate Averts 'Nuclear Option' and Clears Path for Energy Bill
          On July 16, Senate Democrats and Republicans reached a compromise to end debate over confirming several executive branch nominees to agency positions, including Gina McCarthy to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The confirmation averted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s threat to change the Senate rules to force simple-majority up-or-down votes on executive branch nominations (colloquially referred to as the “nuclear option”), which Senate Republicans had stated would have eliminated any future opportunities for bi-partisan work and brought the Senate to a complete halt. With the crisis averted, the Senate is now expected to take up Shaheen-Portman, a bi-partisan energy bill intended to reduce energy emissions in commercial buildings, before the end of the month. Contact: Cade Clark.

          Placer County Issues Proposed NOx Rule for Gas Water Heaters and Boilers
          The California Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) issued Proposed Rule 247, Natural Gas-Fired Water Heaters and Small Boilers, which specifies a maximum NOx emission limit of 20 ppm for natural gas-fired water heaters and boilers in the range of 75,000 Btu/h or more, but less than 5,000,000 Btu/h. The proposed rule appears to also apply to gas-fired pool heaters, although it exempts gas pool heaters with input capacities of 400,000 Btu/h or less. This proposed rule has an effective date of January 1, 2015, and the District staff plans to present this rule to the District Board for adoption on October 10.  AHRI will submit comments recommending that the rule’s marking requirements be made consistent with similar requirements in other California Air Quality Management Districts and that the proposed rule be implemented based on the unit’s date of manufacture. Comments on Proposed Rule 247 must be submitted by August 15, either via email or by regular mail to: Don Duffy, Air Pollution Control Engineer, Placer County Air Pollution Control District, 110 Maple Street, Auburn, CA 95603. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

          ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments
          ASHRAE invites public commentary on the Public Review Draft of ASHRAE Standard 40-2002R, Methods of Testing for Rating Heat Operated Unitary Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Equipment. This revision adds new definitions, corrects unit conversions for temperature in the definitions of “standard air” and “standard temperature,” and revises several sections to use enforceable language. Those interested in providing comments can do so by accessing the ASHRAE website before August 26. Contact: Michael Woodford.

          ASHRAE Issues Call for Members
          ASHRAE has announced a call for members for the following committees developing ASHRAE standards.  Individuals may indicate their interest and obtain the necessary forms here. 
          ASHRAE Standard 23.1-2010R, Methods of Testing for Rating the Performance of Positive Displacement Refrigerant Compressors and Condensing Units that Operate and Subcritical Temperatures of the Refrigerant. The purpose of this standard is to provide methods of testing for thermodynamic performance rating positive displacement refrigerant compressors and condensing units that operate at subcritical temperatures of the refrigerant.

          ASHRAE Standard 28-1996 (RA 2010)R, Methods of Testing Flow Capacity of Refrigerant Capillary Tubes. This standard provides uniform methods for laboratory testing the flow capacity of refrigerant capillary tubes.

          ASHRAE Standard 118.1-2012, Method of Testing for Rating Commercial Gas, Electric and Oil Service Water Heating Equipment. The purpose of this standard is to provide test procedures for rating directly heated commercial-service water heating equipment. 

          Contact: Michael Woodford.

          Montreal Protocol Open Ended Working Group Discusses HFC Phase Down
          The Montreal Protocol held a meeting of its Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) June 23-28, in Bangkok, Thailand, to consider several pending issues, including next steps on the North American Proposal to include a phase down of HFCs in the Protocol. While the North American proposal is not being considered by the organization in any formal proceeding at this time, there was an agreement to initiate informal discussions. While China has been a strong opponent of any consideration of HFCs in the treaty in the past, it did not register an objection when the proposal was discussed at this meeting. While these are seemingly minor issues, these developments appear to signal that there is potential movement toward an agreement. The next Protocol-related meeting will take place in November. Contact: Dave Calabrese.


          July 11, 2013

          AHRI 2013 Call for Nominations
          Do you have a friend or colleague who has been admirably active in AHRI? Or perhaps someone from outside of AHRI who has been particularly helpful to our industry over the years? Or maybe someone who has been an industry stalwart, undertaking many different tasks and tirelessly promoting our industry? If so, please consider nominating that person for an AHRI Richard C. Schulze award, an AHRI Public Service Award, or an AHRI Distinguished Service Award. These awards are AHRI’s way of saying “thank you” to those who do the hard work for our industry. To submit your nomination, please download this formand send it by email by August 9 to Francis Dietz, at fdietz@ahrinet.org. Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting, November 17-19, in Amelia Island, Fla. Contact: Francis Dietz.

          RSVP Today for the Third Annual HVACR and Water Heating Congressional Reception
          Join AHRI and our industry partners on August 5, from 5-7pm, 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); North American Technician Excellence (NATE); and the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors (PHCC), showcases the innumerable contributions of the HVACR and water heating industry to the health, comfort, and productivity of the American people, and highlights the more than one million jobs created and sustained by our industry. RSVP to Mike O'Halloran before August 1.

          House Works on DOE Funding Legislation
          The House spent nearly two days this week debating and voting on amendments to H.R. 2609, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2014, which will fund the Department of Energy through the 2014 fiscal year. Despite the long list of potential amendments, the bill is expected to pass the House. The estimated $30 billion budget is $4 billion shy of the previously passed Senate version, which means that the chambers will have to meet in a conference committee to work out the differences between the two bills. The House bill combines the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, while cutting their combined budget by more than half. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

          DOE Adopts ASHRAE 90.1-2010 as the Baseline Standard for New Federal Commercial Buildings
          On July 9, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a final rule adopting ASHRAE 90.1-2010 as the baseline standard for new federal commercial buildings whose design for construction begins on or after July 9, 2014. Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), DOE is required to establish energy efficiency standards for all new federal buildings. EPCA references ASHRAE Standard 90.1 for commercial buildings and directs the Department to consider amending the baseline federal commercial building standard within one year after each revision of the ASHRAE Standard. Contact: Karim Amrane.

          DOE Issues Notice of Proposed Determination for Portable Air Conditioners
          On July 5, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed determination (NOPD) announcing that portable air conditioners tentatively qualify as covered products under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). DOE believes that it has the necessary statutory authority under EPCA to regulate these products and justifies its action by noting that the average U.S. household energy use for portable air conditioners is likely to exceed 100 kWh/year. 

          DOE proposes to define portable air-conditioners as:

          A consumer product, other than a “packaged terminal air conditioner,” which is powered by a single phase electric current and which is an encased assembly designed as a portable unit that may rest on the floor or other elevated surface for the purpose of providing delivery of conditioned air to an enclosed space. It includes a prime source of refrigeration and may include a means for ventilating and heating.

          DOE will accept comments on the NOPD until August 5, and may subsequently issue a notice of proposed rulemaking and prescribe test procedures and energy conservation standards. DOE has not yet scheduled a public meeting on these topics. While this NOPD is not expected to impact AHRI member companies, AHRI will monitor it closely and alert members if action is necessary. Contact: Jon Lemmond.

          CEE Proposes Revisions to Its Specification on Residential Furnaces
          The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) is considering changes to its specifications on non-weatherized gas furnaces, and has requested that stakeholders provide comments on the proposal by July 22. The proposal identifies three high efficiency furnace tiers, two of which are similar to the levels specified in version 4.0 of the ENERGY STAR specification for residential furnaces. A copy of the ENERGY STAR specification can be accessed here. The CEE proposal also proposes to adopt the electric fan efficiency metric contained in the ENERGY STAR specification. The major differences between the CEE proposal and the ENERGY STAR specification are:
          • The CEE proposal includes a third tier of 97 percent AFUE.
          • The CEE tier levels apply to the entire nation, whereas the ENERGY STAR levels are based on the U.S. North/Canada and U.S. South regions.
          The table below shows an AFUE comparison between the proposed and current CEE levels, and the ENERGY STAR version 4.0 levels:


          CEE also is seeking recommendations for ways to increase the efficiency of residential gas heating systems, and whether the increase in specifications would interfere with the goal of promoting higher efficiency furnaces and heating practice. The final CEE specification will be issued in October. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

          AHRI Video Update: Monica Cardenas, Director, Communications
          Participation in AHRI’s globally recognized, industry respected certification program makes good business sense. Regulatory bodies, contractors, and consumers consistently choose AHRI Certified® HVACR and water heating equipment because it provides assurance that products perform as advertised. To help Certification Program participants promote their AHRI Certified designation, we have developed an AHRI Certification Marketing Toolkit, which includes a variety of materials for members to use at trade shows and in other marketing endeavors. Members can access the toolkit by logging in to the AHRI Members Only website under Resources, or by clicking here. Be sure to learn more about the toolkit by watching the latest AHRI Video Update here, or on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ahricommunications. Contact: Sean Lynch.

          ASHRAE Call for Members
          ASHRAE has announced a Call for Members for the committee developing Standard SPC 203P, Method of Test for Determining Heat Gain of Office Equipment Used in Buildings. Individuals may indicate their interest and obtain the necessary membership forms here. Standard SPC 203P prescribes methods of test to determine the range and average operating heat gains of electrical equipment for use in cooling load calculations. This standard applies to plug load type electrical equipment used in buildings. Contact: Michael Woodford.

          EPA Verification Summary
          As a recognized ENERGY STAR certification body (CB), AHRI is required to submit to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a summary of verification testing activities every six months, including initial and verification testing results. This covers all ENERGY STAR verification tests, even those with a passing result. The deadline to submit data to EPA for testing between January 1-June 30, 2013, is Friday, July 12. EPA also requires CBs to report models that have been either EPA-nominated or randomly selected but not tested. Contact:Maryline Rassi.

          New ENERGY STAR Product Finder Tools Available
          The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced new product finder tools forwater heaters, designed to provide consumers, partners, and interested third parties with an easily accessible, user-friendly search tool. The EPA encourages ENERGY STAR Manufacturing Partners to review their listed models and verify the accuracy of the data. Any concerns about data quality should be reported to AHRI. Contact: Maryline Rassi.


          July 3, 2013

          AHRI Announces Updated Online Directory for Certified Variable Refrigerant Flow Products
          AHRI made several improvements to the AHRI Directory of Certified Product Performance for Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Multi-Split Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Equipment. The new functionality allows for searches based on manufacturer, model number, product type, or certified ratings. The Directory allows users to generate product certificates, and to validate and export data. Visit the AHRI Directory of Certified Product Performance. Contact:Francis Dietz.

          AHRI Staff Participate in Montreal Protocol Meetings
          AHRI General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Policy David Calabrese participated in the June meeting of Montreal Protocol in Bangkok, Thailand, and presented at a special technology conference that coincided with the event. The Protocol meeting of Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) included discussion of the North American Proposal to the Protocol that calls for the inclusion of an HFC phase down in the protocol. This proposal, which has been considered several times over the years, was discussed in a formal working group during the OEWG, but will be discussed further in at the Fall Meeting of the Parties (MoP). 

          Calabrese’s participation in the technology conference, Advancing Ozone and Climate Protection Technologies: Next Steps, included a summary of AHRI’s Low-GWP Alternative Research Evaluation Program (AREP) and current results. He noted that the research is designed to look at a range of refrigerant alternatives to HFCs and has included testing of over 38 refrigerants by several AHRI and non member companies. The next meeting of the Protocol will be in October of 2013 and will include the ministers to the different signatories. Contact: David Calabrese.

          EPA Warns Against Use of Unapproved Refrigerants
          The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release on July 1 regarding the potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants in home air conditioning systems. The EPA is investigating instances where propane has been marketed and used as a substitute for HCFC-22 (R-22). The EPA has not approved the use of propane refrigerant or other hydrocarbon refrigerants in any type of air conditioner, and warned that these substances pose a potential fire or explosion hazard. Contact: Francis Dietz.

          AHRI Welcomes New Member
          AHRI is pleased to welcome GD Midea Air Conditioning as an international member of AHRI, joining the Unitary Small Equipment Section. Contact: Freshta Rosario.

          Building Code Based Depreciation Legislation
          Before Congress recessed for the Independence Day Holiday, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), along with Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced H.R. 2598, the Building Efficiently Act of 2013. The legislation changes the depreciation life for non-residential real property and residential rental property if the buildings meet certain efficiency criteria. The depreciation life for non-residential real property would change from 39 years to 25 years if a new building is 40 percent more efficient than the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004. In the case of retrofits, the 40 percent calculation would be based on the building’s previous performance. Similarly, residential rental property would depreciate over 20 years, down from the current 27.5 years. The calculation would be based on the minimum requirements of IECC 2004. The bill is a creative method to support efficiency upgrades without the use of technology specific incentives. AHRI will continue to monitor this legislation as it progresses. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

          DOE Commercial Equipment Certification Working Group Holds Its Fifth Meeting
          On July 1-2, the Department of Energy (DOE) Commercial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Water Heating, and Refrigeration Certification Working Group met at DOE Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This meeting was the fifth of a series of ten meetings scheduled over a four month period to develop consensus certification requirements for commercial HVAC, water heater, and refrigeration equipment. The Working Group continued to work on the basic model definitions for commercial unitary air conditioners, commercial refrigeration products, water source heat pumps, single package vertical units, computer room air conditioners, commercial furnaces, and packaged terminal equipment. The group reached a tentative agreement to exclude from the basic model definition of commercial unitary equipment certain equipment options and/or features that serve unique building applications, including economizers, ERVs, dehumidification components, and high static indoor fan blowers/oversized motors. The Department also agreed to schedule separate meetings with manufacturers of single package vertical units and computer room air conditioners to review the basic model definitions for these products. The working group will approve the basic model definitions at its next meeting, scheduled for July 17-18. In addition, the next meeting agenda includes a discussion of DOE’s proposed verification program and the role of voluntary industry certification programs (VICPs). Contact: Karim Amrane.

          California Energy Commission Workshop on Water Heating Systems
          The California Energy Commission (CEC) will host a workshop on July 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT, in Sacramento, California, to discuss concepts for water heater efficiency requirements in future editions of the CEC Energy Efficiency Building standards. The workshop will focus on the efficiency of water heating systems, rather than just increased water heater efficiency standards. This workshop does offer the option of participating remotely via WebEx by accessing this website and entering the unique meeting number 921 128 449. When prompted, enter your name and the following meeting password: cec@1516. AHRI staff will be participating in the workshop via WebEx. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

          Comments on Proposed EPA Low-Lead FAQs
          On June 27, AHRI submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on proposed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that were posted on the EPA low-lead website in May. The proposed FAQs addressed the implementation of the revised federal safe drinking water act, which goes into effect in January 2014. Although the FAQs did discuss replacement parts, they were not specific to replacement parts for water heaters or hot water supply boilers. AHRI’s comments included two recommended questions and answers to specifically address that issue. AHRI will provide an update once a response is received from EPA. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

          DOE Issues Revision to Residential Furnace/Boiler Efficiency Test Procedure
          On July 1, the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) issued a pre-publication version of the final rule revising the residential furnace and boiler efficiency test procedures to include Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) calculations for a condensing, modulating residential boiler, or furnace when using the option to omit heat-up and cool-down tests. This final rule is identical to the revisions proposed in the DOE’s February 4, 2013, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and agrees with the recommendations made by AHRI in December 2012. This final rule will be issued in the Federal Register within the next several days, and will be in effect 30 days later. In addition, 180 days after publication, the AFUE ratings for all models of condensing, modulating residential boilers or furnaces that were tested utilizing the option to omit heat-up and cool-down tests must be based on the added calculations. AHRI will notify members when the final rule is published in the Federal Register. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

          DOE Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Test Procedures for Electric Motors
          On June 26, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) on test procedures for electric motors. In the NOPR, DOE proposes to:
          • Define a variety of electric motor configurations (i.e., types) that are currently covered under 10 CFR 431.25 but are not currently defined under 10 CFR 431.12;
          • Define a variety of electric motor configurations (i.e., types) that are not currently covered under 10 CFR 431.25 and are not currently defined under 10 CFR 431.12; and
          • Clarify the necessary testing “set-up” procedures to facilitate the testing of motor types that are currently not covered under IEEE Standard 112 (Test Method B) or CSA Standard C390-10.
          DOE is coordinating the NOPR with a parallel electric motor energy conservation standards rulemaking. To the extent possible, DOE will consider all comments submitted in response to the electric motors test procedure or standards rulemaking in connection with both activities. The NOPR proposes to include new definitions and to add certain steps to the applicable test procedures in appendix B, subpart B of 10 CFR part 431, to accommodate setting up those motors for testing that DOE may choose to regulate. Because the proposed amendments are strictly limited to those steps necessary to facilitate testing under the currently incorporated test procedures, DOE does not anticipate that the proposal would affect the actual measurement of losses and the subsequent determination of efficiency for any of the electric motors within the scope of the NOPR.
           
          DOE will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 16, in Washington, DC, and will accept comments, data, and information on the NOPR until September 9. The NOPR lists 32 issues on which DOE seeks comment. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

          EPA Plans Revision to ENERGY STAR Specification for Central Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pumps
          On July 1, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a memorandum stating its intent to revise the existing ENERGY STAR specification for central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps (CAC/ASHP). EPA will hold a stakeholder webinar on July 22, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET and will accept written comments until August 2. Further information about this stakeholder meeting will be distributed by EPA over the next few weeks. EPA anticipates completing the specification revision process in time for it to go into effect on January 1, 2015, aligning with the new federal standard.

          EPA also issued a framework document on the CAC/ASHP version 5.0 specification. EPA is revisiting the CAC/ASHP specification in light of the fact that it has been more than three years since the last specification revision, and that new federal regional energy conservation standards will go into effect on January 1, 2015. The framework document considers and seeks stakeholder input on the following qualification criteria:

          • Regional Specification: EPA is considering creating a regional specification for ENERGY STAR. If a regional approach is adopted, EPA would harmonize the regions with those defined in the DOE final rule. EPA recognizes that taking a regional approach would require regionalized labeling of products. One idea EPA is considering is possibly requiring the ENERGY STAR regional logo to be displayed on a rating certificate available for download from the manufacturer or the AHRI Directory.
          • Performance Metrics: EPA is considering COP at 35°F or 17°F and capacity de-rating at 17°F as metrics for northern regions. The framework document notes that the COP metric does not take supplemental heat into account. EPA feels that the capacity of the ASHP at 17°F may be useful to judge when the unit will provide the heat needed without supplemental heat.
          • System Status and Diagnostics: EPA is considering adding diagnostics and communication for the ENERGY STAR eligibility criteria. EPA feels that there are several high efficiency units that come equipped with controls and diagnostics on the market today, and such auto-diagnostics would help detect losses associated with low quality installation and maintenance.
          • Supporting Quality Installation: In order to aid designers to determine the capacity of a system at the selected indoor and outdoor design conditions, EPA is considering a provision that will require manufacturers to publish expanded performance data for all rated combinations in a consistent format. EPA is also considering the provisions within the ANSI/ACCA 5 QI – 2010, HVAC Quality Installation Specification. In order to ensure that the air flow and pressure measurements are consistent among all installers, EPA is proposing that manufacturers ship units with measurement ports or punch-outs rather than requiring installers to drill holes in the equipment cabinets in the field. This is based on the supposition that manufacturers have the best insight into the appropriate places for these pressure measurements.

          EPA is not pursuing additional requirements on blowers since it believes that the blower energy is largely captured in SEER ratings and that ENERGY STAR qualified combinations with air handlers will have modulating fans. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

          ASHRAE Call for Comments
          ASHRAE invites public commentary on the Public Review Draft of Addendum b to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 169-2006, Climate Data for Building Design Standards. The purpose of this standard is to prescribe methods of test to determine the range and average operating heat gains of electrical equipment for use in cooling load calculations. Those interested in providing comments can do so by accessing the ASHRAE website before August 6. Contact: Michael Woodford.

          AHRI Cooling Standards Subcommittee Votes on Standards, Addenda
          AHRI’s Cooling Standards Subcommittee (CSS) convened for a web conference on June 11 and reviewed the following AHRI standards and addenda:
          • Revised ANSI/AHRI Standards 1200(I-P)-2010 and 1201(SI)-2010, Performance Rating Of Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandisers and Storage Cabinets;
          • Revised ANSI/AHRI Standards 1270 (I-P) and 1271 (SI)-2011, Requirements for Seismic Qualification of HVACR Equipment;
          • Revised ANSI/AHRI Standards 1200(I-P)-2010 and 1201(SI)-2010, Performance Rating Of Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandisers And Storage Cabinets;
          • Revised ANSI/AHRI Standards 1060 (I-P) and 1061 (SI)-2011, Performance Rating of Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers for Energy Recovery Ventilation Equipment;
          • Addendum 1 to ANSI/AHRI Standards 1210 (I-P)-2011 and 1211P (SI)-2011,Performance Rating Of Variable Frequency Drives;
          • Addendum 2 to ANSI/AHRI Standards 550/590 (I-P)-2011 and 551/591 (SI)-2011,Performance Rating Of Water-Chilling and Heat Pump Water-Heating Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle;
          • Revised AHRI Standard 730-2005, Flow Capacity Rating of Suction-Line Filters and Suction-Line Filter-Driers;
          • Revised AHRI Standard 715-2007, Performance Rating of Liquid-Line Filters; and
          • Revised AHRI Guideline T-2002, Specifying the Thermal Performance of Cool Storage Equipment.
          After review, the Subcommittee voted to approve the following standards and addenda, which are free to download here:
          • ANSI/AHRI Standards 1200(I-P)-2013 and 1201(SI)-2013, Performance Rating Of Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandisers And Storage Cabinets;
          • Addendum 1 to ANSI/AHRI Standards 1210 (I-P)-2011 and 1211P (SI)-2011,Performance Rating Of Variable Frequency Drives;
          • Addendum 2 to ANSI/AHRI Standards 550/590 (I-P)-2011 and 551/591 (SI)-2011,Performance Rating Of Water-Chilling and Heat Pump Water-Heating Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle; and
          • AHRI Guidelines T (I-P)-2013 and T (SI)-2013, Specifying the Thermal Performance of Cool Storage Equipment.
          The Subcommittee also voted to withdraw the following from publication, as they were superseded by ANSI/AHRI/ASHRAE/ISO Standard 13256-1 (2012) Water-to-Air and Brine-to-Air Heat Pumps - Testing and Rating for Performance and ANSI/AHRI/ASHRAE/ISO Standard 13256-2 (2012) Water-to-Water and Brine-to-Water Heat Pumps - Testing and Rating for Performance as the governing standards for the WSHP Certification Program: 
          • AHRI Standard 320-1998, Water-Source Heat Pumps;
          • AHRI Standard 325-1998, Ground Water-Source Heat Pumps; and
          • AHRI Standard 330-1998, Ground Source Closed-Loop Heat Pumps.
          Contact: Danny Abbate.

          New Certification Participant
          AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participant to its certification program (program name in italics):
          • Turbo Air Conditioning Corporation - Unitary Small Air-Conditioner Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USAC); Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils (USHP)
          Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

          ANSI Approves AHRI Standards
          In June, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the following eight AHRI Standards and two addenda, making them American National Standards:
          • ANSI/AHRI Standard 220-2012, Reverberation Room Qualification and Testing Procedures for Determining Sound Power of HVAC Equipment
          • ANSI/AHRI Standard 260(I-P)-2012, Sound Rating of Ducted Air Moving and Conditioning Equipment
          • ANSI/AHRI Standard 261(SI)-2012, Sound Rating of Ducted Air Moving and Conditioning Equipment
          • Addendum 1 to ANSI/AHRI Standard 550/590(I-P)-2011, Performance Rating of Water-Chilling and Heat Pump Water-Heating Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle
          • Addendum 1 to ANSI/AHRI Standard 551/591(SI)-2011, Performance Rating of Water-Chilling and Heat Pump Water-Heating Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle
          • ANSI/AHRI Standard 570(I-P)-2012, Performance Rating of Positive Displacement Carbon Dioxide Refrigerant Compressors and Compressor Units
          • ANSI/AHRI Standard 571(SI)-2012, Performance Rating of Positive Displacement Carbon Dioxide Refrigerant Compressors and Compressor Units
          • ANSI/AHRI Standard 810(I-P)-2012, Performance Rating of Automatic Commercial Ice-Makers
          • ANSI/AHRI Standard 811(SI)-2012, Performance Rating of Automatic Commercial Ice-Makers
          • ANSI/AHRI Standard 920-2012, Performance Rating of DX-Dedicated Outdoor Air System Units
          The standards are available on the AHRI website, ANSI website, and others. Contact: Danny Abbate.