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AHRI Update: June 2013
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une 27, 2013

AHRI Hosts Reception During ASHRAE Conference in Denver
AHRI held a reception on June 24 during the ASHRAE conference in Denver, Colorado, to applaud AHRI members who serve on ASHRAE committees. The reception provided a forum to exchange ideas on how AHRI can better assist its members who serve on these committees.

In addition to recognizing those who recently received ASHRAE awards. Damon Gowan was presented a special distinguished service award by the ASHRAE/AHRI Joint Exposition Policy Committee in appreciation of his years of dedication to the promotion of the industry. 

Dick Foster, Chairman of the Committee, said, “It was with great pleasure…that I present Damon with our committee’s recognition for his many years of outstanding service to the HVACR industry.” Contact: Michael Woodford.

John Lanier Appointed Head of NATE
On June 14, AHRI announced the appointment of John Lanier to be Chief Operating Officer of North American Technician Excellence (NATE). Prior to joining the NATE team, Lanier held a variety of executive leadership roles, most notably as Senior Vice President of Operations at the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s largest independent business association, with more than 400,000 members. Throughout his career, Lanier has gained valuable experience in operations, sales, member benefits, human resources, and information technology. Lanier earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics at the University of Minnesota, has completed an executive education program at the Kellogg School of Management, and is pursuing his MBA. Contact: Francis Dietz.

Hydronics Institute Section Meets in New Jersey
The Hydronics Institute (HI) Product Section met for its Spring Meeting June 18-19 in Galloway, N.J. During the event, the Section’s Executive Committee, Indirect Water Heater Subsection, Engineering Committee, and Public Relations Committee all met to work on a variety of topics. AHRI staff updated the HI Section on the progress of several of its certification programs and recent regulatory rulemakings that affect both residential and commercial boilers. Important work continues on issues related to the residential boiler certification program, and the commercial finned tube and radiation baseboard programs are coming online soon. Contact: Dave Delaquila.

RSVP Today for the Third Annual HVACR and Water Heating Congressional Reception
Join AHRI and our industry partners on 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), 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 toMike O'Halloran before August 1. 

Annual Sales Volume Report Due August 31
On July 1, AHRI will send a request to all members to submit their Annual Sales Volume Report, which is used to calculate membership dues and certification licensing fees. The Annual Sales Volume Report is due August 31. If you have any questions regarding AHRI Membership sales reporting, contact Stephanie Murphy. For help with AHRI Certification sales reporting, contact Cheron L. Scott.

Updated AHRI Membership Roster Now Available
The July 2013 edition of the AHRI Membership roster 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.

President Obama Addresses Climate Change
In his Tuesday speech on climate change, President Obama announced his decision to direct EPA to issue carbon dioxide rules for new and existing power plants under the Clean Air Act, and instructed the State Department to approve the Keystone XL pipeline only if it did not significantly boost greenhouse gas emissions.

The President’s plan also directs federal agencies to do what they can to ratchet down emissions abroad, both by setting guidelines for how foreign aid can be spent and by renewing U.S. involvement in international negotiations to limit greenhouse gases.  To read a copy of the President’s plan, click here

In response to the remarks, AHRI issued a press release on Tuesday noting that AHRI and its member companies have led the global effort to reduce emissions from hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, through research and development, always with an eye on maintaining comfort, safety, system efficiency, and reliability of the products that use them. Contact: Cade Clark.

AHRI Gives Presentation, Hosts Workshop at CLIMA 2013
AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek and Vice President of Certification Bill Tritsis represented AHRI at the CLIMA 2013 conference in Prague, Czech Republic, held from June 16-19. The theme for the conference was Energy Efficient, Smart and Healthy Buildings, and AHRI’s participation included a presentation, titled The First Best Practice: Using Third Party Equipment Certification to Ensure Energy Efficient Buildings. AHRI also held a workshop on the value of third party certification and the importance of specifying HVACR equipment from manufacturers that participate in AHRI’s globally recognized, industry respected certification program. Stefan Linde from ALFA LAVAL was part of the workshop presentation team, which included examples from the Liquid to Liquid Heat Exchangers, Variable Refrigerant Flow, and Air-Cooled and Water-Cooled Chiller certification programs of how to achieve energy efficiency through data driven decisions. Contact: Bill Tritsis.

Industry Voices Concerns about Negative Impacts of the Latest EU F-Gas Developments
On June 19, the ENVI (Environment) Committee of the European Parliament voted against the industry’s position on revisions to the F-Gas regulation. The report containing proposed bans on the use of HFCs and pre-charged equipment passed by a vote of 48-19, with one abstention. EPEE’s industry F-Gas Team, of which AHRI is a member, concluded during a meeting on June 20 that while the composition of the ENVI committee generally predicted the vote, industry must nonetheless clearly and vigorously raise awareness about the serious consequences of the proposed bans to members of the EU Council, where the matter will now be reviewed, as well as to member-states delegations and staff of the Lithuanian Presidency. Contact: Jim Walters.

AHRI Votes Against CSA P.12 Draft Standard Scope Change
On June 19, the CSA Technical Committee on Energy Efficiency and Related Performance of Fuel-Burning Appliances and Equipment approved a change in the scope of the P.12 Draft Standard, titled Standard for energy performance compliance, verification and ratings of fuel burning appliances and equipment. While the proposed change in scope removed language stating that the standard “is aimed at certification bodies,” AHRI voted against it because it failed to address prior requests in joint statements from AHRI and HRAI that language be added to specifically exclude Standards Council of Canada (SCC) accredited certification bodies. AHRI believes the proposed standard will codify an unhelpful and costly alteration of the current path of compliance to Canadian Energy Efficiency for certification bodies and their participants through SCC accreditation. The approval of the change in scope now prepares the draft standard to be submitted for public comment. AHRI will notify its members if they are able to submit comments. Contact: Matt Gardner.

AHRI Participates at CSA's Annual Meetings and the CACEE Meeting in Calgary, Canada
AHRI recently participated in CSA’s Annual Meeting in Calgary, Alberta. During the meeting, AHRI participated in a meeting of the Canadian Advisory Council of Energy Efficiency (CACEE), which AHRI recently joined as an Accredited Organization member. The advisory council is comprised of Canadian federal and provincial regulatory authorities, certification bodies accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), and other associate members. Because provincial energy efficiency officials can develop minimum energy performance standards that exceed federal levels under the Canadian constitution, it is crucial that AHRI engage with them directly. 

The council addressed several topics, including efforts to measure the impact of standards and building codes on energy efficiency savings and the challenges posed by labeling products in an environment where federal and provincial minimum energy performance standards diverge. During the meeting, CACEE decided to form a task force that will consider the labeling issue in greater depth. The council meets approximately three times per year. Contact: Matt Gardner.


June 20, 2013

RSVP Today for the Third Annual HVACR and Water Heating Congressional Reception
Join AHRI and our industry partners on 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), 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 Member Company Recognizes Spring 2013 Rees Scholarship Recipients
Spring 2013 Rees Scholarship recipients Daniel Gretschmann (Blackhawk Technical College) and Eric Johnson (Ferris State University) were recently recognized at Johnson Controls’ 2013 Energy Efficiency Forum. David Myers, President of Building Efficiency at Johnson Controls and a member of the Rees Board of Directors, noted the importance of a strong and competent HVACR technician workforce in solving the energy efficiency equation and the value of programs like the Rees Scholarship Foundation in attracting and retaining skilled individuals to the industry.

The Rees Scholarship Foundation continues to assist with the recruitment and competency of future HVACR and water heating technicians. To support your foundation through a tax-deductible contribution, or to learn more, please visit the Foundation’s website. Pictured from left: Eric Johnson, David Myers, Daniel Gretschmann, and AHRI Senior Manager, Certification, Marc Neufcourt. Contact: Marc Neufcourt.

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.

NYC Mayor Floats Plan to Protect the City from Future Storms
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a $20 billion plan this week designed to protect the city against extreme storms and climate change. The 430-page report made 250 recommendations related to storms, flooding, and global warming. Included in the recommendations are man-made islands on the outer edges of New York, levees to protect Staten Island, removable flood walls in lower Manhattan, and sea gates in Brooklyn. Of particular interest to AHRI members are Bloomberg’s suggested revisions to the housing codes and insurance bylaws. The insurance changes are intended to incentivize work that moves boilers, other HVAC and water heating equipment, and electrical systems out of basement areas by offering lower premiums for any work done on homes and buildings to prepare for floods. Information on the mayor’s plan can be found here. Contact: Mike O'Halloran.

Ontario Proposes Amendments to Energy Efficiency Regulation
On June 18, the Ontario Ministry of Energy proposed amendments to its existing energy efficiency regulation. The proposed regulation sets or updates energy efficiency standards and/or test procedures for a variety of products including commercial gas-fired instantaneous water heaters, commercial electric storage water heaters, gas-fired floor furnaces, residential electric furnaces, residential electric boilers, residential gas-fired water heaters, residential oil-fired water heaters, residential electric water heaters, residential oil-fired furnaces, residential gas-fired furnaces, residential oil-fired boilers, residential central air conditioners or heat pumps, and packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps. In most cases, the proposed amendments harmonize the Ontario energy efficiency regulation with the U.S. Details of the proposed amendments are online here.

The Ontario Ministry of Energy will accept public comments on the proposals until August 2. AHRI is working with the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) in reviewing the amendments and developing an industry position. Contact: Karim Amrane

AHRI President and CEO Addresses European Conference on Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Last week in Milan, AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek delivered an address to the 15th European Conference on Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. The conference was part of a series of conferences sponsored in part by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). Yurek delivered a similar speech at the UNEP Conference in Shanghai in April. Yurek’s message conveyed the need for the global HVACR industry to prepare for the likely eventual phase down of HFCs, because even though they are plentiful, efficient, and economical, their global warming potential (GWP) makes them vulnerable to greenhouse gas emission reduction programs in various countries around the world. Yurek discussed the findings to date of AHRI’s Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program (Low-GWP AREP) and announced that AHRI will sponsor a meeting about the program on January 16, 2014, in New York City, just prior to the ASHRAE Winter Meetings and the AHR Expo. Information about that meeting will be available soon at www.ahrinet.org. Contact: Francis Dietz.


June 14, 2013

AHRI Product Sections Take Action at Spring Meeting
More than 30 product section meetings were held in Arlington, Va. during AHRI’s Spring Meeting in May. Sections discussed pertinent legislative and regulatory issues, standards, and future goals. Read summaries from each section meeting here. Contact: Monica Cardenas.

AHRI Welcomes Summer of '13 Interns
AHRI is pleased to welcome our five newest team members who will be joining us for the summer. 

Ben Codiroli will be a junior at Virginia Tech this fall, studying Industrial Systems Engineering. He is active in several organizations, including serving as the National VP of Outreach for the National Association of Engineering Student Councils. Ben will help AHRI engineers maintain the large number of virtual machines and will also help develop several online tools. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

Daniel Ngo will be a senior at Virginia Tech this fall, studying Industrial Systems Engineering In previous positions, he has developed websites and optimized processes, and is Fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese, Daniel will focus on developing AHRI’s CPMS and also helping AHRI engineers present test data analytics for members. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

Jane Hong, a student at The George Washington University School of Law, will intern with AHRI’s legal staff. Jane has completed legal studies in Air and Space Law at Korea Aerospace University and received a Master of Law degree at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Jane previously interned at the Transportation Security Administration in the Office of Chief Counsel, as well as at the Aviation Security Services Association (Belgium) and DooWoo and Partners (Korea). Jane will work on general corporate law, regulatory, and international compliance matters. Contact: Amy Shepherd.

Kirubel Negash will be a senior at St. John’s University in the fall, studying Political Science and Peace Studies. Prior to joining AHRI, he interned with the College of Saint Benedict’s office of sustainability working on the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), which is used to rate college campuses according to their sustainability efforts. Kirubel will work to advance AHRI’s Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) database. Contact: Matt Gardner.

Jack Malone is currently a Political Science student at St John’s University, and will be working with AHRI’s Government Affairs team throughout the summer. Jack has studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria, and has worked as an intern for Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in Minneapolis, organizing events and working with volunteers. In the future, he hopes to work full-time in public policy and is considering a move to the DC area after graduating next year. Jack will work closely with AHRI’s government affairs team on a variety of research projects relating to legislative issues. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

AHRI Staff Participate in Hussman Institute Training
June 5-7, AHRI Certification Engineer Justin Prosser, Associate Certification Engineer Richie Mohan, and Senior Certification Engineer Maryline Rassi participated in a training course at the Hussman Institute headquarters in Bridgeton, Mo. The course provided a foundation in refrigeration, including display cases and refrigeration systems. In addition, Hussman staff gave the AHRI cohort a tour of the manufacturing facility and display case R&D laboratory for commercial applications. AHRI is always looking for ways to expand our knowledge of our members’ products, and thanks Hussman Corporation for its staff’s time in educating our staff. Contact: Maryline Rassi.

AHRI Video Update: Deputy General Counsel Amy Shepherd
AHRI's Amy Shepherd provides her insightson the latest in the APGA v. DOE lawsuit in this week's AHRI Video Update. Amy clarifies the proceedings over the past several months, and then explains what AHRI members can expect moving forward. Look for more video updates from AHRI on its YouTube Channel, at AHRIcommunications. Contact: Sean Lynch.

Senators Introduce SAVE Act
Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) recently introduced the Sensible Accounting to Value Energy (SAVE) Act, whose purpose is to modify mortgage underwriting, encourage investments in energy efficient homebuilding, and create more than 80,000 construction jobs.

The SAVE Act would allow federal mortgage loan agencies to consider a home’s energy efficiency and expected monthly energy bills when determining the homeowner’s ability to make monthly mortgage payments. Under the bill, lenders would account for expected energy costs along with other recurring payments in the debt-to-income qualifying ratios. According to a new study from The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the SAVE Act would create 83,000 new jobs in construction, renovation, and manufacturing by 2020.

The Senators plan to introduce the bill as an amendment to the Shaheen-Portman bill. Contact: Cade Clark.

US and China Agree to Work Together to Phase Down HFCs
President Obama and Chinese President Xi recently agreed to work together, and with other countries, to use the Montreal Protocol to phase down the consumption and production of HFCs while continuing to include them within the scope of UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol provisions for accounting and reporting of emissions.

For the past four years, the United States, Canada, and Mexico have proposed an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that would gradually reduce consumption and production, control byproduct emissions of HFCs in all countries, and require reporting in those areas. The amendment includes a financial assistance component for countries that can already access the Protocol’s Multilateral Fund, and leaves unchanged the reporting and accounting provisions of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol on HFC emissions. Contact: Cade Clark.

ASHRAE Call for Comments and Publication of New Standard
ASHRAE invites public commentary on the Public Review Draft of ASHRAE Standard 203P,Method of Test for Determining Heat Gain of Office Equipment Used in Buildings. 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. 

In addition, ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 190-2013, Method of Testing for Rating Indoor Pool Dehumidifiers, is now available for purchase on the ASHRAE website. Contact: Michael Woodford.

New ENERGY STAR Product Finder Tools Available
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced new product finder tools for boilers, dehumidifiers, and furnaces, which are designed to provide consumers, partners, and interested third parties with an easily-accessible, user-friendly search tool. 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.

AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participant
AHRI is pleased to welcome Oldach Associates, Inc. to the Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP) Certification Program. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

DOE Commercial Equipment Certification Working Group Meets in Arlington
On June 10-11, AHRI hosted the fourth meeting of the Department of Energy (DOE) Commercial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Water Heating, and Refrigeration Certification Working Group. This meeting was one of several meetings scheduled over a four month period to develop consensus certification requirements for commercial HVAC, water heater, and refrigeration equipment. During the meeting, the group spent most of its time developing basic model definitions for commercial unitary air conditioners, commercial refrigeration products, water source heat pumps, single package vertical units, commercial furnaces, and packaged terminal equipment. Notably, the group agreed to exclude certain equipment options and/or features that serve unique building applications such as economizers, ERVs, correction capacitors, hail guards and dehumidification components from the basic model definition. Other options, such as high- static indoor blowers and fresh air dampers, will be addressed though a test procedure change or guidance. The working group will finalize and approve the basic model definitions at its next meeting, scheduled for July 1-2. The next meeting agenda also includes a discussion of DOE’s proposed verification program and the role of voluntary industry certification programs (VICPs). Contact:Karim Amrane.


June 6, 2013

Save the Date for the Third Annual HVACR and Water Heating Congressional Reception
We hope you will join us for the Third Annual HVACR and Water Heating Congressional Reception on August 5, from 5pm-7pm, in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer. 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), 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 toMike O'Halloran before August 1.

AHRI Staff Visit Member Companies in New York, Pennsylvania
AHRI CFO Stephanie Murphy, Vice President of Government Affairs Cade Clark, and Certification Engineer Anuj Mistry recently visited the Zehnder Rittling (upper right) and Roberts Gordon (middle right) plants in Buffalo, NY; and the Kold-Draft (bottom right) plant in Erie, PA. 

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. Contact:Cade Clark.

DOE Holds Third Meeting of the Commercial Equipment Certification Working Group
On May 29-30, the Department of Energy (DOE) held the third meeting of the Commercial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Water Heating, and Refrigeration Certification Working Group. The purpose of the working group is to undertake a negotiated rulemaking to develop consensus certification requirements for commercial HVAC, water heater, and refrigeration equipment. At the meeting, the working group approved several requirements of the Alternative Efficiency Determination Method (AEDM), including:
  • No DOE pre-approval of the AEDM before it can be used by a manufacturer;
  • A minimum of two tests should be conducted by the manufacturer of each class or subclass of products covered by a specific AEDM to substantiate that AEDM;
  • Tolerance for the manufacturers’ tests conducted to substantiate an AEDM should be a one-sided five percent; and
  • DOE verification testing will allow tolerances consistent with AHRI certification programs (i.e,. five percent on most energy efficiency metrics and up to 10 percent on IEER).
In addition, the working group spent a considerable amount of time developing basic model definitions for several covered products. Notably, the working group excluded from the basic model definition for commercial unitary large equipment options and/or features such as economizers, ERVs, and coated coils that serve unique building applications. The working group will finalize and approve the basic model definitions at its upcoming meeting on June 10-11. The next meeting’s agenda includes a discussion of DOE’s proposed verification program and the role of voluntary industry certification programs (VICPs), such as those administered by AHRI. Contact: Karim Amrane.

Sponsors Modify Shaheen-Portman Bill
In response to fiscal concerns and partisan gridlock in Congress, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) will eliminate a provision in their bill, S. 761, aimed at boosting the federal government's use of electric and natural gas-fueled vehicles. The move comes after congressional budget scorers determined that the provision would increase spending by $350 million over the next decade.

S.761, the leading energy efficiency bill in Congress, would establish a grant program for states interested in financing efficiency programs, updating voluntary building codes, and implementing other programs aimed at reducing energy use by industry and federal agencies. Despite the legislation’s celebrity status in the efficiency policy world, a number of Senators have quietly raised objections to the bill that will likely delay floor action until July. 

On May 8, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved the bill with only three opposing votes. S. 761 now waits in line after the farm bill and immigration reform discussions before it can move to the Senate floor. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

AHRI Submits Comments on DOE's Request for Information on Commercial Warm Air Furnaces
The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a request for information (RFI) on May 2 to assess if the energy conservation standards for commercial warm air furnaces should be amended. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended by the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (AEMTCA) on December 18, 2012, requires that DOE consider amending the standards for any covered commercial and industrial equipment for which more than six years has elapsed since the issuance of the most recent final rule establishing or amending a standard for the product. Given that the current energy conservation standards for commercial warm air furnaces were set in 1992, DOE is obligated to publish, no later than December 31, either a notice of determination that the current standards for these products do not need to be amended, or a notice of proposed rulemaking for amending the standards.

In response, AHRI submitted a letter on June 3 stating that:
  • Amending the current energy conservation standard for commercial warm air furnaces is unnecessary at this time.
  • The Standing Standard Project Committee (SSPC) of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 considered the matter of increasing the minimum efficiency requirement for commercial warm air furnaces a few years ago. The SSPC determined that an increase in efficiency was not economically justified and would not save energy.
  • There are several issues that make it impractical to increase the energy conservation standard for commercial warm air furnaces. Those issues include: condensate disposal; gradual increase in envelope and insulation stringency in commercial building codes; added pressure drop in a higher efficiency commercial warm air furnace; and ventilation requirements in commercial building codes.
  • DOE must consider the cumulative regulatory burden of this rulemaking on manufacturers.
The AHRI letter also provided comments on some of the issues that were raised by DOE in the RFI. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

AHRI Comments on Canadian Depressurization Standard
In April, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) issued the proposed standard F300,Residential Depressurization, for public review and comment. This draft standard is intended to provide homeowners, contractors, equipment manufacturers, and others involved in Canadian residential buildings with information that describes a method to identify when residential depressurization may cause a health risk, and provides solutions to prevent or mitigate the buildup of combustion products in the house. The draft standard applies to all existing single family dwelling units that have any of the following: a combustion device within the house; an attached garage; or an exhaust device(s) in the house. 

On June 3, AHRI commented that the draft standard needs to be reexamined in light of the study, "Assessment of Literature Related to Combustion Appliance Venting Systems," issued by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The LBNL study reviewed the prevailing depressurization tests being practiced in the field, and found that these tests only indicate the possibility of backdrafting and do not address the frequency of the factors that contribute to depressurization-induced backdrafting or spillage. The study also noted that these tests are not conclusive indicators that a particular house will experience backdrafting or spillage in practice. AHRI commented that in light of this LBNL report the scope of this draft standard is overstated, particularly with regard to the aspect of solutions offered to mitigate the risk. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

AHRI Submits Supplemental Comments to DOE on Framework Document for Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers
Last month, the Department of Energy (DOE) extended the public comment period on theframework document for commercial and industrial fan and blower standards. The extension was due to a request from the Air Movement and Control Association International (AMCA) for additional time to conduct a rapid and intensive research project to provide DOE with better information at an early stage of the regulatory process. In addition to the comments filed on May 2, AHRI submitted a supplemental letter on June 3, which listed the HVAC products that should be excluded from the scope of this DOE rulemaking for the following reasons:
  • Regulating fans and blowers in these products is duplicative and unnecessary since the efficiency metrics and minimum efficiency requirements for such products are already captured in ASHRAE Standard 90.1.
  • DOE should ensure that this rulemaking recognizes third-party verification programs that not only ensure that products are rated accurately, but also emphasize performance during the equipment selection process for new commercial or industrial buildings.
Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification program (program in italics):
  • Delta Construction and Manufacturing Co. – Central Station Air Handling Units (AHU)
  • Oldach Associates, Inc. – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP)
Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.