AHRI Update: March 2013
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March 28, 2013

AHRI Visits with White House Officials
On March 19, AHRI’s leadership met with White House officials to discuss issues affecting the industry. AHRI enjoyed a productive conversation and appreciated the commitment of the White House to engage in its issues. This was an important first step in developing a strong ongoing relationship with the administration. Contact: Cade Clark.

AHRI Executive Committee Meets in Washington, D.C.
The AHRI Executive Committee met on March 20 to discuss several priority issues facing the association. AHRI staff provided updates, and Committee members engaged in dialogue on public policy, statistics, standards, education and certification issues, as well as strategic objectives for AHRI. The Committee considered how to best position the industry to address key challenges in 2013 and beyond. As a part of this discussion, the members considered elements of a public awareness campaign that would increase the visibility of the industry to key constituencies. Contact:Dave Calabrese.

AHRI Discusses Industry Issues with Trade Press
AHRI hosted a media roundtable on March 19 in Washington, D.C., during which AHRI staff and members presented on the latest industry issues. Members of the trade press were invited to attend the roundtable, and stay in the District for the AHRI Public Policy Symposium. The Roundtable included presentations on regulatory and legislative priorities, research programs, and international policy. Drake Erbe (AirXchange, Inc.) presented on whole building systems integration, while Ron Duncan (Magic Aire) moderated the discussion as chair of the AHRI Marketing, Communications, and Events Committee. Contact: Monica Cardenas.

New Manager of Government Affairs Joins AHRI
Michael O’Halloran has joined AHRI as the Manager of Government Affairs in the Policy Department. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Salisbury University, and served in the Maryland General Assembly as chief of staff to Senator David R. Brinkley. Contact: Cade Clark.

Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards Thirteen Students and Instructors
The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation recently awarded $20,500 in funding to ten students and three instructors to support their efforts in the HVACR and water heating industry. Of the ten students, Louis Alexander, who attends Richmond Community College, was the first scholarship recipient awarded as part of the Rees Returning Veterans Program. View the full recipient list here.

Since it was founded in 2003, the Rees Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to 121 deserving students and instructors. Learn more at Contact: Marc Neufcourt.

AHRI Research & Technology Committee Meets in Arlington
The AHRI Research and Technology (R&T) Committee met on March 26 at AHRI headquarters in Arlington, Va. The R&T Committee discussed industry research needs, reviewed newly proposed AHRI research projects, and prioritized projects that will be launched by AHRI in 2013. As one of the AHRI Standing Committees, the R&T Committee administers the AHRI research program, and recommends and promotes research activities that will strengthen the industry’s competitive position globally. Contact: Xudong Wang

AHRI Attends 2013 ISH Trade Show, Hosts Dinner for Hydronics Institute Section
AHRI attended the 2013 ISH Trade Show, March 12-16 in Frankfurt, Germany, which is held biannually and features HVACR and water heating products. The event is well-attended by European and international companies and attracts representatives from North American manufacturers sourcing European components and technologies. The delegation from AHRI, including AHRI Chairman Harry Holmes,  President and CEO Stephen Yurek,  and Senior Certification Engineer Aykut Yilmaz, met with several AHRI members at the show to discuss boiler certification issues, and also met officials from Eurovent, the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), and the European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) to discuss global trends in the HVACR and water heating industry. 

On March 12, AHRI hosted a dinner for members of the Hydronics Institute Product Section attending the ISH trade show at the Hotel Hessischer Hof in Frankfurt. AHRI thanks those who attended the dinner and appreciates the productive discussions held during the meetings. Contact: Aykut Yilmaz.

Annual Public Policy Symposium Hosts Members in Nation's Capital
The 2013 AHRI Public Policy Symposium was held March 20-21, in Washington, D.C. The two-day grassroots advocacy event gave AHRI members the opportunity to learn more about important issues facing the HVACR and water heating industry, and share their stories with their Senators and Congressmen. The Symposium kicked off with a raucous luncheon featuring keynote speakers Krystal Ball and S.E. Cupp, co-hosts of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” (pictured left with AHRI General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Dave Calabrese). After the luncheon, AHRI members participated in discussion panels held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The first panel featured senior staff from House and Senate energy committees responsible for the policies affecting the industry, while the second gave attendees the opportunity to hear from the Department of Energy and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The second and final day featured briefings in the Capitol Visitor Center from the following Congressional leaders: 

•    Congressman John Barrow (D-Ga.), 
•    Congressman Ron Kind (D-Wis.), 
•    Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas), 
•    Congressman Randy Weber (R-Texas),  
•    Congressman Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), and 
•    Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). 

AHRI members concluded the day by visiting Congressional offices. To view more photos from the event, please click here. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

DOE Extends Deadline for Submitting Comments to Framework Document on Packaged Terminal Equipment
As previously reported, the Department of Energy (DOE) started a rulemaking in March 2013 to assess if the energy conservation standards for packaged terminal equipment need to be amended. DOE also held a public meeting on March 18, 2013, where several stakeholders, including AHRI, participated and provided input on the framework document. Written comments on the framework document were due on March 25. However, at the request of AHRI and other stakeholders, DOE announced that it has extended the comment period to April 25, 2013. AHRI is working with members of the Packaged Terminal Equipment subsection of the Applied Packaged Systems Product Section to develop an industry position. Contact: Jon Lemmond.

DOE Issues Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Residential Furnace Fan Test Procedures
On March 25, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a pre-publication Federal Registersupplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) concerning test procedures for residential furnace fans. Furnace fans covered in the scope of the SNOPR include circulation fans used in weatherized and non-weatherized gas furnaces, oil furnaces, modular blowers, and electric furnaces. In the SNOPR, DOE proposes to:
  • Modify the test procedures to rate the electrical consumption of furnace fans based on the recommendations that were provided by AHRI and other furnace fan manufacturers in
  • Align the proposed furnace fan test procedures with the DOE test procedure for furnaces, which is codified in appendix N to subpart B of 10 CFR Part 430.
  • Modify the title and calculation of the furnace fan metric. The SNOPR changes the title from “fan efficiency rating” to “fan energy rating.”
The public comment period closes 30 days after the date of publication of the SNOPR in theFederal Register. DOE will not hold a public meeting to discuss the modified proposals in the SNOPR. AHRI staff will solicit input from the impacted product sections to develop comments on this SNOPR. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

AHRI Comments on Draft Revised Specifications for Residential Boilers ENERGY STAR Program
On March 26, AHRI submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Draft 1 Version 3.0 specifications for the ENERGY STAR Program for residential boilers. EPA still intends to finalize the revised specification by July 2013. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

Industry-specific Federal Rulemaking Schedule Available Online
AHRI’s regulatory staff closely monitors federal rulemakings that may impact test procedures, standards revisions, and enforcement provisions. View the expected rulemaking schedule for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on AHRI’s website. The next update of the DOE and EPA rulemaking schedules listed here will occur on July 31, 2013. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

EPA Presents Final HCFC Allocation Rule
On March 27, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe signed the final HCFC Allocation Rule covering HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b allowances for 2012-2014.  Among other things, EPA decided to continue to use the same HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b baselines established in the 2011 interim Final Rule, but opted to reduce the HCFC-22 consumption allocations for 2012-2014 by close to 30 percent from the amounts provided in the 2009 Final Rule.  Overall, the total industry-wide allocation for 2013 is approximately 28,500 MT (approximately 63 million lbs).While the rule has not yet been published, an overview memo is available. AHRI will notify its members when the rule is published in the Federal Register. Contact: Karim Amrane.

AHRI Recognized as ENERGY STAR Certification Body for Commercial Water Heaters
On March 26, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized AHRI as a certifying body (CB) for commercial water heaters in the ENERGY STAR program. AHRI commercial water heater certification program participants can meet EPA ENERGY STAR certification and verification requirements without any additional testing on the products they select to have ENERGY STAR labeled. Contact: Bill Tritsis.

FTC Reopens Public Comment Period on Proposed Changes to EnergyGuide Labels
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reopened the public comment period until April 1, 2013, on a recent proposal to update EnergyGuide label information. The proposal also calls for issuing special labels for refrigerators and clothes washers to help consumers compare products in the wake of new U.S. Department of Energy tests for measuring energy costs. Although this comment period is associated with products that are associated with AHAM, FTC has indicated to AHRI staff that AHRI and its members can use this comment period as an opportunity to submit any additional comments on recent FTC rulemakings that pertain to products represented by AHRI. The comment form can be accessed here. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

ASHRAE Call for Comments
ASHRAE invites public commentary on several Public Review Draft Standards. Those interested in providing comments can do so by accessing the ASHRAE website before April 21. Contact: Mike Woodford.

AHRI Hosts Meeting with Delegation from United Arab Emirates
AHRI met with a delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on March 26, which was led by His Excellency, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, and Engineer Mohamed Saleh Badri, Acting Director General of Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA). The meeting was part of the delegation’s efforts to understand the details of U.S. energy policy, stakeholders at the federal and state levels, and AHRI’s role in the development of U.S. policy. Discussions also included AHRI’s refrigerant testing program, refrigerant needs in the Middle East, AHRI’s certification program, and the potential availability of test labs for the program outside of North America. AHRI looks forward to continuing cooperation with UAE on several initiatives. Contact: Jim Walters.

AHRI International Committee Reviews Climate Change Policy, MEPS, Global Regulations
AHRI’s International Committee, chaired by Roger Richmond-Smith, CEO of Smardt Group, met at AHRI headquarters in Arlington, Va., on March 19. Members continued to follow climate change developments and provided comments on AHRI’s draft climate change policy. The committee also discussed issues related to the evolution of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) around the globe, and the negative impact that un-harmonized MEPS have on the global HVACR industry. 

In addition, representatives from the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) and the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) presented on current issues in their regions that are relevant to AHRI’s members. From EPEE, Andrea Voigt, Director General, gave an update on the F-gas regulation, and Hannah Herscheid, EPEE Consultant, presented on several issues, including Ecodesign and labeling in Europe, and market surveillance. From HRAI, Caroline Czajko, Manager, and David Terlizzi, Technial Coordinator, gave an update on Canada’s proposed CSA Standard P.12 and notified the committee about a proposed anti-counterfeiting bill that could negatively impact industry. Contact: Jim Walters

European Commission Implements Space and Water Heater Energy Saving Legislation
In February and March, the European Commission (the EU’s executive branch) implemented legislation targeting the significant energy saving potential of residential heaters (boilers and heat pumps). Under the European legislative framework of the Ecodesign and Energy Labeling Directives gas boilers and heat pumps, will subsequently become more efficient. Environmental NGOs and manufacturers welcomed the introduction of stringent, yet reasonable minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and the adoption of a simple and informative energy label. The energy label will facilitate consumers’ decisions when choosing the most efficient heater for their homes. 

Meanwhile, the Commission proposed measures for air conditioners and central air heaters under the same legislative framework. Expected to enter into force in 2014, ambitious MEPS, especially for air- and water-cooled chillers, have been suggested. Additionally, applications using low-GWP refrigerants have been proposed to receive a benefit by having lower  energy efficiency requirements than equipment using higher-GWP refrigerants.  EPEE and AHRI are opposed to this proposal since it does not reflect the total environmental impact but rather focuses only on low-GWP and sacrificing energy efficiency. Hence, in view of the current revision of the F-gas Regulation, EPEE strongly recommends that refrigerants are dealt with under the F-gas regulation instead of under the Ecodesign Directive. 

Other product groups that may be impacted by future Ecodesign rules include professional and commercial refrigeration, for which external technical consultants of the European Commission are in the process of issuing recommendations for potential regulations. Measures for these product groups are expected to come into force as early as by the end of 2014. To learn more about the partnership between AHRI and EPEE, you can watch this week’s edition of theAHRI Video Update. Contact: Jim Walters.

March 21, 2013

New Associate Certification Engineer Joins AHRI
Lauren Zelinski has joined AHRI as an Associate Certification Engineer working with AHRI’s air conditioning and heating coils (ACHC) certification program. She joins us after graduating from the Catholic University of America with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Lauren also holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, and previously worked as a research assistant in Catholic University’s vibrations and acoustics research lab. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

HVACR & Mechanical Conference Wraps Up in Colorado Springs
More than 150 people attended the 2013 HVACR & Mechanical Conference for Education Professionals, March 11-13, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The conference included dozens of presentations from industry professionals intended to educate instructors on the latest trends in the HVACR industry, as well as innovative instruction techniques. Next year’s conference is scheduled for March 3-5 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, near Baltimore, Md. Contact: Warren Lupson.

New Ductless eBook Now Available
BNP Media collaborated with AHRI and its Ductless Equipment Product Section to develop an informative eBook. The publication includes details on the ductless technology, growth opportunity in the marketplace, and real world examples of installing ductless systems. View the eBook here. Contact: Francis Dietz.

AHRI Welcomes New Member
AHRI is pleased to welcome ARaymond Tinnerman Industrial as an associate member. Contact: Freshta Rosario.

AHRI Provides Supplemental Comment on Water Heater Efficiency Test Procedures
On March 18, AHRI submitted a supplemental comment on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) request for information regarding the development of a uniform efficiency descriptor and corresponding test procedure for residential and commercial water heaters. AHRI included its recommendation for a revised water heater test procedure to DOE. Contact:Frank Stanonik.

EPA Addresses Comments on Revised Specifications for Residential Boilers ENERGY STAR Program
On March 18, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a webinar to address initial comments and questions on the Draft 1 Version 3.0 specifications for the ENERGY STAR Program for residential boilers, which revises the current specification. During the webinar EPA reviewed the planned schedule for this revision process, noting that the intent was to finalize the revised specification by July 2013. No significant concerns or objections to the proposed revised specifications were noted during the webinar. AHRI will work with relevant product sections to develop comments before the March 26 deadline. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

AHRI Submits Comments on DOE RFI on Labeling Requirements for Commercial and Industrial Equipment
In a request for information (RFI) issued on December 20, 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE) solicited input from stakeholders on the potential for establishing labeling requirements for covered commercial and industrial equipment, including HVAC, refrigeration and water heating products. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) authorized DOE to develop labeling rules for any covered equipment for which the Department has prescribed federal test procedures. However, DOE cannot prescribe such a rule unless it has determined that labeling would be (1) technologically and economically feasible for the class of covered equipment; (2) that significant energy savings would result from such labeling; and (3) that labeling would assist consumers in making purchasing decisions. In addition to providing responses on the six key issues raised in the RFI, AHRI’scomments stated that requiring labels on commercial and industrial products will not save energy or help consumers in purchasing these products; hence, DOE should abandon the ideas raised in the RFI and should instead focus its efforts on pressing issues related to other rulemakings. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

DOE Hosts Meeting on Waiver Process for Residential Water Heater Standards
On March 15, the Department of Energy (DOE) held a public meeting on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to establish a waiver process to allow the manufacture and sale of larger volume residential electric storage water heaters (i.e. volume larger than 55 gallons) after April 16, 2015. This NOPR was issued in response to concerns that the amended minimum efficiency standard for residential electric storage water heaters, which goes into effect in April 2015, will eliminate the availability of the large volume electric storage water heaters that are used in electric thermal storage (ETS) programs, which allow the water heaters to operate only during off-peak periods and often supply electricity generated by renewable energy sources. A large number of co-operative electric utilities were represented at the meeting and expressed support for the concept of the waiver, but objected to the conditions that DOE proposed for obtaining a waiver. Some utilities also objected to DOE’s decision not to establish a separate product class for electric water heaters used in off-peak programs. AHRI staff presented no official position on the NOPR, but did note that DOE’s efficiency standards apply to manufacturers of covered products, and questioned how a waiver from a regulation could be granted solely to a utility when that entity is not subject to the regulation. Based on the discussion that occurred at the meeting, it seems likely that DOE will have to revise this NOPR significantly before the rulemaking is completed.

Comments on the NOPR must be submitted by April 29. Subsequent developments on this issue will likely occur several months after that deadline. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

Technical Committee on Sound Meets in Arlington
The AHRI Technical Committee on Sound (TCoS) met at AHRI Headquarters in Arlington, Va., from March 18-21. The committee develops and maintains all of AHRI’s sound rating and test method standards for HVACR equipment, in addition to liaising with ASHRAE, the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), ISO, and other standards writing bodies that develop acoustical standards affecting HVACR equipment. The TCoS develops AHRI positions on acoustical regulatory and legislative issues, and is actively seeking additional participation from AHRI member companies.

During the TCoS meetings, the subcommittees discussed and collaborated on: 
  • ANSI/AHRI Standard 250-2008, Performance and Calibration of Reference Sound Sources;
  • Proposed AHRI Standard 1280P, Sound Performance Rating of Water Cooled Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Equipment;
  • Proposed AHRI Standard 1150P, Declaration and Verification of Noise Emission Values of HVAC Machinery and Equipment Using Published Sound Rating Values;
  • AHRI Standard 270-2008, Sound Performance Rating of Outdoor Unitary Equipment;
  • AHRI Standard 300-2008, Sound Rating and Sound Transmission Loss of Packaged Terminal Equipment; and
  • AHRI Standard 350-2008, Sound Performance Rating of Non-Ducted Indoor Air Conditioning Equipment.
Representatives from the following AHRI member companies currently participate:
  • Aaon
  • Baltimore Aircoil Company
  • Carrier
  • Emerson
  • Ingersoll Rand (Trane)
  • Johnson Controls
  • Rheem
  • Price
  • Tecumseh
  • Temtrol
Contact: Danny Abbate

ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments
ASHRAE invites public commentary on the following Public Review Draft Standards. Those interested in providing comments can do so by accessing the ASHRAE website before April 29. 
  • ASHRAE Guideline 33P, Documenting Airflow and Contaminant Transport Modeling Studies. This proposed guideline establishes a method and format for documenting inputs, assumptions, methods, and outputs utilized when conducting indoor airflow and contaminant transport modeling studies.
  • ASHRAE Standard 195P, Method of Test for Rating Air Terminal Unit Controls. This revision clarifies that the tests defined in the standard may be used individually or together. The stability test is also modified, eliminating the requirement to record the number of times the actuator moves during the test. Finally, the rating condition is extended, calling for the stability test to be executed at a low flow and at maximum flow.
  • ASHRAE Standard 206P, Method of Testing for Rating of Multi-Purpose Heat Pumps for Residential Space Conditioning and Water Heating. The test procedure provides a uniform method of testing for rating the seasonal efficiency of multi-purpose heat pumps, referred to herein as combined appliances, which perform space conditioning and water heating in residential applications. The heat pumps may also provide additional functions, such as ventilation and/or dehumidification. This procedure pulls together past test procedures and Department of Energy waivers dealing with special design equipment into a single comprehensive procedure covering all existing and anticipated multi-purpose heat pumps.
Contact: Michael Woodford.

ASHRAE Publication of New Standards
ASHRAE has announced the standards documents listed below are now available for purchase at the ASHRAE website. 
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 84-2013, Method of Testing Air-to-Air Heat/Energy Exchangers;
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2012, BACnet – A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks;
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 138-2013, Method of Testing for Rating Ceiling Panels for Sensible Heating and Cooling; and
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 149-2013, Laboratory Methods of Testing Fans Used to Exhaust Smoke in Smoke Management Systems.
Contact: Michael Woodford.

Member of EPEE/Grayling Staff Completes Exchange Program at AHRI
As part of the Professional Development Program between staff at AHRI and the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), Hannah Herscheid of the Grayling Consultancy is visiting the AHRI office in Arlington, Va., this week. Hannah is responsible for EPEE’s Ecodesign Working Group. During her visit, she is meeting with AHRI staff from various departments to better understand AHRI’s priority issues and how it works with its members to address those issues. Hannah also participated in both the March 19 International Committee meeting and in the AHRI Public Policy Symposium. At the end of this week, she will give a presentation to the AHRI staff about the European Union, key issues in the industry (including Ecodesign), and EPEE’s advocacy role for the HVACR industry in Europe. Her visit marks the fourth year of the exchange program. Contact: Matt Gardner.

AHRI Participates in 2013 ACREX India Exposition
AHRI participated in the 2013 ACREX India Exposition held in March 7-9 in Mumbai. Organized by the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) and UBM India, this 14th ACREX show was themed,Dedicated to an Eco-Friendly Environment. The AHRI delegation at ACREX included AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek, Senior Vice President Henry Hwong, and Director of Certification Programs Sunil Nanjundaram. In addition to providing information and meeting certification program participants at the AHRI booth, the team met officials from ISHRAE and RAMA to discuss standards and certification cooperation efforts, and with UL and Intertek to discuss testing needs in India. The AHRI staff also visited facilities of Blue Star and Kirloskar, and hosted a workshop on the AHRI Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Multi-Split Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Equipment certification program. Contact: Henry Hwong.

March 14, 2013

New AHRI Member
AHRI is pleased to welcome new member company IBC Technologies, which is participating in the Hydronics Institute Product Section. Contact: Freshta Rosario.

AHRI Members Invited to Take Manufacturing Survey
AHRI requests our members’ participation in the 2013 McGladrey Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor survey. The survey can be accessed here, and will be available until March 22. This confidential survey is designed to help companies address operational efficiencies, growth strategies, and exporting best practices while educating those outside of the manufacturing industry about the challenges and concerns faced by businesses today. Contact: Francis Dietz.

AHRI Working with Senators on Efficiency Bill
Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are preparing to reintroduce energy efficiency legislation. The new bill is based on last year’s S. 1000, Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011, which sought to boost energy efficiency in federal buildings and the private sector. AHRI is currently working with the staff of both Senate offices on the draft language of the bill, which includes the compromise language on DOE authority over building codes that was developed last year by stakeholders led by AHRI. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

DOE Holds Meetings on Residential Boiler Test Procedures and Efficiency Standards
On March 13, the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) held two consecutive public meetings to discuss rulemakings involving residential boilers. The first meeting was to discuss the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to revise the residential furnace/boiler efficiency test procedures to add calculations for the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of a condensing, modulating residential boiler or furnace when the option to omit heat-up and cool-down tests is used. The calculations proposed by DOE are the same as those proposed by AHRI in its December 17, 2012, letter to the agency. There were no comments presented at the meeting that either opposed the NOPR or identified significant issues in it. The comment period for this NOPR ends on April 22, 2013. Based on the general agreement with the NOPR that was exhibited at this meeting, it is expected that DOE will issue the final rule very soon after the end of the comment period.

The second meeting centered around the Framework Document issued with DOE’s notice, which announced the initiation of the “second round” rulemaking on efficiency standards for residential boilers. DOE will review the current residential boiler efficiency standards and by July 15, 2014 will publish either a notice announcing that the standards do not need to be amended or a NOPR that includes proposed revised standards. At this meeting, DOE provided a preliminary schedule that indicated that if the July 2014 notice were a NOPR, then the final rule would be issued around July 2015 and would go into effect in July 2020. Much of the meeting was devoted to reviewing the list of items from the Framework Document on which DOE was seeking comments or information. In addition, DOE was asked whether any amended efficiency standard would consider both AFUE increases and prescriptive design requirements that improve efficiency. DOE was unable to provide a definitive answer, but will review the current federal legislation to determine the extent of its authority in amending the residential boiler efficiency standard. AHRI will continue to work with the Hydronics Institute Section to develop the comments on the Framework Document that will be submitted by March 28, 2013. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

AHRI Cooling Standards Subcommittee Update
AHRI’s Cooling Standards Subcommittee (CSS) convened for a web conference on March 12 and reviewed the following AHRI standards:
  • Revised AHRI Standard 870-2005, Performance Rating of Direct Geoexchange Heat Pumps
  • Revised AHRI Standards 1270 (I-P) and 1271 (SI)-2011, Requirements for Seismic Qualification of HVACR Equipment
  • Revised AHRI Standard 1110-2006, Performance Rating of Mechanical Transport Refrigeration Units
  • Revised AHRI Standards 1060 (I-P) and 1061 (SI)-2011, Performance Rating of Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers for Energy Recovery Ventilation Equipment
The Subcommittee voted to approve Performance Rating of Mechanical Transport Refrigeration Units, which will appear on the AHRI website as AHRI Standards 1110 (I-P) and 1111 (SI)-2013. Other considered standards were sent back to respective committees with comments. All AHRI standards are available for download free of charge here. Contact:Danny Abbate.

AHRI Submits Comments on Proposed Revised Ranges of Comparability for EnergyGuide Labels
On March 1, AHRI submitted comments on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) January 9 proposed rule to revise the EnergyGuide labels for residential water heaters and gas-fired pool heaters. The comments included updated information to address errors in the FTC’sproposed ranges of comparability, and supported the current rule that requires label changes every five years. The FTC’s schedule for issuing the final rule on these changes is not yet known. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

ASHRAE Call for Members
ASHRAE has announced a Call for Members for the SSPC 34, Designation and Safety Classification of Refrigerants Committee. Individuals may indicate their interest and obtain the necessary membership forms here. ASHRAE Standard 34 establishes a uniform system for assigning reference numbers, safety classifications, and refrigerant concentration limits. Contact: Michael Woodford.

ASHRAE Call for Comments
ASHRAE invites public commentary on the following Public Review Draft Standards and Addenda. Those interested in providing comments can do so by accessing the ASHRAE website before April 22. 

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2010, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy
  • Addendum i: clarifies calculation of the cooling effect of air movement and a new definition of “average air speed” is added.
  • Addendum k: adds a new method for the calculation of the clothing insulation using a predictive model of clothing insulation based on outdoor air temperature.
  • Addendum l: renames Section 6 from “Compliance” to “Design Compliance” to clarify that Section 6 covers design requirements and documentation in contrast to Section 7 (Evaluation of the Thermal Environment) that covers evaluation of existing spaces.
  • Addendum m: separates normative from informative text in the portions of Section 5 (Conditions that Provide Thermal Comfort) that describe the analytical and graphic methods.
  • Addendum n: combines and clarifies definitions by absorbing Section 5.4 (Description of Thermal Environmental Variables) into the definitions in Section 3.0 (Definitions).
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 84-2013, Method of Testing Air-to-Air Heat/Energy Exchangers
  • Addendum a: clarifies the standard in three areas: 1) Equation (14) is modified to clarify for which airstream the specific heat Cp is evaluated; 2) text near Equations (22) and (23) is rearranged for clarity; and 3) two sets of uncertainty limits had been provided for Equations (24), (25), and (26). In this proposed addendum each equation is provided with a single, unambiguous uncertainty limit.
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2012, BACnet - A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks
  • Addendum ai: creates a BACnet-visible mechanism for viewing/configuring a device’s network settings so that there is a way for BACnet client devices to easily and consistently access and manipulate this information.
  • Addendum al: specifies a set of best practices that are recommended for the design of successful gateways to/from the BACnet protocol, updates the router configuration BIBBs to ensure that configuration tools can perform all of the expected functions, and adds a new device profile for those devices which do not match any existing device profiles.
  • Addendum as: Currently, the BACnet standard does not provide a method for conveying and recording the source of a command. The changes allow devices to indicate and record the source device or process, and optionally, a comment. In addition, COV reporting is modified to allow a client to request that value changes be accompanied by command source information.
Contact: Michael Woodford.

March 7, 2013

Registration Closing for 2013 AHRI Public Policy Symposium
Time is almost up to register for the 2013 AHRI Public Policy Symposium, AHRI’s premier grassroots advocacy event for members, to be held March 20-21 at the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington D.C. Attendees will learn about the most important issues facing our industry and have the opportunity to build relationships with lawmakers and their industry colleagues in face-to-face meetings. To learn more about the opportunities this year’s attendees will have, watch the newest edition of the AHRI Video Update here, or access our YouTube channel at AHRICommunications.

This year’s Public Policy Symposium features a corresponding mobile app. If you have not already downloaded the AHRI app, please take a few minutes to download it by clicking herefrom your smartphone or tablet. The Public Policy Symposium app is available under Featured Events. Here, you can access the meeting schedule (which you may personalize within the app), maps and other resources, and information about each of our featured speakers.

Please note that event registration closes tomorrow, Friday, March 8. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

AHRI Awards Research Contract to Trane U.S.
AHRI launched a new research project No. 8007, Material Compatibility and Lubricants Research for Low GWP Refrigerants, and awarded the research contract to Trane U.S., Inc. The project will determine low-GWP refrigerants HFO-1234yf, HFO-1234ze(E), and R-32 and lubricants’ long-term compatibility with materials commonly used in stationary air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. The project began March 1, and will be completed within 11 months. The project is a “work for hire” effort culminating with a final report delivered to AHRI. Contact: Xudong Wang

Gina McCarthy and Ernest Moniz to Head EPA and DOE
On March 4, President Obama announced the nominations of Gina McCarthy and Ernest Moniz to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), respectively. AHRI staff predicted these nominations in the February 25 issue ofPolicy Brief and look forward to working with both of them to ensure a productive tenure in their new positions. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

AHRI Requests Delay in Compliance Date for Non-weatherized Gas Furnace Standards
AHRI wrote to Energy Secretary Steven Chu last week to request a delay of the compliance date for non-weatherized gas furnace standards, and is filing for a stay of the compliance date with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. In the letter to Secretary Chu, AHRI noted that because the APGA lawsuit is still pending, the Department must delay the compliance date to provide certainty to the industry regarding the standards. The motion for a stay asks the Court to order the Department to delay the standards. Contact: Dave Calabrese.

Reduced Depreciation Period for Efficiency Upgrades to Buildings
Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) is circulating draft legislative language establishing a reduced depreciation recovery period for commercial buildings and rental properties. A building owner would be able to apply a 25-year depreciation value to a commercial building if the energy consumption were reduced 40 percent below ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004. In the case of a residential rental property, a 20-year depreciation value would apply to properties that consume 40 percent less energy than prescribed in IECC 2004. The changes to the allowable depreciation recovery periods are applicable to both new construction and retrofits. AHRI staff is working with the Congressman’s office on suggestions to, and support for, the bill. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

AHRI Submits Comments on DOE Rulemaking for Unitary Large Equipment
On March 4, AHRI filed comments in response to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) request for information (RFI) on energy conservation standards for commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment. The RFI solicited input from stakeholders to help the Department determine if more stringent energy conservation standards could be justified and if DOE should adopt the part-load Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio (IEER) as the new regulated energy efficiency metric in lieu of the current full-load EER. In its comments, AHRI noted that the energy consumption of commercial package air conditioners has been significantly reduced over the past few years due to the implementation of design requirements in ASHRAE 90.1. AHRI urged DOE to properly model these products to fully capture the energy savings that have been achieved since DOE last amended the energy conservation standards. Finally, AHRI cautioned DOE against switching to the IEER metric before addressing and resolving issues related to the Alternative Efficiency Determination Method (AEDM), the basic model definition, and the uncertainty in testing measurements due to the use of part-load metrics. Contact: Karim Amrane.

DOE Plans Negotiated Rulemaking on the Certification Requirements for Commercial HVACR and Water Heating Equipment
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) intends to establish a working group to negotiate certification requirements for commercial HVACR and water heating equipment. The working group will discuss, and if possible reach consensus on, proposed certification requirements. Issues identified by DOE that would fall under the scope of the working group include:
  • Strategies for grouping models;
  • Identification of non-efficiency attributes that do not impact the product energy consumption;
  • Information certified to DOE;
  • Timing of when the certification should be made relative to distribution in commerce; and
  • Alteration to the basic model that would impact the certification.
The working group, comprised of a maximum of 25 members, will be required to provide a progress report to ASRAC by June 26, and a final report by August 30. DOE will accept nominations for membership in the working group until around March 22, (i.e., 2 weeks from publication of the notice in the Federal Register). AHRI staff will submit a nomination to represent the industry on the working group and, if selected by DOE, will solicit input from impacted product sections and engineering committees. Members are also encouraged to submit their individual nominations directly to DOE. Contact: Karim Amrane.

EPA Releases New Draft Specifications for Residential Boiler ENERGY STAR Program
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released Draft 1 Version 3.0 specifications for the ENERGY STAR Program for residential boilers, which revises the current specification. The changes include: 
  • Raising the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) criteria to 90 percent for gas boilers and 87 percent for oil boilers.
  • Deleting the requirement for a minimum Combined Appliance AFUE (CAafue) value for combination space-heating and water–heating equipment.
  • Introducing the concept of an idle loss requirement for combination space-heating and water-heating equipment.  EPA notes that DOE will initiate the development of an idle loss test procedure as part of an efficiency test procedure for combined appliances.
  • Specifying that AFUE will be rounded off to the nearest whole percentage point.
  • Modify the sampling requirements to be consistent with DOE’s sampling requirements.
AHRI will work with the Hydronics Institute Product Section to develop comments on the document before the March 26 deadline. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

AHRI Participates in CANENA Conference
A CANENA-sponsored conference, Putting Regional Standardization in a Global Context - Focus on Canada, took place February 27-28, in Montreal. Individuals from North, Central, and South America were invited to speak on behalf of their organizations at the conference. 

Presenters discussed a range of topics, including standardization in public policy, the stakeholder view of harmonization, and how standards are featured in bilateral and regional trade negotiations. Other topics included harmonization of smart grid standards in North America and strategies to attract young professionals to standardization. Contact: Danny Abbate.

ASHRAE Publishes New Standards
ASHRAE has announced that the following standards are now available for purchase on the ASHRAE website or by e-mail. 
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 24-2013, Methods of Testing for Rating Liquid Coolers; and
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 198-2013, Method of Test for Rating DX-Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems for Moisture Removal Capacity and Moisture Removal Efficiency.
Contact: Mike Woodford.

New Certification Participants
AHRI is pleased to welcome a new participant to its certification program (program in italics):

•    LG Electronics USA, Inc. – Central Station Air-Handling Units (AHU)

Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

Commercial Boiler Certification Program Contracts with CSA International
A new contract with CSA International means that commercial boilers tested in the AHRI certification program will now be tested either at the CSA facilities in Cleveland, Ohio, or the Intertek facilities in Cortland, New York. The new contract expands in-house testing capacity and allows for testing of steam boilers and hot water boilers 800 kBtu/h to 3,500 kBtu/h. Witness testing will continue to be performed exclusively at Intertek. Contact: Aykut Yilmaz.

AHRI Meets with 2022 World Cup Planning Committee
AHRI staff members Henry Hwong, Bill Tritsis, and Jim Walters met last week in Seattle, Washington, with members of the Qatari Supreme Committee that is planning the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The committee was part of a trade mission to the United States organized by the U.S. Commercial Service to engage U.S. companies that can help Qatar execute its goal of a carbon-neutral building approach using innovative approaches to air conditioning the many facilities needed for the World Cup. U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Susan Ziadeh and Senior Commercial Officer Robert Dunn headed the mission.

AHRI explained the broad array of heating, cooling, and water heating equipment manufactured by AHRI members and emphasized the value-added by using AHRI Certified equipment. Given the Qatari goal of making new (open air) stadiums the anchor of new urban areas with residential, commercial, and retail facilities, AHRI emphasized that it could provide a communications gateway to many of the world’s leading heating, cooling, and water heating OEMs whose products would be applicable to the planned urbanization.

AHRI intends to meet with the committee again and educate Qatari officials about AHRI’s certification and standards programs. AHRI members who are interested in learning more about the project may contact Robert Dunn, Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy, Doha. Contact: Jim Walters.

AHRI and HRAI Ask CSA to Re-Draft Proposed Standard
AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek and HRAI President Warren Heeley recently wrote to CSA Standards President Bonnie Rose to request that the scope of a proposed standard be changed to remove unnecessary burdens on standards developers. As it is currently written, the standard would lead to a further divergence of AHRI and CSA HVACR standards.

CSA draft standard P.12, Standard for energy performance compliance, verification, and ratings of fuel-burning appliances and equipment, has been described as intended for use by government authorities as part of enforcement or market surveillance responsibilities. However, AHRI and HRAI noted that the scope targets certification bodies (CBs), like AHRI, and does not mention government bodies.  This would require costly amendments to their certification programs for this role, in addition to costs associated with corresponding audits.

AHRI and HRAI asked that the standard’s scope be revised to delete the reference to CBs and to insert language that clearly references government regulatory authorities and its intended purpose of enforcement and market surveillance activities. The letter also requested that language be added to the scope that specifically excludes CBs that are accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and that are in full compliance with helping their clients meet Canada’s federal energy efficiency regulations.

CSA immediately sent the comments to the CSA drafting committee (P.12) for review and disposition. AHRI and HRAI will work with HVACR representatives on the committee to resolve this matter. Contact: Jim Walters.