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AHRI Update: October 2011

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THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 31, 2011
Yurek Attends HARDI and AMCA Meetings

AHRI President and CEO Steve Yurek attended the annual meeting of the Heating, Airconditioning, and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) and the Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) late last month.  

The meeting coincided with the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) confirmation of its Direct Final Rule establishing regional efficiency standards for residential furnaces, heat pumps, and central air conditioners, a rule HARDI opposed.  Yurek took the opportunity to discuss issues related to the rule with the HARDI leadership and its members, assuring them that the manufacturers are eager to work with them and with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) on enforcement of the new standards.  DOE is required by law to begin an enforcement rulemaking within 90 days of publishing the Direct Final Rule in the Federal Register – which occurred October 31.  The rule must be completed by January 31, 2013, and DOE has already invited enforcement ideas from the industry.

At the AMCA meeting, Yurek addressed the full membership, pledging a closer working relationship on regulatory and advocacy issues between AHRI and AMCA.  The two organizations have some member companies in common.

Contact: Francis Dietz.

AHRI Meets with ASHRAE Leadership

AHRI senior staff recently met with ASHRAE leadership at ASHRAE's Washington, D.C. office.
 
Attending from ASHRAE were:
  • Ron Jarnagin, President
  • Tom Watson, President-Elect
  • Bill Bahnfleth, Treasurer
  • Jeff Littleton, Executive Vice President
  • Doug Read, Program Director of Government Affairs
  • Mark Ames, Federal Manager of Government Affairs
  • Mark Wills, State and Local Manager of Government
The following ASHRAE and AHRI mutual standards development activities were addressed:
  • Cosponsorship agreement on Proposed Standard 155P;
  • Update to the AHRI-ASHRAE agreement on standards development responsibilities; and
  • ISO TC86, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning international standards work.
There was discussion on efforts to develop a standardized methodology on refrigerant life cycle climate performance and collaboration on the 2012 Refrigerants Conference at NIST.  ASHRAE and AHRI are working together on the proposed Shaheen-Portman energy legislation.  Finally, the two organizations agreed to explore regular public policy meetings and other collaborative efforts.

Contact: Mike Woodford.

Public Review of Proposed ASHRAE Standard 173P - Comments Due December 12

Constructive comments are invited by December 12, 2011, on the Public Review of Proposed ASHRAE Standard 173P, Method of Test to Determine the Performance of Halocarbon Refrigerant Leak Detectors.  This proposed standard defines a practical method capable of verifying how a leak detector can properly detect small and very small leak flow
rates.
 
Please see the ASHRAE website for additional information. To obtain a paper copy of any Public Review Draft contact ASHRAE, Inc. Attn: Standards Public Review, 1791 Tullie Circle, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329-2305, or email standards.section@ashrae.org.

Contact: Mike Woodford.



New Certification Participants

AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification program (program in italics):

Air Green Corporation – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP)
Klimaire Products, Inc. – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (USHP), and Unitary Small Air Conditioner Equipment (USAC)
Luvata Italy SRL – Forced Circulation Air-Cooling and Air-Heating Coils

Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

AHRI Submits Comments on California Energy Commission’s Workshops

On October 13-14, 2011, the California Energy Commission (CEC) conducted its commissioner workshops to present draft revisions for nonresidential and residential buildings. The draft revisions are being considered for inclusion in the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Parts 1 and 6). Commissioner Karen Douglas, who is currently the presiding member of the Efficiency Committee, was present at these workshops.

CEC staff presented the draft language with respect to various products within our industry. On October 31, 2011, AHRI submitted comments to the CEC on the following issues:
Each of the above bullets links to the full text of AHRI’s comments.

Contact: Aniruddh Roy and Frank Stanonik.

AHRI Participates in CRAA Certification Annual Meeting

At the invitation of the China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
Industry Association (CRAA), AHRI President and CEO Steve Yurek and
Senior Vice President Henry Hwong participated in its Certification
Annual Meeting.

The meeting, held in Guiyang, China, October 27-28, drew over 100
participants representing manufacturers, specifiers, architects,
consulting engineers, researchers, and academia. Yurek, represented AHRI
in the opening ceremonies, greeted the participants and thanked them
for their interest in AHRI certification. Hwong gave a presentation on
AHRI certification, its application process, and some of the recently
launched programs.  

CRAA is AHRI’s exclusive certification agent in China. The association
has promoted AHRI’s programs and successfully helped introduce Chinese
manufacturers into AHRI’s programs.  The meeting offered an opportunity
for AHRI staff to interact directly with Chinese manufacturers and
discuss industry policies of mutual interest.  

Contact: Henry Hwong.

United Arab Emirates Announces Workshop for the Energy Efficiency Standardization & Labeling Program

On October 30, 2011, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a workshop to explain implementation of requirements for registration and labeling of non-ducted air conditioners. The workshop will be held during the Big 5 International Building & Construction Show on November 22, 2011, at the Fairmont Dubai Hotel from 1-3pm. The workshop is open to manufacturers and traders of non-ducted room air conditioners and, therefore, covers single phase household (window and split) air conditioners. Minimum Energy Performance (MEP) limits and labeling for this equipment are defined in UAE.S 5010: 2011 Part 1.

The intent of the workshop is to address specific issues and concerns that arise from the implementation of UAE.S 5010:2011 Part 1, which is scheduled for January 2012.

The label will be based on a five star system, five being the most energy efficient, correlated to the EER performance rating of the equipment manufactured or sold in the UAE.  The EER limits are:
 

Fees for the registration and labeling will be assessed on a declining scale as efficiency increases. Fees are as follows:

The agenda for the meeting as published by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology is:
  1. Program Scope
  2. Requirements and Registration Processes
  3. Challenge Testing and Market Surveillance
  4. Second Phase Products
Please click here for the workshop registration form.

Contact: Jim Walters.  



THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 24, 2011
Register for the AHR Expo

The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration (AHR) Expo will be held January 23-25, 2012, in Chicago, Ill. More than 2,000 exhibiting companies are expected, from more than 30 countries around the world.

The AHR Expo is sponsored by ASHRAE, HRAI, and AHRI. Learn more about the Expo here.

Contact: Francis Dietz.

Seattle Energy Code Requires AHRI’s VRF Certification

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development announced in October that variable refrigerant flow (VRF) equipment sold in Seattle must demonstrate that it has earned AHRI certification under the VRF certification program.

AHRI announced the new program on September 20. The Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air-Conditioners and Heat Pumps (VRF) certification program is AHRI’s 37th program to date. The equipment in the program are rated and tested in accordance with AHRI Standard 1230, Performance Rating of Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air-Conditioning and Heat Pump Equipment.

Contact: Bill Tritsis.

Certification Webinar Features AHRI’s Maryline Rassi

AHRI Certification Engineer Maryline Rassi explained AHRI’s certification programs during a webcast sponsored by Building Operating Management and Maintenance Solutions magazines on October 18, 2011. More than 300 people, including building managers and engineers, and specifiers, registered for the webcast, during which Maryline explained the certification process and the value of third-party verification.

View the presentation here.

Contact: Maryline Rassi.

New Certification Participants

AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification program (program in italics):
  • Haier America – Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHP) and Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC)
Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

Comments Due November 20 for Safety Standard for Refrigeration Systems

Constructive comments are invited by November 20, 2011 on the 1st Public Review of Proposed Addenda b, c, d, e, and f to ASHRAE Standard 15-2010, Safety Standard for Refrigeration Systems:
•   Proposed Addendum b clarifies the location requirements for machinery room mechanical ventilation.
•   Proposed Addendum c clarifies that design pressure is expressed in terms of relative pressure or gauge pressure (not absolute pressure.
•   Proposed Addendum d is intended to more closely harmonize Standard 15 with the 2012 International Mechanical Code (IMC) section 1101.10.
•   Proposed Addendum e removes an obsolete Appendix from Standard 15, pertaining to calculating allowable concentration for refrigerant blends.
•   Proposed Addendum e removes obsolete information from Standard 15-2010, as follow up to the removal of Standard 15 2007 Appendix B (Guidelines For Emergency Discharge Of Refrigerants When Required By Local Codes).

Please see the ASHRAE website for additional information. To obtain a paper copy of any Public Review Draft, contact ASHRAE, Inc. Attn: Standards Public Review, 1791 Tullie Circle, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329-2305, or email: standards.section@ashrae.org.


AHRI Participates in International Standards Meetings in Berlin, Germany

A delegation from the U.S., including AHRI’s Dave Delaquila and members of the Controls for Gas-Fired Utilization Equipment Subsection, attended International Electrotechnical Commission Technical Committee 72 (IEC/TC 72), and related working groups in Berlin, Germany, September 26-30, 2011.

IEC/TC 72 is responsible for developing standards for automatic electrical controls used in or in conjunction with HVAC equipment and household and similar appliances. In addition to the U.S., delegations from Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands were in attendance. The members of AHRI’s Controls for Gas-Fired Utilization Equipment Subsection continue to help sponsor and support this important activity. Many of the international requirements eventually find their way into North American standards that influence product designs domestically.

Above:Plenary Meeting of IEC/TC 72 Committee at VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik und Elektronik) offices in Berlin, Germany.

Contact: Dave Delaquila.

AHRI Applauds Department of Energy’s Confirmation of Its Direct Final Rule Establishing Regional Energy Efficiency Standards

AHRI applauded a decision by the Department of Energy (DOE), announced yesterday, that “adverse comments received in response to the direct final rule [prescribing minimum energy efficiency standards for residential furnaces, central air conditioners, and heat pumps] do not provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing the direct final rule.”  The Department’s decision means that manufacturers can continue to prepare for the first implementation date of May 1, 2013, for non-weatherized furnaces.

Beginning in 2009, AHRI worked with industry and advocacy groups to develop regional energy efficiency standards.  According to DOE, the updated air conditioner, heat pump, and furnace standards will save the nation between 3.2 and 4.2 quadrillion Btu (quads) of cumulative primary energy between 2013 and 2045.  This is equivalent to eliminating the need for approximately 3.8 to 3.9 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity. The new standards will save U.S. consumers more than $15 billion (in 2009 dollars) between their effective dates and 2045.

AHRI members will continue to review the off-mode standards for central air conditioners and heat pumps that were included in the rule, and will work with DOE on the test procedures with which manufacturers can determine compliance.

Following the May 1, 2013, effective date for non-weatherized furnaces, the next milestone will be January 1, 2015, for central air conditioners and heat pumps.  

Contact: Karim Amrane.

EPA to Meet November 10 on Revised ENERGY STAR Water Heater Specification

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has scheduled a water heater stakeholder meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2011, from 1:30-3:30 pm at the Westin Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, N.C.

Participants in this stakeholder meeting will discuss the Draft 2 Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Water Heaters specification, which will be released sometime before the meeting.  This meeting is being held in conjunction with 2011 ENERGY STAR Partner Meeting. Participants may register for the Partner Meeting by visiting www.energystar.gov/partnermeeting.  There is no cost to register.

Contact: Frank Stanonik.

Canadian Revised Efficiency Requirements Finalized

Amendment 11 to the Canadian Energy Efficiency Regulations was published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on October 12, 2011. This is the second of three planned amendments to the Energy Efficiency Regulations to deliver energy, greenhouse gas, and air pollutant reductions as part of Canada's Clean Air Regulatory Agenda.  

Amendment 11 includes revised efficiency requirements for electric motors , residential gas boilers, residential oil boilers, large air-conditioners and heat pumps, and commercial self-contained refrigeration.  Amendment 11 becomes effective six months after publication (April 12, 2012).

Contact: Frank Stanonik.

DOE Clarifies Compliance Date on Test Procedures for Walk-Ins

On October 21, 2011, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule clarifying the date by which manufacturers must comply with the test procedures and who should submit certification reports to the agency.  

In the notice, DOE clarified that until the performance standards that are currently under development become effective (sometime in 2015), manufacturers must, for compliance purposes, continue to use the test procedure prescribed under EISA 2007 (i.e., ASTM C518-2004) to calculate the R value of panels.  DOE is also clarifying that manufacturers are not and will not be required to test non-foam members and/or edge regions using the ASTM C518 standard prescribed in EISA 2007.  However, effective in 2015 (the exact date will depend on when the energy efficiency standards rulemaking will be published), manufacturers will be required to use the new test procedures published in the April 15, 2011, final rule to certify compliance with the performance-based standards.   DOE also added regulatory language to clarify that walk-in component manufactures (i.e. those making the doors, panels and fan motors) are the entities responsible for certifying compliance to the Department.  

Contact: Karim Amrane.

British Columbia Recycling Regulation Workshop

The British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Environment recently announced its plans to host a workshop on December 1, 2011, to discuss the implementation of the Electronics and Electrical Product Category under its Recycling Regulation 449. Producers and stewardship agencies were invited to attend and discuss the various stewardship plans that were submitted to the ministry by October 1, 2011.

The objective of this workshop is to allow producer and stewardship agencies to conduct short presentations on their proposed stewardship plans, and prepare producers for the July 1, 2012, implementation date through discussions on the requirements for approved programs, annual report submissions, and independent verification of data. The full text of the announcement can be found here. AHRI intends to prepare for the workshop with the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI).

Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

DOE Issues Determination on ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010

On October 19, 2011, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued its final determination that ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2010 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings saves more energy than Standard 90.1-2007.

Under the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA), whenever ASHRAE 90.1 is revised, DOE is required to make a determination to assess if the revised standard would improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings.  If the determination is positive, no later than two years after the date of publication of the determination, each state is required to certify that it has reviewed and updated the provisions of its commercial building code to meet or exceed the provision of the revised ASHRAE 90.1 standard.  As a result of the latest DOE determination, ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2010 has been established as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes.  States have until October 18, 2013, to certify that the provisions of their commercial building codes regarding energy efficiency meet or exceed ASHRAE 90.1-2010.

Contact: Karim Amrane.

NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards

On October 25, 2011, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a Federal Register notice requesting comments on its document titled Draft Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 2.0. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) assigns NIST the primary responsibility to coordinate development of protocols and model standards for information management to achieve interoperability of Smart Grid devices and systems. “Interoperability” refers to the capability of two or more networks, systems, devices, applications, or components to exchange and readily use information – securely, effectively, and with little or no inconvenience to the user. NIST has developed a three-phase plan to address the objectives outlined in EISA 2007. The plan aims to accelerate the identification of an initial set of standards, establish a robust Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) to sustain the development of additional standards, and set up a conformity testing and certification infrastructure.

The public comments are due to NIST by 5 p.m. ET on November 25, 2011. Written comments may be sent to the Office of the National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8100, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8100, or by email at nistsgfwcmts@nist.gov. NIST has requested that comments be categorized in the following order: 1) technical; 2) editorial; or 3) general. Additionally, if a comment is not a general comment, the relevant page number, line number, and section need to be identified. In the interest of continuing the process of evolution of the framework for interoperability standards for the Smart Grid, NIST has requested that each commenter include a proposal on how to address his or her comments. NIST will seek the further input from the SGIP to resolve the public comments. The SGIP supports NIST in fulfilling its responsibilities under EISA 2007 by engaging stakeholders from the entire Smart Grid Community in a participatory public process to identify applicable standards, gaps in currently available standards, and priorities for new standardization activities for the evolving Smart Grid.

Contact: Aniruddh Roy.



THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 17, 2011:

Industry News from HRAI

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) of Canada recently published the October issue of HRAI Link.

Click over to HRAI for information on AHRI’s collaborative efforts to bring attention to the need for harmonized energy efficiency standards, and news on a pollution prevention plan for halocarbons, utility codes of conduct, and HRAI’s stewardship plan for the HVACR and plumbing industries.

Contact: Monica Cardenas.

Intertek Undergoes Lean Training

Intertek, one of the third-party certification testing facilities used by AHRI, recently conducted a lean audit training provided by Duggan Associates – the same group that trained AHRI staff this summer.

The Intertek audit was significant in bridging AHRI and Intertek in shared certification responsibilities and set forth a plan for Intertek to provide cleaner facilities with more efficient product flow, a more regimented operations schedule, and a smoother selections process and product delivery system.

Contact: Henry Hwong.

California Energy Commission Workshops

On October 13-14, the California Energy Commission (CEC) conducted its commissioner workshops to present draft revisions for nonresidential and residential buildings. The draft revisions are being considered for inclusion in the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Parts 1 and 6).

Commissioner Karen Douglas, who is currently the presiding member of the Efficiency Committee, was present at these workshops. CEC staff presented the draft language with respect to various products within our industry. All proposals and supporting documents can be accessed from CEC’s website here.

CEC is accepting written comments until October 30, 2011.  Comments should be emailed to docket@energy.state.ca.us. The docket number 10-BSTD-01 and the phrase “October 13 and 14, 2011 Workshop - 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards” should be indicated in the subject line or first paragraph of the comments.  

Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

AHRI Comments on DOE’s Proposed Updates to Efficiency Test Procedures

Last week, AHRI submitted comments on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNOPR), issued September 13, 2011, regarding amendments to the efficiency test procedures for Residential Water Heaters, Direct Heating Equipment, and Pool Heaters to measure the energy consumption during standby and off modes.  

In the case of the DOE efficiency test procedures for direct heating equipment and pool heaters, DOE proposed to update the reference to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Standard 62301, “Household electrical appliances—Measurement of standby power,” to the second edition of that standard issued in February 2011. AHRI’s comments supported the updated reference to the IEC Standard 62301 and reaffirmed AHRI’s opposition to the introduction of the integrated thermal efficiency descriptor for pool heaters.

Contact: Frank Stanonik.

AHRI Files Comments Supporting Department of Energy Direct Final Rule

On October 17, 2011, AHRI submitted comments to the Department of Energy (DOE) supporting the direct final rule prescribing updated minimum energy conservation standards for residential furnaces and residential central air conditioners and heat pumps.  

In its comments, AHRI praised DOE for adopting regional energy conservation standards for central air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces that are based on a consensus agreement reached among the industry and several advocacy groups in 2009.  However, AHRI expressed concerns with the off-mode standards for central air conditioners and heat pumps, noting the fact that a test procedure is still under development.  AHRI recommended that the Department sever the off-mode standard from the direct final rule for reconsideration in a separate rulemaking, while allowing the remainder of the rule to take effect.

Contact: Karim Amrane.

Call for Members – ASHRAE Committee

A Call for Members was announced for a committee to revise ASHRAE Standard 111-2008, Measurement, Testing, Adjusting and Balancing of Building Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Systems.

The purpose of this standard is to provide uniform procedures for measurement, testing, adjusting, balancing, evaluating, and reporting the performance of building heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems in the field.  This standard applies to building heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems of the air-moving and hydronic types and their associated heat transfer, distribution, refrigeration, electrical power, and control subsystems.

Persons interested in serving on this ASHRAE committee are asked to indicate their interest and obtain the necessary forms from http://www.ashrae.org/technology/page/97, or by contacting Stephanie Reiniche at: ASHRAE, 1791 Tullie Circle, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329-2305; phone: 678-539-1143; fax: 678-539-2143; email: Standards.Section@ashrae.org.

Contact: Mike Woodford.

AHRI Participates in World Standards Day Celebration

AHRI participated in the U.S. annual celebration of World Standards Day, held on October 13, 2011, in Washington, DC. The theme of this year's event was "Advancing Safety and Sustainability Standards Worldwide."  The program spotlighted the critical role of standards, codes, and conformity assessment in assuring the health and safety of people and the environment.

World Standards Day is intended to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote the role of U.S. standards developers in helping to meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide.

Contact: Mike Woodford.

AHRI Staff Visits Lochinvar

On October 5, 2011, AHRI staff members Ayk Yilmaz and Dave Delaquila visited Lochinvar LLC,  in Lebanon, Tennessee. They met with Neil Rolph, Lisa Davis, Ed Chavez, and Mike Juhnke.

Lochinvar LLC is a member of AHRI’s Hydronics Institute and Water Heater Sections, and the Indirect Water Heater Subsection. As part of the visit, Ayk and Dave attended classes for one of the new boiler products, and gained exposure to state-of-the-art commercial boilers and hydronic heating technology. AHRI thanks Lochinvar staff for its generous hospitality and training.

Left to right: Ed Chavez, Dave Delaquila (AHRI), Lisa Davis, Neil Rolph, Mike Juhnke, Ayk Yilmaz (AHRI)

Contact: Dave Delaquila.


THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 10, 2011:

AHRI Welcomes Brittany Buchanan

Brittany Buchanan recently joined AHRI as Administrative Specialist, Meetings & Statistics. Previously, Brittany worked as an Event Coordinator at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville, N.C. Prior to that, she interned at Destination Management Company in Washington, D.C.

You can reach Brittany at bbuchanan@ahrinet.org, or (703) 524-8800.

AHRI Continues Work with Stakeholders on Energy Savings Bill

Earlier this year, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced S.1000, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011.  This legislation, which is expected to be the basis for major energy legislation this fall, could potentially be a vehicle for consideration of the AHRI consensus agreements. However, the bill also could dramatically weaken the consensus process that develops model commercial and residential building codes.  

Setting model building code energy efficiency targets should reflect the capabilities of existing technologies and not usurp the regulatory scheme already in place for HVAC and water heating equipment.  If S.1000 were to become law, states would be incentivized, and encouraged, to adopt equipment standards in building codes that are more stringent than federal HVAC and water heating equipment standards – a violation of federal law unless the state has received a waiver of federal preemption from DOE.  

An additional concern with S. 1000 involves an unnecessary expansion of DOE’s role in the ASHRAE and International Code Council (ICC) consensus process.  Under current practice, ASHRAE and the ICC develop model residential and commercial building codes based on input from a variety of stakeholders, including manufacturers, environmental advocates, state building code officials, and DOE itself.  Members of the code committees bring their considerable individual knowledge and expertise to the negotiating table to craft revisions that are designed to establish codes with progressively more energy savings than the previous one.  S.1000, however, would disturb this process by providing DOE with veto power over a proposed model code.  Under S. 1000’s provisions, if DOE were to deem that a proposed revised ASHRAE or ICC building code is not aggressive enough in terms of building or home energy efficiency, the agency could draft its own national model building code.  Such a result would severely undermine the ASHRAE 90.1 consensus process, for example, and install DOE as the final arbiter of what is reasonably achievable in improving building efficiency.  

AHRI has been working closely with several allied industry associations, environmental advocates and relevant Congressional staff to resolve our concerns on these issues.  

Contact: Guido Zucconi.

EPA Issues Clarification on ENERGY STAR Test Sample Sizes and Determining Testing Failures

At the request of AHRI, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a clarification on EPA Directive No. 2011-04.  This directive provides instructions to Certification Bodies on test sample sizes for ENERGY STAR (ES) products and determining testing failures.

It is stated in the directive that products will be tested for purposes of verification consistent with how they were qualified in the ES program using one of the following approaches:
a) If a product was qualified for ES based on a single test then verification testing will involve a single test.
b) If a product was qualified based on multiple test samples (e.g., per DOE certification sampling plan), then four units will be procured at once for verification testing.

For the first of the two approaches described in the document, EPA confirmed that it is an option that applies to federally-covered products as well. This means that a manufacturer can qualify an ES product by submitting one test report to AHRI for review and approval. If the product is selected for testing, it will have to meet or exceed the ES specification. If the unit fails the first test, AHRI is required to notify EPA of the failure. EPA will then contact the ES partner and request additional information on the cause of the failure.

EPA also clarified that if a manufacturer chooses approach (b) and qualifies the ES product using multiple test samples, then four units will be wrapped with tamper proof tape when the product is selected by AHRI for verification testing, but only one will be sent from the warehouse to the independent laboratory. A spot check will be performed on the first unit. If the test result of the spot check fails by 5% or more, the additional 3 units will be tested and statistical methods applied to the results for purposes of determining a failure. AHRI is required to report testing failures to EPA within two days of determining a testing failure.

Read the directive here.

Contact: Bill Tritsis.

Comments Due November 21 for Proposed ASHRAE Standard 185.1P

Constructive comments are invited by November 21, 2011, on the 1st Public Review of BSR/ASHRAE Standard 185.1P, Method of Testing UVC Lights for Use in Air Handling Units or Air Ducts to Inactivate Airborne Microorganisms.

This proposed standard is a method of test to determine inactivation rates of airborne microorganisms in air handling units and air ducts. Its results are to be used to directly compare UVGI equipment on a standardized basis irrespective of their application.
 
Please visit www.ashrae.org for additional information. To obtain a paper copy of any Public Review Draft, contact ASHRAE, Inc. Attn: Standards Public Review, 1791 Tullie Circle, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329-2305, or email standards.section@ashrae.org.

Contact: Mike Woodford.

AHRI Participates at Greenbuild 2011 International Conference & Expo

AHRI participated in the 10th Annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Toronto, Canada, October 4-7, to promote AHRI’s certification programs and standards as keystones for meeting sustainability goals.

Thousands of building professionals – and several AHRI member companies – from around the world attended the expo and participated in various educational sessions, green building tours, and seminars. AHRI used the Greenbuild expo to promote its certification programs and standards, and to gain a better understanding about the green building community.

AHRI staff also met with the Executive Director of Brazil’s Green Building Council to open a discussion on cooperative efforts regarding Brazil’s future demands for certified HVAC equipment in commercial buildings. Above: AHRI’s Regulatory Engineer Aniruddh Roy at Greenbuild.
 
Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

European Commission Report on F-Gas Revision Issued, Industry Comment Encouraged

The European Commission (EC) recently issued its report on the effects and adequacy of the F-Gas Regulation in controlled EU F-gases (HFCs, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride). The 12-page report strongly suggests that the EC believes that additional regulatory measures need to be taken to meet the EU’s 2050 goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent. The commission has called for comment from all stakeholders by December 18, 2011, especially on its three policy options: banning the gases; phasing down their use; and encouraging voluntary reduction agreements.

Industry advocate EPEE, the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment, is developing comments with its members to present to the EC.  Following the comment period, stakeholder comments and analysis by outside consultants will be considered as the commission prepares its legislative proposal, probably in the second quarter of 2012.

Contact: Shelley Pursell.

Annual ICARHMA Meeting Held October 5 in Canada

ICARHMA’s Canadian member, HRAI, (Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute) hosted the Annual ICARHMA meeting October 5, 2011, at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.  HRAI member David Morden (Morden International) chaired the meeting. Attendees included representatives from Australia (AREMA), Brazil (ABRAVA), Canada (HRAI), China (CRAA), Europe (EUROVENT and EPEE), Japan (JRAIA), Korea (KRAIA), and the United States (AHRI).

Members provided up-to-date reviews of government and association activities for their respective regions, including updates on: future industry trends, energy efficiency and minimum efficiency performance standards (MEPS), labeling requirements, refrigerant policies, global certification, renewable energy regulations, and green building codes.

Nuno Duarte, P.Eng, P.E., LEED AP, an Associate with Stantec Consulting Ltd, Toronto, gave a presentation on the commercial application of geothermal equipment that kicked off a discussion about future trends of the industry.

Council members welcomed the Australian member, AREMA, to its first meeting and voted to accept the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) as an associate member.

Contact: Shelley Pursell.


THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 3, 2011:

AHRI Receives “Super Nova of Energy Efficiency” Award

AHRI was awarded the prestigious “Super Nova of Energy Efficiency” award from the Alliance to Save Energy on October 4, 2011, during the Dinner with the Stars of Energy Efficiency awards gala in Washington, D.C.  

The award was given in recognition of the work by AHRI members and staff in negotiating a consensus agreement that would, for the first time, establish efficiency standards for furnaces, heat pumps, and central air conditioners based on the region of the country.  Under the agreement, most of which was adopted by the U.S. Department of Energy in its Direct Final Rule issued in June, furnaces in the northern region of the United States would have a minimum efficiency standard higher than that for furnaces in the southern and southwest regions.  Similarly, central air conditioners in the south and southwest would have a minimum efficiency standard higher than that for the northern states. Under the agreement, heat pumps would have a nationwide minimum efficiency standard.

AHRI Chairman Morrison Carter -- pictured above with Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) -- accepted the award on behalf of our member companies, saying, “We are very honored to receive it, and I want to acknowledge the effort of many people in our association whose work on energy efficiency and environmental stewardship made this award possible.  We accept this award with pride, and with an acknowledgement that the spirit of cooperation for which it is given is shared by our friends in the efficiency community.”

The award also recognizes AHRI’s work in negotiating consensus agreements that would establish a new federal minimum standard for heat pump pool heaters, revise standards for service-over-the-counter commercial refrigerators, and require the Department of Energy to conduct a rulemaking to determine if a change is necessary for its water heater test procedure.

Contact: Francis Dietz.

Updated Membership Roster Now Available

The AHRI Membership Roster has been updated. Among many useful tools, the October 2011 edition includes a staff organizational chart and directory, a list of standing and business committees, and a directory for AHRI’s Board of Directors.

Only AHRI members may access the roster, available online here.

Contact: Stephanie Murphy.

New AHRI Members

AHRI is pleased to welcome two new international members.

Century Corporation, of Seoul, Korea, is joining the Air Conditioning and Heat Transfer product section and the Air Heating and Cooling Coils subsection.

Navien America, of Seoul, Korea (by way of Irvine, Calif.), is joining the Water Heater section and the Hydronics Institute section.

Contact: Emma Keiswetter.

British Columbia Stewardship Plan for HVACR and Plumbing Industries

In accordance with the requirements of British Columbia’s (BC) Recycling Regulation 449/2004, the Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) submitted a stewardship plan to BC’s Ministry of Environment on behalf of the HVACR and plumbing industries. AHRI, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH), the Canadian Water Quality Association (CWQA), and the Canadian Association of Pump Manufacturers (CAPM) were also involved in drafting the plan.

The plan is currently being reviewed by the ministry and will be recognized once it is approved by the Director of BC’s Ministry of Environment. The regulation goes into effect on July 1, 2012, for our industry’s products.
 
Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

IEA Heat Pump Annex 39 Starts Work on Seasonal Performance Factor

The International Energy Agency (IEA) Heat Pump Annex 39 had its kick-off meeting September 28-29, 2011, in Nuremberg, Germany.  Annex 39 was established to develop a common method for calculating the seasonal performance factor (SPF) of residential heat pumps.  The SPF calculation method will use a generalised and transparent approach and will be based on measured data.  

Products covered by the work of Annex 39 include air-to-air, air-to-water, and geothermal heat pumps intended for heating only, heating and cooling, and water heating.  The project is expected to last three years and is funded by ten countries, including the United States through the Department of Energy.  As a member of the U.S. IEA Heat Pump National Team, AHRI will be closely monitoring the effort.

Contact: Karim Amrane.

AHRI Cooling Standards Subcommittee Update

AHRI’s Cooling Standards Subcommittee (CSS) convened for a web conference on September 13-14, 2011, and reviewed revisions to the following AHRI standards and interpretations:
  • Proposed AHRI Standard 1270P (I-P) – 2011, Requirements for Seismic Qualification of HVACR Equipment
  • Proposed AHRI Standard 1271P (SI) – 2011, Requirements for Seismic Qualification of HVACR Equipment
  • Proposed AHRI Standard 1320P (I-P), Performance Rating of Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandisers and Storage Cabinets for Use with Secondary Refrigerants
  • Proposed AHRI Standard 1321P (SI), Performance Rating Of Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandisers and Storage Cabinets for Use with Secondary Refrigerants
  • Interpretation 2 of AHRI Standard 1200 (I-P)-2010 AND AHRI Standard 1201 (SI)-2010, Performance Rating of Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandisers and Storage Cabinets
  • Interpretation 3 of AHRI Standard 1200 (I-P)-2010 AND AHRI Standard 1201 (SI)-2010, Performance Rating of Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandisers and Storage Cabinets
  • Proposed AHRI Standard 1210P, Performance Rating of Variable Frequency Drives
  • Revisions to AHRI Standard 700-2006, Specifications for Fluorocarbon Refrigerants
  • Revisions to AHRI Standard 550/590 (I-P) – 2003, Performance Rating of Water Chilling Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle
After reviewing the standards and interpretations, the Subcommittee held a vote on each to approve as a published AHRI document. The voting concluded that the following were approved by the CSS and will appear on the AHRI website as 2011 versions:
  • AHRI Standard 1270 (I-P) – 2011, Requirements for Seismic Qualification of HVACR Equipment
  • AHRI Standard 1271 (SI) – 2011, Requirements for Seismic Qualification of HVACR Equipment
  • Interpretation 2 of AHRI Standard 1200 (I-P)-2010 AND AHRI Standard 1201 (SI)-2010, Performance Rating of Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandisers and Storage Cabinets
  • Interpretation 3 of AHRI Standard 1200 (I-P)-2010 AND AHRI Standard 1201 (SI)-2010, Performance Rating of Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandisers and Storage Cabinets
  • AHRI Standard 700-2011, Specifications for Fluorocarbon Refrigerants
As with all AHRI Standards, they are free to download.

Contact: Danny Abbate.

AHRI Seismic Standard

The AHRI Seismic Subcommittee has developed Proposed AHRI Standard 1270P (I-P) – 2011, Requirements for Seismic Qualification of HVACR Equipment and Proposed AHRI Standard 1271P (SI) – 2011, Requirements for Seismic Qualification of HVACR Equipment. These two standards were approved by the AHRI Technical Committee on Sound on August 31, 2011. The AHRI Cooling Standards Subcommittee reviewed both documents in detail and voted to approve them as published AHRI standards on September 13, 2011.

The new AHRI standards are available for free download on AHRI’s website.

Contact: Danny Abbate.

New Certification Program Participants

AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification program (program in italics):

•   Arctic Cool, Inc. – Water Chilling Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle (WCCL)
•   Cleaver-Brooks – Commercial Boilers

Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.