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AHRI Update: September 2013

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


September 26, 2013

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

Register for AHRI's Annual Meeting
The early bird registration deadline for the 2013 AHRI Annual meeting is next Friday, October 4. Register today for the meeting, to be held November 17-19 at the AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, on Amelia Island, Fla., to reconnect with your industry colleagues and AHRI staff while learning about the most important issues facing our industry. This peaceful resort, located on Florida’s northeast coast barrier island, features breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by 26 acres of lush vegetation. Register by October 4 and save $50. Contact: Brittany Buchanan.

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. 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 our industry’s value to the U.S. economy. Visit the event’s official website to learn more. Contact: Francis Dietz.

AHRI Staff Attend EPRI Advisory Committee
On September 10, AHRI’s Director of Research Xudong Wang attended the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Advisory Committee Meeting. Wang presented an overview of AHRI and its research activities to meeting attendees, who were mainly from utility companies that are funding EPRI’s Energy Efficiency/Demand Response Program. Contact: Xudong Wang.

AHRI Research and Technology Committee Discusses Upcoming Projects
The AHRI Research and Technology (R&T) Committee met on September 17 at AHRI headquarters in Arlington, Va., to discuss research needs and review newly proposed AHRI research projects that will be launched in 2014. One of AHRI’s standing committees, the R&T Committee administers the AHRI research program, and recommends and promotes research activities to strengthen the industry’s global competitive position. Contact: Xudong Wang.

General Statistics Committee Meets at AHRI Headquarters
Twenty-three AHRI members participated in the General Statistics (Gstat) Committee meeting in Arlington, Va., on September 12. The Committee reviewed recommendations from the statistical lean audit conducted in 2012, and agreed to develop a reporting timetable for all AHRI statistical reports. The reporting table will help members and staff to effectively stagger reports on a monthly and quarterly basis and improve the quality of the reports. The Committee also reviewed numerous Applied and Unitary reporting issues, and recommended moving several state reports to geographical reports. The Committee also discussed future statistical needs as they relate to STARS development. Contact: Henry Hwong.

AHRI Files Brief in APGA Litigation
On September 18, AHRI and the other parties to the APGA Litigation filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that establishes a schedule to continue the case. The court will likely approve the proposed schedule, which provides for the filing of briefs on the contentious issues in the case that will conclude in early February of 2014. Further deliberations in the case are expected to continue in 2014 with an oral hearing and then a possible decision in the fall. Contact: Dave Calabrese.

AHRI Launches Certification Program for Unit Coolers
This week, AHRI launched a certification program for unit coolers, which are typically used in refrigerated warehouses. This is AHRI’s 39th program. The equipment in the Unit Coolers Certification Program is rated and tested in accordance with AHRI Standard 420, Performance Rating of Forced-Circulation Free-Delivery Unit Coolers for Refrigeration. Unit coolers are factory-made, and include means for forced air circulation and elements by which heat is transferred from air to refrigerant without any air resistance from external elements. Contact: Richie Mohan.

AHRI Welcomes New Certification Participants
AHRI is pleased to welcome Refricenter of Miami, Inc., to its Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP) and Unitary Small Air-Conditioner Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils (USAC) Certification Programs. Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

Technical Committee on Sound Meets in Arlington
The AHRI Technical Committee on Sound (TCoS) met at AHRI Headquarters in Arlington, Va., from September 17-19. The committee develops and maintains all of AHRI’s sound rating and test method standards for HVACR equipment, in addition to working with ASHRAE, the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), ISO, and other standards writing bodies that develop acoustical standards that effect HVACR equipment.

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 230P, Sound Intensity Testing Procedures for Determining Sound Power of HVAC Equipment;
  • 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.
Contact: Daniel Abbate.

ASHRAE Call for Comments
ASHRAE invites public commentary on the following addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2012, BACnet - A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks. Those interested in providing comments can do so by accessing the ASHRAE website before November 4.
  • Addendum ax - removes incorrect recipient list requirement to be non-empty, removes the broadcast Requirement for I-Have Requests, extends the Allowable BACnet- Property States Enumeration Range, specifically disallows duplicate time entries in schedules, and clarifies non-BBMD responses to BBMD BVLL requests
  • Addendum ay - Adds a new object type timer to allow timer functionality to be network visible
  • Addendum az - Adds binary lighting output object type and set non-zero values to change of state count and elapsed active time
  • Addendum ba - Adds CSML descriptions into BACnet devices
Contact: Michael Woodford.

AHRI Cooling Standards Subcommittee Update
AHRI’s Cooling Standards Subcommittee (CSS) was letter balloted in September 2013, and approved the following updated standards:
  • AHRI Standards 1270 (I-P) and 1271 (SI)-2013, Requirements for Seismic Qualification of HVACR Equipment
  • AHRI Standard 1060 (I-P) and 1061 (SI)-2013, Performance Rating of Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers for Energy Recovery Ventilation Equipment
The updated AHRI standards are available for download free of charge on AHRI’s website. Contact: Daniel Abbate.

IMC Code Change Recognizes Dry Coil Use in Chilled Beam Design
The International Mechanical Code (IMC) approved a code change proposal from AHRI’s Chilled Beam Product Section to remove the requirement for condensate drains for certain chilled beam designs. The change will be implemented in the 2015 version of the IMC. AHRI’s proposal noted that the previous code required condensate drains for equipment, and was not suited for dry coils, which are utilized in most chilled beam designs. Chilled beam products with dry coils have been operating successfully, and condensation prevention strategies are already employed as part of the design of chilled beam systems. Contact: Marc Neufcourt.

AHRI Government Affairs Committee Discusses Legislative Priorities
The AHRI Government Affairs Committee met September 25 at AHRI headquarters to discuss advocacy efforts and refine legislative priorities for the 113th Congress. Members discussed strategy on handling legal, regulatory, and global issues impacting the industry. The Committee will meet again in January to provide continued direction on AHRI’s legislative priorities and advocacy efforts. Contact: Cade Clark.

Energy Efficiency Bill Stalls, But Plans Remain
Late last week, S.1392, the bi-partisan energy efficiency bill commonly known as Shaheen-Portman, was sidelined on the Senate calendar to make way for a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government funded for the next fiscal year. Despite support from Senators on both sides of the aisle, the bill has seen no legislative action. Blocking the bill’s path was Senator David Vitter (R-La.), who insisted on a vote on a particular provision of the Affordable Care Act affecting Congressional staff. Senate leaders were unable to negotiate a way forward, so Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made the decision to move on to the urgent matter of keeping the government funded. If Congress passes a CR by the October 1 deadline, Shaheen-Portman remains as pending business on the Senate calendar. This leads Senators to hold on to the hope of returning to the efficiency bill if no other crises emerge. The Senate will have a small window of opportunity before legislative battles over the federal debt ceiling begin in mid-October. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

AHRI Calls on DOE to Extend Compliance Date for Commercial Equipment Certification Requirements
On September 23, AHRI filed additional comments asking that the Department of Energy (DOE) issue a public notification extending the compliance date for certification and enforcement requirements for commercial HVACR and water heating equipment. Based on a final rule published last year, manufacturers of commercial equipment are required to comply with certification requirements by December 31. However, since the publication of the final rule, DOE established a working group to negotiate recommendations on the certification and enforcement requirements for the equipment. The working group developed recommendations that were approved by the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ASRAC) at its September 12 meeting. Among the recommendations were new compliance dates for the certification requirements that extend beyond the current December 31 effective date. The recommendations called on DOE to provide public notification that compliance with the December 31 implementation date will not be required. AHRI filed additional comments to request that DOE act on the working group’s recommendation as soon as possible. Contact: Karim Amrane.

AHRI Model Legislation Approved by Council of State Governments
This is AHRI staff offered model legislation to the Council of State Governments’ Suggested State Legislation (SSL) Committee last week during its National Conference in Kansas City. After considerable discussion on the merits of the bill, all committee members agreed on the bill’s importance and voted unanimously to include it in next year’s SSL publication. The publication is an annual volume of suggested draft legislation for state lawmakers about topics of major interest. This is an effective way to get legislation introduced in multiple states.

The legislation, based in part on Oklahoma’s HJR 1051, promotes the proper bonding and grounding of yellow Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST). The Oklahoma Resolution, along with the approved CSG text, requires home inspectors to notify their clients, in writing, that only a licensed electrical contractor can determine if yellow CSST, when seen during an inspection, is properly bonded and grounded per the current National Fuel Gas Code and as required by the manufacturer’s installation instructions. The proper grounding and bonding of CSST is an important safety requirement for the homeowner and affects gas-fired HVAC and water heating equipment, ensuring the proper electrical discharge in the case of a lightning strike. Contact: Mike O'Halloran.

AHRI Participates in FEBRAVA and CONBRAVA
AHRI Chairman Harry Holmes, along with President and CEO Stephen Yurek and Senior Vice President Henry Hwong represented AHRI at the 18th FEBRAVA International Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Ventilation, Heating and Air Treatment Expo held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 17-20. The show attracted more than 250 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors, including all major Brazilian and international companies. In addition, the 13th CONBRAVA Congress was held in conjunction with the show. The theme of the Congress was “HVACR Systems – The Road to Sustainability,” and featured both domestic and international speakers on a variety of technical and commercial topics. Yurek participated in a refrigerant roundtable, while Hwong gave a presentation on the AHRI certification program. The Congress was held over three days and attracted nearly 1,300 attendees. Contact: Henry Hwong.

AHRI Meets with EPEE to Discuss F-Gas Regulation
AHRI staff recently participated in meeting at the European Partnership for Energy and Environment (EPEE) to discuss the next steps on the F-Gas regulation and the industry’s response. Final deliberations and consideration of the regulation are expected to begin this fall through negotiations between the EU Commission, Council of Ministers, and the Parliament. At issue are several different draft versions that include bans on the use of certain HFCs (depending on Global Warming Potential), and bans on pre-charging and servicing of equipment. EPEE has been meeting with representatives of member states that have revealed different position on these key issues.

Depending upon how the trilateral negotiations proceed, a draft regulation will be presented for final approval and implementation in early 2014. AHRI is engaged on this issue through its involvement with EPEE and will continue to monitor and provide input as appropriate. Contact: Dave Calabrese


September 19, 2013

Register for AHRI's Annual Meeting
<a href="https://netforum.ahrinet.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=ahri&WebKey=a126175c-f185-4cd9-b376-3e442e365c59&RegPath=EventRegFees&REg_evt_key=9505ca6e-c7fa-4534-8158-7c144aad5484" target="_blank" style="font-size: 12px;">Register today for the 2013 AHRI Annual Meeting, to be held November 17-19 at the AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, on Amelia Island, Fla. This peaceful resort, located on Florida’s northeast coast barrier island, features breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by 26 acres of lush vegetation. We hope you will join us at this picturesque location to reconnect with your industry colleagues and AHRI staff while learning about the most important issues facing our industry. Register before October 4 and save $50. Click here to register. Contact: Brittany Buchanan.

AHRI Comments on DOE Proposed Determination of Natural Draft Commercial Packaged Boilers
On September 12, AHRI submitted comments on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) “Proposed Determination of Coverage” for natural draft commercial packaged boilers. The comments affirmed that natural draft packaged boilers are subject to the federal minimum efficiency standards for commercial boilers, and recommended an editorial correction to clarify DOE’s definition of these products. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

Request to Delay Implementation of Revised FTC Labeling Rules for Water Heaters
On September 16, AHRI sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding its July 23, 2013, final rule that revised EnergyGuide labels for residential water heaters. The letter requests that FTC defer the November 15 effective date in light of the major changes that will result from the revised “universal efficiency descriptor” test procedures being developed by the Department of Energy. In addition, AHRI’s letter notes an error in the EnergyGuide labeling rules for capacity information for residential gas instantaneous water heaters. The letter also addresses a discrepancy that allows models of the same fuel type and the same efficiency rating to have different estimated yearly energy costs. Information on the FTC’s response to this letter will be provided when it is received. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

DOE Commercial Certification Working Group Makes Recommendations
In April, the Department of Energy (DOE) established a working group to undertake a negotiated rulemaking to develop consensus certification requirements for commercial HVAC, water heater, and refrigeration equipment. Among the issues included in the scope of the negotiations were: 
  1. Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods (AEDMs),
  2. Basic model definitions,
  3. Certification requirements (including effective dates),
  4. Enforcement requirements, and
  5. Development of a DOE approved verification program.
The working group established a very aggressive schedule to complete its recommendations to the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC), and reached consensus on four of the five issues discussed. 

ASRAC first approved the working group’s recommendation on the AEDM in July 2013. Based on these recommendations, DOE is drafting a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on the AEDM that is scheduled for publication in late September. 

Recommendations addressing basic model definitions, certification requirements (including effective dates), and enforcement requirements were approved by ASRAC at its meeting on September 12. Based on these recommendations, DOE will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the end of the year, which will contain new basic model definitions and the certification requirements that were agreed upon during the negotiations. In addition, DOE agreed to new certification compliance dates and indicated that it will not enforce the December 31, 2013, effective date currently in place. Furthermore, DOE committed to establishing a working group that will review the existing enforcement requirements (including the statistics used to determine compliance) and assess if changes are necessary. 

The working group requested more time to reach a consensus on a DOE verification program. During its deliberations, ASRAC noted the difference of opinions among working group members and directed the Department to put a temporary hold on the working group activities until it publishes a request for information (RFI) and receives input from stakeholders on this issue. DOE is expected to publish the RFI in the next six months. Learn more about the Working Group and its recommendations in the latest AHRI Video Update. Contact: Karim Amrane.

Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Bill Hanging On
The Senate remains at an impasse on bi-partisan energy efficiency legislation, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, or Shaheen-Portman. The bill remains in procedural limbo as Senator David Vitter (R-La.) continues his block on any legislative action until a vote on his amendment (#1866), which removes any subsidy for Congressional staff, political appointee, President or Vice-President for use towards paying for their Affordable Care Act mandated health insurance. Senators continue to negotiate but, as of publication, have yet to find a solution. Both sides seem to agree to hold a vote on the Vitter amendment, but Democrats insist on limiting further amendments to only germane, bipartisan submissions, and Republicans disagree with what amendments are included in this limited category. Debate and discussion has reached the one week mark and, if a solution cannot be found, Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) may put Shaheen-Portman aside and move on to other pressing matters. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

AHRI Cooling Standards Subcommittee Meets
AHRI’s Cooling Standards Subcommittee (CSS) convened for a web conference on September 10. The CSS approved the following AHRI standards for publication:
  • Addendum 1 to AHRI Standard 700 – 2012, Specification for Fluorocarbon Refrigerants;
  • AHRI Standard 910-2013, Performance Rating of Indoor Pool Dehumidifiers;
  • AHRI Standards 730 (I-P)-2013 and 731 (SI)-2013, Flow Capacity Rating of Suction Line Filters and Suction Line Filter Driers; and
  • Addendum 3 to AHRI Standards 550/590 (I-P)-2011 and 551/591 (SI)-2011,Performance Rating of Water-Chilling and Heat Pump Water-Heating Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle.
These new standards will be available free of charge on the AHRI website. Contact: Danny Abbate.

ASHRAE Call for Members
ASHRAE has announced a Call for Members for the SPC 210P, Method of Testing for Rating Commercial Walk-in Refrigerators and Freezers committee. The purpose of this standard is to prescribe a uniform method of testing walk-in commercial refrigerators and freezers with floor areas up to 3,000 square feet for rating so that comparative evaluations can be made of energy consumption, product temperature performance, refrigeration load, suction pressures required, and other performance factors. Those interested in serving on the committee are asked to indicate their interest and obtain the necessary membership forms on the ASHRAE website. Contact: Michael Woodford. 

AHRI Welcomes New Certification Program Participants
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its Certification Programs (program in italics):
  • Refrigeration Industries Company – Forced Circulation Air-Cooling and Air-Heating Coils (ACHC)
  • GREE Canada – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP) and Unitary Small Air-Conditioner Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USAC)
Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.


September 12, 2013

AHRI and UNEP Announce Launch of HVACR Industry Association in Middle East and North Africa
On September 10, AHRI and the United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) - Regional Office of West Asia announced the launch of ARAMENA, the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Association of Manufacturers for the Middle East and North Africa. The association was developed with assistance from AHRI and UNEP to serve as a representative body and voice for the industry in the region. The association will be based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

ARAMENA will serve as a focal point to address challenges faced by the HVACR and water heating industry in meeting the requirements of international protocols as well as local and regional energy and environmental regulations in an accelerated timeframe. Contact: Jim Walters.

AHRI Staff Visit Member Companies in New England
AHRI staff recently visited several member companies in New England. Frank Stanonik, Marc Neufcourt, Aykut Yilmaz, and Lauren Zelinski visited facilities of C. Cowles Co. and Eemax in Connecticut, Vaughn Thermal in Massachusetts, and LAARS Heating Systems in New Hampshire.  

The visits provided AHRI staff with an opportunity to learn more about member companies and see their operations first hand. During the visits, they discussed issues related to AHRI’s certification programs, organizational profiles on AHRI’s membership database, AHRI research, statistics, and federal test procedures, and efficiency standards. AHRI member companies that would like to host AHRI staff should contact Amanda Donohue

Pictured right, top to bottom: Aykut Yilmaz, AHRI; Richard Lyons, VP Sales & Marketing, C. Cowles Co.; Bob Muser, Regional Sales Mgr. Mid-Atlantic, Hydrolevel/Carlin; Frank Stanonik, AHRI; Marc Neufcourt, AHRI.

Image two: Jeff Hankins, VP of Operations & Technology; Kevin Ruppelt, CEO; Frank Stanonik, AHRI; Lauren Zelinski, AHRI; Marc Neufcourt, AHRI; Aykut Yilmaz, AHRI.

Image three: Lauren Zelinski, AHRI; Frank Stanonik, AHRI; Ian Bratt, VP Operations, Vaughn Thermal Corporation; Marc Neufcourt, AHRI; Aykut Yilmaz, AHRI.

Image four: Chris Holiday, Sr. Project Engineer, LAARS; Chuck O’Donnell, Director of Marketing, LAARS; Frank Stanonik, AHRI; Lauren Zelinski, AHRI; Bill Root, General Manager, LAARS; Aykut Yilmaz, AHRI; Chris Jacques, Director of Engineering, LAARS.

Contact: Aykut Yilmaz.

Register for AHRI's Annual Meeting
Register today for the 2013 AHRI Annual Meeting, to be held November 17-19 at the AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, on Amelia Island, Fla. This peaceful resort, located on Florida’s northeast coast barrier island, features breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by 26 acres of lush vegetation. We hope you will join us at this picturesque location to reconnect with your industry colleagues and AHRI staff while learning about the most important issues facing our industry. Register before October 4 and save $50. Click here to register. Contact: Brittany Buchanan.

Debate Begins and Quickly Stalls on Shaheen-Portman
The Senate leadership’s decision to postpone a vote on a Syria resolution paved the way for consideration of AHRI’s top legislative priority, S.1392, often referred to as Shaheen-Portman. AHRI expects that the Senate will consider a large number of amendments to the bill; the count currently stands at around 50.  Not all of the amendments filed are energy related, which has complicated the overall bill’s prognosis.  In addition, Senator David Vitter (R-Louis.) has added to the bill’s precarious footing by blocking Senate members from formally calling up amendments unless he gets a guaranteed vote on his proposed delay of specific provisions of ObamaCare in this bill or independently of Shaheen-Portman.  Senators will continue to debate and discuss their potential amendments on the Senate floor while negotiations on ObamaCare continue. AHRI will keep members informed as the bill progresses. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

Stakeholders Reach Agreement on Thermal Storage Water Heater Exemption
AHRI, water heater manufacturers, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and energy efficiency advocates reached a consensus on legislative language establishing a special exemption for grid-enabled thermal storage water heaters.  The language will be offered as an amendment to S.1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, informally known as Shaheen-Portman. The amendment language, if approved, would create an exemption for thermal storage water heaters in the new efficiency standards set to go into effect in April 2015. It would also open up the possibility of future review by the Department of Energy, at a more appropriate level, thereby allowing the continued existence of this essential segment of the water heating market. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

ASHRAE Call for Comments
ASHRAE invites public commentary on several ASHRAE public review draft standards and addenda. Those interested in providing comments can do so by accessing the ASHRAE website before October 6. Contact: Michael Woodford.


September 5, 2013

AHRI Staff Visit Member Companies in Florida and Pennsylvania
AHRI staff recently visited several member companies in Florida and Pennsylvania. Cade Clark, Mike O’Halloran, and Rupert Alfiler visited facilities of Built Right Pool Heaters, Earthlinked Technologies, and Aquacal in Florida.

In addition, Aniruddh Roy, Dave Calabrese, and Karim Amrane visited Arkema and National Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Products, Inc., in Pennsylvania.

The visits provided AHRI staff with an opportunity to learn more about member companies and see their operations first hand. During the visits, they discussed issues related to AHRI’s certification programs, organizational profiles on AHRI’s membership database, AHRI research, and federal test procedures. 

Pictured top: Laurent Abbas, Senior Research Scientist, Arkema; Brett Van Horn, Global Project Leader, Arkema; Dave Calabrese, AHRI; Matt Ritter, Government Activities Director, Arkema; Sri Ram Seshadri, R&D Director, Arkema; Karim Amrane, AHRI; Aniruddh Roy, AHRI.

Pictured middle: Brian Kelly, President, National Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Products, Inc.; Dave Calabrese, AHRI; Karim Amrane, AHRI.

Pictured bottom: Cade Clark, AHRI; Jeffrey Miller, Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Planning, Earthlinked Technologies; Rupert Alfiler, AHRI; Joe Parsons, Jr., Vice President, Earthlinked Technologies.

AHRI member companies that would like to host AHRI staff should contact Amanda Donohue.

AHRI Annual Meeting Registration Now Available
Register today for the 2013 AHRI Annual Meeting, to be held November 17-19 at the AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, on Amelia Island, Fla. This peaceful resort, located on Florida’s northeast coast barrier island, features breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by 26 acres of lush vegetation. We hope you will join us at this picturesque location to reconnect with your industry colleagues and AHRI staff while learning about the most important issues facing our industry. Register before October 4 and save $50. Click here to register. Contact: Brittany Buchanan.

Update on DOE Commercial Certification Working Group
As previously reported, the Department of Energy (DOE) established a working group to undertake a negotiated rulemaking to develop consensus certification requirements for commercial HVAC, water heater, and refrigeration equipment. Among the issues included in the scope of the negotiations are: Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods (AEDMs); basic model definitions; certification requirements (including effective dates); and the development of a DOE-approved verification program. 
The working group has established a very aggressive schedule to complete its recommendations to the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) in the coming weeks. The working group reached consensus on the first three items and is now debating the DOE-approved verification program. A report is being prepared and will be submitted to ASRAC for approval in the next few days. ASRAC is scheduled to meet on September 12, 2013, to approve the report. Meanwhile, the working group has scheduled two additional meetings on September 11 and 12, to continue discussions on the verification program. Contact: Karim Amrane.

DOE Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
On August 29, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a pre-publication Federal Registernotice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) on energy conservation standards for commercial refrigeration equipment (CRE). DOE initiated the current rulemaking by publishing a framework document in April 2010, followed by a public meeting in May of that year, and another in April 2011 to discuss the preliminary analysis. Although this DOE NOPR should have been issued in early 2012, AHRI believes that there was a delay in the issuance because the NOPR was being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget for an extended time period. The NOPR:
  • Proposes to adopt amended energy conservation standards for CRE, as required by the amended Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The proposed standards, which consist of maximum daily energy consumption (MDEC) values as a function of either refrigerated volume or total display area for various equipment classes, are shown in Table I.1 on pages 10-11 of the pre-publication notice.
  • States that standards proposed in the NOPR, if adopted, would apply to all equipment listed in Table I.1 that is manufactured in, or imported into, the United States on or after three years following the publication date of the final rule. In the analysis of this NOPR, DOE has assumed a publication date in 2014 for the final rule and a compliance date in 2017 for the amended standards established by the final rule.
  • Seeks comments on issues related to DOE’s designation of primary and secondary equipment classes, design option and core case costs, methodology for developing offset factors for the standard level equations presented in the NOPR, assumptions underlying the development and application of extension multipliers, analysis of refrigerants, markups analysis, market shares of efficiency levels, maintenance and repair costs at higher efficiency levels, impact of amended standards on future shipments, price data, product attributes, analytical timeline, average equipment lifetime for the life-cycle cost and national impact analyses, impact on small businesses, social cost of carbon, cumulative regulatory burden, and compliance date.
DOE will hold a public meeting on Thursday, October 3, from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, D.C. 20585. Please notify Brenda Edwards at (202) 586-2945 if you wish to attend this meeting in person. The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. The public comment period for the CRE NOPR will close 60 days after the notice is published in the Federal Register. Contact: Aniruddh Roy.

DOE Issues Proposed Rulemaking on Walk-in Coolers and Freezers
On August 29, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a pre-publication Federal RegisterNotice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) regarding energy conservation standards for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. Technical support documentation and additional information is located here. Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), DOE is required to develop performance-based energy conservation standards for walk-in coolers and freezers. The process started in 2009 when DOE issued a framework document. A year later, DOE held a public meeting to go over some of the methodologies and analyses set forth in the preliminary Technical Support Document. The proposed rulemaking issued on August 29 is the next step in the rulemaking process. In the notice, DOE proposes to establish performance-based energy conservation standards. The analysis shows that the proposed efficient standards result in national energy and environmental benefits that outweigh the burdens of compliance to manufacturers. 
A public meeting will be held on October 9 at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C. Comments on the NOPR are due by October 28. AHRI is working with walk-in manufacturer member companies to develop an industry position. Contact: Jon Lemmond.

AHRI Seismic Standard Revisions Approved
The AHRI Seismic Subcommittee has developed a revision to ANSI/AHRI Standards 1270 (I-P)-2011 and 1271 (SI)-2011, Requirements for Seismic Qualification of HVACR Equipment.These standards were approved by the AHRI Technical Committee on Sound in July and the AHRI Cooling Standards Subcommittee (CSS) in September, which  confirmed the final publication approval for the 2013 versions of each standard. The updated AHRI standards will not be ANSI approved until a later date, but are available for download free of charge on AHRI’s website. Contact: Danny Abbate.

AHRI Video Update: Cheron Scott, Manager, Certification and Administration
In this week’s Video Update, AHRI's Manager, Certification and Administration, Cheron Scott outlines the billing and certification logo request processes, and reminds AHRI members to be sure that all sales volume reporting is complete. Questions about this process can be addressed to Cheron Scott. Look for more video updates from AHRI on itsYouTube Channel at AHRIcommunications. Contact: Sean Lynch.

AHRI Joins ABRAVA at Greenbuilding Brasil
AHRI exhibited with its global partnerABRAVA, the Brazilian HVACR association, at the 2013 Greenbuilding Brasil, in Sao Paulo, August 27-29. More than 10,000 people registered for the event, sponsored by the Brazilian Green Building Council, and 1,500 registered for the concurrent symposium. During the event and in a symposium presentation, AHRI Vice President of International Affairs Jim Walters emphasized that the first best practice in constructing new or retrofitted energy efficient buildings was to use  HVACR equipment with performance ratings that have been verified by a third-party, independent certification program, such as AHRI’s.

AHRI met with representatives from several exhibiting member companies, and ABRAVA leadership as ABRAVA plans to host the Annual ICARHMA meeting in Rio de Janeiro, October 26-28, 2013. Pictured: ABRAVA International Director Samoel Vieira de Souza, and Jim Walters. Contact: Jim Walters.