today announced that a settlement has been reached in litigation that it
brought against the Department of Energy (DOE) challenging DOE's final rule,
issued June 3, 2014, setting energy efficiency standards for commercial walk-in
coolers and freezers (WICF). The settlement comprehensively includes all
parties to the litigation, whether on AHRI's side or on DOE's side. In briefs
filed earlier this year, AHRI argued that DOE had erred in numerous ways in
adopting the WICF Rule – including by setting internally inconsistent standards
that were unachievable using economically feasible technologies, by performing
flawed cost-benefit work, and by failing to properly analyze small-business
impacts. AHRI also noted that it had given DOE the opportunity to fix several
of the Department's errors in a petition for reconsideration. DOE maintained
that it lacked the power to fix such errors absent a court order.
settlement, which still requires approval by the 5th Circuit, includes the
Since its first
event in 1930, the AHR Expo has become the world’s largest HVACR exposition,
attracting over 60,000 professionals from all 50 states and over 140 countries.
Visitors come from all facets of the industry and include contractors,
engineers, dealers, distributors, wholesalers, OEMs, architects, design/build
teams, plant and facility managers, utility operators, agents, and reps. With
over 2,000 exhibitors – made up of the industry’s leading manufacturers,
innovative suppliers and new companies entering the market –, visitors are sure
to see the most current technology available anywhere in the world. In addition
to showcasing the latest HVACR equipment, the AHR Expo is held in conjunction
with the ASHRAE Winter Conference, and hosts over 100 seminars and new product
and technology previews presented by endorsing associations and exhibitors.
Expo brings the global industry together in one place to see the latest
products and technology, share ideas, conduct business, and build
relationships. The show takes place over three days from January 25-27, 2016,
at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
information, please visit ahrexpo.com, contact show management
(International Exposition Company) at 203-221-9232, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
brought its total up to seven school visits with visits to the University of
Cincinnati Career Fair, Montgomery College in Maryland, Gateway Technical
College in Wisconsin, College Lake County in Illinois, and Blackhawk Technical
College in Wisconsin. Left photo: Allison
Labroo and Sarah Gehret of Emerson manage their booth at the University of
Cincinnati Career Fair. Parker Hannifin Corporation also added a school
visit at Southern Union Technical College in Opelika, Ala. Right photo: D. Alan Campbell, Jr. pictured with HVAC students.
challenge ends on November 2. The AHRI multi-state and single-state member
companies that host the most legislative or school visits will be awarded at
the 2015 Annual Meeting, to be held November 15-17 at the
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla. Enter the contest by
submitting a photo of the on-site visit. AHRI will post it in the AHRI Update and on our Facebook and Twitter pages
(#AHRIChairmansChallenge). See who’s in the running here. Contact: Monica
21, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Federal Register notice
to adopt the amended standards for packaged terminal air conditioner (PTAC) and
packaged terminal heat pump (PTHP) equipment. In this final rule, DOE is
adopting amended energy conservation standards for PTACs equivalent to the PTAC
standards in ASHRAE Standard 90.1–2013. DOE has also determined that the
standards for PTHPs, which are already equivalent to the PTHP standards in
ASHRAE Standard 90.1–2013, do not need to be amended. AHRI applauds DOE for
adopting levels consistent with recommendations in AHRI’s comments. Contact: Laura
17, the Department of Energy issued a notice
for the next three meetings of the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal
Advisory Committee (ASRAC): two webinars on July 29 and August 13, and a
meeting on September 24. Additional information is provided in the DOE notice.
Agenda information is not available at this time. Contact: Frank
20, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff provided AHRI with the report “Findings
from CPSC’s 2014 Carbon Monoxide/Combustion Sensor Forum and Request for
Information.” This document includes responses to the comments submitted by AHRI
on July 7, 2014, in response to the CPSC request for information, as well as a
summary of the activities of the June 3, 2014, forum. The report concludes that
it is important to continue dialogue on this subject with the organizations
responsible for developing safety standards for gas-fired space heating
equipment. Contact: Frank Stanonik.
Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters is holding
an open forum on
August 5 to allow the public an opportunity to provide input relevant to
changes the Board may consider to its current regulations (248 CMR, Sections 3
through 11). The forum will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Board’s offices
in Boston, Mass. On July 25, 2014, AHRI sent a letter to the Board proposing
several changes to the Massachusetts Fuel Gas Code, Sections 248 CMR 4.00, 5.00
and 7.00. Overall, none of the changes proposed by AHRI were included in the
finalized amendments issued on December 5, 2014. AHRI staff will attend this
forum to resubmit its proposals. Contact: Frank
As part of
AHRI’s diversification effort, the Water-Source Heat Pump (WSHP) Product Section
has recently completed its work to qualify UL for certification program
testing. Over the past 12 months, the section has worked diligently with staff
and laboratory personnel to review UL’s testing of WSHP products and execute a
demanding correlation testing plan. This is the first program (of those
impacted by diversification) to complete the execution of their correlation
plan and add an additional lab to their portfolio. AHRI staff and the section
will now focus on laboratory onboarding and training to ensure a smooth
programs expected to complete correlation this year are: Air-Cooling and
Heating Coils, correlating with GMPI in China; Packaged Unitary Small Air Conditioners
and Heat Pumps, correlating with UL in Plano, Texas; and Commercial Water
Heaters, correlating with CSA in Cleveland, Ohio. Contact: Marc
ASHRAE invites comments on the
189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of
High- Performance Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, addenda.
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2012, BACnet - A Data Communication Protocol for
Building Automation and Control Networks, addenda.
Access the Public Review Drafts by visiting ASHRAE’s
Standards, Research & Technology/Public Review Drafts web page
and following the instructions to access the online comment database. To obtain
a paper copy, contact Stephanie Reiniche.
Contact: Michael Woodford.
pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification program:
AHRI completed an
Exchange of Letters with United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) on July
23, at a Side Event meeting during the Montreal Protocol Open-Ended Working
Group meeting in Paris. The agreement includes the development of a global
qualification program for refrigerant supply chain networks, titled
"refrigerant driving license" (RDL), aimed at ensuring the sound and
safe management of refrigerants. It will support the accelerated global transition
to new refrigerants brought on by the Montreal Protocol's ozone layer
protection targets by addressing challenges in soundly and safely managing
refrigerants. It will also complement existing programs to upgrade the skills
and knowledge of field specialists as new technologies become available. Photo: Yurek (right) pictured with Tim
Kasten, Deputy Director of UNEP Division of Technology, Industry, and Economics.Contact: Jim Walters.
meeting with Dr. Greg Picker of AREMA, the Australian HVACR association, AHRI
and AREMA agreed to a direct and regular exchange of information on policy
issues, especially with respect to refrigerant policy. AHRI worked with Gulf
Cooperation Council members and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
to develop an agenda for the October 31 High Temperature Symposium in Dubai,
UAE, which immediately precedes the Meeting of the Parties of the Montreal
Protocol, also in Dubai, starting November 1. AHRI staff also attended a
meeting of the UNEP High Temperature Equipment Project.
and organizations attending the OEWG, including the Alliance represented by
Kevin Fay, met as an advisory body of the GRMI. The meeting was chaired by
Yurek and Fay and provided comments on the proposed GRMI charter, initial dues
structure, activities, and future meetings. Contact: Jim
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