October 8, 2015
30, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, Ill., heard oral arguments
in Zero Zone et. al v. U.S. Department of Energy. In this case, AHRI and
co-petitioner Zero Zone are challenging the Department of Energy’s final rule
establishing energy conservation standards for commercial refrigeration
equipment, along with the final rule establishing a revised test procedure for
such equipment, which was issued after the efficiency standards were
established. The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers
(NAFEM) is also challenging the energy conservation standard rule. AHRI is
hopeful the court will issue its decision later this year or in early 2016.
Contact: Amy Shepherd.
Registration is now open for the Low-Global Warming
Potential (GWP) Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program (AREP) Conference,
to be held January 21, 2016, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla., one
day before the start of the ASHRAE Winter Conference. Similar to the previous
AREP Conference in 2014, this conference will cover the results from Phase II
of the program, which focused on new refrigerants available since research
began on Phase I in 2011, and on refrigerants used in high-ambient conditions.
The Low-GWP AREP is an industry-wide cooperative research program aimed at identifying
and evaluating promising alternative refrigerants for major HVACR product
categories. Please note that registration fees increase December 2. Contact: Kelsey
ABOK, the Russian Association of
Engineers for Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Heat Supply and Building
Thermal Physics, will celebrate its 25th anniversary October 28-30. AHRI
has been privileged to be associated with ABOK for many of the past 25 years.
ABOK’s significant contributions to the Russian and global HVACR and water
heating industry have supported vital services to consumers in an increasingly
efficient manner. Their pioneering efforts to develop standards for building
energy performance and certification play an important role in the industry,
and AHRI looks forward to the next quarter-century of work with its valued
colleagues at ABOK. Contact: Jim Walters.
legislative visit portion of the competition is neck-and-neck, with Ingersoll
Rand and Carrier tied at 17 legislative visits apiece, with Emerson not far
behind. Danfoss continues its lead in the school category, with Emerson and
Sporlan/Parker Hannifin adding visits this week. See all of the submissions on
page. Find out the
winners at the 2015 AHRI Annual Meeting.
multi-state and single-state member companies that host the most legislative or
school visits will be honored 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
26-29, CSA Group will hold its annual U.S. Committee Week in Cleveland, Ohio,
where stakeholders can meet to discuss revisions to joint ANSI/CSA safety
standards for gas-fired appliances. The development of these standards is managed
by CSA Group, and the processes are accredited by the American National
Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). The event’s
schedule is dominated by technical subcommittee (TSC) meetings, during which
proposed changes to their respective appliance standards are developed and
submitted for final review and approval by parent technical committees.
product sections and their engineering committees play key roles in the
development of these standards by enabling AHRI members to develop industry
positions on proposed revisions to the safety standards. AHRI engineering
committees also frequently develop proposals for these standards. Several AHRI engineering
committees, including those from the Commercial-Industrial Forced-Air Heating,
Controls, Furnace, Hydronics Institute, and Water Heater Product Sections, plan
to attend Committee Week and will meet in advance to review the agendas and
develop their own proposed changes to the standards.
for an update next month on the results of the 2015 CSA U.S. Committee Week.
Contact: Aykut Yilmaz.
participated in the annual U.S. celebration of World Standards Day at the
Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C., on October 1, an event that recognizes the
critical role of various stakeholders across the standards community, including
business leaders, industry, academia, and government. This year’s theme was
“Standards – The World’s Common Language,” and the Consumer Electronics
Association served as the administrating organization. World Standards Day was
initially launched in 1970, and is now recognized and celebrated by nations
around the globe. Contact: Michael Woodford.
ASHRAE invites comments on the
following addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 52.2-2012, Method of Testing General Ventilation Air Cleaning Devices for Removal
Efficiency by Particle Size.
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 ASHRAE.
Contact: Michael Woodford.
pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification program:
In the latest AHRI Video Update, Silvia
Romano from the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE)/Grayling
discusses her visit to AHRI as part of an exchange program between EPEE and
AHRI. Now in its sixth year, the exchange program helps both organizations
coordinate their policy efforts and solidify their relationship. Romano has met
with various AHRI departments to better understand AHRI’s priority issues, as
well as how AHRI works with its members to address those issues, and
participated in AHRI’s International Committee meeting. She will end her visit
with a presentation to AHRI staff about EPEE and European HVACR issues.
an account manager with Grayling’s Brussels office and is responsible for the
day-to-day activities of the EPEE Secretariat. An Italian national, she has
expertise in public policy issues and has worked on various public affairs
campaigns on climate, energy, transport, and international trade, including European
Union energy and environmental policies, F-gas legislations, and the Montreal
Protocol. Prior to Grayling, Romano worked as a consultant at Italian Small Business
in Europe (ISB), assisting in lobbying strategies at the European level. She
graduated from the College of Europe in Bruges with a degree in European
Political and Administrative Studies, and speaks Italian, English, French, and
more video updates from AHRI on its YouTube channel at AHRIcommunications. Contact: Michael
AHRI and Intertek
hosted officials from the government of Saudi Arabia at Intertek’s HVACR
testing laboratories in Plano, Texas, and Cortland, N.Y., September 28-October
2. Led by Bassel Alsultan from the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program (SEEP), the
Saudi team also included representatives from the Standards, Metrology, and Quality
Organization (SASO), the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and Customs. The
purpose of the visit was to observe testing of chillers and variable
refrigerant flow equipment as part of AHRI’s certification program, and to
discuss important, practical aspects of an effective market surveillance
program for commercial air conditioners. Saudi minimum efficiency performance
standards for commercial air conditioners will be published in January 2016 and
will go into effect February 2017.
Vice President of Technical Services Henry Hwong, Senior Technical Advisor Chris
Stone, Vice President of Certification Bill Tritsis, and Vice President of
International Affairs Jim Walters represented AHRI. The Intertek hosts were
headed by President Nimer Al-Hafi and Vice President Tim Corcoran. Contact: Jim
International Committee, chaired by Dennis Appel, President of Luvata’s
Heat Transfer Solutions Division, met at AHRI headquarters on October 5. The
committee dealt with a wide range of topics including previewing a global
services plan, which was reviewed and approved on October 6 by the AHRI
Executive Committee; assessing AHRI’s regulatory efforts by the Saudi Arabian
and Brazilian governments and AHRI’s role in working with them; and previewing
the upcoming third part of AHRI’s International Regulatory Information Service on
refrigerant policies. The committee also reviewed performance on its 2015 goals
and set in motion a process to develop its 2016 goals, which should include a
strategic mapping of AHRI’s global activities. Contact: Jim
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