September 10, E&E TV On Point aired
a video interview with AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek, covering AHRI’s issues
with recent Department of Energy (DOE) rules on commercial refrigeration
products. Yurek explained that AHRI decided to challenge DOE’s final rule on
energy conservation standards for commercial coolers and freezers because it
“didn’t meet the requirements of being technically feasible and economically
justified.” He stressed that the new standards likely would not bring about the
desired energy savings because they would drive up costs, causing consumers to
repair existing equipment, rather than replace it. In addition, Yurek pointed
out that AHRI member companies will be negatively affected by DOE’s rulemaking.
“We think that energy efficiency is very important,” Yurek said, but “it needs
to be at a level that consumers will buy so that you actually get the energy
savings.” Watch the full interview here. The interview was part of
AHRI’s ongoing Industry Awareness Campaign. Contact: Francis
study by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) determined that
federal regulations are in fact becoming more burdensome and costly for
manufacturers, and are a $2 trillion drain on the American economy. AHRI and
several member companies contributed to the study, which found that:
study shows the extent to which the regulatory burden impacts manufacturers, who
are “the backbone of our nation’s economy,” and called on Congress to institute
reforms. Read the full study and executive summary here.
Contact NAM Vice President of Infrastructure, Legal, and Regulatory Policy
Rosario Palmieri with questions or comments, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TheChairman’s Challenge is in its final
two months, with Trane continuing to maintain its lead. North Carolina State
Senator Jeff Tarte visited Ingersoll Rand September 3, pictured left with Robert
D. Smith, Director of Supply Chain and Distribution at Ingersoll Rand. AHRI
members, it’s not too late to join the competition. Congressional
representatives will be returning to their home districts in a few weeks to
campaign, making it a great opportunity to invite them to tour facilities and
spread the word about the tremendous impact of the HVACR and water heating
industry on the American economy. The challenge ends November 1, and the winner
will be announced at the AHRI Annual Meeting, along
with all participants. See who’s in the
running here. Contact: Monica
is pleased to welcome Foshan Shunde Cold Magic Air-conditioning Equipment Co.,
Ltd. as an international member. Contact: Freshta
In the latest AHRI Video Update, AHRI Assistant Vice President
of Congressional Affairs Guido Zucconi provides an overview of the 113th
Congress for the remainder of the year. Look for more video updates from AHRI
on its YouTube channel at AHRIcommunications.
September 8, Congress returned to Capitol Hill from its five-week recess with a
plan to work for two weeks before adjourning to campaign ahead of the November
4 elections. With an abbreviated September schedule and Election Day so close,
it is expected that both the House and Senate will play it safe and avoid any difficult
decisions that could negatively impact their campaigns until post-election,
also known as the “lame-duck” session.
agenda item for both chambers and both political parties is to pass a
short-term continuing resolution (CR) that would avert a government shutdown at
month’s end. Congress is likely to vote to keep the government functioning into
mid-December. The CR is expected to pass in order to avoid a politically
dangerous government shutdown before the midterm elections. Congress is also likely
to authorize military action requested by the President in the Middle East to
address the threat posed by the terrorist group Islamic State, and will also
likely address the expiring Export-Import Bank charter, which is scheduled to
terminate on September 30. Any extension is likely to be short term; only until
the lame-duck or early in the 114th Congress.
in the House are expected to use the remaining legislative days to pass
messaging bills that address economic growth, job creation, and energy production.
The Senate is not expected to bring these bills up for a vote, but may vote on
a series of bills that address raising the minimum wage, easing the student
loan burden, and other priorities important to Senate Democrats. Returning
post-election, the 113th Congress will have an additional two weeks
of legislative days before the conclusion of its session. After the elections,
legislation extending tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013 could be
addressed, but it may have to wait until the swearing-in of the 114th
Congress in early January. With a high cost to federal coffers, the likelihood of
anything happening with tax extenders before the elections is very low.
Contact: Guido Zucconi.
On September 10,
AHRI Government Affairs Manager Mike O’Halloran delivered a presentation on
workforce development efforts in the HVACR and water heating industry at the
National Association of State Energy Officials’ (NASEO) Annual Meeting in
Savannah, Ga. The presentation emphasized AHRI’s work in recruiting and
training skilled technicians for the industry, including AHRI’s efforts with
the HVACR Workforce Development
American Technician Excellence,
and the Rees Scholarship Foundation. A copy of the presentation is
available here. Contact: Mike
Department of Energy’s (DOE) Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal
Advisory Committee (ASRAC) working group’s efforts to reach consensus on an
enforcement mechanism for regional energy conservation enforcement standards
are ongoing. The working group is negotiating a proposed rule for the
enforcement of energy conservation standards for central air conditioners
subject to regional standards, with the goal of developing a consensus by the
end of October. The working group, which consists of representatives from
manufacturers, DOE, energy efficiency advocates, utilities, contractors, and
distributors, has discussed issues such as product labeling, public awareness
tools, record retention, and the definition of a regional standards
“violation.” Working group meetings, as well as general ASRAC meetings, are
open to the public. Contact: Amy Shepherd.
September 8, AHRI submitted comments in response to an
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR)
amending the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program to list a
number of flammable refrigerants as acceptable substitutes. In its comments,
AHRI noted that EPA’s proposed refrigerant use condition for packaged terminal
equipment was not consistent with proposed refrigerant charge limits in UL
Standard 484. During the past three years, a group of experts has been
developing recommendations to help ensure the safe use of flammable
refrigerants in equipment covered by that standard. These recommendations call
for refrigerant charge levels that are more conservative than those proposed in
the NOPR. AHRI suggested that EPA adopt the more conservative refrigerant charge
limits being considered for inclusion in UL Standard 484. Contact: Karim Amrane.
call for abstracts has been issued for the International Conference on Energy
Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL’15), which will take
place in Lucerne, Switzerland, August 26-28, 2015. The conference will focus on
new energy efficient technologies, changing consumer behavior, and developing new
policies and strategies for energy efficiency. As a way of participating in the
conference and its debates, interested parties are invited to submit abstracts
on a number of topics relating to consumer behavior, technologies, policies,
and programs. Abstracts are due by October 24 to the conference secretariat.
Click here for more
information. Contact: Karim Amrane.
ASHRAE invites comments on the following Public Review
Drafts. They can be accessed 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.
c to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2013, Thermal
Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy. This addendum simplifies
Normative Appendix A, Methods for
Determining Operative Temperature, to be a single-calculation procedure for
calculating operative temperature. Case 1 is removed because it is overly
permissive and Case 3 is removed because it is redundant with Case 2.
Addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except
Low-Rise Residential Buildings
Addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 34-2013, Designation and Safety Classification of
AHRI is pleased to welcome Slimair Technologies, Inc. to
the Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP)
certification program. Contact: Sunil
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