In the latest
edition of the AHRI Video Update, AHRI Vice President of Public Affairs
Francis Dietz shares some of the highlights attendees can look forward to at
this year’s Annual Meeting, including the Need-to-Know session, keynote address
from political analyst Charlie Cook, the Combined Industry Session focusing on
a section of the Clean Air Act, and the Chairman’s Reception and Dinner-Dance.
Look for more video updates from AHRI on its YouTube channel at AHRIcommunications.
Annual Meeting will be held at the Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, Calif., November
16-18. Registration fees increase after
Saturday, November 1. Register today and save $50. Contact: Brittany
staff Frank Stanonik, Aykut Yilmaz, Tae Kwon, and Janine Brady visited the AHRI
member company facilities of Harsco Industrial Patterson-Kelley, PB Heat LLC,
and Triangle Tube/Phase III in Pennsylvania and New Jersey on October 20-21.
Left top photo, pictured from
left to right: Kwon, Yilmaz, Brady, Stanonik (AHRI), Chris Ellingwood, and
Kevin Pollard (Harsco).
Right top photo, pictured from
left to right: Pete Morgan (PB Heat), Kwon, Yilmaz (AHRI), Gary Sirois,
Terry Rismiller (PB Heat), Stanonik, and Brady (AHRI).
Bottom left, pictured from left
to right: Eugen Dinu, Daniel Lasserre (Triangle Tube), Kwon, Stanonik,
Brady (AHRI), Doug Dodds (Triangle Tube), and Yilmaz (AHRI).
such as these provide AHRI staff with an opportunity to learn more about its member
companies and their operations. During the visits, they discussed issues
related to AHRI’s certification programs, organizational profiles on AHRI’s
membership database, AHRI research, statistics, federal test procedures, and
efficiency standards. AHRI member companies that would like to host AHRI staff
should contact Amanda Donohue. Contact: Aykut
29, the Department of Energy (DOE) held a public meeting regarding energy
conservation standards for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and
Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHP). AHRI staff attended the meeting and
expressed concerns with the rulemaking in an oral statement and presentation on the severe impact that the proposed level will have on
the industry. Comments on this rulemaking are due to DOE by November 17, 2014;
however, due to the conflict with AHRI’s Annual Meeting, AHRI will submit
comments by November 14, 2014. Member companies impacted by this rulemaking are
encouraged to submit comments to AHRI as quickly as possible, and by November 7
at the latest. Contact: Laura
California Energy Commission (CEC) will host a workshop on Monday,
November 3, at 9 a.m. PST, to present draft revisions that will be considered
for inclusion in the 2016 Residential and Nonresidential Building Energy
Efficiency Standards (California Code of Regulations, Title 24). Information on
accessing the proposed revisions to the Title 24 regulations as well remote
participation in the workshop are provided in the Workshop Notice. AHRI staff will participate remotely. Contact: Frank
October 27, AHRI submitted comments on the Department of Energy’s
(DOE) supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to revise its regulations
governing verification testing of commercial products covered by alternative
efficiency determination methods (see October 2, 2014, AHRI Update.). DOE proposed to classify as a
prohibited act a company’s failure to provide supplemental information
necessary to operate a basic model during the conduct of the DOE efficiency
test procedure with a certification report. AHRI objected to this proposal, and
also recommended that in cases where the manufacturer has asked to be present
for the setup of a unit during DOE enforcement testing, that manufacturer only
forfeits the right to ask for a retest based on a claim that the unit was not
set up properly. The comments note that there may be other reasons, unrelated
to how the unit was set up, that might justify a manufacturer’s request for a
retest. Contact: Frank Stanonik.
October 24, AHRI submitted comments to the Ontario Ministry of
Energy (OME) regarding the September 10, 2014, proposed changes to Ontario’s
energy performance regulations. In the case of the proposed changes regarding
residential water heaters, the comments supported the earlier comments submitted
jointly by the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) and the
Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI). In the
case of the proposed changes regarding commercial refrigerators,
refrigerator-freezers, freezers, and refrigerated display cabinets, the
comments informed the OME that AHRI had filed a lawsuit contesting the
Department of Energy’s (DOE) commercial refrigeration efficiency
requirements adopted in March 2014. AHRI recommended that the OME defer any
action on efficiency standards for these products pending the outcome of the
lawsuit. Contact: Frank Stanonik.
Department of Energy (DOE) has scheduled a public
November 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST to learn about the analytical tools
developed by the agency in support of a proposed rule to consider amended
energy conservation standards for residential non-weatherized gas furnaces and
mobile home gas furnaces. The meeting will be held at DOE’s offices in Washington,
D.C., and there will be the option to participate via webinar. AHRI staff will attend
this meeting. Contact: Frank Stanonik.
AHRI’s Certification Programs and Policy
Committee (CP&P) met on October 22 at AHRI headquarters in Arlington, Va.,
to review the diversification plan and progress on certification program testing
for 2014. Several certification program operations manuals also were approved.
Contact: Bill Tritsis.
October 23, AHRI staff Stephen Yurek, Bill Tritsis, Henry Hwong, Chris Stone,
and Marc Neufcourt visited UL testing facilities in Newton, Iowa, and met with
UL’s senior management. They discussed several key issues, including progress
on certification testing and on AHRI’s testing diversification project. UL gave
a presentation on the history of its Newton facility (previously known as
Springboard Engineering), as well as its capabilities and technical expertise
in the area energy efficiency testing. AHRI staff concluded its visit with a
tour of the testing facility and a review of UL’s expansion plans to create residential furnace and residential water heater testing facilities. Contact: Marc
is pleased to welcome Ouellet Canada, Inc. to the Unitary Small Heat Pump
Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP) certification program. Contact: Sunil
proud to sponsor the 4th Symposium on Alternative Refrigerants for High Ambient
Countries, organized by Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology
(ESMA) and held October 28-29 at the Sofitel Dubai Downtown in Dubai, UAE. On
October 29, ESMA released a video featuring AHRI President and CEO
Stephen Yurek expressing his hope that this event successfully brought together
representatives from the HVACR and water heating industry throughout the world
to share information and address global concerns. This symposium specifically
focused on equipment and refrigerant use in places with high ambient
temperatures. A more detailed report of the symposium will be featured in next
week’s AHRI Update. Contact: Jim Walters.
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