initiated a project to completely redesign its online Integrated Statistical
Trends Analysis Reporting System (iSTARS), which will combine all statistical
reports into a single reporting system. This system will be released in several
phases, beginning this fall. On June 25, AHRI statistical staff held a focus
group meeting with 14 AHRI members that currently use the online statistical
system to submit data and receive final reports. The participants provided
valuable feedback and ideas to better serve AHRI members and make a more user-friendly
online system. Contact: Shannon Michael.
AHRI Vice President of Government Affairs Cade Clark and Director of Education Warren
Lupson attended the 51st annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and
Skills Conference in
Louisville, Ky. Nearly 6,000 secondary and post-secondary career and technical
students competed in this year’s competition, which rewards the
best-of-the-best of future professionals in 100 different trade and technical
fields. There were 33 secondary and 26 post-secondary HVACR students that competed
in nine different disciplines. The championship also aims to involve industries
in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to
employers’ needs. With many industries experiencing workforce shortages,
SkillsUSA is a powerful program that helps students learn discipline and
leadership, and develop the skills necessary to get started in the career of
of the competition was "50 Years of Champions at Work," and included welding,
plumbing, electrical, motor controls, information technology, robotics,
culinary arts, advanced manufacturing, sheet metal, medical assistances, public
speaking, and more. Lupson served as a judge and Technical Committee member for
the HVACR category. In addition, he provided the competitors, instructors, and
advisors at the conference with an industry update.
This year’s winners in HVACR are
22-23, AHRI Senior Vice President of Technical Services Henry Hwong, Director
of Quality Rupal Choksi, and Associate Certification Engineer Mikelann Scerbo
visited AHRI member manufacturer Trane’s facility in Lacrosse, Wis. Trane
officials gave AHRI staff an overview presentation and a tour of their
manufacturing and testing facilities, and held a discussion about the
activities of the Air-Cooled Water Chilling (ACCL), Water-Cooled Water-Chilling
and Heat Pump Water-Heating Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle (WCCL),
and Non-Condensable Gas Purge Equipment for Use with Low Pressure Centrifugal
Liquid Chillers (PRGE) certification programs. Left photo, from left to right: Joshua Sanders (Trane), Mikelann Scerbo
(AHRI), and Brad Wickersham (Trane).
morning of June 24, Hwong, Choksi, Scerbo, and Associate Certification Engineer
Jeehan Faiz toured Multistack’s facility in Sparta, Wis., where AHRI staff gave
an overview presentation about AHRI and Multistack’s involvement in the ACCL,
WCCL and Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Ventilators certification programs. Right photo,
from left to right: Jeehan Faiz, Mikelann Scerbo (AHRI), Dennis Manthei
(Multistack), Henry Hwong (AHRI), Pat Goethel (Multistack), and Rupal Choksi
concluded their trip on the afternoon of June 24 with a tour of RenewAire in
Madison, Wis. Staff of RenewAire provided a tour of the facility and discussed
the Department of Energy rulemaking on commercial and industrial fans and blowers.
visits provided staff with an opportunity to learn more about the operations
and issues that impact AHRI’s members and how AHRI can better serve their
needs. AHRI member companies interested in hosting AHRI staff should contact Amanda
Donohue. Contact: Rupal
joined the AHRI Chairman’s Challenge
school visits competition with a tour of Edison Community College and the Upper
Valley Career Center, in Ohio. Left
photo, from left to right: Kevin Hanayik, Randy Sutton, Scott Wagner, Rich Rose
(Emerson), Chris Sykes (Greenville High School), Susan Fleece (Urbana High
School). Chuck Barga, and Rick Schmitmeyer (Emerson) at Edison Community
College. Right photo: Bill Bosway of
Emerson with HVAC students and instructors at Upper Valley Career Center.
challenge is more than halfway over, ending 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
effort to make AHRI’s certification programs more globally accessible, AHRI’s
video tutorial on “How to Apply to the AHRI Certification Program” is now
available with Spanish, French, Italian, and Mandarin subtitles. The video covers the
three steps to apply to the certification program – application, testing, and
agreement – and the benefits of joining the program. AHRI hopes that these videos
will continue to help international HVACR and water heating manufacturers to
navigate the certification process. Contact: Monica
of AHRI member company personnel were recognized at the ASHRAE annual
conference held in Atlanta from June 27-July 1.
Contact: Michael Woodford.
ASHRAE invites comments on ANSI/ASHRAE
Standard 41.7-1984R, Standard Methods for
Gas Flow Measurement. This revision of Standard 41.7-1984 expands the scope
of this standard to cover the breadth of gas flow measurement devices used for
testing heating, ventilating, air- conditioning, and refrigeration systems and
components, and to include field gas flow measurements in addition to laboratory
gas flow measurements.
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.
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