19, AHRI filed its Reply Brief in the case challenging the Department of
Energy’s (DOE) test procedure and efficiency standards for commercial
refrigeration equipment, ZeroZone Inc., et al v. DOE et al, in the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. In its reply, AHRI focused on
issues concerning the timing and substance of the related test procedure, as
well as erroneous and unsupported assumptions made by DOE in its economic and
cost benefit analysis. The North American Association of Food Equipment
Manufacturers, or NAFEM, also filed a Reply Brief focusing on related Environmental
Protection Agency requirements impacting the standards, as well as the
transparency of DOE’s rulemaking process. Oral arguments in the case are set
for September 30 in Chicago, and AHRI is hopeful for a decision later this
year. Contact: Amy Shepherd.
President of Japan Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News (JARN),
visited AHRI headquarters on August 21, to discuss JARN’s relationship with
AHRI and editorial opportunities for the association. He met with AHRI Vice
President of Public Affairs Francis Dietz and Communications Director Monica
Cardenas. AHRI utilizes JARN to share industry news and to market its
certification program. Ka is based in Tokyo, and is visiting several American
HVACR manufacturers during his visit to the United States. Pictured left to right: Cardenas, Ka, and Dietz. Contact: Monica
2015, a new LEED v4 credit interpretation means more products with
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) can contribute to LEED credits. This
new interpretation now allows certain equipment and machinery (in CSI Divisions
11 and 21-28) to qualify toward the minimum product requirements in Option 1 of
Building Products Disclosure and Optimization. With the green building industry
expected to represent $130 billion in opportunity, according to McGraw Hill
Construction (2010) and Green Outlook 2011: Green Trends Driving Growth, there
is great opportunity for more product manufacturers to get involved. View all
equipment categories included here.
Environment will host a webinar – LEED® v4: New Interpretation Brings New Opportunity – on September 24 at 11 a.m.
EDT to explain what has changed, discuss impacted products, and share new
opportunities and advantages due to this interpretation. Click here to register.
today for the 2015 AHRI Annual Meeting, to be held November
15-17 at the scenic Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita
Springs, Fla. Join industry colleagues at this picturesque location to learn
about the most important issues facing our industry. Highlights include product
section meetings; the Need-to-Know session, updating attendees to the latest
developments on important industry issues; a keynote address by world-record
adventurist Joby Ogwyn; and the Chairman’s Reception and Dinner-Dance. Schedule
information is available
here. AHRI has also organized sports
tournaments, tours, and a spouse event to make
the Annual Meeting even more enjoyable. For your convenience, AHRI has
negotiated a hotel
group rate, which will expire on October 23. Follow all of
AHRI’s Annual Meeting announcements on Facebook
with #AHRIannual. Register before October 2 and save $50. Contact: Kelsey Fonnett.
24, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a pre-publication supplemental notice of proposed
proposing revisions to the federal test procedures for residential central air
conditioners and heat pumps. Among other things, DOE proposes a new basic model
definition, revised rating requirements, procedures to determine off-mode
energy power consumption and revised alternative efficiency determination
methods. DOE will hold a public meeting (date is yet to be determined) and will
accept comments no later than 30 days after the publication of the SNOPR in theFederal Register.
addition, DOE published a notice of data availability (NODA) on the potential economic
impacts that could result from amending the energy efficiency standards for
central air conditioners and heat pumps. DOE will accept comments on the NODA
until December 15. The test procedure SNOPR and the NODA will be discussed by
the ASRAC working group that was recently established to negotiate the minimum
energy efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners and heat
pumps. The first meeting of the ASRAC working group is scheduled on August 26
at DOE. Contact: Karim Amrane.
Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal
notice to close the public comment period regarding energy conservation
standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers, which is
originally set to close on September 8.
meetings of the Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers Working Group (Fans
WG) of the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee
(ASRAC) will be held on September 1, 2, and 3 at DOE, Forrestal Building, 1000
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20585. Individuals will also have the
opportunity to participate by webinar. Click here to register for the webinar and
receive call-in information. All documents and public meeting transcripts
associated with this ASRAC working group are available online here: EERE–2013–BT–STD–0006. Contact: Laura
Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation, Office of
Atmospheric Programs, Stratospheric Protection Division will hold a Significant
New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program stakeholder meeting on September 11 from
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C. The EPA, under the direction of the President’s Climate Action Plan, has been using SNAP to encourage the introduction of more climate-friendly refrigerants. The purpose of this meeting
is to engage in a dialogue between stakeholders and the EPA as the EPA
considers various next steps. Additional details are available
has brought its tally of school visits up to 47, while Emerson has also stayed
strong in the race with school and legislative visits, bringing its total up to
10 and 2, respectively.
challenge ends on November 2 – it’s not too late to join! The AHRI 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
following documents are now available and free to download from the ASHRAE
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