July 20, 2017
Register today for the AHRI Annual Meeting, to be held November 12-14 at the Trump
National Doral Resort and Spa in Miami, Fla. AHRI members should plan to join
colleagues and AHRI staff at this premier resort to network, learn, and discuss
the most important issues facing our industry. AHRI has also organized sporting
events and tours to make the Annual Meeting even more enjoyable. For
your convenience, we have negotiated a hotel group rate, which is available until October 19.
Follow all of AHRI’s Annual Meeting announcements on Facebook and on Twitter,
using the handle #AHRIAnnual. Register by September 26 and save $100 off the
full registration price. Contact: Kelsey Fonnett.
On July 17, AHRI announced its decision, with approval from the
AHRI Executive Committee, to file a motion to intervene as a defendant in two
related federal lawsuits brought in the Northern District of California. One
suit was filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club;
the other by eleven states' attorneys general and one city attorney. The
lawsuits seek to mandate that DOE finalize several energy efficiency regulations
–– including energy efficiency standards for commercial packaged boilers ––
that were released as draft final rules at the end of the Obama Administration.
AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek emphasized in the statement that, "AHRI's
interest in this lawsuit lies in the defined breadth and scope of the Error
Correction Rule, which was the result of our settlement with DOE in prior
litigation. Because this lawsuit will likely result in a determination of DOE's
ability to modify or withdraw pre-published rules, our industry requires a seat
at the table if and when discussions take place.” Contact: Caroline Davidson-Hood.
AHRI is pleased to welcome
Parker Boiler as a North American member of the Hydronics Section and the
Boilers Subsection. Contact: Freshta Rosario.
On July 10, AHRI
Senior Vice President Karim Amrane participated in a workshop on safety
standards relevant to the low global warming potential alternatives. The
workshop, held in Bangkok, Thailand, ahead of the Open-Ended Working Group
meeting of the Montreal Protocol, was organized by the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide an opportunity for informed discussions
on technical and policy aspects related to the safe use of flammable
refrigerants as alternatives in the refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat
pump sectors. Twenty-eight speakers from industry, standards-developing
organizations, and governments participated. AHRI’s presentation focused
on the challenges faced in amending safety standards, as well as the research currently
underway by industry to help relevant safety standards committees update safety
standards to allow for the safe use of flammable refrigerants. Copies of
the presentations made at the workshop are available here. Contact: Karim Amrane.
Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology Institute (AHRTI),
AHRI’s research arm, recently released the final report of Research Project 9009, Leak Detection of A2L Refrigerants in HVACR
Equipment. The objective of the project was to conduct a thorough review of
sensor technologies that are: available to detect A2L refrigerants, can be
easily integrated into HVACR equipment, and meet the requirements of relevant
safety standards. Current international and U.S. standards for HVACR systems
are expected to be updated with new or revised requirements specific to A2L
refrigerants, including refrigerant sensor requirements, such as response time
and measurement ranges. In this project, infrared, electrochemical cell, metal
oxide semiconductor, catalytic, and heated diode sensors were reviewed and
analyzed to determine whether they can meet the proposed sensor requirements
under ASHRAE Standard 15, IEC Standard 60335-2-40, and Standard ISO 5149-3. Download
the report here. Contact: Xudong
14, AHRI submitted separate and joint comments with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the Hearth, Patio
& Barbecue Association (HPBA), and the National Electrical Manufacturers
Association (NEMA) in response to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) May 30
Request for Information (RFI). The RFI sought information to help identify
existing regulations, paperwork requirements, and other regulatory obligations
that could be modified or repealed to achieve meaningful burden reduction while
continuing to achieve the Department’s statutory obligations. Both sets of
comments address issues with DOE’s fundamental process for rulemakings and
certification, and issues specific to individual product classes. AHRI will
provide an update for members if DOE takes any action as result of these
comments. Contact: Frank Stanonik.
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following participants to its
The following AHRI standards have been updated. The 2017 editions are now
available to download from the AHRI website.
Contact: Ladan Bulookbashi.
ASHRAE has announced the following Calls for Comments and Membership:
Call for Comments
Call for Members
To view details, refer to the recent issue of
ASHRAE’s Standards Action. 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. All necessary
membership forms are available here. Contact:Ladan
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