May 6, 2021
The UL Firefighter Safety
Research Institute, in partnership with members of the fire service and AHRI, developed
firefighter training related to the refrigerant transition mandated by both
federal and state regulations. Join us Wednesday, May 12, for another free
webinar in the Refrigerant Transition Webinar Series. A panel of experts will
offer an overview and excerpts from the training, followed by a Q&A on the
training program, other research, and regulatory policy issues related to the
refrigerant transition. While the training program is designed for
firefighters, all are welcome to join. Learn more from this press release, and register here. Contact: Lauren
AHRI’s 2021 Spring
Webinar Series is now underway, featuring sessions on critical issues affecting
the HVACR and water heating industry each Tuesday in May. More than 300 members
joined the webinar this week, which featured speakers from the Biden administration and Congress who
discussed the plans, impacts, and challenges of federal climate
The next webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, May 11,
will feature a panel discussion on State Legislative Priorities Impacting the
HVACR and Water Heating Industry, an insider’s look at the energy and
environmental policy issues driving state legislative action across the
country. Participants will hear directly from key policymakers who are leading
state-level efforts to tackle issues such as HFC phasedown plans, plastics
and packaging waste, building decarbonization, and more.
On the panel:
Register here. Contact: Christine Gutermuth.
On April 29, the Global Cooling Prize organization announced that AHRI members Daikin and Gree had won the Global Cooling Prize, an international innovation competition.
global coalition initiated by the Government of India, Mission Innovation, and
the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) initiated the competition to develop
super-efficient and climate-friendly residential cooling solutions. Gree Electric
Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai with partner Tsinghua University; and Daikin with
partner Nikken Sekkei Ltd. emerged as the two winners among eight finalists, producing prototypes that
have five times less climate impact than standard air conditioning units
available in the market today.
Both winning teams
achieved more than a 5X reduction in climate impact against the baseline unit,
meeting the primary criteria of the Prize. The Prize administrators also
concluded that whilst both teams’ technologies would likely have an initial
up-front cost on introduction to the market at two to three times more than the
baseline units, lifecycle cost of ownership would be around half that of the
baseline unit. This means consumers would experience a simple payback on the
higher first cost after just over three years of operation.
AHRI is pleased to welcome the
following participants to its certification program:
Contact: Bill Tritsis.
The AHRI Water Heater
Regulatory & Policy Committee recently initiated the AHRI 1430 Standard
Working Group, which is tasked with reviewing the draft Standard 1430 and
revising it as necessary before it is submitted for comment and approval. For
more information on AHRI working groups or to join a specific group, visit AHRI
Connect. Contact: Cobi Waxman.
On May 4, Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) re-introduced legislation (H.R. 2975) to clarify the definitions of residential and commercial water heaters in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).
The bill was re-introduced in response to a final rule issued in November 2016 by the Department of Energy that revised test procedures for commercial water heaters to require manufacturers to recategorize them to meet residential efficiency standards. This created regulatory uncertainty and in response to industry concerns, DOE granted manufacturers a temporary “non-enforcement” policy that will expire at the end of 2021. Therefore, a technical amendment to the statutory definitions of water heaters in the EPCA is necessary to rectify this reduction in options for commercial consumers. The legislation is a narrowly tailored amendment to clarify the definitions of residential and commercial water heaters in EPCA. Contact: Samantha Slater.