2024 AHR Expo
AHRI is a proud co-sponsor of the AHR Expo, which is the world’s largest HVACR marketplace event, hosting more than 1,600 exhibitors and 50,000 attendees annually. AHRI welcomed attendees to the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Ill. from January 22-24, 2024 in order to provide the latest information and insight into association and industry matters.
AHRI's staff and working groups organized eight educational sessions covering topics such as the transition to low-GWP refrigerants, the ongoing implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act Incentives, the VRF test procedure and efficiency rating, supporting healthy buildings through humidity control, adiabatic humidification technologies for decarbonization, and more.
2024 Educational Sessions
Adiabatic Humidification Technologies for Decarbonization
This presentation explored how humidification and evaporation technologies fit into decarbonization strategies, with a particular focus on energy efficiency benefits that can be unlocked with evaporative technologies. Attendees reviewed indoor humidity terminology and commonly available technologies before taking an in-depth look into how those products fit into decarbonization strategies. See the presentation here.
Supporting Healthy Buildings through Humidity Control
This session explored the links between humidity and health in schools, workplaces, and homes, and provided practical approaches for achieving optimal humidity levels. In addition to ventilation and filtration, humidity control is an important component of healthy indoor environments. Both recent and historical research have demonstrated links between humidity control and the health of building occupants, as well as control of infectious aerosols. See the presentation here.
Thermal Energy Storage: Current Technologies and Innovations
Attendees learned about the latest innovations in thermal energy storage and why it is important, especially as it relates to the new investment tax credit included in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The presentation covered the types of products that are commercialized (i.e., rooftop packaged units, chillers, campus-wide tanks), the economic and carbon-reduction benefits to end-users, as well as the benefits to the grid. See the presentation here.
VRF Test Procedure and Efficiency Rating Update
This session provided a summary of the most notable changes in the new VRF test procedure, including an in-depth review of the CVP and associated Appendix C and H sections of the standard. There was a review of definitions, calculations, other significant requirements to meet the CVP, and the budgeting system. See the presentation here.
What You Need to Know - A Closer Look at the Ongoing Implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act Incentives
A panel of HVACR and water heating industry representatives and stakeholders shared the latest rulemaking guidance and information about the ongoing implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) programs, including tax credits and home electric appliance rebate programs important to our industry. See the presentation here.
What You Need to Know - An Update on the Transition to Low-GWP (or A2L) Refrigerants
A panel of HVAC industry representatives, including AHRI Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Samantha Slater and AHRI Director of Codes Thomas Deary, discussed the latest information about the transition to low-global warming potential (or A2L) refrigerants. See the presentation here.
What Manufacturers Can Get Out of It: The Value in Partnering with Voluntary Programs
The panel discussion, including the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and manufacturer partners, explained the benefits to manufacturers of partnering with regional energy efficiency efforts, the basics of market transformation, the relationship between voluntary programs and regulation (including codes and standards), and what products and technologies are on the horizon for energy efficiency programs. See the presentation here.
Cool Credentials: Preparing HVACR Technicians for Low-GWP Refrigerant Changes
North American Technician Excellence (NATE) hosted an informative discussion on the imminent transition to low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and how NATE certification exams empower HVACR technicians to navigate this transformative phase with confidence. NATE explained the critical role of the Low-GWP Refrigerants Certification Exam in equipping technicians with the essential knowledge and skills required to excel in the field during these changes. Stay ahead of the curve with NATE - these regulatory changes are set to begin taking effect next year! Learn more.