AHRI Update

AHRI Update - August 4th, 2022

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AHRI/Industry News
Coming Soon: 2022 AHRI Leadership Forum

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for AHRI's 2022 Leadership Forum, to be held November 13-15, at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas. We look forward to welcoming you to our first in-person Leadership Forum since 2019! Registration opens on August 24.

The Leadership Forum is the premiere annual gathering at which AHRI members and staff engage on pressing industry and association issues, while taking the opportunity to network with their industry peers in relaxed and beautiful settings. General and breakout sessions will cover topics ranging from the impact of trade and supply chain issues on American business to the effect of midterm elections on AHRI's regulatory and legislative focus, the globalization of AHRI's standards and certification programs, and more. In addition, the four Industry Sector Leadership Councils and several standing committees will convene.

Several networking events and opportunities to connect with your colleagues are scheduled throughout the meeting, including two large Texas-themed receptions and dinners, organized sports tournaments, and group excursions.

Member registrants are encouraged to invite a spouse or guest to join the events mentioned above, along with a special service project to support military children navigating deployment.

We look forward to welcoming you to San Antonio!

Contact: Lauren Miller.

Standards and Certification
Draft AHRI Standards Open for Public Review and Comment

AHRI has issued the following call for comments:

Public Review/Deadline: September 12

  • AHRI Standard 230-202x, Sound Intensity Testing Procedures for Determining Sound Power of HVAC Equipment (Note: Only the sections highlighted in blue are in scope for this round of public review.)
  • BSR/AHRI Standard 1160-202x (I-P), Performance Rating of Heat Pump Pool Heaters
  • BSR/AHRI Standard 1161-202x (SI), Performance Rating of Heat Pump Pool Heaters
  • BSR/AHRI Standard 1300-2013 (R202x) (I-P), Performance Rating of Commercial Heat Pump Water Heaters
  • BSR/AHRI Standard 1301-2013 (R202x) (SI), Performance Rating of Commercial Heat Pump Water Heaters

Please see more information regarding these standards here. To submit comments, email this form to [email protected]. Contact: Karl Best.

AHRI Welcomes New Certification Program Participant

AHRI is pleased to welcome A/H Gonzalez to the Unitary Heat Pump Equipment (USHP) certification program. Contact: Bill Tritsis.

AHRI Working Group Spotlight: Refrigeration Sector

The ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee 62.1 will host an informational session during the week of August 10 to discuss proposed changes to ASHRAE 62.1 regarding building humidity control (dew point temperature or relative humidity sensors). Committee members will provide an overview of the proposed changes and the current advisory public review timelines. The meeting time is currently being finalized, with the intent to notify member companies by the end of this week. Contact: Julie Majurin.

Legislative and Regulatory
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Congress Passes CHIPS+ Legislation

On July 27, the Senate voted (64-33) to pass the CHIPS+ bill, which includes $52 billion in funding for U.S. semiconductor manufacturing and research and workforce training to reinvigorate the U.S. industrial base and fortify national security measures against future supply chain stoppages. The House of Representatives passed the bill (244-187) on July 28. The legislation is now on its way to President Biden for signature. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

Global Operations
AHRI Out Front at the 2022 China Refrigeration Expo

Pictured left to right: Ray Bao, China Sales Manager, Chemours; Michael Zhou, Asia Pacific Business Director, Chemours; Bridge Xue, Vice President of Global Operations, AHRI; Allen Xu, Market Development Manager, Chemours

AHRI’s China team, led by Vice President of Global Operations, Bridge Xue, attended the 2022 China Refrigeration Expo held from August 1-3, in Chongqing. The team met with several AHRI members and discussed the energy efficiency requirements established by the Department of Energy that go into effect on January 1, 2023. The team also met with Chemours representatives to discuss the refrigerant transition plan for the United States, new safety standards, and AHRI’s contracted lab for new refrigerant testing which will be ready before the end of this year. Learn more about AHRI China here. Contact: Bridge Xue.