AHRI Spring Webinar Series
The 2021 AHRI Spring Webinar Series examined critical issues affecting the HVACR and water heating industry. Please take a moment to learn more about any sessions of interest.
Tuesday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. – noon EDT
This compelling informational webinar brought together speakers from the Biden administration and Congress to examine the plans, impacts, and challenges of the federal climate initiatives. This administration has placed a far greater emphasis on the climate issue than any other administration, and many of the executive orders, presidential appointments, and announced additional steps will greatly impact our industry and our customers.
On the panel:
- Brendan Larkin, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Chairman Paul Tonko, Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change
- David Nemtzow, Director of Building Energy Technology, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- Richard Russell, Republican Staff Director, Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources
- Adam Tomlinson, Republican Staff Director, Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works
Tuesday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. – noon EDT
In this webinar AHRI examined the energy and environmental policy issues driving state legislative action across the country. Speakers included 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:
- Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, Washington State House of Representatives
- Senator Nathan Johnson, Texas State Senate
- Dawn Koepke, McHugh, Koepke and Associates
- Former Senator Garrett Mason, Maine Senate Majority Leader 2014-18
Tuesday, May 18, 10:30 a.m. – noon EDT
AHRI welcomed Connor Lokar, an economist with ITR Economics, Inc., who reviewed short-term and long-term economic forecasts (U.S. and/or global) and how they will directly impact the HVACR and water heating industry. Connor also provided insight into what we can expect in the way of inflation, interest rates, and taxes over the next four years, as well as the lingering effects of the pandemic on the U.S. and global economies.
The content for this meeting is available to AHRI members only.
AHRI Spring Webinar Series 2021: U.S. and Global Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Economic Review and Forecast Webinar.
Tuesday, May 25, 10:30 a.m. – noon EDT
AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek and the heads of ASHRAE, the Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC) discussed how our industry has fared during the pandemic – the lessons we’ve learned and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Topics included the state of the supply chain, training and education in the wake of COVID, indoor air quality opportunities, and some discussion of things we’d do differently if we could do them again!
- Michael Copp, Executive Vice President, PHCC National Association
- Talbot Gee, President & CEO, HARDI
- Jeff Littleton, Executive Vice President, ASHRAE
- Stephen Yurek, President & CEO, AHRI (Moderator)
2020 Spring Webinar Series Webinars and Presentations
Wednesday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT
The Clean Energy Future webinar featured an interactive discussion on the tremendous role of our industry in developing and implementing technologies for a clean energy future, in light of state and local proposals to significantly restructure energy supplies and use in consumer and business applications.
Thursday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT
In this webinar, attendees learned the latest information about the current effort to ensure a safe transition from hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants, including AHRI’s work to address outstanding issues. There was a detailed discussion regarding the content of the safety standards related to the transition.
Wednesday, June 17, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT
System efficiency is likely “the next big thing” in energy management for the built environment, with the goal of optimizing building components to maximize efficiency while preserving function and comfort. A standardized method of measuring system efficiency is a vast undertaking due to the necessary collaboration of a breadth of stakeholders. This webinar featured experts from municipal governments, academic think tanks, and building design to discuss the future of system efficiency and its impact on AHRI members.