AHRI Update

September 14, 2023


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AHR Expo Mexico is Next Week!
See below for information and opportunities for engagement.

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Mexico City will host AHR Expo Mexico, the largest HVACR Event in Latin America, September 19-21 at Centro Citibanamex.  The show provides a unique forum where manufacturers of all sizes and specialties come together to share ideas and showcase the future of HVACR and water heating technologies. 

The Expo is co-sponsored by AHRI and ASHRAE and endorsed by many leading industry organizations. Current and prospective AHRI members and certification program participants and any industry stakeholders interested in learning more about the association’s products and services are welcome to visit stand 1613.  See below for show highlights.  Contact: Mario Maldonado.

Join Industry Colleagues for an AHRI Reception


AHRI members exhibiting/attending the AHR Expo Mexico show next week in Mexico City are cordially invited to attend a reception marking the first anniversary of AHRI’s Latin America (LATAM) Office.  The event will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 19.  Click here (English) and here (Spanish) for more information and to register for the event. Contact: Mario Maldonado.


Plan to Attend an AHRI Certification Seminar

The AHRI LATAM office invites those attending AHR Expo Mexico to attend a seminar, "The Importance of Product Certification," to be held at 10:00 am on September 20 in salón Palacio de Iturbide No. 1 Expo Centro Citibanamex.  Attendees will learn about the benefits of certified products from the point of view of those who offer and promote it, those who install certified equipment, those who specify it for building projects, and those who are end users of such equipment. Register for the event here. Contact: Mario Maldonado.

Register Now for the 2023 Leadership Forum!

Meet Our Top-notch Keynote Speakers

The AHRI Leadership Forum is designed for leaders, and this year’s event offers dynamic sessions on timely topics led by industry experts and world-class speakers. 

Register now to hear from our two keynotes, award-winning tech thought leader Paul Zikopoulos, Future Trends Expert and VP of Technology Group Skills Vitality and Enablement at IBM and top journalist Amy Walter, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter and popular on-air Political Analyst.

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Keynote Speaker Paul Zikopoulos 
Annual Chairman’s Breakfast and Industry Awards

November 13, 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Opening Keynote Speaker Paul Zikopoulos is changing the way audiences are looking at their businesses in terms of potential sales, obstacles, potential for growth, and how they utilize technology, such as cloud applications, to support their organizations. He shares future trends that are starting to happen in real-time and have multiple applications. Paul easily discusses the next generation of technological change and amazes audiences with the amount of information available to change the conversation about their industries. By sharing his insights on where big data comes from, he breaks apart the roles of data collection and decision making for executives seeking opportunities to disrupt their industry and leapfrog the competition.

Over her 25-year career, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the non-partisan Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, where she provides analysis of the issues, trends, and events that shape the political environment. A contributor to the PBS NewsHour, she provides weekly political analysis for the popular "Politics Monday" segment and is a featured contributor for the network's election and convention special coverage events. Amy is also a regular Sunday panelist on NBC's Meet the Press and CNN's Inside Politics, and appears frequently on Special Report with Bret Baier on the Fox News Channel.

Keynote Speaker Amy Walter
Incoming Chairman's Lunch, Sports Awards
November 14, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Learn more about the meeting  agendaspeakers, and fun events planned for all at the Leadership Forum.

Registration is open to employees of member companies, qualified sponsoring company representatives, and the trade press. Spouses are welcome to attend the Forum and participate in any of the receptions, meals, and general sessions. Get early bird pricing for $800 until September 28. Register here. Contact: [email protected].

AHRI/Industry News

AHRI Welcomes New Member


AHRI is pleased to welcome Steffes ETS, LLC as a Full Member in the Applied Sector. Contact: Michael Golden.


Legislative and Regulatory

California Legislature Passes Climate Disclosure Legislation

On September 12, the California Legislature sent to Governor Gavin Newsom (D) Senate Bill (SB) 253, which includes the broadest climate disclosure requirements enacted in the United States so far, for  businesses operating in California with annual revenues above $1 billion. The bill includes Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions reporting requirements for large businesses. Scope 1 covers all direct greenhouse gas emissions; Scope 2 addresses indirect greenhouse gas emissions from consumed electricity, steam, heating, or cooling; and Scope 3 focuses on indirect upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions, even if not controlled by the reporting entity.

The bill requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to adopt, by January 1, 2025, regulations enacting the reporting requirements. Starting on January 1, 2026, covered entities will be required to report on Scope 1 and 2 emissions, with Scope 3 reporting requirements beginning on January 1, 2027. All reporting after that point would be annual. The bill requires that reporting conform with Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards and guidance, including the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard developed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

The bill also requires the emissions reporting organization to post its public disclosures and the state board’s report on a publicly accessible digital platform. Amendments limiting the bill’s scope, including the removal of the Scope 3 emissions reporting requirement, were proposed but not adopted in the final version.

Governor Newsom has not yet indicated if he will sign the bill. AHRI continues to monitor climate disclosure legislation and regulatory action at the state and federal levels. Contact: Chris Bresee.


Air-to-Water Heat Pumps STC Issues Call for Membership

AHRI’s new Air-to-Water Heat Pumps Standards Technical Committee (STC), reporting to the Unitary Standards Subcommittee, has issued a call for membership. This STC will be responsible for developing and maintaining AHRI standards and guidelines pertaining to consumer air-to-water heat pumps that are single-phase, have rated output capacities below 100,000 Btu/h, are intended for space conditioning applications, and may optionally include domestic hot water capability. Interested members should complete this form by September 22. Contact: Jaime Yeh.

AHRI Announces New Project

The Variable Refrigerant Flow Standards Technical Committee (STC) has begun to revise AHRI Standard 1230 (I-P), Performance Rating of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Multi-Split Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Equipment, and to create an SI edition, AHRI Standard 1231 (SI). Interested parties are welcome to join this project by becoming a member of the STC, per the rules set forth in the AHRI Standards Process. Contact: Greg Kalinyak.

AHRI Standards Open for Public Review and Comment

For Technical Review

AHRI invites public comments on the technical content of the following draft AHRI standards. Based upon comments received, the standards technical committee (STC) responsible for the standard will decide whether to make changes to them before publication. A copy of the drafts and the list of revisions are available at the following links:

Document Designation/Title: BSR/AHRI Standard 1060-202x (I-P), Performance Rating of Air-to-Air Exchangers for Energy Recovery Ventilation Equipment
STC: Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Ventilation
Public Review Deadline: September 17
Contact: Jamie Yeh

Document Designation/Title: BSR/AHRI Standard 1061-202x (SI), Performance Rating of Air-to-Air Exchangers for Energy Recovery Ventilation Equipment
STC: Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Ventilation
Public Review Deadline: September 17
Contact: Jamie Yeh

Document Designation/Title: BSR/AHRI Standard 1201-202x (SI), Performance Rating of Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandisers and Storage Cabinets
STC: Air Commercial Refrigeration
Public Review Deadline: September 18
Contact: Greg Kalinyak

Document Designation/Title: BSR/AHRI Standard 1210-202x (SI/I-P), Performance Rating of Variable Frequency Drives
STC: Power Drive Systems
Public Review Deadline: October 16
Contact: Greg Kalinyak

For Limited Technical Review

AHRI invites public comments on a limited review of the technical content of the following draft AHRI standards. Based upon comments received, the relevant standards technical committee (STC) will decide whether to make changes prior to publication. A copy of the drafts and an explanation regarding the limited review are available at the following links:

Document Designation/Title: BSR/AHRI Standard 1330-202x (SI), Performance Rating for Radiant Output of Gas Fired Infrared Heaters
STC: Infrared Heaters
Public Review Deadline: October 23
Contact: Panos Fykas

Document Designation/Title: AHRI Standard 560-202x (I-P), Performance Rating of Water-Cooled Lithium Bromide Absorption Water-Chilling and Water-Heating Packages
STC: Chiller
Public Review Deadline: October 24
Contact: Jamie Yeh

For Maintenance Review

The responsible standards technical committee (STC) has proposed that the following published AHRI standard be reaffirmed and requests public comment on whether it should be reaffirmed or revised/withdrawn.

Document Designation/Title: AHRI Standard 450-2007 (SI/I-P), Water-Cooled Refrigerant Condensers, Remote Type
STC: Industrial Refrigeration
Public Review Deadline: September 17
Contact: Greg Kalinyak

Please see more information regarding these standards here. Contact: Karl Best.


USTR Re-Extends to the End of the Year Limited Exclusions for Section 301 China Tariffs

On September 6, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced an extension of 352 Section 301 product exclusions to “allow for further consideration under the statutory four-year review.” The exclusions, which were scheduled to expire on September 30, will now be effective through December 31. AHRI staff previously identified several AHRI member products, including those listed here, as reported in the March 28, 2022 AHRI Policy and Government Relations Update. AHRI recommends individual companies perform an analysis of the tariff exclusion list.

These tariff exclusions were initially granted on March 23, 2022, when the USTR released a Federal Register notice announcing the reinstatement of Section 301 China tariff exclusions for 352 products after completing a review process started in late 2021 from a list of 549 eligible products. See AHRI’s October 11, 2021 Policy and Government Relations Update for reference. Contact: Michael La Giglia.

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