September 10, 2020
and state legislative activity impacting the HVACR and water heating industry
continues despite the COVID-19 pandemic, but our inability to meet in person
with legislators necessitates the use of additional advocacy tools to make our
voices heard on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures across the country. AHRI’s new online
call-to-action center will help your company effect real change on the issues that
matter most to the HVACR and water heating industry.
make the best use of this new advocacy tool, AHRI will host a Webinar
on Advocacy at AHRI on September 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., EDT, during
which AHRI Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Samantha Slater
and Senior Director of Government Relations Allison Maginot will
demonstrate how this easy-to-use action center can streamline and
support your ability to advocate for the continued success of our industry. Register here. Contact: Lauren Miller.
The ASHRAE-UNEP Lower-Global
Warming Potential (GWP) Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Innovation
Award submission deadline has been extended to October 1. This award recognizes
people who have developed or implemented innovative technological concepts
applied in developing countries to minimize the use of higher GWP refrigerants
through refrigeration and air conditioning applications. Last year, five
projects from Brazil, China, India, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia were recognized
at the 31st Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol. Learn more
and submit here.
the year, the Flow and Contaminant Control Products (FCCP) Standards Review
Working Group has been revising several standards for driers, filters, and
valves. At a recent meeting, WG members voted to approve revisions to AHRI
Standard 770 (I-P), Performance Rating of Refrigerant Pressure Regulating
Valves. Earlier in the year, the group also revised and approved the
following AHRI Standards:
next steps for this group will be approval of metric (SI) versions of the
standards listed above, and the next levels of standard approval within AHRI.
Publication is expected later this year or in early 2021. Contact: Ned Bent.
is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification
Contact: Rupal Choksi.
AHRI is pleased to announce a series of five webinars on various aspects of
flammable refrigerant research, to be held each Wednesday between September 23 and
October 21. To date, the research has
informed technical updates to safety standards that will enable compliance with
global regulations that phase down the use of high-global warming potential refrigerants.
This virtual forum will build on material covered in the Flammable Refrigerant Research and Planning
Conference held in October 2018, which examined research performed in collaboration
with Department of Energy, California Air Resources Board, ASHRAE, AHRI, and
channel partners, policy makers, fire service personnel, and building code and
environmental experts are encouraged to participate. The free sessions will
feature panel discussions and presentations from industry experts, including
principal investigators on flammable refrigerant research projects.
Registration for the first webinar is now available. Additional
webinar information is below:
Webinar 1: Air Conditioning Applications
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
AHRI Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Helen Walter-Terrinoni will lead a
panel of experts to discuss leak and ignition testing of low-GWP refrigerants
in air conditioning equipment under whole room scale conditions, as well as
refrigerant leak characteristics in real-life applications.
Click to register.
Webinar 2: Commercial Refrigeration Applications
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Webinar 3: Understanding Refrigerant Sensors
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
4: Predictive Tools for Refrigerant Behaviors
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Webinar 5: Refrigerant Ignition in
Open Flame/Hot Surfaces: Has Anything Fundamentally Changed?
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Contact: Lauren Miller.
afoul of efficiency standards set by the Department of Energy (DOE) can be a
costly mistake for original equipment manufacturers. AHRI Certification Program
participants should plan to register for AHRI’s upcoming webinar, Navigating
Compliance at DOE, which will be led by former DOE General Counsel Mary Anne
Sullivan, now senior counsel in the energy regulatory practice at Hogan Lovells
in Washington, D.C. Sullivan regularly represents clients before DOE’s Office
of Enforcement. Register to attend
September 24 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, and learn the key risk areas and defense
strategies should a Notice of Noncompliance land in your inbox. Contact: Lauren Miller.
September 1, the United Kingdom published new guidance for UKCA (UK
Conformity Assessed) marking of goods sold in the market in Great Britain
(England, Wales and Scotland). There is separate guidance for placing goods on
the Northern Ireland market, which
requires the CE marking or a UK (NI) marking.
new UKCA marking is required for most goods that previously required the CE
marking, and will be needed on or after January 1, 2021, unless the product is
classified as existing stock, in which case it can continue to use CE markings.
Businesses must “apply the UKCA marking to the product itself or to
the packaging” or associated manuals. General rules apply regarding when to use
the UKCA marking, how to place the UKCA marking, and how to use the UKCA image.
Contact: Michael LaGiglia.
Last month, AHRI opened its new office in Dubai, United Arab
Emirates, to further the interests of its members and certification program participants
by enhancing relationships with manufacturers and governmental and
non-governmental organizations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
The office is headed by François Boueri, a strategic management
expert with extensive experience in HVACR and energy efficiency. Khalil Issa is
Managing Director, while Nabil Shahin serves as Technical Director. Read the
full press release on the office opening here, and
learn more about the MENA office here.
Contact: Francois Boueri.