March 19, 2020
In an effort to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, AHRI staff moved
to a total telework policy beginning Tuesday, March 17. We all have
the technological capability to carry out our responsibilities working remotely
and our commitment to quality service to our members remains unchanged
during this unprecedented period.
Under this policy, all
interactions between AHRI staff and members will occur only in a virtual
manner, i.e., via conference call, email, or telephone. Any currently scheduled
in-person meetings, including at our office or at our members’ offices, will be
transitioned to virtual meetings or postponed until a later date. This policy
will remain in effect until further notice.
We appreciate your patience
and urge you to contact us if you have questions or concerns. All the staff wishes our members health and
safety in this difficult time. Contact: Francis
Yesterday, AHRI joined trade associations and membership societies representing North America’s Heating,Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration industry in requesting that federal, state, and local authorities grant “essential business” status to those production facilities, technicians, and engineers who are tasked with producing, installing, and maintaining the equipment that keeps the American people productive, healthy, and comfortable in these trying times.
We joined with nine other organizations representing the HVACR and water heating equipment manufacturers,contractors, technicians, engineers, plumbers, and sheet metal contractors in issuing a statement to governmental organizations grappling with travel and personal interaction restrictions designed to prevent the spread of infection. The co-signing organizations are listed on the statement. We also issued a press release.
Members can feel free to share both of these documents as they see fit. Contact: Samantha Slater and Francis Dietz.
plans to attend the 2020 AHRI Spring Meeting, to be held May 18-20 at the
Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C. Your presence is needed to make these
meetings a success!
today to benefit from our new, dynamic meeting structure that
includes legislative visits on Capitol Hill, a joint AHRI/PHCC/HARDI industry
awareness reception, and general sessions led by top-line
speakers focusing on: safe refrigerant transition safety standards and
codes; the future of clean energy; and system efficiency. Unless otherwise
noted, all sessions are open to any AHRI member. Register here. Contact: Lauren Miller.
AHRI is monitoring the evolving situation with respect to the COVID-19 virus. At this time, we plan to hold this meeting as scheduled, while developing contingency plans should the situation warrant. While we will proactively communicate with our members, always feel free to check the AHRI Members-Only section of our website for up-to-the-minute information
is pleased to welcome Coil Design LLC as a full member in the Applied Sector,
manufacturing air-cooling and air-heating coils. Contact: Betz Rother.
AHRI Connect is the primary communications tool for AHRI members. Those who
wish to be involved in AHRI committees and working groups, and who want to stay informed about AHRI’s
activities must login to Connect, set up a profile, and establish their product interests.
you receive messages from Connect, ask your IT department to whitelist the
@connectedcommunity.org domain in email servers and add
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to approved
senders list. Contact: Monica Cardenas.
Scholarship Foundation (Rees), a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of AHRI, last
year awarded $147,500 to 85 students, including twelve military veterans,
studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry. The
Foundation supports workforce development by awarding scholarships to qualified
students enrolled in an HVACR program at an accredited school. Since Rees was
founded in 2003, more than $930,000 in scholarships have been awarded to over
500 deserving students and instructors. Support the Rees Scholarship Foundation and students like Phillip at www.ReesScholarship.org. Contact: Sue
On March 12, the House
Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change voted along party lines, 13-9,
to approve H.R. 5544, the American Innovation and Manufacturing Leadership Act,
legislation that would establish a federal framework to phase down
hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The bill will now head to the full Energy and
Commerce Committee for its consideration. During the subcommittee markup, two
Republican amendments – one that would have preempted states from enacting HFC
production, consumption and use policies in conflict with those of the federal
government, and one that would have removed the bill’s language on accelerated
schedule – were defeated.
Due to concerns related to
COVID-19 coronavirus, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s
previously scheduled legislative hearing for March 25 on S. 2754, the American
Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act, has instead been converted to a public
comment process. AHRI will file extensive comments with the Committee and strongly
encourages everyone to send a letter to the Committee in support of the AIM Act
no later than March 25. For more information, please visit AHRI’s dedicated AIM web page. Please contact Samantha Slater (202-302-5165 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like assistance with drafting a letter
and for Committee contact information.
In an effort to limit the
spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, Congress is prohibiting public access to the
U.S. Capitol for the rest of the month. Access to the Capitol building and
House and Senate office buildings is now limited to members, staff, press, and
escorted official business visitors. The White House also announced it
will be closed to visitors for the time being.
The House and Senate were
scheduled to be in recess this week, however Senator Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell (R-Ky.) kept the Senate in session this week to work on an economic
stimulus plan to respond to COVID-19. The House is
expected to extend its recess until the third COVID-19 stimulus package is
ready to be considered on the House floor. The Senate schedule beyond next week
is unclear. AHRI will keep members updated as the situation develops. Contact: Samantha
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following companies to its
Contact: Rupal Choksi.
Certification Directory team has finalized work on an enhanced user interface
within the public search features. The updates maximize the use of screen space,
allowing more search results to be shown in one view and reducing the need to scroll.
The team has also made updates to make the search fields more intuitive and
streamline the information and actions in the header. Contact: Emily Davis.
AHRI has launched the new ENERGY STAR submission process for the
CBLR, RFRN, and VRF programs. Members should start using the new process
effective immediately. Please note that you may need to clear the cookies in
your chosen internet browser in order to see the new module in your dashboard.
Records that were pending submission to the Environmental
Protection Agency may require action from the participant. Please check the new
dashboard to see the status of your models or request assistance from the
program engineer. A training video on how to navigate the new process is
available here. Contact: David Noyes.
Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently published two Federal
Register notices announcing Section 301 tariff exclusion approvals for
medical and healthcare-related products imported from China. AHRI staff
reviewed both lists and did not identify any member products among those
granted a tariff exclusion.
301 tariffs exclusions apply to all importers of the approved products (not
only to the entity that made the exclusion request). AHRI staff recommends that
members review the notice for a comprehensive assessment specific to individual
member companies. For a full list of AHRI products and components affected by
Section 301 tariffs, consult AHRI's Tariff Tracker. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.