Association Report, AHRI: Good, Better and Best: Proud of It All
It’s a constant challenge to contribute and encourage the finest in the industry.
But, since the AHRI Annual Meeting last November and through the upcoming AHR Expo later this month, it is obvious that challenges are being met. It’s a matter of:
The good – by continuing a leadership role in alternative refrigerant testing, for example.
The better – by taking a more confident stance as the economy improves.
The best – by honoring students, members for distinguished service to AHRI and product innovations.
Doing Good with the Environment
AHRI released three final test reports for its Low Global Warming Potential Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program (Low-GWP AREP). The reports contain test results of low-GWP refrigerants for residential heat pump, water-cooled chiller and commercial ice machine applications, and also include the refrigerants’ compositions.
Tests are ongoing, but all are expected to be completed by early 2013. Test reports will be released to the public as they are reviewed and approved by the AHRI Low-GWP AREP Technical Committee. In response to environmental concerns raised by the use of high global warming potential refrigerants, AHRI has this industry-wide cooperative research program to identify and evaluate promising alternative refrigerants for major product categories.
These include air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, chillers, water heaters, ice makers and refrigeration equipment. The program consists of compressor calorimeter testing, system drop-in testing, soft-optimized system testing and heat transfer testing.
The Low-GWP AREP is an effort undertaken by AHRI and its member companies. It was launched in March 2011 and the program will not prioritize these alternatives; rather, it will identify potential refrigerant replacements for high GWP refrigerants and present performance of these replacements in a consistent and standard manner. That’s a good thing.
Signs Business Is Getting Better
Confidence makes a difference. According to an AHR Expo survey, released in November and based on more than 1,000 HVACR manufacturers worldwide, 70 percent of respondents expect the economy to be better this year than in 2012. In fact, 15 percent of these manufacturers expect a “much better year” while 28 percent of respondents expect the economy to remain the same.
In keeping with this outlook, 86 percent of the HVACR manufacturers believe sales will increase this year with 35 percent of respondents expecting sales increases of more than 10 percent. Most (41 percent) said the residential sector would account for the strongest demand for new products. And more than two thirds (67 percent) predicted that the greatest demand for new products would come from domestic markets and 33 percent from international markets.
The 2013 AHR Expo is co-sponsored by AHRI.
People and Companies Make It the Best
At our Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif., the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation awarded scholarships to four students studying at San Joaquin Valley College. Congratulations go to the best of the future. And the Richard C. Schulze Award was an honor presented in recognition of distinguished service and commitment to AHRI and the industry’s goals and objectives.
Schulze recipients include:
Gary Berlin, Nortec
Bill Hansen, Trane
Diane Jakobs, Rheem Manufacturing Co.
Eric Lannes, Bradford White Corporation
John Mandyck, Carrier Corporation
Neil Rolph, Lochinvar Corporation
We presented the AHRI Public Service Award to long-serving industry veteran John Conrad of the ACHR News for his many and varied contributions to our industry.
Finally, we awarded three in our industry with our highest honor: The AHRI Distinguished Service Award. Pat Quilty of Honeywell, Ray Hoglund of Dover, and Joe Mattingly, longtime AHRI General Counsel (recently retired) were selected by the membership to receive this award, which is given in recognition of their many contributions to their association and to our industry.