Standards & Legislation

AHRI Applauds Department of Energy Rulemaking Adopting ASHRAE 90.1 Efficiency Levels

Final rules recognize AHRI’s recommendations for certain unitary products, heat pumps, water heaters, and PTACs

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) applauded two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) final rules that adopt ASHRAE 90.1 efficiency levels for three-phase unitary products less than 65,000 Btuh, water-source heat pumps, commercial oil-fired storage water heaters, and packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs).


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EPA Issues Final Rule on HFCs

As expected, R-404A, -407A, -410A, -507A, many others targeted

On July 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Final Rule — Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Change of Listing Status for Certain Substitutes under the Significant New Alternatives Policy Program.


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US Reps Refute 92% Furnace Rule

Industry, Congress insist 92 percent AFUE furnace rule places ‘unnecessary burden’ on homeowners

The 92 percent proposed standard is just one of the DOE’s rulemakings to be challenged recently by stakeholders, and it’s unlikely to be the last. 


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Distributors Lobby Capitol Hill

HARDI members meet with senators, representatives at annual Congressional Fly-In

More than 80 HVACR distributors, wholesalers, manufacturers, and reps recently attended the seventh annual event with the goal of bringing their concerns directly to the elected officials who represent their states and districts. 


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US Rep Introduces Geothermal Tax Bill

Bill extends tax credits for energy-efficient residential and commercial property through 2021

The New Energy for America Act extends Investment Tax Credits for energy-efficient residential and commercial property for five years beyond their current sunset date of Dec. 31, 2016, through the end of 2021.


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Industry Negotiates RTU Efficiency Standards

Working group expects to make recommendation to ASRAC soon

While many in the industry are pleased the DOE has taken the opportunity to work together to develop its final rule, exactly how much of the working group’s recommendation the regulatory agency will adopt remains to be seen.


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European Spotlight:

HVAC Rallies Against EU Labeling Proposal

European contractors shun national energy labeling directive

European contractors and manufacturers have united against the European Union’s forthcoming Energy Labelling Directive review, which looks to apply the energy consumption rating found on TVs and washing machines to refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump (RACHP) products.


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2015 HARDI Fly-In

Highlights from HARDI's Congressional Fly-In in Washington, D.C. Post date: May 28, 2015.

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Kevin Conrad, president, Kevin Conrad Heating and Cooling Inc., Nantucket, Massachusetts, breaks down working in the New England climate, the benefits of insulation foam, and more.


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