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DOE Denies Petition; AHRI Sues Over Rule

With Lawsuit, AHRI Hopes to Mend DOE’s ‘Broken Rulemaking Process’

The DOE, AHRI asserts, did not follow proper protocol when promulgating the WICF final rule and issued energy-conservation standards that many in the industry feel are unfair, not technologically feasible, and unnecessarily burdensome to HVACR manufacturers.


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Oct. 9, 2014: ASHRAE Releases Legionellosis Standard for Fourth Public Review

Proposed Standard Will Establish Minimum Legionellosis Risk Management Requirements

A fourth version of ASHRAE’s proposed legionellosis standard is open for public comment until Nov. 10, 2014. Standard 188P, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, currently under development, will establish minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems.


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ASHRAE Targets Legionnaires’ Disease

Standard Expected to Identify Risk Factors for Growth and Exposure

To help battle Legionellosis, which includes both Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac Fever, ASHRAE is currently developing Standard 188P: “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems.” The fourth public review draft of the standard is expected to be approved and made available for public comment soon.


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Regional HVAC Standards Impact Surveyed

Many Contractors Still Uninformed About Coming Changes, Survey Shows

A survey by Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. found that 40 percent of commercial contractors and 42 percent of residential contractors in the Northern region foresee upsell opportunities, while only approximately 30 percent of residential contractors in the South and Southwest look forward to higher revenue or higher margins. 


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Illinois Examines GHP Amendment

Groups Collaborating to Amend Illinois Technical Reference Manual

The group’s amendment would allow GHPs to be compared to 80 percent efficient natural gas furnaces; include the desuperheater water heating efficiencies of GHPs; recognize the true cost of air-source heat pumps; raise the average by 54 percent; and extend the useful life of a GHP from 18 to 25 years.


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