The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) received the "Super Nova of Energy Efficiency" award from the Alliance to Save Energy on Oct. 4, 2011, during the Dinner with the Stars of Energy Efficiency awards gala in Washington, D.C.
The award was given in recognition of the work by AHRI members and staff in negotiating a consensus agreement that would, for the first time, establish efficiency standards for furnaces, heat pumps, and central air-conditioners based on the region of the country.
Most of the HVAC standards in the agreement were adopted by the U.S. Department of Energy in its Direct Final Rule issued in June. It calls for furnaces in the northern region of the United States to have a minimum efficiency standard higher than that for furnaces in the southern and southwest regions. Similarly, central air-conditioners in the south and southwest would have a minimum efficiency standard higher than that for the northern states. Under the agreement, heat pumps would have a nationwide minimum efficiency standard.
AHRI Chairman Morrison Carter accepted the award on behalf of the association's 309 member companies, saying, "We are very honored to receive it, and I want to acknowledge the effort of many people in our association whose work on energy efficiency and environmental stewardship made this award possible. We accept this award with pride, and with an acknowledgement that the spirit of cooperation for which it is given is shared by our friends in the efficiency community."
The award also recognizes AHRI's work in negotiating consensus agreements that would establish a new federal minimum standard for heat pump pool heaters, revise standards for service-over-the-counter commercial refrigerators, and require the Department of Energy to conduct a rulemaking to determine if a change is necessary for its water heater test procedure.
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