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Earlier this year, HRAI’s Emerging Technologies Committee met to discuss technological and policy issues they considered to be priorities for HRAI to address on behalf of members.  At the top of their list was to develop a strategy for HRAI to act on the challenges presented by new refrigerants coming into the marketplace, specifically flammable refrigerants.

To take a closer look at these challenges, HRAI has formed a special Task Team on the Future of Refrigerants. The Task Team will assess the implications of the introduction of flammable refrigerants in Canada on the HVACR industry in Canada, with a specific focus on implications over the next five years. Consideration of potential roles for HRAI include:

  • Regulations, codes and standards development or amendment;
  • Providing industry training where needed;
  • Addressing challenges in refrigerant life cycle management;
  • Industry communications and public awareness.

The primary focus will be on A3, A2L + low GWP A1 fluids, with possible consideration of HRAI’s potential role in the introduction of Ammonia/CO2 cascades in supermarket and industrial refrigeration.

The Task Team will initially include the following HRAI members:

  • Mike Armstrong (A-GAS)
  • Ronald Beaulne (Bitzer Canada Inc.)
  • James Campeau (Mark’s Supply)
  • Adam Dykstra (A- GAS)
  • Jim Flowers (Linde Canada Limited)
  • Richard Lord (Carrier Corporation)
  • Nick Reggi (RSES, HRAI Instructor)
  • Xudong Wang (AHRI)
  • Kevin Whitten (Rosetown Central Refrigeration & Air Conditioning)
  • Jeff Zimmerman (Emerson Climate Technologies).

More participants may be added, as needed.

HRAI has asked that the work of the task team should generate a report with recommendations by March 1, 2019.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 905-602-4700 ext. 235, or email mluymes@hrai.ca.