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Caroline Czajko, HRAI’s Manager of Divisional Programs (Manufacturers and Wholesaler) attended AHRI’s Spring Meeting in Reston, VA earlier this month. She informed meeting participants that level of regulatory activity in Canada continues to be high.  Several amendments to Natural Resources Canada’s regulation were proposed, most recommending to harmonize with Canadian minimum energy conservation standards with those established by the US Department of Energy. She also reported in several product section meetings that in cooperation with AHRI staff we have been engaged in rulemakings impacting the energy efficiency of commercial ice makers, water chillers, air conditioners, heat pumps, gas-fired furnaces, furnace fans, residential and commercial gas-fired storage water heaters, and walk-in freezers and coolers.

During the general session, AHRI staff reported that they are working on updating several AHRI standards to incorporate global rating conditions.  Additionally, AHRI reported on their continued efforts to introduce its standards into Canada by means of their accreditation by the Standards Council of Canada.  

The Spring Meeting also featured a discussion between Neil Bradley, Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer for the United States Chamber of Commerce, and Joe Trauger, AHRI’s Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations. The two discussed the Trump Administration’s first 100 days, what the nation can expect from Congress in the coming months.  It was reported that the US National Association of Manufacturer’s Outlook Survey conducted in April 2017, showed that 93.3% of manufacturers have a positive outlook of the economy – an all-time high in the 20 year survey.

For more information contact Caroline Czajko at HRAI, e-mail: cczajko@hrai.ca