Paul Doppel is our senior director of industry and government relations. He works closely with AHRI, the DOE and other government organizations, utility companies as well as green building groups to enhance HVAC technology education and applications.
We’ve seen an unprecedented amount of regulatory action over the past few years. The demand for actions that support a sustainable future grows stronger every day. HVACR regulations are constantly undergoing revisions as a result. It’s paramount to stay informed in order to keep up with these demands, and part of my job is to help.
For starters, see a rundown on what’s happening on Capitol Hill below.
- The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power has raised concerns with the EPA’s rulemaking, which targets certain refrigerants as greenhouse gases and prohibits their use in many applications, including product-development costs and the risk in using unproven, alternative compounds.
- ASHRAE 188P is close to becoming a published standard. It requires a commercial building to have a water management program with Legionella control measures if it has:
- A device that releases droplets into the air (think cooling towers, evaporative condensers, spas, fountains, misters and humidifiers).
- Multiple housing units with a centralized hot water system.
- More than 10 stories.
- A majority of the occupants over 65 years of age.
- Patients who stay more than 24 hours.
- Patients at a greater risk of contracting Legionnaire’s disease.
- President Obama signed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2016, which is projected to yield roughly $4.6 billion in annual energy savings by 2030. The Act includes four budget-neutral provisions:
- Commercial building owners and tenants are to align interests to reduce energy consumption.
- Certain electric resistance thermal storage water heaters are exempted from pending DOE regulation.
- Federal agencies must develop an implementation strategy for the maintenance, purchase and use of energy-saving technologies.
- Federally leased buildings without ENERGY STAR labels must disclose their energy usage data.
- Two bills have been referred to the Senate for voting:
- Bill HR 636 will revise Section 179 to make the $500,000 allowance for expensing depreciable business property permanent. It will also add HVAC equipment to the definition of qualified property.
- Bill HR 185 will require a thorough analysis of any new proposed regulations, including a cost-benefit analysis and increased public participation.
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