HVAC & Hyrdronics News

Distributors Must Be Involved in Codes and Standards

The codes and standards development process can be a confusing and overwhelming process that never ends. The American Supply Association (ASA) believes that being at the forefront battling code issues is necessary to protect the interest of its members. The ASA Codes and Standards department is a tool that ASA members have to engage themselves in the process. Read more.

Are You Ready for Proposition 65?

On August 18, 2017, the American Supply Association (ASA), in collaboration with Intertek, provided a webinar on California Proposition 65 regulations compliance and its upcoming changes. The webinar was tailored to meet ASA’s unique membership needs and answered many of the questions on this complex regulation, which applies to nearly every business selling products into California. It is crucial that distributors, manufacturers, and suppliers ensure that they understand and comply with this regulation, which can be costly if left unchecked! You can view the webinar, download a copy of the slides, and access the webinar Q&A.


IAPMO UPC and UMC Official Results are now Available (8-31-17)

The 2017 UPC and UMC Report on Comments (ROC) are now available for the public. The ROC contains the official results from the May1-4, 2017 Technical Committee meeting which met to generate the 2018 edition of the codes. The next stage of the process is the Association Technical Meeting which will take place in Anchorage Alaska on September 26, 2017 at the Hilton Anchorage. Anyone wishing to make a motion, please contact IAPMO or click here for instructions.

  

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Proposition 65 Article 6, Clear and Reasonable Warnings (8-7-17) 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposes amendments to certain sections of Article 6 of Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations. Any written comments concerning this proposed regulatory action, regardless of the form or method of transmission, must be received by OEHHA by 5:00 p.m. on September 7, 2017. Read More  

DOE Publishes Request for Information Pertaining to Test Procedures for Room Air Conditioners (8-4-17)

The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for room air conditioners (“room ACs”). To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. Written comments and information are requested on or before September 5, 2017. Read More

Important updates to CSA B214 Installation Code for Hydronic Heating Systems (3-9-17)

It is well known in industry circles that when designed and installed correctly, hydronic heating and cooling systems deliver the highest possible efficiency and comfort to building occupants. Likewise, hydronic snow and ice melting systems provide safety, convenience and access in challenging winter environments. But like any system, if not installed correctly, these systems may underperform, malfunction and disappoint owners. Read more

Stakeholder Discussions to Control Impurities in End-of-Life Brass Scrap (3-7-17)

ASA participated in a summit with the Copper Development Association (CDA) to discuss the recycling of lead-free brass products. As introduced in January 2014, EPA requires the maximum lead content for the wetted surfaces of plumbing products used in potable water to be 0.25 percent. Prior to the January 2014 amendment, the maximum lead content was 8 percent.Read more

U.S. District Court Rules in Favor of Copyright Protection for Standards Incorporated by Reference into Federal Regulations (2-17-17)

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the coordinator of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, is very pleased with the recent U.S. District Court ruling in favor of ASTM International, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), whose standards are incorporated into federal law. The District Court Judge held that Plaintiffs’ standards did not enter the public domain upon their incorporation by reference into federal regulations and did not thereby lose their copyright protection. The decision represents a victory for the standards community and prevents Public.Resource.Org from posting standards developing organization (SDO)-copyrighted codes and standards to its public website. Read more

EPA Proposing Revisions to the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act (2-2-17)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a revision to the existing Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act (RLDWA). The proposed revision will require labeling of plumbing products to differentiate plumbing products that meet the lead free requirements from those that are exempt from the lead free requirements and to require manufacturers to certify compliance with the lead free requirements. The intent of the proposed revision is to reduce the inadvertent use of non-lead free plumbing products in potable use applications and, consequently, reduce exposure to lead in drinking water and associated adverse health effects. READ MORE

ASA Appointed to the ICC Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee (1-18-17)

The American Supply Association (ASA) is proud to announce that ASA has been appointed by the International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors as a member of the Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee (PMGCAC) for the 2018-2019 Code Development Cycle. Hugo Aguilar, P.E., ASA's Director of Codes and Standards, has been appointed to represent ASA as a full committee voting member for these codes. The objective of the Code Action Committees is to enhance the technical requirements of the International Codes. Read more

Federal Register notice: Trichloroethylene (TCE); Regulation of Use in Vapor Degreasing under TSCA §6(a) (1-12-17)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to ban the use of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used in vapor degreasing. The proposed rule was issued under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Specifically, EPA is proposing to prohibit manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE for use in vapor degreasing. EPA is also proposing to require manufacturers, processors, and distributors to notify retailers and others in their supply chains of the prohibitions.

Potential affected entities may include: Petroleum manufacturing, synthetic rubber manufacturing, machine shops, fluid power pumps and motor manufacturing, industrial and commercial fan and blower and air purification equipment, just to name a few. Please see prepublication copy notice for instructions on how to submit a comment.

Comments on the proposed rule must be received by March 11, 2017 (60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register). Read more

ASA Appointed to the NFPA 54 and NFPA 58 Technical Committees (1-05-17)

The American Supply Association (ASA) is proud to announce it will serve as a voting member in the development of NFPA 54 ( National Fuel Gas Code) and NFPA 58 ( Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code). Hugo Aguilar, P.E., ASA’s Director of Codes and Standards, has been appointed to represent ASA as a full committee voting member for these codes. ASA understands that the provisions in NFPA 54 and NFPA 58 can potentially affect the interest of its members. NFPA 54 can affect members of the plumbing and HVAC industry; and NFPA 58 can affect members of the PVF industry.  ASA is committed to participating in the development of these codes and bettering an industry, which protects the public’s health and welfare. READ MORE

DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to the Conversion Factors for Consumer Water Heaters and Certain Commercial Water Heaters (12-29-16)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a final rule in the Federal Register pertaining to the conversion factors for consumer water heaters and certain commercial water heaters. 81 FR 96204. The effective date of this rule is December 29, 2016.  Read more

DOE Issues a Final Rule Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Packaged Boilers (12-28-16).

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for commercial package boilers. This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5. The effective date of this rule 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register . Readers are requested to notify DOE by email at ErrorCorrectionInfo@EE.DOE.Gov of any typographical or other errors, as described in such regulations, by no later than midnight on February 11, 2017, in order that DOE may make any necessary corrections in the regulatory text submitted to the Office of the Federal Register for publication. Click here for more information about the energy conservation standards for commercial package boilers; final rule.

DOE Issues a Final Rule Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Portable Air Conditioners (12-28-16).

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for portable air conditioners. This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5. The effective date of this rule 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. Readers are requested to notify DOE by email at ErrorCorrectionInfo@EE.DOE.Gov of any typographical or other errors, as described in such regulations, by no later than midnight on February 11, 2017, in order that DOE may make any necessary corrections in the regulatory text submitted to the Office of the Federal Register for publication. Click here for more information about the energy conservation standards for portable air conditioners; final rule.

DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to Test Procedures for Commercial Packaged Boilers (12-9-16)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to test procedures for commercial packaged boilers  81 FR 89276. The effective date of this rule is January 9, 2017. The final rule changes will be mandatory for representations related to energy efficiency or energy use starting December 4, 2017. Find more information on the rulemaking, including statutory authority; current standards and test procedures; waivers, exceptions, and exemptions; and contact information.

This final rule incorporates amendments that clarify the coverage for field-constructed commercial packaged boilers and the applicability of DOE's test procedure and standards for this category of commercial packaged boilers, provide an optional field test for commercial packaged boilers with rated input greater than 5,000,000 Btu/h, provide a conversion method to calculate thermal efficiency based on combustion efficiency testing for steam commercial packaged boilers with rated input greater than 5,000,000 Btu/h, modify the inlet water temperatures during tests of hot water commercial packaged boilers, establish limits on the ambient temperature during testing, and standardize terminology and provisions for “rated input” and “fuel input rate.” DOE originally published this final rule in the Federal Register on November 10, 2016, however that document contained errors and is being withdrawn on December 7, 2016. This is a republication of the final rule that replaces the version published on November 10, 2016 in its entirety. Read more

EPA Moves to Ban Certain Aerosol Degreasers and Dry Cleaning Spot Removers as the First Major Regulatory Action Under Chemical Reform Law (12-8-16)

EPA is proposing to ban certain uses of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used as an aerosol degreaser and as a spot removal agent in dry cleaning. The proposed rule was issued under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Read more

DOE Issues a Final Rule Notice Pertaining to the Conversion Factors for Consumer Water Heaters and Certain Commercial Water Heaters

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication final rule pertaining to the conversion factors for consumer water heaters and certain commercial water heaters. Read more

DOE Publishes a Comment Period Extension Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces (12-5-16)

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published, in the Federal Register a notice extending the comment period pertaining to energy conservation standards for residential furnaces 81 FR 87493 . The public comment period is extended until January 6, 2017. Find information about how to comment on the rulemaking. Read more

DOE Issues a Notice of Final Rule Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Compressors (12-5-16)

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for compressors. This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5. The effective date of this rule is 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. Read more

DOE Issues a Direct Final Rule Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (12-5-16)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register direct final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for central air conditioners and heat pumps. The effective date of this rule is 120 days after publication in the Federal Register. If adverse comments are received that DOE determines may provide a reasonable basis for withdrawal of the direct final rule, a timely withdrawl of this rule will be published in the Federal Register. If no such adverse comments are received, compliance with the amended standards in this final rule will be required for central air conditioners and heat pumps as specified in this final rule starting on January 1, 2023. Read more

New Report by DOE Examines Best Practices for Installation of HVAC Equipment (12-1-16)

Over the past 25 years, substantial gains have been achieved in the energy efficiency of residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. A typical product manufactured today is over 50% more efficient than typical equipment produced 25 years ago, and several products now achieve ENERGY STAR’s Most Efficient designation. Federal energy policies, like minimum equipment standards and tax credits for efficient products, have had a substantial impact on improving the efficiency of residential central air conditioners (CACs) and heat pumps (HPs), producing energy cost savings for consumers. Read more

DOE Issues a Final Rule Notice Pertaining to the Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (11-30-16)

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule notice pertaining to test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps. The effective date of this rule is 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The final rule changes in Appendix M will be mandatory for representations of efficiency starting 180 days after publication in the Federal Register. Representations using appendix M1 will be mandatory starting January 1, 2023. Read more

EPA Announces Public Meeting on New Chemicals Review under the Amended TSCA (11-17-16)

On December 14th, 2016, EPA is holding a meeting to update the public on changes to the New Chemicals Review Program under the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (TSCA). Click here to register for the meeting by December 13, 2016.

Commonly Used Solvents Found to Cause Cancer by the CAL EPA/OEHHA

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is releasing a revised draft document summarizing the carcinogenicity and derivation of an inhalation cancer unit risk factor (URF) for tertiary-Butyl Acetate (TBAc). Inhalation cancer unit risk factors are used to estimate lifetime cancer risks associated with inhalation exposure to a carcinogen. These documents will be reviewed and discussed by the Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants (SRP) at its meeting on December 14, 2016 in Sacramento, CA.

TBAC is commonly used as a solvent in a variety of products including coatings, inks, adhesives, industrial cleaners and degreasers. Read more

DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to Test Procedures for Commercial Water Heating Equipment (11-10-16)

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to test procedures for commercial water heating equipment 81 FR 79261.

DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to Test Procedures for Commercial Package Boilers (11-10-16)

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to test procedures for commercial package boilers 81 FR 79224.

ASA Appointed to the ACCA Codes Committee

In a continued effort to be fully engaged in the codes arena, the American Supply Association (ASA) is proud to announce that it will serve as a voting member in the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Codes Committee. The scope of the ACCA Codes Committee is to advise and assist ACCA to beneficially represent contractors to the codes community and in the code processes that affect the HVAC industry. Support active involvement in the International Code Council (ICC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and other recognized national code processes for the codes that impact the HVACR industry. Read more

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