AHRI launches new certification program

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Arlington, Va. — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) announced a new certification program for active chilled beams. The Active Chilled Beams (ACB) program is AHRI’s 44th performance certification program for the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, refrigeration, and water heating industry.

AHRI Standards 1240 (I-P) and 1241 (SI), Performance Rating of Active Chilled Beams, were published this month, and will serve as the rating standards for the new ACB certification program. The program includes active beams that are defined as air induction and diffusion devices that introduce conditioned air to control temperature and/or humidity and deliver primary air through a series of nozzles. The ACB program will certify water flow rate, water pressure drop, water coil capacity, primary air flow rate, sound generation, and induced air flow rate.

“This program, as with all programs, is the result of hard work and dedication by the industry to develop a rating standard for products, as well as a manual for managing a fair and balanced certification program that can be utilized by consumers, government, contractors, design engineers, and of course, manufacturers,” said Vice President of Certification Bill Tritsis. “AHRI programs have served the industry for more than 50 years by independently verifying manufacturers’ performance ratings for a variety of equipment.”

The AHRI Product Performance Certification Programs are voluntary programs, administered and governed by AHRI, which ensures that various types of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and water heating equipment perform according to manufacturers’ published claims. Products certified through the programs are continuously tested, at the direction of AHRI, by independent third-party laboratories under contract to AHRI to determine each product’s ability to conform to one or more product rating standards or specifications.

Manufacturers interested in joining the ACB program may contact Mary Opalka at mopalka@ahrinet.org. Performance data for certified products in this program will be available in the AHRI Directory of Certified Product Performance (www.ahridirectory.org).

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