Arlington, Va. — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) presented its Public Service Award to Senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) in recognition of significant support to AHRI members and their policy issues. The Senators introduced an amendment to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act that would require the Department of Energy (DOE) to recognize voluntary, independent certification programs, such as AHRI’s.
“Senators Pryor and Sessions have set a fine example for Congress as a whole, and for all Americans, of what can happen when we put partisanship aside and introduce logical, sound legislation,” said AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. “This amendment will help save taxpayer dollars by avoiding duplicative programs.”
The amendment would require DOE to recognize third-party certification programs, such as AHRI’s, to verify the performance of federally covered HVACR and water heating products. In return, recognized certification bodies would provide annual reports to the Department. As a well-established and nationally respected certification body, AHRI would be in a position to help save manufacturer and taxpayer money.
“We are grateful to the Senators and their staff for their hard work and dedication to this amendment, and for their willingness to help us find common ground on issues of importance to our industry,” said Yurek.