New Refrigeration Standards: What This Means for the HVACR Industry

BY Emily Frost
7/15/2019 - HVAC News , HVAC Legislation

Recently, an article regarding the introduction of new refrigerants to ASHRAE Standards was published. 

What does this update mean to HARDI's members?

This update to ASHRAE Standards is the first step to introducing the next generation of refrigerants, like HFOs, which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions of air-conditioning and refrigeration systems.

The standards include an update to the flammability categories for A2L. A2Ls are lower flammability refrigerants and can be used in homes for human comfort once the standard is adopted by the International Code Council (ICC). The ICC is the association dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

ASHRAE and the ICC have a strong partnership with an understanding of how each other’s roles in education, standards, and guidelines interconnect to create better buildings and safer communities. Through collaboration, ASHRAE and the ICC work to develop fundamental criteria for energy efficiency, resource conservation, water safety, land use, site development, indoor environmental quality, and building performance that can be adopted broadly.

This new standard is important for the future of HVACR as the industry begins to move to the new refrigerants.

For more information, please reach out to Alex Ayers, Director of Government Affairs at aayers@hardinet.org.


About ASHRAE
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. ASHRAE and its more than 57,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.

About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.