AHRI signs standards agreement with Saudi, UAE

AHRI has signed a co-operative agreement with SASO and ESMA.

Ongoing discussions are underway between AHRI, SASO and ESMA.
Ongoing discussions are underway between AHRI, SASO and ESMA.

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The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has signed co-operative agreements with the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Association (SASO) and the UAE’s Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (ESMA), aimed at further harmonising HVAC and water heating testing and rating standards globally.

The agreement calls for SASO and ESMA to adopt AHRI’s standards as Saudi and UAE national standards respectively – and, in some cases, with regional adaptations, said AHRI president and CEO Stephen Yurek in a recent visit to the Middle East.

“In recent months, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE have begun to place a new emphasis on energy efficiency and environmental protection. With personal visits in November 2009 and February 2010, AHRI has signalled in a very serious way its intent to work closely with the governments of those nations to use AHRI standards and performance certification programs to help them meet with efficiency and environmental goals and to further global harmonisation of standards and certification programmes,” said Yurek.

“This agreement is an important first step in what we hope and expect will be an ongoing and very productive relationship,” said Yurek. “Our active involvement in this region not only helps us expand our global reach, but also helps our member companies that do business in the region compete on a level playing field with other manufacturers.”

Discussions are underway between AHRI, SASO and ESMA about holding a series of workshops that could lead to an agreement on adoption of certification in the near future. The ESMA has invited AHRI and other private parties, including AHRI member companies, to apply to participate in ESMA standards development and conformity assessment committees that ultimately will develop Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for the UAE.

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