Moving Our Industry Forward

We recognize that the demands and needs of clients in the air movement industry are always changing. We respond by consistently setting higher expectations of our certified air systems. By focusing our efforts on efficiency, safety, and performance, we are able to improve equipment in the most vital aspects possible.

Aside from the finished product, we inspect all stages of the process including how equipment is designed, sized, selected, installed, controlled and operated. Along the way, we develop new codes and standards to keep the industry progressing and immerse our members throughout the entire process.

AMCA Advocacy Program

Who to talk to:
Michael Ivanovich, Senior Director, Global Affairs
Phone: +1 (847) 704-6340
Email: mivanovich@amca.org

AMCA International currently is active
in the following industry initiatives or issues:

Fan Energy Index

New fan-efficiency metrics developed by AMCA International

Learn More About FEI

Energy efficiency should be one of the highest lifecycle considerations for economic and environmental performance of commercial and industrial air systems. We at AMCA are involved in energy efficiency programs on a variety of levels, depending on the regional interests of our members:

United States:

In the U.S., AMCA International is active in the development of model energy codes and standards, utility rebate programs and government regulations. AMCA believes that all of these areas are interrelated that overly stringent federal regulations leave little flexibility for model codes and standards to address the needs of local jurisdictions. Futhermore, we believe such regulations would ultimately starve utility rebate programs, preventing them from the reaching reasonable benchmarks needed to drive returns-on-investment for higher efficiency products.

DOE Fan Efficiency Rulemaking: The U.S. Department of Energy Appliance and Equipment Standards Program is currently developing an efficiency regulation for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. AMCA is fully engaged in this process by working with other stakeholders to develop a joint recommendation to DOE on what the regulation would look like and how it would be enforced.

  • DOE Regulation Initiative
  • DOE Rulemaking Docket

Model Codes & Standards for Energy Efficiency & Green Construction: AMCA is active on codes and standards committees that are adopting and refining provisions covering fan efficiency. AMCA Standard 205, Energy Efficiency Classification for Fans, is the reference standard for provisions in International Green Construction Code (2012), ASHRAE 90.1-2013, ASHRAE 189.1-2014 and International Energy Conservation Code (2015).

  • Fan Efficiency Provisions
  • ASHRAE Journal Article

Rebate Programs: AMCA is committed to the development of utility rebate programs for commercial and industrial fans because we believe that stimulating flexible, voluntary market forces will lead to more energy savings than regulatory approaches can procure. We are among the industrial groups represented in Extended Motor Product Label Initiative (EMPLI), led by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). We expect pilot rebate programs to be developed by 2015 and rolled out nationally in 2016.

  • EMPLI Program

Education and Training: AMCA is developing education and training resources for manufacturers, consulting engineers, contractors, commissioning providers, building owners and code officials. A large body of technical articles already exists at no charge at Efficiency Resources.

Europe:

The European Commission has enacted a regulation for fan efficiency around the ISO Standard 12759, Fans Efficiency Classification for Fans, and the efficiency metric, fan motor efficiency grade (FMEG). The regulation, EC 327/2011 became effective on the first of January, 2012, and is currently undergoing a revision cycle.

Resources:

  • Fan Motor Efficiency Grades
  • ISO 12759
  • EC 327 Revision Cycle
  • European AMCA Blog
Asia:

Asia AMCA is tracking the development of energy efficiency regulations throughout Asia. Also, some members of AMCA International located in Asia are certifying fans for fan efficiency grade (FEG) ratings.

Resources:

  • Asia Fan Regulations Table
  • Fan Efficiency Regulations
  • AMCA FEG Finder

AMCA believes that ducted air systems are an effective, energy-efficient and economical means for satisfying ventilation requirements in commercial HVAC systems. We advocate for the consideration of high-performance air systems to help achieve the result you or your client need. High-performance air systems (HPAS) use a modern design approach with leading products and technology to optimize energy efficiency, comfort and indoor air quality.

HPAS design integrates the strategies of right-sizing, zone optimization, and outside-air-based free cooling. HPAS systems also minimize static pressure, system leakage and system effects. HPAS technologies include high-efficiency fans, outside air economizers, low-leakage dampers and ducts, low-pressure-drop components, diagnostic sensors, and digital controls.

The following are resources regarding high-performance air systems

HPAC Engineering Magazine's Association Solutions

Technical Articles



Case Studies

White Papers

Powerpoint Presentations

For more information, or to make comments about this web page, contact Michael Ivanovich, Director of Industry Relations, AMCA International, at mivanovich@amca.org.

Here at AMCA, we believe that both active and passive fire protection systems are needed to protect occupants and property from smoke and fire damage. This includes not only sprinklers but also fire and smoke dampers for isolation, fan-powered smoke evacuation systems and stairway pressurization systems. AMCA is an active participant in the development and refinement of building codes and fire/life-safety codes and standards, including the following:

NFPA 90A, Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems

NFPA 90B, Standard for the Installation or Warm Air Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems

NFPA 92, Standard for Smoke Control Systems

NFPA 204, Standard for Smoke and Heat Venting

NFPA 101, Life Safety Code

NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code

Technical articles on fans and dampers in fire/life safety systems:


California Proposition 65

The official name of Proposition 65 is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.

Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals.

Proposition 65 requires California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.

AMCA members that sell products in California are required to comply with Proposition 65. The following guidance is provided to AMCA members to help them understand and comply with Proposition 65. For more information about Proposition 65, visit the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) at https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65.



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