22 May 2002
The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), a North American developer of HVAC&R standards and certification programs, is a globally oriented organization because its members operate in virtually every part of the world. Although ARI’s standards are used globally, ARI is committed to international standardization and to working with global standards organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ARI’s standardization and certification programs are integral to U.S. energy efficiency efforts in the HVAC&R industry and are increasingly in demand in South America, Asia and Europe. If current standards discussions in ISO regarding energy efficiency calculations are resolved in favor of the adoption of Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) the resulting standards will more adequately address market forces, increase manufacturers’ global competitiveness, and provide a sound technical basis for governmental energy policy.