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Partnerships serving

In early May it announced a fact that may have gone unnoticed for most people and that was the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the IIAR (International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration) and the GCCA (Global Alliance for Chain cold, for its acronym in English).

Latin Association of HVAC / R Are we ready?

Almost all industrial sectors that I have known have a Latin American association. I'm surprised, somehow, that being our one of the oldest segments of the engineering does not count with a fully identified unionization in the region to protect and defend the interests of professionals in the HVAC / R.

But before you say it's a good idea or already thought you had, which most certainly it is-the truth is that we must stop and think what should be the role of an entity of this type. The question arises because in many cases these organizations can end up becoming entities without a clearly defined north and in which adaptation to new times is an almost impossible task.

I think Latin America, from Mexico to Argentina, has very solid companies in the distribution sector, representation, but also in installation and consulting. This is quite positive because it implies that we have the most important asset: the raw material, that is people with experience and good reputation.

In the region we have very important initiatives at the local and regional order. FAIAR, in the Latin American context, it is an example of something that can consolidate all hand interest entity as ASHRAE is showing in Latin America.

One of the most important functions that can develop such entity is to become the political voice of this sector. It's nice to see the strength with which the AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute) comes out in defense when any of its members may be harmed by any standards. Such an institution has even right up to the United States Congress to make lobby to stop any harmful initiative for the industry. This, however, does not mean neglecting the training, which has been the flag of the guilds in Latin America.

This concludes for now dear readers. It was no more than an invitation to the possibility of having a pan-regional body help from another perspective with the improvement in the practices of the HVAC / R sector explore. I think we're on time.


A cold greeting.

And Latin America, what role it plays in the industry?

Asking this question is always complicated in Latin America. However, not much to philosophize and ask if you ever stop being followers to become demanding standards of compliance with them.

The discussion of the environment in which we are moving in recent days. On the one hand we are close to the entry into force of the regulation that will prohibit selling equipment HVAC / R preloaded with virgin R-22. In addition to the above, there are several regulations that are demanding, especially in California, manufacturers of cooling equipment and cooling must adhere to certain design parameters of its solutions, which ensure compliance with energy efficiency laws of the state.

On the above issues have emerged all sorts of comments denouncing that the above measures will have negative effects on both companies producing solutions that use this type of refrigerants, and manufacturers that comply with regulations designed to fit efficiency energy. The issue is that on the side of refrigerants is still no clear definition of the term "date of manufacture" and whether this relates to the production date of the solution or if you speak the date of installation. In any case the rule would have different implications. With regard to design solutions that meet energy laws, the problem lies in that not all meet the standards and that leaves the "obedient" at a disadvantage.

All this discussion presented in the United States must help us to wonder about the role of Latin America in all this mess. On the one hand, and at least we know that cyclical processes are occurring against these two important issues and we anticipate making the right decisions that favor the industry.

No less important it is that the industry must unite and consolidate to avoid August those who do not meet the standards, it is not at all fair that companies investing in research and development, for example, should lose competitiveness with those that do not they do. Again, everything is a question of costs and prices.

One issue to finish. We have an opportunity for associations to move from being educational actors to become political actors who defend the interests of its members before governments. Education can not be put aside, but the lobby either.

A search for other options

In recent days I was met with a distributor of solutions for HVAC / R in Colombia. One of the things he told me at the meeting was: "The crisis has forced us to reacomodarnos". And another, a manufacturer, said "the crisis is hard".

However, the industry is moving. There is an important opportunity to reflect today and are the new possibilities that can be explored during the crisis element. It is not a secret that when things go well contractors usually choose to engage in more profitable sectors that offer and often neglect other sectors that do not leave much profit margin.

And it is these sectors that can "save the ballot" in these days of scarcity. Everyone can start looking at what those segments which left abandoned out there and maybe could rescue something that generates some income are. I recently learned that the high profit margin in the US it is generating the renovations sector in view of the low construction presented in recent days. Within all this sector, there is a niche that is capturing the attention of increasingly contractors HVAC / R: cleaning the air conditioning ductwork.

While many of our countries do not use necessarily centralized systems, there is always an option to emulate these practices, such as maintenance of split type systems (though already on the market are models with the label manteinance free, as are closed mechanically preventing preventing entry of dirt and germs from entering and spreading in space conditioning).

So, like these, there may be other segments that can be explored to wring some revenue to this crisis. You know better than I what might be these work areas.

The invitation is therefore to be creative and persistent. It is certainly a way to stay one step ahead.




Another high-impact decision

Dear readers. He began 2009 and is the most sincere desire of this publishing house and its members that all of you have the best this year and that peace, success and prosperity receiving extended to their families, friends and colleagues.

But each new year, in addition to the joy and expectations, brings changes and even new regulations, such as that entered into force in the United States last 1 January, and is known as the Law on Energy Independence and Security of 2007, which it was signed later that year and words more words less intends to "bring the United States into a security and energy independence, to increase production of renewable clean fuels; protecting consumers; increase the efficiency of products, buildings, vehicles; promote research on greenhouse gases, as well as its use and storage; and increase the energy performance of the Federal Government, among other purposes. "

This law has a direct impact on the industry HVAC / R, and with respect to refrigeration equipment has up to nine different requirements related closers refrigerator doors, insulation for ceilings, walls and doors (R 25 for coolers and freezers for 32 R), the use of fan motors evaporators, which are lower than when one horsepower must use electronically commutated motors. There are also related to lighting and doors for supermarkets exhibitors requirements.

In this determination there are several elements to analyze. On the one hand it is very positive that the US government drives practices leading to increase energy efficiency and, above all, to optimize the use of resources available to us; the ideal is that this law is not only a dead initiative that looks like the typical ball of hay in the desert.

On the other hand, it not least, is that such initiatives do echo in Latin America and hopefully these determinations promote the region to consume more energy efficient solutions speaking. Today it makes no sense to save a few pesos more efficiently no teams 13 SEER or higher buy, nor makes sense that suppliers follow Latinos filling warehouses with inefficient units. Someone has to pay the cost, hopefully not remain the planet.

A cold greeting.


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