The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) recently signed a memorandum of understanding on mutual cooperation and assistance in providing services to their respective members, many of whom are common to both associations. The agreement was signed by AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek and HRAI Chairman Gerry Cellucci during HRAI's annual meeting in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada.

Specifically, AHRI and HRAI agreed to provide technical assistance to each other, on an as-available basis, in understanding and responding to legislative, regulatory, and code body proposals and activities regarding the safety, energy, and environmental aspects of building standards, product standards, or product-installation requirements, whether such standards or requirements originate with a governmental or non-governmental entity.

The two organizations each agreed to present the policy interests of the other to its country's governmental authorities or code bodies when there is no conflict between their respective interests and when mutually agreed. AHRI and HRAI committed to working together to provide proactive and robust services to each other's members in promoting common policy positions/statements, communicating those positions to their respective governments and code bodies, and avoiding to the extent possible conflicting policy positions.