The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute and the Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada have agreed to assist each organization in its common goals.

The agreement was signed by AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek and by HRAI Chairman Gerry Cellucci.

AHRI and HRAI agreed to provide technical assistance to each other in an effort to respond to legislative, regulatory and code body proposals and activities. This includes safety, energy, and environmental aspects of building standards, product standards or product installation requirements, whether such standards or requirements originate with a governmental or private entity.

The two organizations also agreed to present the policy interests of the other to its country’s governmental authorities or code bodies. AHRI and HRAI representatives said the organizations are committed to working together to jointly provide proactive services to each other’s members.

“We are very pleased with this agreement, and we are confident that it will result not only in a closer working relationship between our two associations, but also in a better, more coherent, more predictable market environment in our two nations and for our members,” Yurek said. “We know from long experience that navigating the agencies and branches of the U.S. government can be a daunting task. Likewise, we are not all that familiar with the governmental structure in (Canadian capital) Ottawa, so it will be one of our goals through this agreement to help each other open doors and pave the way for an easier regulatory path in each of our capitals.”