Event Information
2020 IoT Summit
Date: January 22 — 24, 2020
Location: Hilton Arlington



Join AHRI January 22 – 23, 2020, at the Hilton Arlington (VA) for the Internet of Things (IoT) in HVACR Summit. This forum is designed to educate attendees – from policy-oriented staff, engineers, to technical experts – about emerging IoT issues and seek input on how best to position the association and the industry for the future. 

While IoT products can improve the convenience, performance, and connectivity of equipment, increased device integration also presents unforeseen political challenges and threats to both corporate and individual information security. Balancing convenience, security, and privacy is a delicate task, but one that we all need to consider, both for our companies and for our customers. This Summit will provide all the information you need in one action-packed agenda and feature speakers from: 

- The Consortium for Energy Efficiency            - The Electric Power Research Institute

- State and Federal Legislators                          - The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

- Standards Development Experts                     - Regulatory Agencies

- HVACR Manufacturers                                      - ENERGY STAR

- Controls Manufacturers                                    - Regional Public Utilities 

- Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships      - The DOE Office of Cybersecurity, Energy          
                                                                                 Security, and Emergency Response

Register to learn about the impact of emerging IoT technologies on the way we live and work, and the new laws and regulations that require cybersecurity protections for connected equipment. AHRI invites you to network and collaborate with thought leaders as we determine ways the association can engage more effectively with efficiency advocates, utilities, regulators, and legislatures to navigate the changing HVACR landscape.

Registration Fees:



Registration Deadline:   January 3, 2020



Registration cancellations will incur a $100 administrative fee. Refunds will be provided, less the $100 fee, if AHRI receives cancellation notice via email by December 18. After December 18, no refunds will be given; however, attendee substitutions will be allowed.





Wednesday, January 22nd: 


8:00 AM – 5:00 PM                    Registration


9:00 AM – 9:15 AM                    Welcome Remarks

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM                   Panel Discussion #1 | Connected Equipment: Why Do We Care?


10:00 AM – 10:15 AM                Refreshment Break


10:15 AM – 11:00 AM                Panel Discussion #2 | Demand Response: Technology for a Smarter Grid                                                       

- State and local governments, utilities, and environmental advocates are pushing for technologies and policies to deepen the market penetration of grid-responsive appliances. In this plenary session, speakers will discuss the trends, technology, and policies driving a connected grid.


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM                Panel Discussion #3 | Cybersecurity Policy for a Resilient Industry

- The threat of cyberattacks continues to increase with the adoption of internet connected HVACR equipment. Legislators and policymakers will examine the role of manufacturers in securing consumer information.


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                  Lunch with Keynote Speaker | Topic: Federal Actions/National Threats

- Hackers present more than a threat to consumers – cybersecurity is an issue of national security. Learn how the threat of foreign interference is driving national cybersecurity policy.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM                     Breakout Session #1 | Air Conditioning Standards and Specs for Demand Response: What's Next?                                               

- AHRI developed Standard 1380, the first demand response specification of its kind in the HVACR industry. This panel will address how certification to Standard 1380 can be implemented and leveraged.


1:00 PM – 3:00 PM                    Breakout Session #2 | The Grid in Hot Water: Specs & Standards for Connected Water Heaters         

- Interest in grid-responsive water heaters is growing rapidly. Speakers from utilities, NGOs, and government entities are invited to speak about the specifications, standards, and policies designed to drive market adoption of grid-connected water heaters.


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM                    Breakout Session #3 | Leading the Way to HVACR Cybersecurity Standards

- California, Oregon, the EU and others have taken aggressive steps to ensure cybersecurity for connected appliances. This panel will review the regulatory landscape and discuss the advantages of developing an industry standard for HVACR equipment.


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM                    Breakout Session #4 | The Connected Home: Is Alexa your Friend?

- The EPA and NGOs are developing specifications for the connected home. Data collected from home management systems presents a wealth of information for utilities, but at what cost? Learn about how data collection through smart home products will impact the HVACR and water heating industry and how AHRI members can prepare for the influx of new entrants controlling HVACR devices.


5:00 PM – 6:00 PM                    Networking Reception

Thursday, January 23rd

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM                    Continental Breakfast


8:00 AM – 9:45 AM                   Decision Making Session – Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy Discussion

- “If industry groups don’t proactively set the goal of helping in the development of cybersecurity liability standards, the Washington D.C. policy makers who consider this a national security issue will intervene and set the standards for them.” – Judge Michael Chertoff, Sec. of Homeland Security (2005 – 2009)

- Members will discuss whether and how the industry can develop a cybersecurity standard for HVACR equipment.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM               Decision Making Session – Internet of Things Policy and Strategy Discussion

- Members will discuss and provide direction to the association on these pressing questions:

1.     How can the industry best position itself for a connected future?

2.     How can AHRI help its members meet the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities presented by connected equipment?

3.     Are there standards, certification programs, and or policy positions that need to be developed?



Please contact Lauren Miller at 703-600-0354 or lmiller@ahrinet.org with any registration questions.


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