The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia  has agreed to hear the case of  HARDI, which challenges a Department of Energy rule that would raise energy costs for consumers around the country. Below is HARDI’s press release which can be found here.

August 20, 2013 

Court Denies Latest APGA Motion In Regional Standards Case  

Columbus, OH– On Monday, August 19, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia again issued an order requesting all parties involved in the Regional Standards lawsuit agree to a briefing schedule within the next 30 days. Additionally, the Court denied efforts by other parties in the lawsuit to deny HARDI’s opportunity to present its case before the Court.

“HARDI has consistently worked to expedite these proceedings as much as possible while fighting for what our members believe is right,” said Jon Melchi, HARDI’s Government Affairs Director.  “We could have completed this portion of the process by now absent the now-denied motion so now we just have to focus on doing everything we can to help the court move as expeditiously as possible.”

  • The proposed APGA/DOE settlement on the furnace standard. HARDI was the only party in the lawsuit to support this settlement when it was proposed to the Court.
  •  HARDI’s motion to continue on with the lawsuit to address procedural issues which developed the A/C standard.
  • The merits of the case in its entirety.

“This is another affirmation by the court of HARDI’s standing in this case and the merits of our arguments,” said Brian Cobble, G.W. Berkheimer Co. and HARDI’s 2013 president.  “It is regrettable that other parties chose to delay the court proceedings by attempting to reverse the court’s earlier decision but now the path is cleared for the court to hopefully conclude this issue well in advance of the next 2015 implementation deadline in the favor of those who are likely to be most harmed by these unprecedented regionalized efficiency standards.”




Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) represents more than 460 wholesale companies and 300 manufacturing associates as well as nearly 140 manufacturer representatives. HARDI members represent an estimated 85 percent of the dollar value of the HVACR products sold through distribution.