Mr. Hourahan has more than 25 years of experience in the air conditioning and refrigeration (AC&R) industry and is a licensed professional engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Environmental Science from John Hopkins University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is actively involved with various industry committees including the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the U.S. National Team of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Heat Pump Program.
Since 2002, Mr. Hourahan directs the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA’s) technical activities in the creation & maintenance of design manuals, standards & codes, contractor accreditation programs, and directs ACCA’s educational policy for an evolving workforce. Related duties are in program development, identification/generation of new approaches and opportunities, workforce development, creation of supporting technical documents, standards/code body interactions, and technical representation of the contracting community with allied organizations and associations. The overarching aim is to provide tools and information that support HVAC practitioners in delivering energy-efficient, high quality indoor environments (comfort, health, and productivity).
Prior to joining ACCA, Mr. Hourahan was the Vice President of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Institute (ARTI; now known as the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Institution, AHRTI) and concurrently was the Director of Technology at the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI; now known as the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institution, AHRI). In this dual role, he was instrumental in the establishment and management of several multi-year, multi-million dollar research initiatives for the HVACR industry. Previously, he worked for Automatic Equipment Sales (an independent HVACR equipment distributor) and Dunham-Bush Inc. (a manufacturer of screw compressors and chiller packages).
Chronological Employment History
AIR CONDITIONING CONTRACTORS OF AMERICA (ACCA), Arlington, VA
A not-for-profit 501(c)(6) trade association representing HVACR contractor business owners who design, install, service, and repair air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, humidification, dehumidification, air purification, and ventilation systems for residential and commercial customers.
Senior Vice President – Technical, Accreditation, & Educational Policy (2010 – present)
Vice President – Research & Technology (2002 – 2010)
AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE (ARTI), Arlington, VA
A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to undertake scientific research in the public interest; an entity associated with ARI.
Vice President (1998 – 2002)
AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION INSTITUTE (ARI), Arlington, VA
Not-for-profit 501(c)(6) national trade association representing manufacturers of air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment (AHRI effective since January 2008).
Director of Technology (1994 – 2002)
Research Manager (1990-1994)
Earlier Professional Experience
AUTOMATIC EQUIPMENT SALES (AES) OF WASHINGTON, Alexandria, VA
$25 million/yr distributor of heating and air conditioning equipment.
DUNHAM-BUSH, INC., West Hartford, CT
$35 million/yr manufacturer of screw compressors and refrigeration equipment for commercial and industrial refrigeration/AC.