DOE Proposes Tougher Energy Conservation Standards for A/C and Heating Equipment
The Department of Energy will hold a meeting Feb. 6 and welcomes comments, data and information by March 2 on a proposal to establish amended energy conservation standards for all classes of single package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps. The DOE has tentatively concluded that there is sufficient record evidence to support more stringent standards for two classes of this equipment. However, for four equipment classes the DOE is proposing to adopt the levels in ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013 due to the absence of any models on the market in two classes and the absence of any models above the revised ASHRAE level in the remaining two classes. The DOE indicates that the proposed standards, if adopted, would apply to all subject equipment manufactured in and intended for distribution and sale in, or imported into, the U.S. on or after the date that is two or three years after the effective date of the requirements in ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013 (i.e., Oct. 9, 2015 or Oct. 9, 2016).