Tougher Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Heating and Cooling Equipment
The Department of Energy is toughening the energy conservation standards for small, large and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment and commercial warm air furnaces. The DOE has concluded that these standards would save a significant amount of energy and are technologically feasible and economically justified.
The effective date of this rule is May 16 unless adverse comment is received by May 6, in which case the rule will be withdrawn and DOE will proceed with a concurrent proposed rule. If no such adverse comments are received, compliance with the amended standards will be required for all covered products manufactured in or imported into the U.S. starting on Jan. 1, 2018, or Jan. 1, 2023, depending on the product’s specifications.