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HVAC Organizations Applaud Successful Negotiations of Conservation Standards

Last month, the Appliance Standards Awareness Projects (ASAP), AHRI and ACEEE applauded the success of the Commercial Package Air Conditioners and Commercial Warm Furnaces Working Group on their ability to negotiate conservation standards for such products.

After six meetings, the working group, which is comprised of industry, energy-efficiency and environmental advocates, as well as agency representatives from AHRI, ASAP and ACEEE, reached a consensus. The result was recommendations for energy conservation standards, test procedures and metrics as they relate to commercial packaged air conditioners and commercial warm furnaces specifically, air-cooled with rated cooling capacities greater than or equal to 65,000-Btuh and less than 760,000-Btuh split and package A/C and heat pumps as well as commercial warm-air furnaces. Recommendations include:

• Gas-fired commercial warm-air furnaces manufactured on and after Jan. 1, 2023 must have a thermal efficiency at the maximum rated capacity (rated maximum input) of not less than 81%;

• Oil-fired commercial warm-air furnaces manufactured on and after Jan. 1, 2023 must have a thermal efficiency at the maximum rated capacity (rated maximum input) of not less than 82%;

• A rulemaking to amend the test procedure for air-cooled, commercial package air-conditioners and heat pumps with rated cooling capacities greater than or equal to 65,000 Btuh and less than 760,000 Btuh, shall be initiated no later than Jan. 1, 2016. The DOE shall issue a final rule for the amended test procedure no later than Jan. 1, 2019; and

• Supply air fans and outdoor coil fans (used for heat rejection from the unit’s refrigeration system during cooling mode) that are embedded in air-cooled, commercial air-conditioners and heat pumps with rated cooling capacities greater than and equal to 65,000 Btuh and less than 760,000 Btuh not be considered for test procedures, certifications, or standards in the fans and blowers rulemaking. This recommendation is conditional on finding a way to implement the fans and blowers regulation so that it does not create loopholes for fans or blowers that may be used as stand-alone equipment or embedded in other non-covered equipment.

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