Summary: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended, requires DOE to periodically review its standards for small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioners and heating equipment (also commonly known as commercial unitary air conditioners and heat pumps -- or CUACs). Under recent amendments to EPCA made by the American Efficient Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act of 2012 Pub. L. No. 112-210 (Dec. 18, 2012), DOE must review its standards for this equipment every six years and determine whether they need amending. More than six years has elapsed since the standards for this equipment were last amended. After reviewing these standards and the available data, DOE has determined that amending the current energy conservation standards for this equipment would be technologically feasible and economically justified. Accordingly, DOE is proposing to amend the current standards for this equipment.
Type of Regulation: Energy Conservation Standard
Rulemaking Link: Rulemaking Webpage
Docket Id: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007
Comment Period Close Date: Closed
Where to Comment: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007
Dates: The effective date of this rule is May 16, 2016 unless adverse comment is received by May 4, 2016. If adverse comments are received that DOE determines may provide a reasonable basis for withdrawal of the direct final rule, a timely withdrawal of this rule will be published in the Federal Register. If no such adverse comments are received, compliance with the amended standards in this final rule will be required for small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment as detailed in the supplementary information. Compliance with the amended standards established for commercial warm air furnaces in this final rule is required starting on January 1, 2023.
AHRI Comments to Previous Stages of Rulemakings:
- 2015-04-28 — Transcript: U.S. Department of Energy Public Meeting Commercial AC/Furnace Working Group ASRAC Commercial Package Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps and Commercial Warm Air Furnaces
- 2015-03-02 — AHRI Joint letter requesting that ASRAC consider a negotiated rulemaking for commercial package air conditioners and commercial furnaces at its upcoming meeting on March 19, 2015.
- 2014-12-22 — AHRI Comment response to the published NOPR; includes Shorey Consulting comments on behalf AHRI, report: "Incremental Markups - A Critical Review of Theory and Practice," and comment retraction dated February 18, 2015
- Link 1 – 2015-02-18: Retraction of December 22, 2014 comment about the classification of dual-duct air conditioners
- Link 2 – AHRI Comments Docket EERE_2013_BT_STD_0007 (December 22, 2014)
- Link 3 – Commercial Unitary Comments – Shorey Consulting
- Link 4 – Incremental Markups – a critical review of Theory and Practice
- 2014-10-27 — AHRI Comment response to the published NOPR and request for extension of comment period
- 2013-03-04 — AHRI Comment response to the published RFI
Staff Contact: Laura Petrillo–Groh