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ASAP, AHRI and ACEEE Applaud Successful Negotiated Rulemaking for Commercial Air Conditioners and Warm Air Furnaces


ARLINGTON, Va. — The Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today applauded the success of the Commercial Package Air Conditioners and Commercial Warm Air Furnaces Working Group, established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on April 1, to negotiate conservation standards for these products.

After six meetings, the working group, comprised of industry, energy efficiency and environmental advocates, contractors and agency representatives, including ACEEE, AHRI and ASAP, reached consensus and provided recommendations for energy conservation standards, test procedures, and metrics.

"Negotiated rulemaking are our preferred method for establishing energy conservation standards for covered products and equipment," said Stephen Yurek, AHRI president and CEO . "Bringing stakeholders together to develop a rule that is both effective and achievable is the best way to ensure that our members' products and equipment provide consumers and businesses with comfort, safety, and productivity while helping the nation achieve its energy reduction targets."

The committee was established under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the Negotiated Rulemaking Act. Specifically, the group was tasked with addressing rules for the energy efficiency of commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps (specifically, air-cooled with rated cooling capacities greater than or equal to 65,000 Btu per hour and less than 760,000 Btu per hour split and package AC and HP) and commercial warm air furnaces, as authorized by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975, as amended. The scope excluded package terminal air conditioners and heat pumps (PTAC/PTHP), single package vertical units (SPVU), computer room air conditioners (CRAC), and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems.

For additional information, visit www.appliance-standards.org, www.ahrinet.org or www.aceee.org.