Manufacturers, Energy Efficiency Advocates Agree on New Standards for Commercial Rooftop Air Conditioners and Warm Air Furnaces

A Department of Energy-established working group of manufacturers, utilities, contractors, energy efficiency advocates, and environmental groups came to a consensus agreement recommending new energy efficiency standards, test procedures, and metrics for commercial package air conditioners (commonly called “rooftop units”) and commercial warm air furnaces. The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) were among leading participants in the negotiations. According to their joint release, the recommended standards are estimated to provide, over 30 years, net savings of almost $50 billion and energy savings equivalent of one year’s U.S. power plant coal consumption. AHRI noted that negotiated rulemakings for energy standards help ensure that manufacturers can provide equipment that provide customers with comfort, safety, and productivity while supporting national energy objectives.