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WASHINGTON — United Technologies Corp. (UTC) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) praised the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for finalizing new methods for rating and certifying commercial air conditioning, heating, water heating, and refrigeration equipment. The negotiated rule, which the DOE published on Dec. 31, 2013, was developed by the first working group convened by the DOE’s Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Andrew deLaski, executive director of ASAP, and John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer for UTC Building & Industrial Systems.
“DOE’s energy-efficiency standards for commercial HVAC, water heating, and refrigeration products promise significant energy savings,” said deLaski. “By accepting the consensus rule developed by the multi-stakeholder working group, DOE now has the tools to fairly and cost-effectively implement these important, energy-saving standards.”
Mandyck said it took nearly 100 hours of formal meetings, but the group was able to achieve consensus on a new way to rate and certify commercial equipment in a way that is both practical and robust.
“The outcome saves costs while providing essential assurance that products meet federal energy-efficiency requirements,” Mandyck said.
DOE accepted the working group’s recommendations covering the use of alternative energy determination methods (AEDMs). These methods employ computer modeling or mathematical tools to effectively forecast the rated energy performance of products, which eliminates the need to perform costly laboratory tests for each product sold. Used as prescribed by the negotiated rule, AEDMs can accurately predict the rated energy usage of products covered under federal energy-efficiency requirements.
DeLaski and Mandyck both noted that the negotiated rulemaking was ideally suited for the technical complexity of rating commercial equipment, allowing for full discussion and explanation of issues not afforded by the traditional rulemaking process.
Publication date: 2/10/2014