The ASRAC established the Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Working Group in July 2015; it is the latest of several working groups to successfully create negotiated efficiency standards for industry equipment. Other negotiated rulemakings aided by working groups include walk-in coolers and freezers, regional standards enforcement, and commercial rooftop air conditioners and furnaces.
Investment to strengthen data insights for energy and sustainability management
February 24, 2016
Ecova, an energy and sustainability management company, has made an investment in TROVE Predictive Data Science, a data analytics company. Ecova said it will leverage TROVE’s data technology with the objective to save money for its client portfolio.
Energy efficiency, integration with smart home technology, and the ongoing impact of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) regional efficiency standards are major trends influencing products in the residential air conditioning market.
More than half of U.S. commercial building space is cooled by packaged HVAC equipment, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Additionally, existing rooftop units consume more than 1.3 percent of the country’s annual energy usage. It’s no surprise the biggest trend driving the rooftop market is efficiency.
The New York City Council voted unanimously to pass a bill that encourages the installation of geothermal energy and requires that geothermal heat pumps be considered for all new construction and retrofits of city-owned buildings.
Considering everything we do revolves around heat transfer, there’s no better way to visualize heat transfer than with thermal imaging. The technology is getting more affordable every day, and the quick return on investment makes this technology a no-brainer.
Just as the 2016 elections are already having an impact on the country’s airwaves, many industry leaders agree they’ll also have a significant impact on both the regulatory and legislative environments impacting the HVACR industry through the end of the calendar year.
The department estimates the new efficiency standards for RTUs will save businesses as much as $167 billion in energy costs over the lifetime of the equipment — more than any other efficiency standard issued to date.