Final rules recognize AHRI’s recommendations for certain unitary products, heat pumps, water heaters, and PTACs
July 7, 2015
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) applauded two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) final rules that adopt ASHRAE 90.1 efficiency levels for three-phase unitary products less than 65,000 Btuh, water-source heat pumps, commercial oil-fired storage water heaters, and packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs).
Between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), HVACR contractors might feel as if they are facing a one-two regulatory punch. Especially on the refrigeration side, new regulations roll out of both the DOE and EPA regularly enough to keep things — shall we say — interesting.
New Better Buildings Accelerators focus on home energy improvement
June 12, 2015
To further advance energy efficiency in buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced it is launching two new Better Buildings Accelerators to help American families improve the efficiency of their homes.
Connecticut has launched a statewide residential energy labeling program. The first state to use the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Home Energy Score, EnergizeCT’s Home Energy Solutions program will provide an energy efficiency score and recommend efficiency improvements to residents across the state.
Projects to Improve the Efficiency of Thermoelectric Power Plants
June 1, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced $30 million in funding for 14 new projects aimed at creating highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants.
Projects Will Demonstrate Approaches for Improving Building Energy Use by up to 50 Percent
May 14, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $6 million in funding to accelerate energy efficiency in offices, schools, stores, and other buildings to help businesses and communities save money, create jobs, and reduce pollution.
New Solutions Are Expected to Offer Significant Energy and Cost Savings
May 4, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $8 million in funding to advance research and development of next-generation HVAC technologies for buildings. With air conditioning using large and growing amounts of energy, these new solutions are expected to offer significant energy and cost savings in new and existing buildings.