Several companies have invested millions of dollars into research and development of low-GWP (global-warming potential) refrigerants, resulting in a number of options for contractors seeking alternatives to the refrigerants that have been delisted under the EPA’s recent rule.
Will provide a single way to deliver sustainable, high-performance buildings
July 31, 2015
The International Code Council (ICC) and ASHRAE have signed an agreement on development and maintenance of a new version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), ASHRAE, ICC, Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Barring an act of Congress, the 30 percent federal tax credit for residential geothermal heat pump (GHP) systems will expire at the end of 2016. The industry is worried about what that means for the future.
Final rules adopt ASHRAE 90.1 efficiency levels for certain commercial, industrial HVAC equipment
July 27, 2015
AHRI applauds two recent 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.
HFC emissions in the US are expected to nearly double by 2020 and triple by 2030
July 20, 2015
EPA estimates this final rule will reduce greenhouse gas emissions of 54-64 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2025, equal to the carbon dioxide emissions from the annual energy use of more than 5.8 million homes.
Memorandum vows to promote, support the use of Standard 90.1 and other relevant standards
July 20, 2015
The agreement furthers their long-term relationship by working cooperatively to improve the efficient use of energy, improve the visible and widespread use of renewable energy sources, and minimize the impact of energy use on the environment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a new rule to protect workers in confined spaces, including residential attics and crawl spaces, that will impact the work of home performance contractors, notes the Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI).
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).