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U.S. Department Of Energy Rules Finalized For Rating Commercial Systems

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Energy, FacilityBlog, Featured Post, Technology, Topics

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Published on January 09, 2014 with No Comments

Posted by Heidi Schwartz

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has finalized new methods for rating and certifying commercial air conditioning, heating, water heating, and refrigeration equipment. The negotiated rule, which DOE published on December 31, 2013, was developed by the first working group convened by DOE’s Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC). us_department_of_energy_logo

“DOE’s energy efficiency standards for commercial HVAC, water heating and refrigeration products promise significant energy savings,” said Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP). “By accepting the consensus rule developed by the multi-stakeholder working group, DOE now has the tools to implement these important, energy-saving standards fairly and cost-effectively.”

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 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.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at schwartz@groupc.com.

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