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Rulemaking for Small, Large, and Very Large, Air-Cooled Commercial Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment

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Pursuant to Section 5(b) of the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (H.R. 6582), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a rulemaking to consider amended energy conservation standards for certain commercial air-conditioning and heating equipment. The purpose of this rulemaking is to determine whether national standards more stringent than the current standards for these products would result in significant additional conservation of energy and would be technologically feasible and economically justified.


Recent Updates | Public Meeting Information | Submitting Public Comments | Milestones and Documents | Related Rulemakings | Statutory Authority | Contact Information


Recent Updates

DOE has published Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking energy conservation standards for small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment. A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 6, 2014 in Washington, DC. 79 FR 58948 (September 30, 2014) The comment deadline is December 1, 2014. 

DOE published a request for information and notice of document availability regarding energy conservation standards for small, large, and very large, air cooled commercial air conditioning and heating equipment. 78 FR 7296 (February 1, 2013). The comment deadline is March 4, 2013.


Public Meeting Information

A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 4A-104, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.

The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. To register for the webinar please go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/699714376

Submitting Public Comments

Comments may be submitted through regulations.gov, email, postal mail, or by hand delivery/courier. All comments must be received March 4, 2013. Please follow the directions below. Also please see the Public Participation section of the notice for additional directions regarding submission format, campaign form letters, and confidential business information.

Any comments submitted must identify the RFI/NODA on small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment and provide its docket number EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007 and/or Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1904-AC95. Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods:

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: The rulemaking docket at  www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  2. Email: CommPkgACHP2013STD0007@ee.doe.gov. Include the docket number and/or RIN in the subject line of the message.
  3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE–2J, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Please submit one signed original paper copy.
  4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 586–2945. Please submit one signed original paper copy.

Milestones and Documents

The small, large, and very large, air-cooled commercial air conditioner docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents. For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.


Request for Information and Notice of Document Availability



Notice of Proposed Rulemaking


Related Rulemakings

There are no related rulemakings.



Statutory Authority

Section 342(a) of EPCA concerns energy conservation standards for small, large, and very large, air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment (also known generally as unitary air conditioning and heating equipment). (42 U.S.C. 6313(a)) Section 5(b) of the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act of 2012 (Pub. L. No. 112-210 (Dec. 18, 2012) (AEMTCA)) amended Section 342(a)(6) of EPCA, which concerns the amendment of energy conservation standards for certain types of commercial and industrial equipment. At issue here is the inclusion of a requirement for DOE to consider amending the standards for “any covered equipment as to which more than 6 years has elapsed since the issuance of the most recent final rule establishing or amending a standard for the product as of the date of AEMTCA’s enactment, December 18, 2012. (42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(vi)) DOE must issue either a notice of determination that the current standards do not need to be amended or a notice of proposed rulemaking containing proposed standards by December 31, 2013. See 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(i) and (vi) (as amended by AEMTCA).

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

commercial_package_ac_heating_equipment@ee.doe.gov