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 a Federal Register direct final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioning, heating equipment, and commercial warm air furnaces. 81 FR 2420 (January 15, 2016). 

In addition, as required by law when issuing a direct final rule, DOE has also published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR). DOE is proposing to amend the energy conservation standards for both small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioning, heating equipment, and commercial warm air furnaces identical to those set forth in a direct final rule published elsewhere in this Federal Register. 81 FR 2111 (January 15, 2016)



Public Meeting Information

There are no public meetings scheduled at this time. 

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period regarding the SNOPR closes May 4, 2016.

Interested person may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007; EERE-2013-BT-STD-0021 by any of the following methods:

1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov.  Follow the instructions for submitting comments. 

2. E-mail:  Include docket number EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007; EERE-2013-BT-STD-0021 in the subject line of the message.

3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC  20585-0121.  If possible, please submit all items on a compact disc (CD), in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.

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.  If possible, please submit all items on a CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.

No telefacsimilies (faxes) will be accepted.


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









Direct Final Rule



Compliance












Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking






  • Direct Final Rule, Federal Register, 81 FR 2420,  (January 15, 2016)
  • Comment Deadline: May 4, 2016


  • The effective date of the direct final rule is May 16, 2016 unless adverse comment is received by May 4, 2016. Compliance with the amended standards established for commercial warm air furnaces in this final rule is required starting on January 1, 2023.




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