Air-Cooled Unitary Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

Sign up for e-mail updates on regulations for this and other products

As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps are air-cooled, water-cooled, evaporatively-cooled, or water source unitary air conditioners and heat pumps that are used for space conditioning of commercial and industrial buildings. 10 CFR 431.92. Manufacturers have been required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps since 1992.

Current Standard | Current Test Procedure | Ongoing Rulemaking for Standards | Ongoing Rulemaking for Test Procedure | Helpful Links


Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has published a Federal Register notice announcing initial open meetings of the Commercial Unitary Air Conditioner (CUAC) and Commercial Unitary Heat Pump (CUHP) Working Group (CUAC and CUHP Working Group). The purpose of the CUAC and CUHP Working Group is to undertake a negotiated rulemaking to discuss and, if possible, reach consensus on a proposed rule for test procedures and energy conservation standards for CUAC and CUHP equipment, as authorized by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended.

  • Open meetings will be held on: Tuesday, September 20, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT and Wednesday, September 21, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.
  • To attend the meetings in person and/or to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, email asrac@ee.doe.gov. In the email, please indicate your name, organization (if appropriate), citizenship, and contact information.
  • Click here to attend via webinar on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
  • Click here to attend via webinar on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
  • All meetings will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Ave SW., Washington, DC 20585 in room 1E-245.
  • Foreign Nationals visiting DOE Headquarters are subject to advance security screening procedures. Please contact Regina Washington by email: regina.washington@ee.doe.gov so that the necessary procedures can be completed.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating via webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines

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.

Standards

Request for Information
  • Federal Register, 87FR31743 (May 25, 2022)
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • Federal Register, 87FR18290 (March 30, 2022)

Notification of Data Availability 

  • Federal Register, 85FR60642 (September 25, 2021)

Request for Information; Reopening of the Public Comment Period

Request for information; Air-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment and Commercial Warm Air Furnaces

Final Rule; Technical Correction

Direct Final Rule; Effective and Compliance Dates

Direct final rule

Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time. 

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Test Procedure

Request for Information
  • Federal Register, 87FR31743 (May 25, 2022)

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

  • Federal Register, 86FR70316 (December 9, 2021).

Request for Information 

Final Rule

The small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2015-BT-TP-0015 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time. 

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.


Current Standard

Air-cooled unitary air-conditioners and heat pumps manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6291(16), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at  10 CFR 431.97.


Current Test Procedure

To determine that air-cooled unitary air-conditioners and heat pumps that are currently manufactured or distributed into commerce are in compliance with DOE standards, manufacturers must follow the test procedure methods specified at 10 CFR 431.96.


Helpful Links

Compliance

DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR Part 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.

Waivers

For information on current test procedure waivers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR part 431, subpart V.

Exceptions

DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for air-cooled unitary air-conditioners and heat pumps.

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR part 431, subpart W.

Contact information

For more information related to this product, please email:

ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov


True