Efficiency Amendments published

November 1, 2018

New regulations affecting energy efficiency standards for a range of HVAC equipment were published in the Canada Gazette, Part 2 at the end of October.

The aim of the changes to the Energy Efficiency Regulations, states Natural Resources Canada, is to improve energy efficiency standards for consumer and commercial products in Canada and reduce regulatory burden through alignment with the United States.

HVAC/R products covered by Amendment 14 include: walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers, residential gas-fired furnaces (furnace fans), large air-conditioners and heat pumps, packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps, residential oil-fired furnaces, chillers, gas-fired residential storage water heaters, oil-fired residential storage water heaters, and large condensing units.

HRAI and AHRI trade associations submitted comments on behalf of members during various stages of the consultation process pertaining to large air conditioners and heat pumps and commented together with CIPH with regard to water heaters.

As a result of stakeholder feedback, some provisions offering flexibility to dealers, including revised import reporting provisions and regulations related to water heaters, will come into force immediately, while the balance will come into force on May 1, 2019.

Meanwhile, Amendment 15 to the regulations has been pre-published, which opens a 70-day consultation period due to end on December 29, 2018. HRAI, AHRI and CIPH will gather comments from their members to submit on behalf of the industry.

HVAC/R products covered by Amendment 15 include: electric furnaces, gas boilers, gas fireplaces, gas furnaces (including mobile homes), heat recovery ventilators, oil boilers, tankless water heaters, electric water heaters, and gas and oil water heaters.

HRAI encourages its stakeholders to visit the Natural Resources Canada website for more information on both amendments and to register for upcoming webinars to learn more about Amendment 15.