Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


SMACNA helps DOE finalize new efficiency standards

Largest energy-saving standard in history for commercial AC, furnaces

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. The new standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the department to date.

SMACNA was one of 17 industry organizations that participated in the DOE stakeholder panel that helped finalize the energy standard.

The new standards will be implemented in two phases. In 2018, products must show a 13 percent efficiency improvement. Five years later, in 2023, an additional 15 percent increase in efficiency will be required for new commercial units.

Commercial rooftop units cool about half of the total commercial floor space in the United States, according to the DOE. It is estimated that over the lifetime of the products businesses will save $167 billion on their utility bills and carbon pollution will be reduced by 885 million metric tons.

To finalize the standard, the Energy Department convened 17 stakeholders, comprised of major industry organizations including SMACNA and leading manufacturers, utilities, and efficiency organizations.

A game-changer for the commercial sector, industry and advocates worked closely together to help produce the biggest energy savings standards in U.S. history.

The new standards are anticipated to bring down the cost of doing business and improve bottom lines by letting companies invest money they used to spend on heating and cooling. This will help stimulate the economy and create jobs.