January 24, 2017
ACCA, the Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency Association, welcomes the pause in energy efficiency regulations at the Department of Energy (DOE). ACCA supports energy efficiency programs, but notes that focusing solely on equipment efficiencies will not help consumers.
“I am pleased that the Trump Administration has put a pause on the DOE’s regulatory agenda, because the agency needs to address HVAC efficiencies in a holistic manner,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. “The DOE’s focus on equipment efficiencies actually may cost the consumer more than they save, because many heating and cooling systems are not being installed properly and they are leaving 30-40 percent of the efficiency in the box. If the DOE wants to make a difference they should work with homeowners to ensure that their systems are installed by contractors who follow industry recognized standards for proper installation.”
ACCA is continuing to work with regulators, Members of Congress, and other policy makers on energy efficiency programs. ACCA is a standards development organization and is responsible for drafting the ANSI/ACCA Standard 5 – the Minimum Design and Installation Requirements for Residential and Commercial HVAC Applications.