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Are You Ready? New HVAC Standards Take Effect


New energy-efficiency standards for residential air-conditioning equipment and heat pumps that will impact the apartment industry took effect on Jan. 1. The standards are the result of a negotiated agreement between HVAC equipment manufacturers and the Department of Energy. They will prohibit the production and sale of non-compliant equipment after an 18-month grace period.

Requirements will vary based on geographic region to better align compliance costs and energy savings. Products that satisfy the new standards are generally more expensive than older equipment types, so apartment firms may face challenges as suppliers and installers work through the transition. 

NAA/NMHC members with questions should email Paula Cino, Vice President of Construction, Development and Land Use Policy.


Provided by NMHC as part of the NAA/NMHC Joint Legislative Program