Space Heating & Cooling Initiative
The primary objective of the Residential Heating and Cooling System Initiative is to drive efficient in-field performance by increasing the uptake and Quality Installation of highly efficient residential HVAC systems. Program administrators employ a consistent messaging strategy to inform consumers and contractors on Quality Installation, maintenance, and first versus lifetime costs. Their consistency has proven effective in addressing market barriers to efficient heating and cooling systems. Common equipment specifications support these messages and identify equipment that operates efficiently during periods of peak demand. The Initiative also promotes and highlights behavioral savings opportunities.
Communicating thermostats represent a new opportunity for reaching Initiative goals. CEE has developed a draft specification for communicating thermostats that includes a performance path and a prescriptive feature path for aggregate energy savings. The specification notes optional load management criteria to augment either of the efficiency paths. This specification, anticipated to be complete in 2017, is intended to provide a credible platform to differentiate thermostats that are most likely to save energy, which will help members achieve energy savings goals, help industry stakeholders gain recognition and leverage CEE’s credibility to differentiate products, and enhance consumer satisfaction.
Initiative members renewed efforts to promote HVAC Quality Installation in a cost-effective manner by working with:
- EPA to enhance the ENERGY STAR® program
- DOE to catalog the existing platforms for automated verification of QI
- CEE members to identify strategies that support quality contractors who already embrace QI as a business strategy
This work ultimately leads to revising the CEE Residential Space Heating and Cooling Initiative with a detailed strategy for members promoting QI in 2017 and beyond.
A Word about Connected
CEE continues its work with the HVAC and building science industries to define the energy efficiency and load management potential of connected systems. The CEE Connected Committee, AHRI (the trade association of HVAC manufacturers) and other industry stakeholders are working together to develop an ANSI standard for connected, variable capacity HVAC systems. The AHRI-ANSI Standard is intended to help define the physical and informational responses for connected residential HVAC products and provide a basis to identify HVAC systems capable of connecting with third parties through open standards.
How to Participate
Initiative participation is open to individual efficiency organizations. Other Initiative stakeholders have a variety of opportunities to engage in Initiative activities and to:
- incorporate at least one of the CEE specifications for residential central air conditioners, air source heat pumps, furnaces, or boilers in an educational or incentive program
- deploy a significant and focused educational or promotional program on the importance of taking an integrated approach to encouraging efficient heating and cooling systems through the identification and marketing of the CEE Quality Installation Specification
- provide incentives for installations that address integrated heating and cooling system efficiency that are verified as reflecting the CEE Quality Installation Specification
These requirements provide participants with discretion to design programs that optimize effectiveness for local conditions, including whether and how to incentivize.
Atmos Energy Corporation
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company
Black Hills Energy
City of Palo Alto Utilities
Columbia Gas of Massachusetts
Connecticut Natural Gas
Consolidated Edison Company
DC Sustainable Energy Utility
Energy Trust of Oregon
Focus on Energy—Wisconsin
Great Plains Natural Gas
New Jersey Clean Energy Program
New Jersey Natural Gas
New Mexico Gas Company
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Puget Sound Energy