SEER 13 White Paper
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As of January 23, 2006, central air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured or imported for use in residential buildings must meet a new, higher energy-efficiency standard, from a 10 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) to a 13 SEER. This is a major change for the air conditioning industry and will require a redesign of its offerings as the market makes the transition to the new 13 SEER.

This White Paper addresses apartment firm concerns about:

  1. the continued availability of spare parts and refrigerants for SEER 10-rated equipment;
  2. the size of the new SEER 13-rated equipment; and
  3. the cost of the new SEER 13-rated equipment.

It explains what apartment owners must do to comply with the new standards and identifies best practices and design considerations for new and existing construction to maximize efficiency and minimize costs.

It concludes with Frequently Asked Questions on equipment issues, regulatory issues and business considerations.

Recommended Distribution:

  • Property Managers
  • Construction Managers
  • Acquisition Managers
  • Maintenance Managers

NMHC Contact Information:
Eileen Lee
Vice President of Environment
202/974-2326
elee@nmhc.org

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