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:
- the continued availability of spare parts and refrigerants for SEER 10-rated equipment;
- the size of the new SEER 13-rated equipment; and
- 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.
- Property Managers
- Construction Managers
- Acquisition Managers
- Maintenance Managers
Full DocumentGuidance: Impact of the 2006 SEER 13 Air Conditioner Efficiency Regulations on Apartment Firms
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- Joint Comments on Proposed Action on Furnace to Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- Letter to Department of Energy on Furnace Efficiency
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- NMHC/NAA Meet with HUD to Discuss Program Improvements, REAC Update