Sign up for email updates
Go
Secure Dealer Login

Regional Efficiency Standards Reminder

 

Regional Efficiency Standards Recap

As you know, the 2015 Minimum Efficiency Standards are in full effect. These regulations vary not only by product type but by geographic location as well. 

For a full recap of the Regional Efficiency Standards, click here.

Distributors and contractors will be held accountable and face various penalties for non-compliance with this rule. Let’s review the rules for contractors and distributors so you remain in compliance.

Contractors: 

  • It is a violation for a contractor to knowingly sell or install a central air conditioner subject to regional standards in violation of any regional standard applicable to the equipment. 
  • Repeat violators can be put on a national "Routine Violator" list which will prohibit them from purchasing specified equipment from any distributor or original equipment manufacturer (OEM). 
  • Effectively, being labeled as a "Routine Violator" means the offending party is out of the HVAC business until the situation is remediated or successfully appealed.

Distributors:

  • It is a violation for a distributor to knowingly sell equipment to a contractor with knowledge that the contractor will sell or install the product in violation of any applicable regional standard.
  • It is a violation for a distributor to knowingly sell equipment to a contractor with knowledge that the contractor routinely violates any regional standard applicable to the equipment.  
  • Distributors are also subject to the same scrutiny and penalties as contractors if they knowingly and repeatedly supply non-compliant equipment, which is then installed in prohibited regions.

Additionally, any party found to be in violation of the regional standards may remediate by replacing the noncompliant unit at cost to the violator. The end user cannot be charged for any costs of remediation. 

The DOE accepts reports of suspected violations via email at EnergyEfficiencyEnforcement@hq.doe.gov or by phone at 202–287–6997. 

For more information see the 2015 Minimum Efficiency Standards White Paper