California
Appliance Efficiency Program

Manufacturers must certify appliance efficiency data to the Energy Commission in order to comply with state law.

Compliance — Go here for information on their compliance program, to certify appliance data, or apply for approval of a test laboratory or third party certifier.

Enforcement — Go here for information on their enforcement program, to report a violation, or to respond to an enforcement letter.

Report Noncompliance — Report a violation via PDF.

Outreach — Go here for outreach and education materials such as flyers, brochures, reports, and FAQs.



Appliance Efficiency Regulations
California Code of Regulations, Title 20

Summary: The current Appliance Efficiency Regulations (California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Sections 1601 through 1608), dated July 2015, contain amendments that were incorporated due to changes in the state standards and replace all previous versions. The official version of these regulations are available on WestlawNext’s webpage here.

Type of Regulation: Appliance Efficiency

Docket Number: 17–AAER–05

  • January 19, 2018 — Order instituting rulemaking proceeding
  • October 25, 2017 — Presentation- Results of the invitation to submit proposals
  • September 25, 2017 — Staff webinar stakeholder proposals
  • August 28, 2017 — Presentation – Invitation to submit proposals
  • August 4, 2017 — Notice of extension of invitation to submit proposals
  • July 19, 2017 — Workshop introduction
  • July 19, 2017 — Presentation – Results of ITP – fans and blowers
  • July 10, 2017 — ITP workshop agenda for commercial and industrial fans and blowers
  • June 2, 2017 — Notice of staff workshop – fans & blowers – responses to ITP
  • May 10, 2017 — Invitation to participate presentation
  • May 1, 2017 — Invitation to participate webinar agenda
  • April 21, 2017 — Notice of invitation to participate and staff webinar regarding phase II pre-rulemaking

Staff Contact: Laura Petrillo-Groh and Frank Stanonik




Commercial and Industrial Fans & Blowers

Summary: The California Energy Commission (CEC) proposes to establish minimum efficiency standards for commercial and industrial fans into California’s Appliance Efficiency Standards in Title 20 of the California Code of Regulations, Sections 1601 through 1609.

Type of Regulation: Appliance Efficiency

Docket Number: 17–AAER–06

AHRI Comments to Previous Stages of Rulemakings:

Staff Contact: Laura Petrillo-Groh




California Code of Regulations, Title 24

Summary: California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated on an approximately three-year cycle. These standards apply to new construction of, and additions and alterations to, residential and nonresidential buildings. The current standard is the 2016 version which went into effect on January 1, 2017. The 2019 edition of the building standards are currently under development. For more information, click here to the Title 24 stakeholders webpage.

Type of Regulation: Building Code

Docket Number: 17–BSTD–01

2019 Building Energy Efficiency:

Draft CASE Reports for 2019 Code Cycle: Zero Net Energy: AHRI Comments to Previous Stages of Rulemakings:
  • August 1, 2017 — AHRI Submits Comments to CA Title 24-2019 Residential HVAC Proposals
  • July 07, 2017 — AHRI submits comments to CEC regarding non-residential HVAC measure proposals

Staff Contact: Laura Petrillo-Groh and Frank Stanonik



Residential Alternative Calculation Method Variable Capacity Heat Pump Modeling Approach

Summary: California Energy Commission staff sought feedback from stakeholders regarding a method to model variable capacity heat pump (VCHP) systems. The method is intended for VCHP systems to be modeled for compliance in residential buildings using the performance method and algorithms to be incorporated into the Alternative Calculation Method (ACM) Reference Manual and the residential California Building Energy Code Compliance (CBECC-Res) performance compliance software for use for demonstrating compliance with the Performance Standards specified in Title 24, Part 6, Section 150.1(b). This will allow VCHP systems to be modeled for compliance in residential buildings using the performance method. This method specifically covers ductless mini-and multi-split systems and short-duct mini splits with ducts inside the conditioned space.

Type of Regulation: California Building Energy Code Compliance

Docket Number: 19-BSTD-02

AHRI Comments to Previous Stages of Rulemakings:

Staff Contact: Laura Petrillo-Groh




California Air Resource Board (CARB)
Short-lived climate pollution reduction strategy

Summary: California is seeking to achieve steep reductions in short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) emissions with the purpose of meeting future greenhouse gas emission targets and air quality goals. On April 11, 2016, the California Air resources Board (CARB) issued its Proposed Strategy to reduce SLCPs. Among other things, CARB is proposing planning targets to reduce emissions of HFCs by 40 percent (below 2013 levels) by year 2030. More specifically, the Strategy proposes the following:

  • Incentive programs to defray the potential added cost of installing new low-GWP refrigeration equipment or converting existing high-GWP systems to lower-GWP options,
  • The development of a California HFC phasedown schedule if an amendment to the Montreal Protocol is not reached in 2016,
  • Prohibition on the sale of new refrigerants with GWP values of 2500 or greater (reclaimed or recycled refrigerants would be exempted),
  • Prohibition of high-GWP refrigerants in new stationary equipment as listed in the table below:

 

Stationary Refrigeration or Stationary Air-Conditioning Sector

Refrigerants Prohibited in New Equipment with a 100-year GWP Value:

Proposed Start Date

Non-residential refrigeration

150 or greater

January 1, 2020

Air-conditioning (non-residential and residential)

750 or greater

January 1, 2021

Type of Regulation: California

Staff Contact: Laura Petrillo-Groh

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