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The BC Ministry Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources recently reported that Amendment 6 of the Energy Efficiency Regulation has not yet passed. The Ministry is expecting Amendment 6 to be approved and published before Spring 2017.

Tier 1 of the standard requires split-system heat pumps to have a Region V HSPF > 7.1 as tested to CSA Standard C656-14 and a verification mark. This requirement is harmonized with the Federal Energy Efficiency Regulation split-system heat pumps imported into Canada or shipped between provinces. The effective date of Tier 1 is set for June 2, 2018.  The effective date pertains to the date of manufacturing, and all stock manufactured prior to the effective date is exempt from the regulation.       

Tier 2 of the standard is still being proposed to move forward with the January 1, 2020 effective date for the Region V HSPF > 7.39 standard.  HRAI and AHRI had previously advocated on behalf of Members that the Tier 2 level be harmonized with the US requirements which do not come into effect until January 1, 2023 for the Region V HSPF > 7.65. The Ministry believes that British Columbia’s climate and stock of oil furnaces/electric resistance heating presents an excellent opportunity for heat pump retrofits. They reported that financial incentives from provincial retrofit programs will continue to improve the economics and promote sales.

HRAI staff has notified the Ministry that a new HSPF2 metric that will be introduced in the future which should be incorporated in the regulation.

For more information contact Caroline Czajko at HRAI, e-mail: cczajko@hrai.ca.