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Further to HRAI’s earlier June 12 communication concerning the publication of Amendment 15 & 16 to Canada’s federal energy efficiency regulation, below is a summary of these amendments.

As reported, Amendment 15 and 16 to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations was published in Canada Gazette Part II on June 12, 2019. Both Amendments (Amendment 15 and 16) will come into force on December 12, 2019 with a small exception where amendments to efficiency requirements for through-the-wall gas furnaces will come into force immediately.

 Amendment 15:

Amendment 15 is focused on setting standards for heating, ventilation and water heating products to the highest level of efficiency that is economically and technologically achievable. The following HVACR products are affected by Amendment 15.

List of HVACR Products Affected by Amendment 15:

Residential Products

-      Gas fireplaces

-      Gas boilers

-      Oil boilers

-      Gas furnaces (including mobile homes)

-      Electric furnaces (furnace fans only) – NEW product category

-      Heat/Energy recovery ventilators (reporting and verification only) – NEW product category

-      Gas-fired instantaneous water heaters – NEW product category

Commercial and Industrial Products

-      Commercial gas boilers – NEW product category

-      Commercial oil boilers – NEW product category

-      Commercial gas storage water heaters – NEW product category

-      Commercial oil water heaters – NEW product category

-      Commercial electric water heaters – NEW product category

-      Commercial gas-fired instantaneous water heaters – NEW product category

The actual regulatory texts for Amendment 15 can be found here:

While you can refer to below notes in regards to main changes in Amendment 15, due to extensive changes and updates made under Amendment 15, HRAI encourages you to go to above link and review the regulatory texts that are applicable to your products of interest.

Key Changes in Amendment 15:

Residential Gas Furnace

  • Residential gas furnaces manufactured on or after Jul 3, 2019, needs to have min. 95% AFUE.
  • For residential TTW (through-the-wall) gas furnaces manufactured on or after July 3, 2019, the MEPS (minimum energy performance standard) level stays at 90% AFUE, and NRCan has removed FER (Fan Energy Rating) level requirement for TTW gas furnaces manufactured between Jul 3, 2019 and Dec 31, 2023. This change comes into force effective immediately, while all other changes will come into force on Dec 12, 2019.
  • Regulatory exclusions for furnaces for mobile homes are now removed. Furnaces for a relocatable building and replacement furnaces for manufactured homes manufactured on or after July 3, 2019 are regulated (must have min 80% AFUE and meet U.S. FER level for furnace fans).

Heat/Energy Recovery Ventilator (reporting and verification only) - NEW product category

  • The amendment introduces verification requirements, reporting requirements and testing standards for heat-recovery ventilators and energy-recovery ventilators.
  • For HRVs and ERVs manufactured on or after January 1, 2020, the Amendment will require the submission of energy efficiency reports and importation reports. Performance will be measured in accordance with testing standards currently required for ENERGY STAR certification.
  • There is no requirement for minimum efficiency levels.

Commercial Gas Storage Water Heaters - NEW product category

  • The amendment has two different sets of MEPS levels based on end use
  • Products other than replacement units that are manufactured on or after Jul 1, 2023 need to be at condensing levels.
  • Products that are manufactured on or after Jul 1, 2023 and marked as replacement units, need to meet U.S. levels.

Products requiring condensing technology

Amendment 15 requires condensing technology for the following products

  • Residential gas instantaneous water heaters (manufactured on or after Jan 1, 2020)
  • Household hot water gas boilers (manufactured on or after Jul 1, 2023)
  • Comm. gas boilers (manufactured on or after Jan 1, 2025)
  • Comm. gas instantaneous water heaters (manufactured on or after July 1, 2023)

Products aligning with US DOE requirements

Amendment 15 sets MEPS & testing requirements for the following manufactured products to align with U.S. requirements.

  • Furnace fans for residential electric furnace (manufactured on or after Jul 3, 2019)
  • Household steam gas boilers (manufactured on or after Jan 15, 2021)
  • Household oil boilers (manufactured on or after Jan 15, 2021)
  • Comm. oil boilers (manufactured on or after Jan 1, 2021)
  • Comm. gas storage water heaters – marked as replacement units (manufactured on or after Jul 1, 2023)
  • Comm. oil water heaters (manufactured on or after Jan 1, 2020)
  • Comm. electric water heaters (manufactured on or after Jan 1, 2020)

Amendment 16:

Amendment 16 aligns standards with the U.S. to remove or avoid unnecessary regulatory differences.

List of HVACR Products Affected by Amendment 16:

Residential Products

-      Central air conditioners and heat pumps (off mode)

-      Miscellaneous refrigeration products – NEW product category

Commercial and Industrial Products

-      Chillers

-      Refrigerated vending machines

-      Single package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps

-      Walk-in coolers and freezers

-      Commercial / industrial pumps

 
The actual regulatory texts for Amendment 16 can be found here:

While you can refer to below notes in regards to main changes in Amendment 16, HRAI also encourages you to go to above link and review the regulatory texts that are applicable to your products of interest.

Key Changes in Amendment 16:

Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (off mode)

The amendment introduces MEPS levels for off-mode energy consumption applicable to central air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured on or after Jul. 1, 2017. The MEPS levels ae aligned with current U.S. levels.

Products aligning with U.S. requirements

Amendment 16 will set MEPS & testing requirements for the following manufactured products to align with requirements in U.S.

  • Clean water pumps (manufactured on or after Jan. 27, 2020)
  • Miscellaneous refrigeration products (manufactured on or after Oct. 28, 2019)
  • Chillers (manufactured on or after Dec. 31, 2019)
  • Refrigerated vending machines (manufactured on or after Jan. 8, 2019)
  • Single package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps < 19 kW  (manufactured on or after Sep. 23, 2019)
  • Single package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps ≥ 19 kW and < 39.5 kW (manufactured on or after Oct. 9, 2015)
  • Single package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps ≥ 39.5 kW (manufactured on or after Oct. 9, 2016)
  • Walk-in coolers and freezers (manufactured on or after Jul. 10, 2020)

For more information, contact Chang Lee or Caroline Czajko.