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On May 16, 24 & 25, 2017, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) hosted webinars to provide stakeholders with the details on the Amendment 15 proposed regulations being considered for the following HVAC products – gas furnaces, chillers and H/ERVs.
A summary of Amendment 15 proposed regulations on gas furnaces, chillers and H/ERVs is provided below.
Gas furnaces (≤ 400,000 Btu/h)

  • Increase the MEPS to 95% AFUE for singe-phase, indoor and through-the-wall gas furnaces (≤ 225,000 Btu/h) that are manufactured on or after July 3, 2019.
  • Reference CSA 2.3-2016 as a new testing standard for three-phase gas furnaces and gas furnaces that have an input rate of > 225,000 Btu/h.
  • Revise the definition of gas furnace so that gas furnaces for manufactured homes will need to meet the new 95% AFUE MEPS.
    Gas furnaces for recreational vehicles or park model trailers will require to be marked as only for use in recreational vehicles or park model trailers, and there will be no required MEPS.
  • Increase MEPS to align with ASHRAE 90.1-2013 levels for products manufactured on or after December 31, 2019.
  • Reference AHRI 551/591-2011 with Addendum 1 and revised CSA C743-09 standard as new testing standard.
  • There are no new requirements for absorption chillers.
    H/ERVs (New Product Category)
  • Introduce new energy efficiency reporting requirements for H/ERV products manufactured on or after October 1, 2019
  • Reference revised CSA C439-09 as a testing standard
  • There is no new MEPS being considered for Amendment 15

NRCan has posted Amendment 15 technical bulletin for gas furnaces, chillers, and H/ERVs on its website to outline the regulatory changes being considered for these product categories.
NRCan is currently looking for stakeholder comments on the Amendment 15 proposed regulations for the above products with the following revised due dates.

For gas furnaces, comment period is due June 16, 2017
For chillers, comment period is due June 15, 2017
For H/ERVs, comment period is due June 15, 2017

HRAI and AHRI plan to submit joint comments on the above Technical Bulletins to NRCan.  If you have any comments that you would like us to consider submitting, please forward them to Caroline Czajko at cczajko@hrai.ca by Friday June 9, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact either Caroline Czajko at cczajko@hrai.ca or Chang Lee at clee@hrai.ca.