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The Ontario Ministry of Energy is proposing to amend  Ontario Energy Efficiency Regulation (O. Reg. 404/12).  A complete list of proposed updates to energy efficiency requirements and/or testing methods for 15 products (2 new and 13 existing), and one revoked product, can be found under the Environmental Registry. The below list highlights 7 out of the 15 products which impact the HVACR industry. In addition to this, please see the attached Draft Technical Sheet which highlights all proposed changes in greater detail.

1)      Induction motor, three-phase, 0.746 to 375 kW (1 to 500 horsepower) up to 600 volts, 50/60 or 60 Hz: For motors regulated by DOE, the proposed amendment would harmonize, using rolling incorporation, the test method, scope and efficiency requirements with the corresponding requirements that came into force on June 1, 2016 under the DOE Regulation. The proposed compliance date is January 1, 2018. The existing requirements for motor types or sizes not covered under the DOE Regulation would be updated to harmonize with NRCan’s proposed requirements.

2)      Air conditioner or heat pump, at least 19 kW (65,000 Btu/h), excluding packaged terminal or single-package vertical of any size: The proposed amendment would align efficiency requirements with the corresponding efficiency requirements that will come into force on January 1, 2018 under the DOE Regulation, and revise the scope to exclude air conditioners and heat pumps with a cooling capacity above 223 kW (760,000 Btu/h). There would be no changes to the test method. The proposed compliance date is January 1, 2018. 

3)      Packaged terminal air conditioners: The proposed amendment would harmonize, using rolling incorporation, the test method, scope and efficiency requirements with the corresponding requirements that will come into force on January 1, 2017 under the DOE Regulation. The proposed compliance date is July 1, 2017. 

4)      Residential oil-fired boilers, less than 88 kW (300,000 Btu/h): The proposed amendment would align efficiency requirements with the corresponding efficiency requirements that will come into force on January 15, 2021under the DOE Regulation. It would also clarify the scope and propose referencing DOE’s test method using rolling incorporation. The proposed compliance date is January 15, 2021. 

5)      Residential gas-fired boilers, less than 88 kW (300,000 Btu/h): The proposed amendment would align efficiency requirements with the corresponding efficiency requirements that will come into force on January 15, 2021 under the DOE Regulation. It would also propose referencing DOE’s test method using rolling incorporation. The proposed compliance date is January 15, 2021. 

6)      Gas-fired vented fireplaces: The proposed amendment would update the test method and set a prescriptive efficiency requirement to disallow the use of continuously burning pilots (i.e. “constant burning pilots” or “standing pilot”) for this product. The proposed compliance date is January 1, 2021. 

7)      Ceiling fan lighting kits: The proposed amendment would harmonize the efficiency requirements with NRCan’s proposed efficiency requirements published in their technical bulletin for ceiling fan lighting kits in May 2016. It would also revise the scope and update the test method to reference the most recent edition of the existing test method, CSA C22.2 No. 250.0-08 Luminaires. The proposed efficiency requirements would also be in line with the corresponding efficiency requirements that will come into force on January 7, 2019 under the DOE Regulation. The proposed compliance date is January 7, 2019.

HRAI is asking members to review proposed amendments and submit any comments to Caroline Czajko (cczajko@hrai.ca) by August 12th, 2016.