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Last June, HRAI and AHRI jointly submitted comments to the Québec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources in response to a draft regulation respecting the energy efficiency of electrical or hydrocarbon-fueled appliances, posted in the Gazette on May 16, 2018.  

Read the draft regulation

Concerns expressed pertaining to the draft regulation took into account the following:

  • retaining only an Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio (IEER) for large air-cooled air conditioners and heat pumps;
  • retaining only an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) for large water and evaporatively-cooled air conditioners and heat pumps;
  • to support harmonization with DOE on COP values for large heat pumps;
  • third-party testing for products without certification programs specifically water and evaporative-cooled products in addition to dedicated outdoor air systems (DX-DOAS); and
  • support for the use of mathematical models (alternative efficiency determination methods /AEDM).

(HRAI and AHRI have expressed similar concerns to NRCan, in relation to Amendment 14 to the Federal Energy Efficiency Regulations.)

HRAI recently learned the Québec regulation was not adopted during the last cabinet meeting of August 15, 2018. The National Assembly has now been dissolved, with elections coming up on October 1, 2018. No new regulation will be passed until the formation of the next cabinet (mid-October). Staff from Transition énergétique Québec plan to brief the new Minister about the urgency to update the regulation as soon as the new appointment is announced.  HRAI and AHRI will keep members informed as this issue unfolds.

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