The Appliance and Equipment Standards Program established the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) in an effort to further improve the Department of Energy's (DOE) process of establishing energy efficiency standards for certain appliances and commercial equipment. ASRAC will allow DOE to use negotiated rulemaking as a means to engage all interested parties, gather data, and attempt to reach consensus on establishing energy efficiency standards. Rules drafted by negotiation may be more pragmatic and implemented at earlier dates than under a more traditional rulemaking process. To learn more about ASRAC's purpose and formation, please read the Committee's charter. To access the docket for ASRAC and all public files related to ASRAC, click here: EERE-2013-BT-NOC-0005. ASRAC has requested the most recent draft 5-year plan for test procedures and energy conservation standards.

The Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee was created as a discretionary advisory committee to provide advice and recommendations related to:

  • Development of minimum efficiency standards for appliances and equipment;
  • Development of product test procedures;
  • Certification and enforcement of standards,
  • Labeling for various appliances and equipment; and
  • Specific issues of concern to the Energy Department as requested by the Secretary of Energy, the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the Building Technologies Office.

 

Committee Meetings

DOE has published a Federal Register notice announcing a virtual open meeting of the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC). Click here to view the transcript. 

DOE has published a Federal Register notice announcing a meeting of the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC). Click here to view the transcript.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice announcing a meeting via webinar of the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC). The primary focus of this meeting will be the discussion and prioritization of topic areas on which ASRAC can assist the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program. 

DOE held a public meeting of the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee on January 10, 2018. You can view the transcript from that meeting here.

ASRAC is expected to meet twice per year, but may meet more often, as needed. It is expected that working groups or subcommittees for specific residential appliances or commercial equipment will meet more frequently. Meetings will be open to the public and will be announced in the Federal Register no later than 15 calendar days before the meetings, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Members of the public interested in attending meetings are required to email there full name, affiliation, and there citizenship to asrac@ee.doe.gov. If meetings are held in a DOE facility, non-US citizens will have to submit additional information well in advance, so early notification of DOE is essential.

Federal Register Notices Regarding ASRAC Meetings

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with the committee are included in Docket No. EERE-2013-BT-NOC-0005.

Working Groups

Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Working Group

On April 11th 2018 DOE published a notice of intent to establish a working group for VRF multi-split systems to negotiate a notice of proposed rulemaking for test procedures and energy conservations standards. All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket No. EERE-2018-BT-STD-0003. Public meeting dates and information are located on the Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps rulemaking webpage. The following is a complete list of the VRF Working Group members:

  • Michael Adams; GLUMAC, Tetra Tech
  • Ronald Balneg; California Energy Commission
  • Bob Whitwell;  United Technologies Corporation
  • Mikelann Screbo;  Alliance to Save Energy
  • James Broughel;  George Mason University
  • John Cymbalsky; U.S. Department of Energy
  • Tom Eckman; NW Power and Conservation Council
  • Jill Hootman; Trane Commercial HVAC/Unitary
  • Marshall Hunt; California Investor Owned Utilities
  • Diane Jakobs;  Rheem Manufacturing Co.
  • Marc Neufcourt; Midea America Research Center
  • Christopher Perry; American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
  • Laura Petrillo-Groh; Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute
  • Louis Starr; Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Rusty Tharp; Goodman Manufacturing Company
  • Arturo Thur de Koos; Fujitsu General American, Inc.
  • Douglas Tucker; Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
  • Joe Vukovich;  Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Wei Wang; GE Appliances, a Haier Company
  • David Winningham; Lennox International, Allied Air Enterprises Division
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Commercial Unitary Air Conditioners and Commercial Unitary Heat Pumps

On August 2, 2022 DOE published a notice of intent to establish a working group for Commercial Unitary Air Conditioner and Commercial Unitary Heat Pumps to negotiate a notice of proposed rulemaking for test procedures and energy conservations standards. Public meeting dates and information are located on the Air-Cooled Unitary Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps rulemaking webpage. The following is a complete list of the CUAC and CUHP Working Group members:

  • Ashley Armstrong (U.S. Department of Energy)
  • Joanna Mauer (Appliance Standards Awareness Project)
  • Dave Winningham (Lennox International)
  • Michael Adams (Glumac)
  • Mark Alatorre (Pacific Gas and Electric Company)
  • Curtis Caskey (Johnson Controls, Inc)
  • Jill Hootman (Trane Technologies)
  • Amy Kasson-Muzio (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
  • Kyle Kreuger (National Electrical Contractors Association
  • Patrick Riley (Carrier Global Corporation)
  • Kevin Rose (Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance)
  • Allison Skidd (Rheem Manufacturing Company)
  • Kevin Teakell (AAON, Inc.)
  • Rusty Tharp (Daikin Comfort Technologies Manufacturing, L.P.)
  • Joseph Vukovich (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Activity Date Webinar Registration In Person Registration
Working Group 10-11-2022 Click Here to Register! asrac@ee.doe.gov
Working Group 10-12-2022 Click Here to Register! asrac@ee.doe.gov
Working Group 11-9-2022 Click Here to Register! asrac@ee.doe.gov
Working Group 11-10-2022 Click Here to Register! asrac@ee.doe.gov
Working Group 11-29-2022 Click Here to Register! asrac@ee.doe.gov
Working Group 11-30-2022 Click Here to Register! asrac@ee.doe.gov
Working Group 12-14-2022 Click Here to Register! asrac@ee.doe.gov
Working Group 12-15-2022 Click Here to Register! asrac@ee.doe.gov
Circulator Pumps Working Group

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket No. EERE-2016-BT-STD-0004.  Public meeting dates and information will be located on the Circulator Pumps rulemaking webpage

Dedicated Pool Pumps Working Group

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket No. EERE-2015-BT-STD-0008.  Public meeting dates and information are located on the Pool Pumps rulemaking webpage.


Walk-in Coolers

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in the Docket No. EERE-2015-BT-STD-0016.  Public meeting dates and information are located on the Walk-in Coolers and Freezers rulemaking webpage.


Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Working Group

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in the Docket No. EERE-2014-BT-STD-0048. Public meeting dates and information are located on the Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps rulemaking webpage


Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products Working Group

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-STD-0043. Public meeting dates and information are located on the Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products rulemaking webpage.

Fans and Blowers Working Group

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket No. EERE-2013-BT-STD-0006.  Public meeting dates and information are located on the Fans and Blowers rulemaking webpage.

Commercial Package Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps and Commercial Warm Air Furnaces Working Group

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket Nos. EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007 and EERE-2013-BT-STD-0021. Public meeting dates and information are located on the Commercial Package Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps and Commercial Warm Air Furnaces rulemaking webpages. 

Regional Standards Enforcement Working Group

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-CE-0077. Public meeting dates and information are located on the Enforcement of Regional Standards for Residential Furnaces, Central Air Conditioners, and Heat Pumps rulemaking webpage


Manufactured Housing Working Group

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket No. EERE-2009-BT-BC-0021. Public meeting dates and information are located on the Manufactured Housing rulemaking webpage.


Commercial/Industrial Pumps Working Group

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket No. EERE-2013-BT-NOC-0039. Public meeting dates and information are located on the Commercial and Industrial Pumps rulemaking website


Commercial Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning, Water Heating, and Refrigeration Certification Working Group

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket No. EERE-2013-BT-NOC-0023. Public meeting dates and information are located on the Commercial Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning, Water Heating, and Refrigeration Certification rulemaking webpage.


ASRAC Members

Committee members have been appointed with staggered term limits to ensure continuity in the functioning of the Committee. As reflected in the charter, Committee members shall be experts in their respective fields including, but not limited to: energy efficiency and appliance and commercial equipment standards; or as representatives of industry (including manufacturers and trade associations representing manufacturers, component manufacturers and related suppliers, and retailers), utilities, energy efficiency/environmental advocacy groups and consumers. At least one Energy Department employee will be appointed to the Committee to represent the interests of the Department.

•    Ms. Ashley Armstrong; U.S. Department of Energy
•    Mr. Vincent Barnes; Alliance to Save Energy
•    Mr. Chris Corcoran; The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
•    Mr. Chandra Gollapudi; Samsung HVAC America
•    Mr. Charles Hon; True Manufacturing Company
•    Ms. Joanna Mauer; Appliance Standards Awareness Project
•    Ms. Nandini Mouli; eSai, LLC
•    Mr. Nicholaus Struven; California Energy Commission
•    Chair - Mr. Dave Winningham; Lennox International

 

Contact Information

For more information concerning the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee, please email: asrac@ee.doe.gov. Sign-up to receive email updates regarding ASRAC.