Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee

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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 will be hosting a two day public meeting for ASRAC's working group for Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps. The meeting will be held on August 23, 2018 from 9am to 5pm and on August 24, 2018 from 9am to 1pm. The public meeting will be held at the U.S Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20585. If you plan on attending the meeting in person please register by sending your name and company information via email to ASRAC@ee.doe.gov. In addition, you can attend the public meeting via webinar. To register for the webinar on August 23, 2018 click here and to register for the webinar on August 24, 2018 click here.

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
Ashley Armstrong;  U.S. Department of Energy
Jeremy Babb;  United Technologies Corporation
Daniel Bressette;  Alliance to Save Energy
James Broughel;  George Mason University
Kristen Driskell;  California Energy Commission
Tom Eckman; NW Power and Conservation Council
Jill Hootman; Trane Commercial HVAC/Unitary
Marshall Hunt; California Investor Owned Utilities
Diane Jakobs;  Rheem Manufacturing Co.
Rob Lafleur;  Midea America Research Center
Joanna Mauer; Appliance Standards Awareness Project
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; Johnson Controls, Inc.
David Winningham; Lennox International, Allied Air Enterprises Division

Activity Date Webinar Registration Registration
VRF Working Group Public Meeting

August 23, 2018

August 24, 2018

Webinar Registration

Webinar Registration

Email ASRAC@ee.doe.gov to register for the in-person meeting!
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 and Freezers Working Group

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 loacted 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 rulemamking 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.

  • Co-Chair - Mr. Andrew deLaski;  Appliance Standards Awareness Project
  • Ms. Ashley Armstrong;  U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ms. Jennifer Cleary;  Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
  • Ms. Kristen Driskell;  California Energy Commission
  • Co-Chair - Mr. Dave Gatto;  Westinghouse Lighting
  • Mr. Charles Hon;  True Manufacturing
  • Mr. Noah Horowitz;  Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Ms. Diane Jakobs;  Rheem Manufacturing Co.
  • Ms. Michelle Sim;  SoCal Gas Company
  • Mr. Dave Winningham;  Lennox International
  • Mr. Michael Wolf;  Greenheck Fan Corporation
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.