CEE Commercial Unitary Air-conditioning and Heat Pumps Specification

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Date Published

January 12, 2016


In support of the High Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Initiative, CEE publishes the CEE Commercial Unitary AC and HP Specification, which provides high efficiency performance specifications for the following types of equipment:

  • air-, water, and evaporatively-cooled unitary air conditioners;
  • air- and water-source unitary heat pumps;
  • air cooled variable refrigerant flow multisplit air conditioners; and
  • air- and water-source variable refrigerant flow multisplit heat pumps

The Specification provides consensus definitions of efficient performance for use as a basis for CEE member's commercial air conditioning and heat pump programs. By harmonizing programs around a common performance specification, CEE members collectively create a strong market pull to increase the availability of efficient equipment in US and Canadian markets. The Specification was updated on January 12, 2016. The 2012-2015 version of the specification is available here.

Please note that a minor correction was made to the Specification on February 17, 2016. The correct tier 1 HSPF requirement for single packge heat pumps less than 65,000 Btu/h is 8.2 HSPF or higher.

Note on 2018 Federal Minimums

New US federal minimum energy conservation standards (federal minimums) for unitary air-conditioning and heat pump equipment ≥65,000 Btu/h and <760,000 Btu/h took effect January 1, 2018. The Commercial Air-conditioning and Heat Pumps Committee is considering revisions to the High Efficiency Commercial Air-conditining and Heat Pumps Initiative that ensure its continued market relevance and role. The Committee has agreed on a proposal to revise the CEE Commercial Unitary AC and HP Specification. CEE distributed the revision proposal to industry partners for a sixty-day review period on November 17 with a comment deadline of January 26, 2018. Following the completion of the industry review period, CEE staff will convene the Committee to consider the full slate of industry comments and determine if modifications need to be made, and if additional industry review would be necessary or beneficial. While subject to Board approval, revisions to CEE commercial unitary equipment specifications are anticipated during the first quarter of 2018 to take effect prior to the 2018 cooling season.

Please refer back to this library card for future updates.