New Energy Efficiency Law Could be Boon for HVAC Industry

May 1, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

HVACPresident Obama signed into law the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act sponsored by Senators Portman and Shaheen.

The bill includes provisions to promote commercial building energy-use benchmarking and disclosure.

Omar Talpur, analyst for Security and Building Technologies at IHS says while it is presently unclear in the current language of the bill how commercial building energy-use information will be accessible to the general public, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry could benefit from such disclosure.

Talpur says, “If information on energy usage of buildings was accessible to the public, building owners and businesses that were found to use an exorbitant amount of energy could be put under pressure by environmental advocacy groups and the general public to find ways to cut power consumption. This could be an important development in promoting energy efficiency as many political leaders at the state and federal levels are unwilling to pass prescriptive and punitive energy reform measures for the fear of being branded anti-business. The bad public relations which could arise from the disclosure of energy consumption could force buildings to upgrade old and inefficient HVAC equipment at a faster rate and also invest in more comprehensive HVAC controls systems.”

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3 comments on “New Energy Efficiency Law Could be Boon for HVAC Industry

  1. It never ceases to amuse me how legislators think they can summon Utopia merely by passing a bill — waving a magic wand, as it were. Actually, these bills do nothing except cause disruption and waste. Technological improvements follow naturally from economic pressures and take decades to implement, as old systems are gradually replaced by new ones.

  2. Gunner, you’re comments are quite off base and narrow. No one is claiming this is the utopia bill. This bill will encourage HVAC efficiencies and build more transparency for tenants and prospective tenants. I am an energy manager for the world’s largest property management company, representing one of the largest banks in the world and I can tell you we look for this information when leasing space already, if the landlord can’t provide it, we pass on the space, regardless of any other factors. Building energy use is already a common metric in most of Europe, and for high tenancy clients like mine, as well as landlords and property owners that aren’t decades behind standard service delivery this is a huge plus. The only negatives will be for those landlords that have attempted to mislead potential tenants about what they can expect their utility or HVAC bill to be, and this will actually make their space available to larger mature tenants because right now we ignore those spaces without a second thought. Perhaps you’re with one of those companies? As for technological improvements happening naturally… either you’ve been living under a rock or you’re just blind to the fact that economic pressure has not resulted in fast enough natural technological – if it had we wouldn’t need this bill, which we sorely do.

  3. This bill also prepares Commercial sector to participate in EE credit trading for EPA 111(d). Having consistent benchmarks and measurement and verification creates a common commodity. I am still dubious about turning EE into a traded commodity.

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