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ENERGY STAR HVAC Quality Installation Program March 11, 2008.

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1 ENERGY STAR HVAC Quality Installation Program March 11, 2008

2 Potential Losses per Installation Air Flow over Indoor Coil (70% inadequate) Refrigerant Charge (62% improperly charged) Equipment Sizing (50% oversized) Duct Leakage is significant (Total leakage averaged 35% in the pilots) Source: C. Neme, J. Proctor, S. Nadel, National Energy Savings Potential from Addressing Residential HVAC Installation Problems, 1999 Installation issues reduce capacity by up to 30 percent! Or put another way… a SEER 13 performs like a SEER 10 % of Cooling Delivered 60% 65% 70% 75% 80% 85% 90% 95% 100% Quality InstallationLow airflowLow Airflow + Improper Charge Low Airflow + Improper Charge + Duct Leakage Cooling Delivered

3 The HVAC Market More than 53 percent of all existing homes have central air conditioning (Source CEE) Four out of five new homes constructed today are built with central air conditioners (Source CEE) In 2006, 7,069,296 unitary air conditioners and heat pumps were shipped from U.S. factories (Source ARI) ACCA estimates that 60% to 70% of the shipments were for replacement Reason for System Replacement (Source Decision Analyst) 49% due to system failure 39% planned replacement Residential AC Market (Source CEE) Annual BTUs0.55 quadrillion % of U.S. Residential Site Electricity Consumption 14% Annual Consumer Cost$13.8 billion

4 How HVAC QI Meets Utilities' Goals Average estimated savings from HVAC QI Estimated peak electricity demand savings HomesAnnual per-house savings North (Indianapolis, IN) South (Jackson, MS) Existing1300 kWh1900 kWh National New1000 kWh Assumptions: New system corrects typical install problems Duct leakage reduced from 35%to 20% Duct insulation increased from R2 to R6 Proper charge Proper airflow Proper sizing LocationPer-house peak AC demand savings Fort Worth, TX1.3 KW Jacksonville, FL1 KW

5 Cost Benefit of QI Location13 SEER Annual Operating Cost 30-percent Savings from QI QI Savings over 5 Years Boston$163$48$244 Washington, DC$261$78$390 Dallas, TX$488$146$732 Los Angeles, CA$261$78$390 Miami$782$234$1174 Savings based on 10 cents/kWh electricity price

6 Comparison of SEER versus QI Equipment SEERSavings Due to Equipment Efficiency* Savings Due to Quality Installation 130%30% 147%30% 1513%30% 1619%30% *13 SEER Baseline efficiency used for 3 ton unit

7 Barriers to Market Correction Even though there are large potential savings from improving installation practices the market has not corrected itself because: Consumers are unaware that improper installation affects efficiency and comfort (view HVAC similar to an appliance) Consumers do not know their performance is low (If cold air is blowing they dont usually complain) Installation technicians rely on rules of thumb Time is money business model Manufacturers are willing to absorb warranty claims for units that have failed because of installation issues Definition of a quality installation is not defined

8 Program Development Strategy StakeholderMarket BarrierStrategy Contractor/technician-Lack of qualified technicians -Rule of thumb practices -Time is money business model -Lack of defined elements that constitute a quality installation -Training is a program entry requirement -Proper measurement and reporting will help with system evaluation and minimize call backs -Worked with ACCA and other stakeholder to create HVAC QI Spec (now ANSI recognized) Customer- Lack understanding of HVAC installation and its relation to efficiency and comfort -Marketing material will make ES trusted 3 rd voice during sales call -Working with ACCA and CEE to improve consumer education Manufacturer- Warranty Claims- Working on technical solution for HVAC diagnostics

9 Program Scope Residential installations New and replacement systems Central air conditioning and air-source heat pump Rated capacity up to 65,000 BTU/H Homes with multiple systems must verify each unit separately ENERGY STAR qualified equipment encouraged

10 Stakeholder Roles in ES HVAC QI Utility Develop program standards, policies and procedures Manage program Recruit and train qualified contractors Program marketing Ensure installations meet program standards Contract and manage verifiers Issue ENERGY STAR certificates to homeowners Track and evaluate program success Report data to EPA Verifier Provide QA Provide feedback to contractors Contractor Fulfill program training requirements Fulfill program participation agreement as written by program administrator Provide marketing material to homeowner Perform installation to program standards Document and report installation information EPA Provide 3 rd party voice Assist with training development Provide technical support Work with stakeholders to improve installation practices

11 Third Party Basis for Program Design Implementation guide Marketing material Sample commissioning and verification reports Certificate Training for participating contractors

12 ENERGY STAR HVAC QI Guidelines Minimum requirements for installations under the program must meet the ANSI/ACCA HVAC Quality Installation Specification The QI Specification identifies consensus requirements associated with quality installations, acceptable procedures for measuring or verifying the attainment of those requirements, and acceptable forms of documentation to show compliance to the requirements.

13 Program Details – Sizing and Equipment Selection Requirements: Total capacity between 95% and 115% of calculated system load or next largest nominal piece of equipment Provide evidence of matched system Verification: Check to make sure load calculations were performed Check to make sure calculations are reasonable (dimensions and sketches, orientation, assumed duct leakage) Check for an ARI matched coils set

14 Program Details – Refrigerant Charge Requirements: Provide evidence that the system was properly charged via superheat, subcooling or a method specifically stated by the OEM. Verification: Refrigerant charge should be verified using the superheat or subcooling method. Check the commissioning report to ensure that system conditions were within requirements at time of test.

15 Program Details – Air Flow Requirements: Airflow across the coil is within the range recommended by the OEM product data (typically between 350 to 450 CFM per ton) Verification: Check the airflow across the coil using the pressure matching method, flow grid measurement method, or anemometer traverse.

16 Program Details – Duct Leakage Requirement (existing construction): The total duct leakage must be less than or equal to 20 percent airflow, or at least a 50 percent improvement over existing conditions. Or per local code if they exceed the specification Verification: Duct sealing should be verified using Duct pressurization test Blower door subtraction method Hybrid duct pressurization/blower door subtraction method

17 Program Details - Additional Elements Electrical Amperage, voltage check Wire sizing Grounding Self certified Controls Compatibility Sequencing Self certified

18 Pilot Results Sizing Results - Replacement units were typically 0.5 to 1.0 Tons smaller but still oversized per the guidelines Issues - Sizing is essentially self reporting (difficult to verify) - 1% Design temperatures Strategy- Focus on downsizing not right-sizing - Allow for micro climate design temperatures - Manual J training is an entry requirement Air Flow Results - 90% of verified sites passed the in- field verification Issues - Guidelines are not standard practice - Lack of proper equipment Strategy- Approved air flow technique training is an entry requirement - Verifier should use same method to ensure consistency Airflow per ton of Installed Capacity 250 300 350 400 450 500 05101520253035 Unit Number Airflow (CFM) Percent of Load Installed 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 95% 100%105%110%115%120%125%130% 135%140%145%150%155%160%165%170%175%180%185%190%200% Count

19 Pilot Results Charge Results – 70% of verified sites passed in-field verification Issues - Timeliness of verification (leaks) - Gauge calibration Strategy - Educate participants on the importance of calibration and make it part of the entry training Duct Leakage Results – 100% of verified sites passed in-field verification Issues- Standard practice in TX and CA but not elsewhere - Duct may need major repair which is expensive Strategy- Possible exclusion of duct leakage in the NE if ducts are in conditioned space 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Level 1 - Data ReviewLevel 2-Field Verification Submitted Passed

20 Cost of HVAC QI Baseline Installation – sized (rule of thumb), airflow not measured, refrigerant charge is estimated based on beer can cold, and ducts are not tested. EPA Guidelines for Quality Installation – Based on $75 per hour for technician HVAC QI Element Additional Time (Hours) Additional Cost ($) Sizing0.5$37.50 Charge0.5$37.50 Air Flow (Measure) 0.5$37.50 Air Flow (Correct) 0 to 2$0 - $150 Duct Testing1$75 Duct Sealing Variable $300 for boot seal to over $1,000 for return duct installation Total Cost (Low End)$200 Total cost (Mid Range)$550 Total Cost (High End)$1200 Average Cost$650

21 Cost Effectiveness of HVAC QI (ACO of SEER 13 - $782) Payback of HVAC QI (Miami) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 0%2%4%6%8%10%12%14%16%18%20%22%24%26%28% % Savings Payback (years) Low End ($200)Mid Range ($550)High End ($1200)Average Cost ($650)

22 Verification Level 1 Verification: Data review of Manual J calculations and commissioning report. The data review will include confirming that all required installation elements were performed using an approved method and check for data inconsistencies Level 2 Verification: In-field verification of the installation that follows established protocols. ACCA has established a committee that is currently working on HVAC QI verification protocols

23 Sampling Rates Program requirements : 1. All sites receive a Level 1 verification 2. Level 2 verification sampling protocols: Phase 1 - Level 2 verification protocols will be conducted on 3 of the first 5 installations submitted by a new contractor participant. Phase 2 – Level 2 verification protocols will be conducted on 20% of the next 25 installation submittals. Phase 3 – After successful completion of Phase 1 and 2 the partner may use Level 2 verification protocols at a rate of 5%.

24 Cost of verification Verifications cost approximately $300 per system Costs could decrease with the use of an automated remote verification systems (i.e. Checkme, Enalasys, Testo) Paid by the program administrator Contractors can not self verify

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