Several HVAC industry groups are suing to stop Albuquerque, N.M., from imposing its own equipment efficiency standards.
group of HVAC equipment makers, contractors and distributors is challenging an
attempt by Albuquerque, N.M., to impose its own equipment efficiency
Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute; the Heating,
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International; the Air
Conditioning Contractors of America; and 11 local HVAC distributors and
contractors filed suit July 3 in the 10th U.S. District Court. The suit alleges
that Albuquerque lacks the right to set its own standards for
residential and commercial heating and air-conditioning equipment under federal
passed a ordinance last year that requires air conditioners installed in new or
existing structures to have at least a 14 seasonal energy-efficiency rating -
one point higher than the federal minimum - and residential furnaces to have a
90 percent annual fuel utilization efficiency rating. Current federal law
requires a 78 percent efficiency rating.
generally ban state and local regulation of the energy efficiency of these
products, unless a waiver has been granted by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The suit says the city of Albuquerque has not asked for a waiver.
Groups challenge city rules in court
August 11, 2008