HEATING 2015 new commercial products New commercial product descriptions and a comprehensive product grid start on page 6 SHOWCASE THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NEWSMAGAZINE SINCE 1926 OCTOBER 5, 2015 | $5.00 | ONLINE AT WWW.ACHRNEWS.COM | DOE Settles Another HVAC Lawsuit Litigation necessary, again, to overcome ‘unfeasible, unjustiﬁ able’ standards BY JEN ANESI THE NEWS STAFF T he U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently settled a lawsuit challenging its June 3, 2014, Final Rule that set 19 new energy con-servation standards for walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF), including standards for panels and doors. The settlement vacated several contentious parts of the rule and remanded them for rulemaking while delaying the enforcement date of the remaining standards. The settlement is a victory for the manufacturers and contractors who may have been substantially harmed by the standards had they remained in place. Yet, many in the industry are concerned about the growing need to litigate in order to ensure regulations are developed properly and fairly. NECESSARY LITIGATION In the lawsuit, which the Air-Condi-tioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Insti-tute (AHRI) and Lennox Intl. Inc. filed jointly on Aug. 4, 2014, the petitioners argued the DOE had made multiple errors when promulgating its Final Rule and had set standards that were neither technically feasible nor economically justifiable for manufacturers and installers. But, before AHRI and Lennox took the matter to the courts, they petitioned the DOE to recon-sider its rule outside of court. ■ See DOE | Page 31 Reliability, Versatility Strengthen Commercial Heat Pump Market FYI HVAC BRIEFS C BY JOANNA R. TURPIN THE NEWS STAFF COMMERCIAL CONTRACTOR Environmental Systems Design (Chi-cago) promoted Julie DeNardis to senior vice president. DeNardis most recently served as director of the company’s DENARDIS Abu Dhabi office. ommercial buildings in the U.S. consume a lot of energy, much of it attributable to their HVAC systems. In fact, some estimates indicate as much as 40 percent of the elec-tricity used in commercial buildings goes to the heating and cooling systems, which is why building owners and managers are taking a closer look at the new crop of energy-efficient heat pumps. These new heat pumps include the traditional rooftop and split-system vari-ety, as well as geothermal and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems. Many include cutting-edge technologies, such as inverter-driven compressors and vari-able-speed controls, which help improve comfort, increase reliability, and lower energy bills. All these features appeal to those building owners and managers who are looking to curb energy costs without sacrificing comfort. MANUFACTURERS LG Electronics USA (Alpharetta, Georgia) named Kevin McNamara senior vice president of sales and operations for LG’s U.S. Air Conditioning Systems business. Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division (Suwanee, Georgia) named David Gilles director of commercial business in the west GILLES business unit. Vibration and Seismic Technologies (St. Louis) was granted an exclusive license to manufacture and market Seismic Wire Rope/Cable Bracing products by Duggan-Werner Inc. (Chesterfield, Missouri). continued on Page 5 HEAT PUMP BOOM The growth in popularity of heat pumps, both residential and commercial, can often be linked to economics, said ■ See HEAT PUMPS | Page 32 COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONS: Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) equipment is becoming a popular choice among commercial HVAC contractors as they seek to increase sales and differentiate themselves from the competition. Get on Your iPad Now! Download The NEWS HD at iTunes App Store Quarterly iPad Issues with Exclusive Interactive Content! A end this FREE Webinar! # achrnewswebinars TXVsContaminationSticking andTroubleshooting DATETUESDAYOCT | TIMEPMEST Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com.