For all businesses, households and the Australian government finding innovative ways to lower energy costs and reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions has never been so critical.

Effective 1st April 2020, a new Determination under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012 will affect the energy performance requirements of newly registered industrial, commercial and residential air conditioners up to 65kW.

As part of the change, a new Zoned Energy Rating Label will be introduced that will display star ratings and annual energy consumption levels specific to three different climate zones, enabling buyers to choose one that best suits their needs and where they live.

The new 2019 Determination means;

  • Australia has adopted into regulations the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) standard for rating air conditioner energy efficiency based on climate zones.
  • Air conditioners up to 65kW will be rated by how efficiently they work within newly introduced climate zones (hot, average and cold).
  • Consumers will be able to choose the air conditioner that best suits them based on which climate zone they live in using the new Zoned Energy Rating Label.
  • The new regulations call up standards that are better equipped to take account of the significant impact the climate has on the performance of air conditioners.
  • The Determination covers portable single duct air conditioners ensuring they are made subject to Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for the first time, allowing consumers to fairly compare their performance to non-portable options.
  • For double duct portable air conditioners, the Determination reduces MEPS and applies the Zoned Energy Rating Label.
  • Another step forward in Australia reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

The change will impact all air conditioner manufacturers and distributors. It is imperative that the industry is aware of the new requirements and that all air conditioners, registered after 1st April 2020, comply with the new Determination.

But why wait until 2020 to act? Making design changes to your air conditioners now will thrust you ahead of the game, allowing you ample time to make other necessary modifications required to meet the new standards.

With NATA accredited laboratories and technical expertise, Vipac can work with you to test your air conditioners to ensure that they are compliant in the lead up to April 2020.

If you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Dora Bettridge or Marcus Klein in our air conditioner/performance testing team.