NAECA 2015 Regulation Information

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as part of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), issued Final Rule energy efficiency mandates in April 2010. This new update, effective April 16, 2015, will require higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings on almost all residential gas, electric, oil and tankless gas water heaters. While NAECA 2015 only applies to products manufactured for sale in the U.S., these far-reaching new requirements will have important impacts on water heating manufacturers, distributors, installers and consumers.

Richmond is Ready to Help You Make the Transition

Richmond is committed to helping both partners and consumers maximize the positive impact of new energy- and cost-saving technologies on their homes, businesses and the earth. So when it comes to meeting — and exceeding — NAECA 2015 standards, we’re ahead of the game. With a complete portfolio of advanced products and resources, Richmond is ready to help you turn new national efficiency requirements into business opportunities.

Regulation Standards

NAECA 2015 Compliant Models
DESCRIPTION MODEL NUMBER ENERY FACTOR (EF)
12-Year Powered Damper 12G40-40E2 0.69
12-Year Powered Damper 12G40S-40E2 0.67
12-Year Powered Damper 12G50-40E2 0.67
12-Year Powered Damper 12G50S-40E2 0.67
12-Year Atmospheric 12GR40-40F 0.62
12-Year Atmospheric 12GR40S-40F 0.62
12-Year Atmospheric 12GR50-40F 0.62
9-Year Powered Damper 9G40-40E2 0.69
9-Year Powered Damper 9G40S-40E2 0.67
9-Year Powered Damper 9G50-40E2 0.68
9-Year Powered Damper 9G50S-40Es 0.67
High Efficiency Condensing Power Direct Vent 6RHE40S 0.82
High Efficiency Condensing Power Direct Vent 6RHE50 0.82
6-Year XR90 Induced Draft 6G30-60 0.7
6-Year Powered Damper 6G40-40E2 0.69
6-Year Powered Damper 6G40S-40E2 0.67
6-Year Powered Damper 6G50-40E2 0.68
6-Year Powered Damper 6G50S-40E2 0.67
6-Year Atmospheric 6GR40-40F 0.62
6-Year Atmospheric 6GR50-40F 0.62
Power Vent 6GR40PVE2-40 0.67
Power Vent 6GR40SPVE2-36 0.67
Power Vent 6GR50PVE2-42 0.67
Power Vent 6GR50PVE2-36 0.67
Power vent with Electronic Control 6GR40PVE2-40E 0.67
Power vent with Electronic Control 6GR50PVE2-42E 0.67
Power Vent Ultra Low NOx 6G40PV-36FN 0.67
Power Vent Ultra Low NOx 6G50PV-38FN 0.67
Power Direct Vent 6G40PDV-40 0.67
Power Direct Vent 6G50PDV-40 0.67
Power Direct Vent 6G50PDV-65 0.62
Ultra Low NOx Powered Damper 12G40-36NE2 0.68
Ultra Low NOx Powered Damper 12G50-36NE2 0.68
Ultra Low NOx Powered Damper 9G40-36NE2 0.68
Ultra Low NOx Powered Damper 9G50-36NE2 0.68
Ultra Low NOx Powered Damper 6G40-36NE2 0.67
Ultra Low NOx Powered Damper 6G50-36NE2 0.67
Ultra Low NOx 12G40V-38FN 0.62
Ultra Low NOx 12G50V-40FN 0.62
Ultra Low NOx 6G40V-38FN 0.62
Ultra Low NOx 6G50V-36FN 0.62
DESCRIPTION MODEL NUMBER ENERY FACTOR (EF)
High Efficiency Condensing Tankless RMTGH-95DVLN 0.94
High Efficiency Condensing Tankless RMTGH-95XLN 0.94
High Efficiency Condensing Tankless RMTGH-84DVLN 0.92
High Efficiency Condensing Tankless RMTGH-84XLN 0.92
Mid-Efficiency Tankless RMTG-95DVLN 0.82
Mid-Efficiency Tankless RMTG-95XLN 0.82
Mid-Efficiency Tankless RMTG-84DVLN 0.82
Mid-Efficiency Tankless RMTG-84XLN 0.82
Mid-Efficiency Tankless RMTG-64DVLN 0.82
Mid-Efficiency Tankless RMTG-64XLN 0.82
DESCRIPTION MODEL NUMBER ENERY FACTOR (EF)
Hybrid Heat Pump HB50RM 2.45
6-Year Utility Electric 6EMR40-2 0.95
6-Year Utility Electric 6ER50-2 0.95
Table Top 8TV40-2 0.88

*Most gas models are also available in LP.

What Do These Changes Mean for Contractors?

Higher call volumes and higher sales
New technologies and installation requirements will lead to increasing consumer demand.

Relationship-building opportunities with consumers
Homeowners will rely more heavily on professional installers when choosing, installing, maintaining and using advanced water heaters.

Smaller price gaps between standard products and existing high efficiency products
This could make it easier for consumers to select a higher efficiency system. (NOTE: Space/footprint will still be a crucial factor in determining the best products to offer homeowners.)

Increases in manpower and resources required for storage and installation
New technologies and larger units mean installations may require two installers, and additional installation equipment.

New considerations when choosing an installation location
This includes space requirements for larger-sized replacements, additional technologies (like condensate management) and access to electrical for some gas models.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE LINKS

US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Energy.gov
Contractor Magazine Article – Navigating the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act

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