On behalf of energy efficiency stakeholders, NEEP is pleased to be housing the Cold Climate Air-Source Heat Pump (ccASHP) Specification (now on V3.0) and Product List. Background on the development of the ccASHP specification and details on listing products are below.
Clean Energy and energy efficiency stakeholders from the region lack confidence that the existing heating performance metric (HSPF) for air source heat pumps provides the necessary information to adequately characterize heating performance across the heating season, particularly at low temperatures. In addition, supplemental information provided by manufacturers to demonstrate performance in cold temperatures is not standardized or consistent. The current performance metric (HSPF) does not include low temperature testing points below 17°F, assumes the use of electric resistance elements, and tests in steady-state operation (as opposed to allowing modulation). These deficiencies add up to measurements that do not accurately reflect performance of the latest generation of air source heat pumps.
In order to address stakeholder concerns about these deficiencies, a group of interested stakeholders - working together as part of the Air Source Heat Pump and Smart Controls Initiative (facilitated by NEEP) - developed the specification to better characterize heat pump performance (now on V3.0). Initiative participants include energy efficiency program administrators, heat pump installers, state energy office staff, and technology experts.
Over two-dozen manufacturers of leading high-performing cold climate ASHPs have chosen to list their products on NEEP's list. These products not only demonstrate their ability to perform in colder temperatures, but also help support a broader market transformation initiative. For a manufacturer, listing your products will increase not only the visibility of your high performance products, but also the ease of access to regional and national program incentives. Programs throughout the region and beyond are referencing the NEEP ccASHP product list for their incentives. See program summary for details (updated Feb 2019)
In 2019, NEEP published an updated ccASHP product list based on ccASHP specification V3.0. NEEP also moved from an excel-based list to an enhanced database that provides a more consumer friendly format to easily access the available product information. In addition to making it easier for customers to find ccASHPs, the new website streamlines the manufacturer listing process as well.
New in 2019: Database & Manufacturer Listing Process
Instead of providing product applications via an excel-based form, manufacturers will access the new website to provide their application information through an online portal. Starting in 2019, NEEP will charge an annual manufacturer product listing fee for products to be listed on this multifunctional ccASHP product list. Annual fees will have to be up-to-date for a product to be listed in the enhanced database.Throughout the year, manufacturers can use the portal to update or join the product list. Each January, manufacturers will be asked to renew their listing fee.
$5,000 – For manufacturers listing 1-10 products on the NEEP List in the calendar year
$7,500 – For manufacturers listing 11-50 products on the NEEP List in the calendar year
$10,000 – For manufacturers listing more than 50 products on the NEEP list in the calendar year
Manufacturers will use the new portal to submit all new products. If in listing additional products, a manufacturer’s total number of listed products reaches a new product threshold, they will be required to pay the new balance (e.g. if a manufacturer lists eight products on April 1st and makes payment for $5,000 (1-10 product category), and then later in the year adds five new products for a new total of 13 listed products, they would be required to make a new payment of $2,500 because they now fall in the 11-50 product category)