Single package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps

Energy Efficiency Regulations


Amendment 14 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations was published in Canada Gazette Part II on October 31, 2018. While some provisions come into force upon publication, most provisions of this Amendment will come into force on April 30, 2019. The Guide to the Regulations will be updated with new requirements for affected products in time for the coming-into-force of the Amendment.

Regulatory definition

Single package vertical air-conditioner, a single package commercial air conditioner that is air-cooled and encased, with or without heating capability but not a heat pump.

Single package vertical heat pump, a single package commercial heat pump that is air-cooled, encased and uses reverse cycle refrigeration as its primary heat source. The major components of both are arranged vertically and are intended for mounting through, or on either side of, an exterior wall.

Compliance date

Manufactured on or after January 1, 2011

Testing standard

CSA C746-06

Energy efficiency regulations by province

Some provinces also have their own energy efficiency regulations for many of the federally regulated products – find out which ones!

Energy efficiency standard

Energy performance Levels standard for single package vertical air conditioners (SPVAC) and heat pumps (SPVHP)
Product type Mode Size Minimum efficiency requirement
SPVAC and SPVHP Cooling < 65 000 Btu/h EER = 9.0
≥ 65 000 to <135 000 Btu/h EER = 8.9
≥ 135 000 Btu/h EER = 8.6
SPVHP Heating < 65 000 Btu/h COP = 3.0
≥ 65 000 to <135 000 Btu/h COP = 3.0
≥ 135 000 Btu/h COP = 2.9
COP = Coefficient of performance
EER = Energy efficiency ratio
kW = watts
Btu/h = British thermal units per hour

Energy efficiency report requirements

  • name of product
  • brand name
  • model number
  • manufacturer
  • name of the certification body or province whose verification mark will be on the product or its package
  • AHRI classification
  • cooling capacity in kW (Btu/h)
  • energy efficiency ratio (EER)
  • heating capacity in kW (Btu/h) (Single package vertical heat pump)
  • heating coefficient of performance (COP) (Single package vertical heat pump)

Download the energy efficiency reporting template.

This document does not constitute part of the Energy Efficiency Act (Act) or its associated regulations.  This document is an administrative document that is intended to facilitate compliance by the regulated party with the Act and its associated regulations.  This document is not intended to provide legal advice regarding the interpretation of the Act or its associated regulations. If a regulated party has questions about their legal obligations or responsibilities under the Act or its associated regulations, they should seek the advice of legal counsel.