Increasing the Thermal Range and Efficiency of Affordable User-Installable Room Heat Pumps


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Increasing the Thermal Range and Efficiency of Affordable User-Installable Room Heat Pumps
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Building HVAC systems consume over 15 percent of all U.S. energy and contribute more to global warming than the entire transportation sector largely due to the high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant leaks. A significant breakthrough in building cooling technology that uses low-global warming potential (low-GWP) refrigerants, is low cost, and has high efficiency is needed. The Recipient will develop customized fans, heat exchangers, and cold climate configurations that optimize the thermal performance and minimize power consumption of a high efficiency, low cost, low-GWP refrigerant heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system with the potential to reduce building air conditioning energy consumption by up to 30 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent.

Contact Information

Adam Gottlieb
Agency Name
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


san, San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Area
Cross Streets
375 Alabama St Ste 220

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15301
Reasons for Exemption
For Cal. Code Regs. (CCR), Title 14, Section 15301: This project will involve manufacturing and product testing to be performed at existing laboratory facilities and large commercial/institutional stakeholder facilities. This project intends to install small-scaled equipment into an existing facility, but will have minor alterations to the facility. The tests that will be performed are temporary in nature and will require only minor alternations to existing structures. Work under this project will result in negligible or no expansion of the existing use of facilities at which testing will occur. This project will result in no significant impact to the environment and is exempt pursuant to CCR, 14 § 15301.


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