[Congressional Bills 111th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
[H.R. 5789 Introduced in House (IH)]

111th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 5789

To create clean energy jobs and set efficiency standards for small-duct 
  high-velocity air conditioning and heat pump systems, and for other 
                               purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             July 20, 2010

  Mr. Carnahan (for himself and Mr. Shimkus) introduced the following 
  bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in 
 addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be 
subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration 
  of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee 
                               concerned

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                                 A BILL


 
To create clean energy jobs and set efficiency standards for small-duct 
  high-velocity air conditioning and heat pump systems, and for other 
                               purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``SDHV Energy Efficiency Standards for 
America Act of 2010''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Congress makes the following findings:
            (1) The Department of Energy grouped small-duct high-
        velocity systems with all air conditioners and heat pumps in a 
        final rule published on January 22, 2001.
            (2) The Department of Energy subsequently published and 
        established the minimum efficiency standard for small-duct 
        high-velocity systems and informed all manufacturers of these 
        products to request exception relief in order to legally sell 
        these products in the United States.

SEC. 3. STANDARDS FOR SMALL-DUCT HIGH-VELOCITY AIR CONDITIONING AND 
              HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS.

    (a) Standards.--Section 325(d) of the Energy Policy and 
Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6295(d)) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (1), by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(C) Small-duct high-velocity systems: 11.00 for 
                products manufactured on or after January 23, 2006.''; 
                and
            (2) in paragraph (2), by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(C) Small-duct high-velocity systems: 6.8 for 
                products manufactured on or after January 23, 2006.''.
    (b) Definition.--Section 321 of the Energy Policy and Conservation 
Act (42 U.S.C. 6291) is amended by adding at the end the following new 
paragraph:
            ``(67) Small-duct, high velocity system.--The term `small-
        duct, high-velocity system' means a heating and cooling product 
        that contains a blower and indoor coil combination that--
                    ``(A) is designed for, and produces, at least 1.2 
                inches of external static pressure when operated at the 
                certified air volume rate of 220-350 cubic feet per 
                minute per rated ton of cooling; and
                    ``(B) when applied in the field, uses high velocity 
                room outlets generally greater than 1,000 feet per 
                minute that have less than 6.0 square inches of free 
                area.''.
    (c) Amendment of Standards.--
            (1) In general.--The Secretary may, by rule, amend the 
        standards established for small-duct high-velocity air 
        conditioning and heat pump systems under the amendments made by 
        this section.
            (2) Effective date.--Standards as amended pursuant to 
        paragraph (1) shall not take effect less than 5 years after the 
        final rule making the amendment is published.
            (3) Determination.--Not later than June 30, 2011, the 
        Secretary shall publish a final rule to determine whether 
        standards for small-duct, high-velocity systems should be 
        amended.

SEC. 4. CREDIT FOR NONBUSINESS SMALL-DUCT, HIGH-VELOCITY AIR 
              CONDITIONING AND HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS.

    (a) In General.--Paragraph (3) of section 25C(d) of the Internal 
Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to energy-efficient building property) 
is amended by striking ``and'' at the end of subparagraph (D), by 
striking the period at the end of subparagraph (E) and inserting ``, 
and'', and by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
                    ``(F) a small-duct high-velocity central air 
                conditioning and heat pump system which has--
                            ``(i) a seasonal energy efficiency ratio of 
                        no less than 11.00,
                            ``(ii) a heating seasonal performance 
                        factor of no less than 6.80, and
                            ``(iii) a duct system that has less than 5 
                        percent air leakage.''.
    (b) Small-Duct High-Velocity Central Air Conditioning and Heat Pump 
System.--Subsection (d) of section 25C of such Code is amended by 
adding at the end the following new paragraph:
            ``(7) Small-duct high-velocity central air conditioning and 
        heat pump system.--The term `small-duct high-velocity central 
        air conditioning and heat pump system' means a heating and 
        cooling product that contains a blower and indoor coil 
        combination that--
                    ``(A) is designed for, and produces, at least 1.2 
                inches of external static pressure when operated at the 
                certified air volume rate of 220-350 cubic feet per 
                minute per rated ton of cooling, and
                    ``(B) when applied in the field, uses room 
                outlets--
                            ``(i) having a velocity which is generally 
                        greater than 1,000 feet per minute, and
                            ``(ii) having less than 6 square inches of 
                        free area.''.
    (c) Termination.--Paragraph (2) of section 25C(g) of such Code 
(relating to termination) is amended by inserting ``(December 31, 2013, 
in the case of small-duct high-velocity central air conditioning and 
heat pump systems)'' after ``December 31, 2010''.
    (d) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall 
apply to property placed in service after the date of the enactment of 
this Act in taxable years ending after such date.
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