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Singapore, Extend NEA Energy Efficiency Requirements to Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Air-Conditioners

The Singapore National Environmental Agency (NEA) announced the introduction of Energy Efficiency (EE) requirements for variable refrigerant flow air-conditioners (VRF A/C).

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September 24, 2020

Written By: Chian Haw YONG, ASEAN and Greater China Global Market Access Lead

The Singapore National Environmental Agency (NEA) announced the introduction of Energy Efficiency (EE) requirements for variable refrigerant flow air-conditioners (VRF A/C). VRF A/C units sold in Singapore must be registered with NEA, meet minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and carry Energy Labels (MELS).

Scope of MEPS and MELS for VRF A/C

1. Effective on April 1, 2021, the proposed MEPS and MELS will cover three-phase VRF A/C units of all cooling capacities at base module level. VRF A/C units are required to:

  1. Be registered
  2. Meet MEPS
  3. Be labeled with an energy label

2. VRF A/C units will be rated based on the Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio (IEER)[1] to take into consideration of VRF A/C unit’s part-load performance. MEPS level for VRF A/C is proposed at IEER 4.35. It was previously announced by NEA that the test standard for VRF A/C would be ISO 15042:2017

[1] Based on the Air-Conditioning, Heating Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Standard 1230, IEER is defined as (0.020*EER 100%) + (0.617*EER 75%) + (0.238*EER 50%) + (0.125*EER 25%), where Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) is defined as ratio of cooling capacity to effective power consumption at a given set of rating conditions.

3. VRF A/C will be rated one-tick to five-ticks, with five-ticks being the most efficient. The energy label and rating system for VRF air-conditioners are shown in the diagram and table below:

 

Energy label

Example of Energy label for VRF A/C units

Tick rating

VRF efficiency, IEER

5 - tick

IEER 6.15 and above

4 - tick

IEER 5.70 to < IEER 6.15

3 - tick

IEER 5.25 to < IEER 5.70

2 - tick

IEER 4.80 to < IEER 5.25

1 - tick

IEER 4.35 to < IEER 4.80

Energy rating system for VRF A/C units

 

Once mandated, suppliers in Singapore who supply VRF A/C units in market shall apply for the NEA energy label. The application shall be accompanied by an ISO 15042:2017 test report, issued by either the first-party manufacturer test laboratory or a third-party test laboratory.

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  • With our local presence in Singapore and by working closely with the NEA, we can provide timely regulatory monitoring and updates
  • Provide testing services and issue test reports that are recognized by the NEA through our test laboratory that is ISO 17025 accredited for above-mentioned ISO 15042 test standard
  • Provide NEA registration services with our local staff support in Singapore

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