Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International on July 20 announced the formation of the Center for Energy Efficiency Optimization - a new subsidiary of the HARDI Foundation.
Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors
on July 20 announced the formation of the Center for Energy Efficiency
Optimization (CEEO). The CEEO will be a subsidiary of the HARDI Foundation, which
is dedicated to researching wholesale distribution’s role, contribution,
impact, and opportunities to advance the adoption of energy-saving technologies
and practices in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial
applications, including renewable energy technologies.
The CEEO will not be trade specific, but
rather provide a central hub for any wholesale distribution interests to
explore, quantify and grow their role in driving energy efficiency in their
respective industries. The goal of the CEEO is to become the predominant source
for research on wholesale distribution’s influence on the adoption and use of
“HARDI believes wholesale distributors - especially
within the HVACR channel - play an integral role in the success of energy-efficiency
incentive programs but there’s been very little research or quantification of
that role to date,” Executive Vice President Talbot Gee
said. “I’m excited about the CEEO’s formation because for the first time those
responsible for managing the billions of energy-efficiency program dollars will
have a single source knowledge base on how to maximize energy savings in just
about any vertical sector.”
The first CEEO research project will focus
on quantifying HVACR wholesale distribution’s impact in and opportunity with
residential HVAC efficiency programs.. The research project was scheduled to
begin in mid-July and is being conducted through a strategic partnership with
the nonprofit organization Vermont Efficiency Investment Corp., an authority on
energy-efficiency incentive programs.
This project is designed to provide a
better understanding of the dynamics between distributors and contractors as
well as the supply chain barriers to residential HVAC efficiency program success.
Surveys and research will be conducted to identify how successful residential
HVAC efficiency programs are currently and the role that HVAC distributors are
and should be playing to maximize those programs’ effectiveness.
“This opportunity for the Foundation
reinforces HARDI’s ongoing efforts to assist members frustrated with the difficulties
of dealing with energy-efficiency programs in their respective markets,” HARDI
chairman Don Frendberg said. “The mission of the Foundation
to support research in the HVACR industry provides an excellent means to
advance yet another valuable contribution to HARDI members.”
HARDI Foundation Forms Center for Energy Efficiency
July 26, 2011