Commercial-Scale Air-Source Heat Pump Program

Commercial-Scale Air-Source Heat Pump Program
Program Manual
Effective Date: October 24, 2017
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (“MassCEC”) has authorized $30 million in funding to support a
suite of Clean Heating & Cooling programs through 2020. As part of this initiative, MassCEC provides
Grants to install high-efficiency, cold-climate air-source heat pumps (“ASHP”) at commercial, public, nonprofit, agricultural, and multifamily properties through the Commercial-Scale Air-Source Heat Pump
Program (the “Program”). In the interest of increasing access to these technologies to broad customer
populations, MassCEC offers higher incentive levels for affordable housing developments, public agencies,
and non-profits.
Eligible projects (“Projects”) include variable refrigerant flow (“VRF”) ASHP systems of any size as well as
commercial-scale air-to-air, split-system heat pump (“Mini-Split”) systems at commercial, public, nonprofit, agricultural, and multifamily facilities. This Program also applies to Mini-Split Projects of the
following scale:
1. More than twenty (20) Single-Head ASHPs; or
2. More than two hundred forty (240) kBTU/hr of heating capacity at five (5) degrees Fahrenheit
(with any single-head unit counting as 12 kBTU/hr).
For Mini-Split Projects that do not meet these criteria, please refer to the Residential and Small-Scale
ASHP Program Manual available on the MassCEC website.
Under the Program, a System Owner and system designer and/or installer must submit an Application
and receive confirmation the application has been approved for the proposed Project prior to
purchasing equipment or beginning construction of the ASHP Project. Construction may begin only after
MassCEC approves an Application. Funds are paid by MassCEC when the Project meets the required
program milestones.
This Commercial-Scale Air-Source Heat Pump Program Manual (the “Program Manual”) describes the
Grant application process (Section 1), eligibility requirements (Section 2), and Grant levels (Section 3). The
capitalized terms used in the Program Documents are defined in Section 4 of this Program Manual.
Program Documents and information are located on the Program webpage at:
http://www.masscec.com/get-clean-energy/business/air-source-heat-pumps.
Table of Contents
1.
How to Participate in the Program ....................................................................................................... 3
2.
Eligibility Requirements ........................................................................................................................ 6
2.1.
Project Site Eligibility..................................................................................................................... 6
2.2.
System Owner Eligibility & Requirements .................................................................................... 7
2.3.
Eligible Project Costs ..................................................................................................................... 7
2.4.
Eligibility for Public, Non-Profit, and Affordable Housing Incentives ........................................... 7
2.5.
Primary Designer and Primary Installer Requirements ................................................................ 8
2.6.
Technology Requirements – Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems ............................................... 10
2.7.
Technology Requirements – Mini-Split Systems ......................................................................... 13
2.8.
Additional Requirements (All Systems)....................................................................................... 16
3.
Grant Structure ................................................................................................................................... 17
4.
Program Definitions ............................................................................................................................ 20
5.
General Terms and Conditions ........................................................................................................... 24
1. How to Participate in the Program
Step 1. Confirm Project Site Eligibility: All Project Sites must meet Program eligibility requirements as
detailed in Section 2.1. It is recommended that System Owners explore complementary incentives, such
as those offered by Mass Save.
Step 2. Select a Primary Designer: The System Owner must select a Primary Designer (for a VRF Project)
or a Primary Installer (for a Mini-Split Project) that can meet the requirements in Section 2.5. MassCEC
recommends consulting the Participating ASHP Installers page on MassCEC’s website prior to contracting
with a Primary Designer or Primary Installer.
A VRF System Owner may select a Primary Installer at this time as well (which may be the same entity as
the Primary Designer), but this is not required until the submission of Milestone #1.
Step 3. Complete Preliminary System Design: Before applying for a Grant, the Primary Designer (VRF
Project) or Primary Installer (Mini-Split Project) must complete a preliminary system design (or
engineering concept) that meets the requirements outlined in Section 2.6. This design will enable
completion of the Grant Application but does not need to be final, and it is expected that designs will
change.
Step 4. Apply for Grant: The Application should be completed and submitted jointly by the System Owner
and the Primary Designer or Primary Installer (together, the “Applicant Parties”). MassCEC strongly
encourages the Primary Designer or manufacturer representative to prepare the Application, with
assistance from the System Owner. System Owners must receive written notice of the approval and
amount of an Award (“Award Letter”) from MassCEC prior to starting construction of the ASHP system.
The Application Documents must be emailed to ASHP@masscec.com with the subject line “ASHP
Commercial Application: [Project Site Name]”. The Applicant Parties must review all submitted
information.
Applications must include the following, except as noted by an asterisk:
1. Application Form – A completed Excel Application form, which includes the Application checklist,
contact information for key project staff, site information, data on the proposed ASHP system,
grant amount, project timeline, budget, and Payment Milestone checklist.
2. Project Narrative (Large Projects only) – A completed Project Narrative form. Not required for
VRF Projects with less than 240 kBTU/hr of rated heating Capacity at 17 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. System Owner’s Agreement – Signed by the System Owner and, in the case of a third-partyowned system, by the Site Owner as well.1
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The Application may include either the entire System Owner’s Agreement or the last page (the Signature and
Acceptance Form). Signatures must be scanned versions of original handwritten signatures.
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4. Load Calculation Summary – The summary report of the heating and cooling load calculation, as
described in Section 2.6 (VRF) or Section 2.7 (Mini-Splits). This may be submitted at Milestone #1.
5. ASHP Design Summary (VRF only) – A summary page from ASHP design software that shows key
design data that meets the equipment sizing criteria described in Section 2.6. This includes the
model numbers for indoor and outdoor units to be installed and the VRF capacity under maximum
block load conditions. This may be submitted at Milestone #1.
6. AHRI Rating Sheet (VRF only) – A one-page specification downloaded from the AHRI website that
shows the rated system performance. A sheet must be submitted for each outdoor ASHP model
listed on the Application Form.
7. Electric Bill – A copy of the electric bill from the Project Site (for address verification only) that
clearly displays the name of the utility, rate code, and service address. New construction projects
can submit the electric bill or a request for electric service at Milestone #2.
8. Tax Documentation –
o All System Owners (including all tax-exempt and government entities) must submit
signed W-9 forms separately to finance@masscec.com (do not copy
ASHP@masscec.com). Likewise, if the Primary Designer or Primary Installer is designated
as the payee, that organization must submit a W-9.
o Tax-Exempt Entities (including government entities) must also submit tax-exemption
certificate or IRS tax-exemption determination letter to finance@masscec.com.
9. Affordable Housing Documentation – If applying for an Affordable Housing Grant, the
documentation described in Section 2.4 must be submitted.
Step 5. Receive Award Letter: Upon receiving the Application, MassCEC program staff will send two (2)
separate emails. The first email will confirm that the Application has been received, and the second will
indicate one of the following Application statuses:
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
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
The Application is complete and has been accepted. The Award Letter and Milestone Completion
Form will be attached to this email;
The Application was incomplete or did not comply with Program requirements, and further
information or revisions are needed;
The Application was complete and has been forwarded to MassCEC’s third-party consultant for
Design Review (see Section 2.5); or,
The proposed Project is ineligible and has been rejected.
MassCEC will notify the Applicant Parties of their Application status within four (4) weeks of receipt,
barring extenuating circumstances. If the Application meets all Program requirements and funding
remains available, MassCEC will issue an Award Letter to the System Owner via email that will provide
details on the Award amount and denote which party will receive payment (“the Payee”).
If the Project is selected for a third-party Design Review, MassCEC shall notify the System Owner when
issuing the Award Letter. The System Owner must submit design documents to MassCEC or its third-party
consultant prior to ordering equipment, as described in the Design Review process in Section 2.5.
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Step 6. Complete Project Milestones: Project installation may commence only after receipt of the Award
Letter. Projects must be completed within twenty-four (24) months of the Award Date on the Award Letter
for Project Sites at existing buildings and thirty-six (36) months for Project Sites at newly constructed
buildings. Projects must meet intermediate milestones and submit Milestone Deliverables accordingly, as
described in the following table:
Project Milestones
Milestone
Milestone #1:
System Design
and Equipment
Purchase
Milestone #2:
Construction and
Commissioning
Deliverables Summary
 Milestone Completion Form
 Invoice documenting ASHP models and
quantities ordered
 Updated Application Documents reflecting
revised design, if applicable
 Primary Installer Agreement, if not already
submitted
 Milestone Completion Form
 Photographs of installed equipment
 Demonstration of system start-up testing
(manufacturer start-up or commissioning report)
• Electric Bill, if not already submitted
% of
Grant
Time Allowed
(from Award Date)
30%
12 months
(existing buildings);
24 months (new
construction)
70%
24 months
(existing buildings);
36 months (new
construction)
Milestone Deliverables requirements are detailed in Section 2.6 and Section 2.7. Milestone Deliverables
should be submitted by emailing a completed Milestone Completion Form to ASHP@masscec.com with
“ASHP Commercial Project Deliverable: [Project Site Name]” in the subject line. In the event of unusual
delays, the System Owner may request an extension by emailing ASHP@masscec.com and providing an
explanation for the request, which may be granted at MassCEC’s discretion.
Note that if a different set of ASHP units are selected after the Grant funds have been reserved, the
Application Documents must be resubmitted with updated information on the system design. MassCEC
will review the updated Application Documents based on Program criteria and may adjust the Award
amount or (if the Project is no longer in compliance with Program requirements) elect not to allow a
modified Award.
Assuming modifications are approved, MassCEC will issue a revised Award Letter with the appropriate
Grant amount or notify the System Owner (via email) that the Grant amount has not changed. The Grant
amount may not be increased if equipment changes are made at completion of Milestone #2, but it may
decrease if the installed Project qualified for a lesser Grant.
MassCEC may request additional documentation at either Payment Milestone to confirm that the Project
meets all the requirements outlined in Section 2.
Step 7. Receive Grant Payment: Grants may be paid to either 1) the System Owner; or 2) the Primary
Installer if the System Owner provides permission in the Application. Upon approval of the Milestone
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Deliverables, payment will be issued to the designated Payee within four (4) weeks, barring extenuating
circumstances.
2. Eligibility Requirements
System Owners, Primary Designers, Primary Installers, and Projects must meet the following eligibility
requirements.
2.1. Project Site Eligibility
Eligible Project Sites
The Commercial-Scale ASHP Program supports Projects at multifamily housing developments, as well as
commercial, public, and non-profit facilities. The Program allows for third-party owned systems, meaning
the System Owner may be a different entity from the Site Owner.
Both new buildings and existing buildings are eligible. Major building renovations or rehabilitations are
typically considered new construction for purposes of this Program.
Projects must provide space heating, and may provide cooling as well. Space heating must be used
throughout the heating season.
A Project Site is typically defined as a single, contiguous structure owned or managed by a single entity.
Multifamily buildings or other developments that encompass multiple buildings may be considered one
or more Project Sites. Likewise, if a Project Site is developed in multiple construction phases, it may be
treated as multiple Projects for purposes of this Program (requiring a corresponding number of
Applications).
The System Owner should contact MassCEC with questions about whether the ASHP installation will be
treated as one or more Project, which affects maximum Grant amounts. MassCEC will take the System
Owner’s preference into account but reserves the right to make the ultimate determination.
This Program applies to all VRF Projects. It also applies to Mini-Split Projects of the following scale:
1. More than twenty (20) single-head ASHPs; or
2. More than two hundred forty (240) kBTU/hr of heating capacity at five (5) degrees Fahrenheit
(with any single-head unit counting as 12 kBTU/hr).
Project Site Utility Service Requirement
The Project Site must be located in an electric utility territory that contributes to the Massachusetts
Renewable Energy Trust. This includes the Massachusetts electric service territory of National Grid,
Eversource, Unitil, and municipal light plants that have elected to pay into the Renewable Energy Trust
(please see www.masscec.com/municipal-lighting-plant-communities for more information).
Project Site Energy Efficiency Requirement
Each Project Site shall work with its utility, or another entity, to identify and implement opportunities for
energy efficiency upgrades before or in coordination with the installation of the Project. Any Project Site
with existing facilities must have had an energy efficiency whole-building walk-through completed within
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the past forty-eight (48) months or schedule a whole-building energy-efficiency walk through prior to
Project Completion.
More information about Mass Save’s energy efficiency programs for new construction/major renovation,
large retrofits, small businesses, and multifamily buildings is available at
www.masssave.com/en/business/incentive-programs. More information about Mass Save’s no-cost
facility assessments can be found at www.masssave.com/en/saving/business-rebates/facilityassessments.
2.2. System Owner Eligibility & Requirements
Primary Contact
The System Owner must designate a primary contact on the Application Form. This individual is
responsible for ensuring the Project meets all Milestone Deliverable deadlines and that both the System
Owner’s organization and contractors respond to MassCEC communications in a timely manner. If this
individual vacates their position at the organization, a new contact must be assigned, and MassCEC must
be notified of the change by email. MassCEC reserves the right to revoke awards at its sole discretion in
the event that the primary contact is unresponsive to MassCEC requests.
Multifamily Rental Property
Multifamily property owners with existing central heating and/or cooling systems often have centrally
metered heating systems, with heating costs paid by the property owners. These owners may receive
funding through this Program, however if the Project switches existing tenants from a centrally metered
heating system to individually metered ASHP units paid primarily by the tenant, the property owner must
agree that their tenants’ rent and utilities payment will not increase as a result of the Project. (This does
not preclude rent increases for other reasons and does not apply to new tenants.)
2.3. Eligible Project Costs
Eligible Project Costs include ASHP equipment (indoor and outdoor units), refrigerant piping, controls,
wiring, and other components necessary for proper system operation, as well as all costs directly related
to system design, installation, and commissioning. If project proponents have questions regarding Eligible
Project Costs, they should contact MassCEC prior to submitting an Application.
Note that that this Grant can only cover up to fifty (50) percent of Eligible Project Costs, as described in
Section 3.1.
2.4. Eligibility for Public, Non-Profit, and Affordable Housing Incentives
MassCEC offers higher-tiered incentives for Projects that meet certain criteria.
Public and Non-Profit Grant
Public and Non-Profit Entities’ Projects are eligible to receive higher grant levels under the Program. Public
Entities are defined as instrumentalities, authorities, agencies, departments, or political subdivisions of
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including municipalities. Non-profits are defined as organizations
under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and registered with the Massachusetts Attorney
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General, Non-Profit/Public Charities Division. Projects that receive funding from the DOER-administered
Leading by Example program are not eligible for funding through this Program.
Affordable Housing Grant
MassCEC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have a particular interest in increasing access to clean
heating and cooling technologies for low and moderate income residents. As a result, MassCEC offers
higher-tiered ASHP incentives to multifamily affordable housing developments in Massachusetts. Any
Project may apply for the Affordable Housing Grant if the System Owner can demonstrate that at least
fifty percent (50%) of the property’s units are committed or deeded to units at or below eighty percent
(80%) of the state’s median income, using one of the following methods:
1) An eligibility letter from the Low-Income Energy Affordability Network (“LEAN”)’s Low-Income
Multifamily (“LIMF”) Energy Retrofits Program. See http://leanmultifamily.org/ for more
details.
2) A deed restriction that explicitly states the development has reserved at least 50% of the units
for households earning 80% or less of the standard median income level. If it is not explicit,
then Applicants will need to provide item 1, 3, or 4 instead.
3) For housing shelters, a letter from an individual with signatory authority stating that the
property is used as a housing shelter.
4) Other forms of documentation as determined by MassCEC on a case-by-case basis.
Higher tier incentives are not cumulative and projects owned by Public Entities and Non-Profits utilizing
the Affordable Housing Grant are not eligible for additional funds through a Public and Non-Profit Grant.
2.5. Primary Designer and Primary Installer Requirements
This Program defines three categories of ASHP contractor roles:
1) Primary Designer (VRF Only);
2) Primary Installer (VRF); and
3) Primary Installer (Mini-Split).
An individual can sign up to participate in the Program in one, two, or all three of these roles.
Primary Designer/Installer Agreement
Primary Designers (for VRF Projects) and Primary Installers (for Mini-Split Projects) must complete and
return the Primary Designer/Installer Agreement prior to or with the Application. For VRF, Primary
Installers must complete and submit this agreement prior to or with Payment Milestone #1. The Primary
Designer may be a manufacturer’s representative, employee of an engineering or contracting firm,
owner’s engineer, or another qualified individual.
If an entity acts as both a Primary Designer and Primary Installer, only one agreement must be submitted
at the time of Application submission certifying that the individual will abide by requirements and terms
of the Program. The Primary Designer/Installer Agreement is valid for future Projects through this
Program and does not need to be resubmitted for each Project.
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Accreditation and Training – Primary Designer (VRF Only)
The Primary Designer should be the individual completing the majority of the design work on the VRF
system. Other individuals involved in Project design may be listed on the Application Form but are not
responsible for meeting the Program requirements. The Primary Designer may be a manufacturer’s
representative, employee of an engineering or contracting firm, or owner’s engineer.
Prior to submitting an Application, the Primary Designer must submit copies of the following certifications:
1. A Professional Engineer ("PE") license in mechanical engineering or another relevant field; and
2. A letter or certificate from the manufacturer verifying that he or she has successfully completed
at least eight (8) hours of manufacturer training within the last five (5) years for the products to
be used in designs under the Program.
For VRF designers who do not meet these requirements, there are two options:
1. A manufacturer may submit a written request for a waiver from these requirements on behalf of
the Primary Designer. MassCEC will review such requests on a case-by-case basis. The Primary
Designer may submit additional brand certifications throughout the Program.
2. If the Primary Designer has a PE license but has not received VRF training, he/she may sign up as
a Primary Designer, but when submitting a new application to this Program, the Primary
Designer must designate a colleague who will work on the Project that meets the training
requirements.
The Primary Designer must have experience completing software-based heating and cooling block load
calculations, selecting appropriate HVAC equipment, ensuring system designs comply with relevant
building codes, and completing physical system design drawings and structural analyses. The Primary
Designer must agree to comply with the Design Review process outlined below.
Accreditation and Training – Primary Installer
The Primary Installer must submit a copy of a letter or certificate from the manufacturer verifying that
the individual who will oversee system installation has successfully completed the training requirements
outlined below for each product line they will install through this Program:
1) Mini-Split ASHP – at least four (4) hours of manufacturer training within the last five (5) years.
2) VRF ASHP – at least sixteen (16) hours of manufacturer training within the last five (5) years.
This must be submitted with the Application or earlier for Primary Installers completing Mini-Split
Projects or no later than Milestone #1 for those completing VRF Projects. Primary Installers may submit
additional brand certifications throughout the Program.
A manufacturer may submit a written request for a waiver from these requirements on behalf of the
Primary Installer. MassCEC will review such requests on a case-by-case basis.
MassCEC Design Review
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MassCEC may submit any system design to a third-party reviewer and intends to submit at least one
system design from each Primary Designer for review. Primary Designers should be prepared to work with
the reviewer to answer any outstanding questions about the Project’s design and must respond within
seven (7) days to any information requests. These requests may include information beyond what is
required for the standard application process, such as design drawings or energy analysis data.
MassCEC Inspection and Commissioning
The Primary Installer must agree to be subject to MassCEC inspection or conduct independent
commissioning when signing the Primary Designer/Installer Agreement. MassCEC typically requires each
Primary Installer’s first two systems submitted through this Program to be either inspected or
commissioned by a third party to ensure compliance with the requirements in this Program Manual.
Inspections under MassCEC’s Residential ASHP Program do not count toward this requirement.
MassCEC reserves the right to review or inspect subsequent projects at random or due to suspected
issues. If the third-party inspector or commissioning agent detects an issue with a system installation,
MassCEC reserves the right to suspend current Applications and/or stop accepting Applications from that
Primary Installer and/or its subcontractors.
Primary Installers should be prepared to work with the inspector to answer any questions about the
Project’s design or installation and must respond within seven (7) days to any information or scheduling
requests.
Commissioning is recommended but not required for VRF Projects. If the System Owner opts to undergo
a commissioning, the VRF system should be configured to maximize energy savings by optimizing zonal
controls, integrating with building energy management systems, or through other post-installation
measures.
2.6. Technology Requirements – Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems
Equipment Requirements
To be considered Qualified Equipment under this Program, VRF units providing at least 65 kBTU/hr of
cooling capacity must:
1. Have completed certification under the 2010 Standard for Performance Rating of Variable
Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Multi-Split Air-Conditioning established by the American National
Standards Institute (ANSI) and Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)
(“AHRI 1230”) and meet the definition of VRF Multi-Split Heat Pumps or Multi-Split Heat Recovery
Heat Pumps in AHRI 1230;2
2. Meet the minimum efficiency ratings established in the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016
Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (“ASHRAE 90.1”), which
serves as the Efficiency Standard for this Program. For VRF systems, ASHRAE 90.1 includes
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Link: http://www.ahrinet.org/App_Content/ahri/files/STANDARDS/ANSI/ANSI_AHRI_Standard_1230_2010_with_Add_2.pdf
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minimum ratings for Energy Efficiency Ratio (“EER”), Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio (“IEER”),
Coefficient of Performance (“COP”), and Seasonal Cooling and Heating Efficiency (“SCHE”).
To be considered Qualified Equipment under this Program, VRF units providing less than 65 kBTU/hr of
cooling capacity must:
1. Have completed certification under the 2008 Standard for Performance Rating of Unitary AirConditioning & Air-Source Heat Pump Equipment established by ANSI and AHRI (“AHRI 210/240”)
and meet the definition of VRF Multi-Split Heat Pumps or Multi-Split Heat Recovery Heat Pumps
in AHRI 210/240;3
2. Include the following features that differentiate the systems from Mini-Splits:
a. Electronic expansion valves built into the indoor units;
b. Piping systems with the capability to include a single piping network with branches for
each indoor unit, rather than a separate pipe running from the outdoor unit to each
indoor unit; and
c. Designed using specialized manufacturer design and optimization software offered.
3. Achieve the following minimum efficiency ratings:
a. Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF): 10.0
b. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER): 17.0
c. Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER): 11.0
Projects that do not qualify as VRF under this Program include:
1.
2.
3.
4.
VRF Multi-Split Air-Conditioners that do not provide heating;
Ground-source heat pump systems, including those with VRF distribution systems;
Water-source heat pumps; and
Systems that qualify as Mini-Splits, as defined in Section 2.7.
MassCEC may update or modify these requirements, potentially by establishing a more stringent
Efficiency Standard. Before enacting such a change, MassCEC shall notify those manufacturers whose
product lines will meet Program requirements of Qualified Equipment of the proposed changes and allow
a comment period of no less than two weeks, after which MassCEC will finalize the requirement and
reissue this Program Manual with the updated requirements. If MassCEC issues a significant change to
the Efficiency Standard, MassCEC will strive to provide at least twelve (12) months’ notice prior to the
date that the new requirements take effect.
All Qualified Equipment with at least 65 kBTU/hr of cooling capacity can be found in the online AHRI
Directory at https://www.ahridirectory.org/ahridirectory/pages/vrfhp/defaultSearch.aspx. Note that all
units listed in the Directory are expected to meet ASHRAE 90.1 (and therefore meet the Efficiency
Standard).
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Link:
http://www.ahrinet.org/App_Content/ahri/files/standards%20pdfs/ANSI%20standards%20pdfs/ANSI.AHRI%20Standard%2021
0.240%20with%20Addenda%201%20and%202.pdf
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All Qualified Equipment with less than 65 kBTU/hr of cooling capacity can be found in the online AHRI
Directory at https://www.ahridirectory.org/ahridirectory/pages/hp/defaultSearch.aspx. Note that most
units in this database do not qualify as VRF or meet the efficiency specification.
System Controls
Any VRF Project with at least 240 kBTU/hr of outdoor heating capacity at 17°F must include a central,
Internet-connected controller that allows a remote operator to control the temperature within each
conditioned zone in the building. MassCEC recommends but does not require inclusion of more advanced
controls as well.
Heating and Cooling Load Calculation
The Applicant Parties must submit a summary of the heating and cooling load calculation. Block load
calculations (which account for expected building use patterns) are required for Projects installing at least
240 kBTU/hr of total rated heating capacity at 17°F. Peak load calculations (based solely on heat loss/gain
from outdoor ambient conditions) are allowed for Projects below this threshold, though MassCEC
reserves the right to request more detailed calculations.
A peak load calculation must include the heating and cooling loads for zone(s) being served by the VRF
system. Block calculations must include both indoor and outdoor unit model numbers and the modeled
air-source heat pump capacity under peak summer and winter design temperatures. MassCEC reserves
the right to determine whether a software application is acceptable. If the Applicant Parties want to
confirm whether the software is acceptable, they may contact MassCEC.
Commercial Mini-Split Projects may submit peak load calculations using ACCA-approved Manual J/N
software, as described under the Heating and Cooling Load Calculation requirements for Mini-Splits in
Section 2.7.
Equipment Sizing, Selection, and Design Summary
All new construction or major renovation Projects must be designed to operate as the Project Site’s
primary source of heating and cooling and provide enough capacity to meet 100% of the building’s block
load. The Project can still include supplemental heating or cooling sources for spaces not designed to be
conditioned by the VRF system, or to provide emergency backup or additional capacity in extreme
weather. Furthermore, ventilation air is not typically counted in the block load and is therefore exempt
from this sizing requirement.
Projects at existing buildings do not need to meet this requirement, unless they are intended as a sole
source of heat. In other words, retrofits with existing capacity may rely on additional sources of heat to
meet their heating load.
Equipment must be sized and selected in accordance with manufacturer-recommended practice.
Furthermore, the Primary Designer must ensure that the equipment selection software (typically provided
by the manufacturer) accounts for variations in heating and cooling load and capacity delivered that
results from changes in outdoor ambient conditions, as well as refrigerant piping and anticipated building
occupancy and usage patterns.
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The ASHP Design Summary must include the indoor and outdoor unit model numbers and the capacity of
the outdoor unit at winter and summer design temperatures (i.e. the temperatures at which the maximum
heating and cooling loads will occur).
Installation Requirements
All ASHPs must be installed by licensed contractors in accordance with the National Electric Code and
manufacturer’s specifications, and must conform to all applicable municipal, state, and federal codes,
standards, and regulations, as well as Program requirements. The System Owner must certify that the
Project has received approval from the local building inspection authority as part of the System Owner’s
Agreement.
2.7. Technology Requirements – Mini-Split Systems
Projects installing Mini-Splits must meet the following requirements:
Applicable Technologies
Eligible Mini-Splits include the following technologies that have met the performance rating established
by the AHRI 210/240 Standard for unitary air conditioning and air-source heat pump equipment:
 Air-to-Air, split-system heat pumps;
 Single-Head, Multi-Head, and Central systems; and
 Ducted and ductless systems (both single and multi-head).
The following equipment types are NOT eligible for the Program:
 Cooling-only units;
 Single-stage heat pumps;
 Ground-source heat pumps (see Commercial-Scale Ground-Source Heat Pump Program);
 Water-source heat pumps; or
 Air-to-Water Heat Pumps.
Equipment Requirements
Only Projects installing qualifying high-efficiency, cold-climate Mini-Splits are eligible. A qualifying coldclimate Mini-Splits:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Meets the Qualified Equipment Performance Requirements for Mini-Splits in the table below;
Is listed as ENERGY STAR compliant;
Has a variable capacity compressor; and
Has both indoor and outdoor units that are part of an AHRI matched system.
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Qualified Equipment Performance Requirements for Mini-Splits
Minimum Performance
Single-Head Air-to-Air
Multi-Head/Central
Requirement
COP @ 5° F
1.75
1.75
(at maximum capacity)
Percent of Rated Heating
100%
100%
Capacity Delivered at 5° F
HSPF
10
10 (Multi-Head), 10 (Central)
SEER
20
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EER
12.5
12.5
MassCEC will occasionally update these Performance Requirements to reflect the highest efficiency
products that are available on the market. All ASHPs must be installed by licensed contractors in
accordance with the National Electric Code and manufacturer’s specifications, and must conform to all
applicable municipal, state, and federal codes, standards, and regulations, as well as Program
requirements.
Heating and Cooling Load Calculation
The Applicant Parties must submit the summary page of the ACCA Manual J (or Manual N, if applicable)
calculation of the building’s peak heat load at the ninety-nine (99) percent dry bulb heating design
temperature and one (1) percent dry bulb cooling design temperature for the most relevant ACCA design
location. Indoor temperature set points of sixty-eight (68) to seventy-two (72) degrees Fahrenheit, unless
actual building use conditions will differ. All ACCA-listed Massachusetts locations and their heating design
temperatures are shown below.
For projects with multiple or many zones, one analysis for each representative zone is sufficient. For
example, in a seventy (70)-unit apartment building with a combination of one-bedroom units and studio
units, two Manual J calculations must be submitted – one for a standard one-bedroom unit and one for a
standard studio unit.
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Massachusetts
Location
Barnstable
Boston
Buzzards Bay
Chatham
Clinton
Fall River
Falmouth Area
Framingham
Gloucester
Greenfield
Lawrence
Lowell
Heating Design
Temperature (°F)
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12
17
16
2
9
14
6
5
-2
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Massachusetts
Location
Martha’s Vineyard
New Bedford
Norwood
Otis (Air Force Base)
Pittsfield
Plymouth
Provincetown
South Weymouth
Springfield
Taunton
Weymouth
Worcester
Heating Design
Temperature (°F)
12
12
9
13
-3
10
18
10
0
9
11
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Equipment Sizing and Selection
The Primary Designer must ensure that the building has sufficient heating and cooling capacity (from
ASHPs and any other installed sources) to meet demand at specified temperature set points throughout
the year for the space being conditioned. This must account for variations in load and capacity delivered
that results from changes in outdoor ambient conditions, as well as piping and anticipated building
occupancy and usage patterns.
Any Projects at existing buildings that are designed to supply all of a building’s heat load with no
supplemental heat source must meet a minimum of 100% of the building total peak heating load as
calculated using the ACCA Manual J (for residential) or other relevant design software. All new
construction Projects must be designed to operate as the Project Site’s primary heating source. Therefore,
they must provide 100% of the building total peak heating load as calculated using the ACCA Manual J (for
residential) or Manual N (for commercial).
Equipment sizing should be based on the ASHP’s capacity at the design heating temperature listed in the
table above. For example, a Project installed at a new construction Project Site in Boston (heating design
temperature of 12°F) should provide a minimum of 100% of the building’s peak heating load based on the
ASHPs’ capacity at 12°F. If the capacity of the ASHPs is not available at the design temperature, the ASHPs’
capacity may be interpolated between neighboring capacity points. Performance data at 5°F is available
through the NEEP specification. Note: The Grant for multi-heads and ducted systems is calculated based
on capacity at 5°F regardless of the Project’s design temperature.
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2.8. Additional Requirements (All Systems)
Warranty
Any Project receiving an Award under the Program must be covered by a minimum ten (10) year
manufacturer’s warranty for both parts and compressor (this may be a standard or extended warranty).
Furthermore, the Primary Installer must provide a comprehensive warranty that covers all costs
associated with correcting any system defects or significant workmanship issues identified within one
year of the date that MassCEC approves the payment for Milestone #2.
Deviation from Requirements
Although MassCEC typically does not allow deviation from design requirements, certain site
characteristics lend themselves to alternate system designs. For installations where the Project cannot
meet the Program technical requirements, the Applicant Parties may request a waiver. Waivers are
granted at MassCEC’s sole discretion.
Start-up
All Projects must demonstrate system functioning by completing a manufacturer assisted start-up and
submitting start-up sheets for each unit. In most cases, this is necessary for the System Owner to receive
an extended warranty from the manufacturer. The start-up must comply with any manufacturer
requirements for this process, for example, that the individual performing the startup to be authorized
by the manufacturer.
After start-up, the Primary Installer, or another qualified party, must complete a walk-through of system
operations and maintenance, building energy management system software, and system controls with a
System Owner representative (e.g. an operations or facilities manager).
If the building has an energy management system, the VRF Project and system controls must be
integrated with the energy management system. System Owners are strongly encouraged, but not
required, to undergo system optimization for all Projects.
Monitoring
MassCEC may choose to monitor a subset of systems installed under this Program. To be eligible for an
Award under this Program, the System Owner must agree to allow metering and monitoring to be
conducted on their Project for up to twenty-four (24) months after installation, if requested. The System
Owner will be required to submit utility and fossil fuel bills for two (2) years prior to installation (for
existing buildings) and for the duration of the performance monitoring. Monitoring equipment costs
would be paid by MassCEC. Data would be collected and analyzed for Program evaluation purposes and
will not impact the Award.
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3. Grant Structure
Grant levels for qualifying Projects are outlined in Section 3.1 below. They are subject to change at the
sole discretion of MassCEC. Applicants should review the Program webpage to confirm that they are
reviewing the most recent version of the Program Manual.
The System Owner is considered the default Payee. However, the System Owner may designate the
Primary Designer or Primary Installer as the Payee in the Application.
MassCEC will not provide funding that exceeds two hundred fifty-thousand dollars ($250,000).
Grantees must cover at least fifty (50%) percent of Eligible Project Costs (the “Cost Share”). Eligible
Project Costs shall include all costs presented in the Application, less all other incentives received by the
System Owner, including any state or federal grants, production credits, subsidies, and tax incentives,
discounted to present value where necessary. MassCEC will evaluate these situations on a case-by-case
basis, and reserves the right to reduce any Award projected to exceed total Project costs by an amount
sufficient to prevent the excess.
3.1. Award Amounts
Each Project is eligible for one of three (3) Grant types:
1. Standard – Available to all qualified System Owners that do not qualify for the Public/NonProfit Grant or the Multifamily Affordable Housing Grant.
2. Public/Non-Profit – Available to entities that meet the requirements outlined in Section 2.4 for
Public and Non-Profit Entities.
3. Affordable Housing – Available to entities that meet the requirements outlined in Section 2.4
for Affordable Housing developments.
VRF Award Amounts
VRF Award amounts are based on the amount of heating capacity installed, based on the capacity of the
outdoor units, measured in kBTU/hr at 17°F. VRF models that provide Heat Recovery capability receive a
higher incentive than those that do not.
Projects are eligible for maximum Grants sufficient to cover 1,800 kBTU/hr of capacity at 17°F – an amount
that varies depending on the Grant type. If installing a combination of Heat Recovery and non-Heat
Recovery system, the Heat Recovery capacity will be counted first for purposes of determining maximum
incentive levels.
Grant Type
Standard
Public/Non-Profit
Affordable Housing
VRF without Heat Recovery
VRF with Heat Recovery
$800 per 12 kBTU/hr
$1,000 per 12 kBTU/hr
$1,600 per 12 kBTU/hr
$1,200 per 12 kBTU/hr
$1,400 per 12 kBTU/hr
$2,000 per 12 kBTU/hr
Maximum Grant
per Project
$180,000
$210,000
$250,000
For example, a Project that qualifies for the Public/Non-Profit Grant that includes 1,200 kBTU/hr of Heat
Recovery capacity and 1,200 kBTU/hr of non-Heat Recovery capacity will receive a total Grant of $190,000.
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Mini-Split Award Amounts
For the purposes of determining Grants, awards for single-head ductless systems are based on the number
of systems installed. For central or multi-head systems, MassCEC uses the outdoor unit’s maximum
heating capacity (in kBTU/hr) at 5° F, based on data provided by the Northeast Energy Efficiency
Partnership (NEEP) at www.neep.org/initiatives/high-efficiency-products/emergingtechnologies/ashp/cold-climate-air-source-heat-pump.
Grant Type
Standard
Public/Non-Profit
Affordable Housing
Single-Head
Ductless System
$625 per system
$800 per system
$1,500 per system
Central or Multi-Head
System
$625 per 12 kBTU/hr
$800 per 12 kBTU/hr
$1,500 per 12 kBTU/hr
Maximum Grant
per Project
$93,750
$120,000
$225,000
System Owners may install a combination of single-head and multi-head systems. Each System Owner is
eligible for a maximum Grant of $93,750 per Project Site at the standard Grant level, $120,000 with the
Public/Non-Profit Grant, or $225,000 with the Affordable Housing Grant.
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Grants for single-head ductless systems are available to support the first one-hundred fifty (150)
units installed. The Project may include more than one-hundred fifty (150) systems, but the Grant
will only support the first one-hundred fifty (150) installed.
Grants for central or multi-head systems are limited to one thousand eight-hundred (1,800)
kBTU/hr of heating capacity (maximum heating capacity at 5°F). Projects may include systems
with additional capacity, but the incentive will not increase.
Award Limits
Individual System Owners may be awarded no more than $500,000 in total Awards through this Program
and the Residential and Small-Scale ASHP Program combined in a fiscal year. A System Owner may contact
MassCEC to request an exception to this limitation. MassCEC, at its sole discretion, may elect to increase
the amount available to a System Owner over and above $500,000. The standard Award limit for any
individual Project is based on 1,800 kBTU/hr of capacity, as described above.
For purposes of determining maximum Grant amounts per Project, an individual building is typically
considered a Project – or a section of a building if ASHPs are not installed throughout the entire building.
A Project that includes multiple houses, commercial buildings, or some combination thereof, shall apply
as a single Project but may request a waiver from MassCEC to apply as multiple Projects. Waivers shall be
granted at MassCEC’s sole discretion.
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3.2. Application Evaluation Criteria
Applications will be evaluated to ensure that they meet the Eligibility and Project Requirements stated in
this Program Manual. MassCEC may reject an Application or modify an Award at its sole discretion for any
of the following reasons:
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Qualifications: the Design and/or Primary Installer team qualifications or past performance on
MassCEC-supported projects was insufficient;
Planning: the Project has not had sufficient design, installation, or permitting planning;
Design: the Project design is poor and/or does not meet the intent of the Program;
Risks: sufficient Project risks exist with the technology, project site, installation, or Applicant
Parties and/or there is sufficient risk that the Project will not be brought to completion;
Cost-Effectiveness: the Project has not demonstrated sufficient cost-effectiveness to the System
Owner or to MassCEC and/or the Project costs are too high or the requested Grant level is not
appropriate relative to the Project costs; or
Quality of Application: the quality of the Application or responsiveness of the Applicant Parties is
insufficient.
3.3. Availability of Funds
Annual funding may be limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. MassCEC will provide
three (3) months’ notice on the Program webpage if it is anticipated that funds will become unavailable
in the given fiscal year. (The MassCEC fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.) If funds are exhausted,
additional funding may be added at MassCEC’s discretion. Throughout the duration of the Program,
MassCEC reserves the right to modify and decrease the amount of Program incentives. MassCEC will
provide a minimum of four (4) weeks’ notice before any changes to incentive levels go into effect. Please
note that Projects that have already received an award will not be impacted but future funding limitations
or incentive level modifications.
3.4. Contact Information
For questions on the Commercial-Scale ASHP Program, please visit MassCEC’s website at:
www.masscec.com/business/clean-heating-and-cooling.
Questions may also be submitted by email to the Air-Source Heat Pump mailbox at ASHP@masscec.com
or directed to (617) 765-0011.
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4. Program Definitions
Affordable Housing Grant: The increased Grant amount for System Owners installing ASHP systems at
sites that meet the Program’s criteria for affordable housing developments.
Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (“AHRI”): A trade association representing
manufacturers of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, refrigeration, and water heating equipment. AHRI
provides the database of equipment performance specifications which is used in this Program to
determine the Grant amount.
Air-to-Air Heat Pumps: These heat pumps utilize outside air as the heat sink and provide conditioned air
to the indoor space.
Air-to-Water Heat Pumps: These heat pumps using outside air as the heat sink and utilize water to
condition the indoor space.
Applicant Parties: The System Owner, Primary Designer, and sometimes Primary Installer, who together
are responsible for providing the content of and signing the Application.
Application: Documentation jointly submitted to the Program by the Applicant Parties requesting an
Award.
Application Documents: The documents required in an application, which consist of an Application Form,
Project Narrative, System Owner’s Agreement, electric bill, heat load summary report, and other technical
documentation.
Application Form: A completed Excel Application form, which includes the Application checklist, contact
information for key project staff, site information, data on the proposed ASHP system, grant amount,
project timeline, budget, and Payment Milestone checklist.
Award: Grant funding awarded to a System Owner under the Commercial-Scale ASHP Program based on
a submitted Application that has been approved by MassCEC.
Award Date: Date that MassCEC approves and reserves funds for the Award.
Award Letter: Written notice (including via email) from MassCEC informing the Applicant Parties of the
approval and the amount of the Award.
Central ASHPs: Central ASHPs condition air or water at a central location and distribute it throughout the
building utilizing a distribution system.
Clean Heating and Cooling: Air-source and ground-source heat pumps, solar hot water, and biomass
heating.
Coefficient of Performance (“COP”): The coefficient of performance of a heat pump is the ratio of heating
provided to electrical energy consumed.
Cost Share: The provision that the System Owner must cover at least 50 percent of Project costs through
cash or other sources besides the Grant.
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Design Review: A system design submitted to a third-party reviewer that works with Primary Designer to
ensure the quality of the design.
Eligible Project Costs: Equipment and labor costs required to install the ASHP system. Costs incurred as a
result of Grantee labor are not eligible, unless pre-approved by MassCEC (and in these cases, only direct
labor costs shall be allowed). Section 2.3 provides further guidance on Eligible Project Costs.
Energy Efficiency Ratio (“EER”): A measure of efficiency in the cooling mode that represents the ratio of
total cooling capacity to electrical energy input.
Grant: The amount awarded to the Grantee and to be paid by MassCEC to the Grantee for installing the
Project.
Grantee: The System Owner once the Award is made. For third-party owned systems, the Grantee is the
owner of the facility that the Project serves.
Heat Recovery: This type of VRF system transfers heat from a building zone in cooling mode to a zone in
heating mode, allowing for efficient simultaneous heating and cooling. External energy recovery
equipment, such as energy recovery ventilators, are not considered Heat Recovery.
Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (“HSPF”): This seasonal heating efficiency rating is a metric for
overall efficiency over the course of a standard heating season. It is a ratio of BTU heat output over the
heating season to watt-hours of electricity used.
Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio (“IEER”): testing for IEER involves actual testing at part load conditions
and assigning weighted values to each test point Testing VRF for IEER involves testing at four fixed
conditions: 100%, 75%, 50%, & 25% load.
kBTU/hr: This common unit of thermal power capacity represents one-thousand (1,000) British Thermal
Units of thermal energy delivered per hour.
Manual J/Manual N Heat Load Calculation: The calculation of a building’s heat load using the
methodology of the ACCA Manual J (Residential)/Manual N (Commercial). This heat load represents a
building’s heating, cooling, and dehumidification capacity needed for a heating and/or cooling unit under
design conditions.
Manual S/Manual CS: The procedure for equipment selection provided through the methodology of the
Air-Conditioning Contractors of America (“ACCA”) Manual CS.
Mass Save: The suite of efficiency programs administered by investor-owned utilities in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust: Fund administered by MassCEC, which serves as the primary
source of funding for this Program.
Milestone Deliverables: Documents submitted to MassCEC certifying that the project has met one of the
two Payment Milestones – System Design and Equipment Purchase or Construction and Commissioning.
Milestone Completion Form: A form to be completed and signed by the Applicant Parties at each Payment
Milestone.
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Mini-Split: For purposes of this Program, Mini-Splits include all ASHP units tested under AHRI 210/240
that do not meet the definition of VRF established in Section 2.6.
Multi-Head ASHP: These ASHPs have one outdoor compressor unit connected to multiple indoor
conditioning units.
National Electric Code: Standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment.
Non-Profit Entities: Non-profits are defined as organizations under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal
Revenue Code and registered with the Massachusetts Attorney General, Non-Profit/Public Charities
Division.
Payee: The Payee is the designee to receive the Grant for a Project that has completed a Payment
Milestone. System Owners may choose to have their Awards paid directly to their Primary Designers,
Primary Installers, or other contractor. Payment is made for the work performed on the Project and does
not convey ownership rights to the installed system.
Payment Milestone: A set of Project tasks that, when completed, entitle the System Owner to receive
payment of a portion of the Grant. Payment Milestones include equipment ordering, construction, and
commissioning.
Primary Designer: The main, qualified individual responsible for VRF Project design and engineering.
Primary Installer: The main, qualified individual responsible for Project installation.
Program Documents: The Program Documents consist of the Program Manual, Application Form,
Milestone Completion Form, System Owner’s Agreement, Primary Designer/Installer Agreement, and
Award Letter.
Project: The ASHP system being funded through this Program.
Project Completion: The status of a Project at the stage when major ASHP components have been fully
installed and, if applicable, the system has been commissioned.
Project Completion Date: The date when major ASHP components have been fully installed.
Project Site: The facility being served by the ASHP Project.
Public Entity: Public entities are defined as instrumentalities, authorities, agencies, departments, or
political subdivisions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including municipalities.
Public/Non-Profit Grant: The increased Grant amount for System Owners installing ASHP systems at sites
that meet the Program’s criteria for Public or Non-Profit Entities.
Qualified Equipment: VRF or Mini-Split systems that meet the requirements of this Program.
Residential and Small-Scale ASHP Program: MassCEC program that provides incentives for Mini-Split
installations at homes and small-scale commercial, public, and non-profit facilities that do not meet the
size thresholds to participate in the Commercial-Scale ASHP Program.
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Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (“SEER”): This seasonal cooling efficiency rating is a metric for overall
efficiency over the course of a standard cooling season. It is a ratio of BTU cooling output over the cooling
season to watt-hours of electricity used.
Signature Acceptance Form: The final page of the System Owner’s Agreement.
Simultaneous Cooling and Heating Efficiency (“SCHE”): A metric representing the efficiency of the Heat
Recover System. The value is the sum of the heating capacity (kBtu/hr) and the cooling capacity (kBtu/hr)
divided by the total system power input (Watts).
Single-Head ASHP: These ASHPs have one outdoor compressor unit connected to a single indoor
conditioning unit.
Site Owner: The entity that has ownership rights to the building or parcel where the Project is installed.
For third party-owned systems, the Site Owner may be different than the System Owner.
System Owner: An entity that has ownership rights to the Project supported by this Grant. The System
Owner, together with the Primary Designer and/or Primary Installer, applies to MassCEC for a
Commercial-Scale ASHP Program Grant.
System Owner’s Agreement: The System Owner’s Agreement is the document that defines the legal
terms that will govern the Award and sets forth the respective roles and responsibilities of the parties
specifically as they relate to the Project that is the subject of the Award. The System Owner’s Agreement
should be signed by the System Owner.
Tax Documentation: A W-9 form for each Payee, and documentation of tax-exempt status for Tax-Exempt
Entities.
Tax-Exempt Entities: Non-Profit Entities or Public Entities.
Variable Refrigerant Flow (“VRF”): These systems meet the Applicable Technologies, Equipment
Eligibility, and Performance Requirements defined in Section 2.6 of this Program Manual.
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5. General Terms and Conditions
5.1. Notice of Public Disclosure
5.1.1 General Statement on Public Records
As a public entity, MassCEC is subject to Massachusetts’ Public Records Law, codified at Chapter 66 of the
Massachusetts General Laws (“Public Records Law”). Applicants acknowledge and agree that any
documentary material, data, or other information submitted to MassCEC are presumed to be public
records. An exemption to the Public Records Law may apply to certain records, including materials that
fall under certain categories under a statutory or common law exemption, including the limited exemption
at Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 23J, Section 2(k) regarding certain types of confidential
information submitted to MassCEC by an applicant for any form of assistance. By submission of an
application, Applicants acknowledge and agree that MassCEC, in its sole discretion, shall determine
whether any particular document, material, data or other information is exempt from or subject to public
disclosure. Thus, MassCEC urges Applicants to carefully consider what documents, materials, data and
other information is submitted to MassCEC in connection with this solicitation.
In line with Public Records Law requirements, MassCEC generally considers the following types of
information confidential:
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Personal email addresses
Personal phone numbers
Electric bills
5.1.2 Open Checkbook
MassCEC shall have the right to disclose the name of any Payee and/or Grantee, the amount of the
payment under the Program and any other information it may deem reasonably necessary on Open
Checkbook, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ online database of state spending.
5.2. Contractual Requirements
The System Owner’s Agreement defines the legal terms that will govern the Award and sets forth the
respective roles and responsibilities of the parties specifically as they relate to the project that is the
subject of the Award. The System Owner’s Agreement is designed to be executed upon submitting an
Application and become effective as of the date indicated on the Award Letter from MassCEC. This
contract language is non-negotiable. Accepting the System Owner’s Agreement at the time of Application
does not entitle the Applicant Parties to an award for funding by MassCEC.
No grant funds may be used to award or pay grants for Projects that reach Project Completion prior to
the Program launch date or after the Program deadline.
5.3. Disclaimer
This Program Manual does not commit MassCEC to award any funds, pay any costs incurred in preparing
an application, or procure or contract for services or supplies. MassCEC reserves the right to accept or
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reject any or all applications received, waive minor irregularities in submittal requirements, request
modifications of the Application, negotiate with all qualified Applicants, cancel or modify the Program in
part or in its entirety, or change the application guidelines.
5.4. Changes/Amendments to the Program Manual
The requirements listed herein are subject to change without notice to potential Applicant Parties. This
Program Manual has been distributed electronically using MassCEC’s website. It is the responsibility of
Applicant Parties to check MassCEC’s website for any addenda or modifications to the Program Manual
to which they intend to respond. MassCEC, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and its subdivisions
accept no liability and will provide no accommodation to an Applicant who submits an Application based
on an out-of-date Program Manual and/or related document.
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