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CEC adopts APSP 14 portable spa standard

CEC adopts APSP 14 portable spa standard CEC adopts APSP 14 portable spa standard

Through collaboration between PHTA’s International Hot Tub Association (IHTA), portable spa manufacturers, the California Energy Commission (CEC), and other interested parties, the APSP-14 standard was fully adopted by the CEC in 2021. The CEC will require compliance with APSP-14 (2019) beginning January 1, 2022.

More than a decade ago, the CEC established energy efficiency requirements that initiated the development of the 2014 edition of the ANSI/APSP/ICC-14 Standard for Portable Spa Energy Efficiency. While California had adopted most of the APSP standard, it did not adopt the full standard, which created confusion and compliance challenges. “This marks an enormous step in eliminating the complexities that portable spa manufacturers encountered as they worked to comply with multiple regulations,” said Nathan Coelho, Chairman of the IHTA Engineering Committee. “This will level the playing field in California, creating a uniform standard for manufacturers to follow.”

PHTA and IHTA continue to advocate for the adoption of this standard in all states, to ensure energy efficient products are being provided to consumers, and to eliminate a patchwork of requirements from one jurisdiction to another.

“As more states adopt the APSP14 standard for Portable Electric Spas, greater consistency will occur nationwide, making it much easier to manufacture portable electric spas,” Coelho said.

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For more information, contact Janay Rickwalder, PHTA’s Vice President of Communications and Public Relations, at [email protected] or 703-357-3918.

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