Here is a picture of the new Zoned Energy Rating Label. I will spend a bit of time going through the different sections in this. There is a lot more information on this label than there was on the previous energy rating label.

Same as on the old label there is a section which tells you what the brand and the model number of the unit so customers can be sure that they are looking at the same unit as the one that they are thinking they are looking at.

There is still the cooling capacity number in kilowatts which is the cooling capacity if the outside temperature is 35 degrees. This number is directly comparable to the cooling capacity on the old energy rating label. The top seven degree heating capacity number is again in kilowatts and is directly comparable to the heating capacity on the old energy rating label but now we also have the two degree capacity.  On the old label manufacturers and installers and importers could choose to disclose this information but most of them didn't but now under the new Determination and with the new label testing at 2 degrees is mandatory so you will see this in this number on the label.  I've got some slides that will go into more detail about the 2 degree number, why it matters and when you use it.

One of the main things that is different is we have gone to a zoned system.  There are three climate zones that have been determined for Australia which are: the Hot zone which covers Brisbane, Darwin, Pacific island areas; the Average zone which covers most of the middle of Australia but you will notice that a lot of the major population centres look like they are on the on the border of a zone, Perth Adelaide and Sydney are all in the Average zone even though they look like there could be in the Cold zone; and then you've got the Cold zone which covers Canberra, Melbourne and all of New Zealand.

What we now have is we have a star rating for both heating and cooling and crucially an electricity use for heating and cooling is shown in each Zone.  What this highlights is how the unit will perform in different climatic conditions and, unlike the old label where you just have a capacity and no indication of how much energy the unit would use, this label gives an indication of how much energy it is likely the unit will use.

Noise ratings are now shown for the first time so you will see an indoor and an outdoor noise rating.  This is rated at full capacity.  Most units that are sold in Australia are inverter units and inverter units are almost never running at full capacity, so while it does say that for example this unit will be running at 59 decibels outside, it is rare that it is going to be that for long.  It is the maximum noise it will [produce] at full capacity.