The E3 Committee is currently investigating introducing a new type of ERL for appliances for which performance, energy efficiency and/or usage patterns are dependent on the location they are installed. These appliances include air conditioners, space heaters and water heaters.

A selection of ‘zoned energy rating labels’ have been designed, splitting Australia and New Zealand into three climate zones – mixed, hot/humid and cold. Following several rounds of qualitative and quantitative testing of consumers and industry, a draft design for the label was finalised.

The Department sought additional testing to further refine areas of the label based on outcomes from these previous rounds of research. Inovact Consulting was commissioned to conduct the research and fieldwork took place in July 2015.

This document reports the findings of the study.