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Better heat pumps for commercial buildings are coming soon

The Department of Energy is convening manufacturers and customers like IKEA and Amazon to get next-gen heat pumps ready for commercial rooftops by 2027.

By Alison F. Takemura  . 

A large grey metal HVAC appliance on a rooftop. Image color-treated with red background, the appliance in true color.
Meet the packaged rooftop heat pump. Commercial buildings commonly use packaged rooftop units, though most burn gas for heating, rather than utilize heat-pump technology. (Michael Deru, National Renewable Energy Laboratory)