The Issue: Energy Efficiency

APSP is clean and green!

Since the advent of the pool and spa industry’s green movement, APSP has been instrumental in securing critical adaptations and improvements to pool energy efficiency requirements. Since 2006, APSP advocacy has had a profound impact on codes and standards development worldwide.

Pool Energy Legislation – APSP Advocacy


  • APSP promoted changes and clarifications to California’s pioneering minimum pool energy efficiency regulations for portable spas, pool pumps, piping, and filter sizing, while working with the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Energy to establish industry-sensible and consumer sensitive energy efficiency targets.
  • APSP developed the ANSI/APSP-14 Standard for Energy Efficiency in Portable Spas and the ANSI/APSP-15 Standard for residential pool pumps and motors, which recognize and preserve the gains achieved by APSP in California.
  • APSP has established a seat at the table with the U.S. Senate Energy Commission as the "go to" resource for spa and pool energy laws.
  • APSP participation in the development of the International Code Council (ICC) revision of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and 2012 International Green Construction Code (IGCC) resulted in the removal of certain burdensome and unachievable pool cover provisions and the recognition of critical distinctions between portable and in-ground spas.
  • ANSI/APSP/ICC-14 and 15 Standards were adopted in the 2012 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code.
  • APSP is working to ensure that forthcoming ASHRAE Energy Efficient Standards are consistent with, or refer to, APSP-14/APSP-15 standards.
  • APSP is working with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) toward codes language consistent with APSP energy standards.

​Arizona Pool & Spa Energy Requirements (Title 44):
As of January 1, 2012, Arizona's Title 44 provides that residential swimming pool filtration pumps, motors, controls and portable spas must meet certain requirements when they are sold or installed. Download the Arizona Energy Requirements Frequently Asked Questions here.

The APSP Energy Coalition:
Manufacturers of pool pumps and motors have come together under APSP to establish relationships with members of Congress, like-minded entities, and federal agency officials to ensure that any national legislation or regulation addressing energy efficiency, and specifically tax incentives relating to such matters, do not explicitly exclude pool and spa products. The coalition has been successful in removing this exclusionary language from Senate legislation and continues to work on these efforts in the current Congress and beyond. Learn More.