ISO 15042:2011 establishes performance testing and rating criteria for factory-made residential, commercial and industrial, electrically-driven, mechanical-compression, air-cooled air-conditioners and air-to-air heat pumps, described as basic multi-split systems, modular multi-split systems and modular heat recovery multi-split systems. These multi-split systems include air-to-air systems with non-ducted and/or ducted indoor units with integral fans and indoor units supplied without fans.
ISO 15042:2011 is limited to single and multiple circuit split-systems which utilize one or more compressors with no more than two steps of control of the outdoor unit. It is also limited to split-systems with a single refrigeration circuit which utilize one or more variable-speed compressors or alternative compressor combinations for varying the capacity of the system by three or more steps. These split-systems are designed to operate with a combination of one or more outdoor units and two or more indoor units designed for individual operation, and such modular systems that are capable of transferring recovered heat from one or more indoor units to other units in the same system.