U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office – Appliance & Equipment Standards
Commercial and Industrial Fans, Blowers, and Fume Hoods
This page describes rulemaking activities for commercial and industrial fans, blowers, and fume hoods. There are currently no federal standards or test procedures for these products.
DOE proposes to determine that commercial and industrial fans, blowers, and fume hoods meet the criteria for covered equipment because classifying equipment of such type as covered equipment is necessary to improve the efficiency of commercial and industrial fans, blowers, and fume hoods to conserve the energy resources of the nation.
Request for Information
Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 6291 et seq.), sets forth various provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part C of Title III of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6311-6317), establishes the "Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment," which covers certain commercial and industrial equipment (hereafter referred to as "covered equipment").
EPCA specifies a list of equipment that constitutes covered commercial and industrial equipment. (42 U.S.C. 6311(1)(A)-(L). The list includes 11 types of equipment and a catch-all provision for certain other types of industrial equipment classified as covered the Secretary of Energy (Secretary). EPCA also specifies the types of equipment that can be classified as covered in addition to the listed equipment, and the criteria that must be met. This equipment includes fans and blowers. (42 U.S.C. 6311(2)(A) and (B)).
To classify equipment as covered commercial or industrial equipment, the Secretary must determine that classifying the equipment as covered equipment is necessary for the purposes of Part A-1 of EPCA. (42 U.S.C. 6312(b))