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Rulemaking for Residential Furnaces Energy Conservation Standards

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of amending energy conservation standards for residential furnaces.


Recent Updates | Public Meeting Information | Submitting Public Comments | Milestones and Documents | Related Rulemakings | Statutory Authority | Contact Information


Recent Updates

DOE published Federal Register notice extending the comment period regarding the notice of proposed rule for energy conservation standards for certain residential furnaces. 80 FR 28851 (May 20, 2015). The public comment period is extended until July 10, 2015.

DOE published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and public meeting regarding energy conservation standards for certain residential furnaces.80 FR 13119 (March 12, 2015) The public meeting is scheduled for March 27, 2015.

DOE published a notice of public meeting to demonstrate the analytical tools developed by the agency in support of a proposed rule to consider amended energy conservation standards. 79 FR 64517 (October 30, 2014) While DOE demonstrated these analytical tools with the content provided in the residential non-weatherized gas furnace and mobile home gas furnace rulemaking, and entertained questions related to that content, the public meeting did not address any deliberative issues related to that specific docket. Please click here for the presentation and here for the transcript of the meeting.


Public Meeting Information


Submitting Public Comments

The comment period closes July 10, 2015.

Milestones and Documents

The residential furnaces energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-STD-0031 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents. For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking


Related Rulemakings

DOE is conducting a rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for residential boilers. For more information, please see the rulemaking webpage

DOE is conducting a rulemaking regarding active mode test procedures for residential furnaces and boilers. For more information, please see the rulemaking webpage.



Statutory Authority

Title III, Part B of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA or the Act), Public Law 94–163 (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309, as codified) sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency and established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, a program covering most major household appliances (collectively referred to as "covered products"). These include the types of residential furnaces that are the subject of this rulemaking. (42 U.S.C. 6292(a)(5))

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

residential_furnaces_and_boilers@ee.doe.gov