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Rulemaking for Commercial Water Heating Equipment Test Procedures

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DOE is initiating a rulemaking and data collection process to consider amendments to DOE's test procedure for commercial water heating equipment. This rulemaking is intended to fulfill DOE's statutory obligation to review its test procedures for covered products at least once every seven years and will address commercial water heating equipment that is not included in the test procedure rulemaking for residential water heaters and certain commercial water heaters.


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


Recent Updates

DOE published a request for information regarding test procedures for commercial water heating equipment. 79 FR 10999 (February 27, 2014).


Public Meeting Information

No public meeting is scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The public comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The commercial water heating equipment test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-TP-0008 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.

Request for Information

Related Rulemakings

DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for residential water heaters and certain commercial water heaters. 78 FR 66201 (November 4, 2013).



Statutory Authority

The Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT 1992), Public Law 102-486, amended the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) to add commercial water heating equipment as a type of covered equipment. (42 U.S.C. 6311(1)) The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007), Public Law 110-140, further revised EPCA to require DOE to update its test method each time the relevant industry test procedure is modified (42 U.S.C. 6314(a)(4)(B)) and to evaluate its test procedure for each covered class once every seven years. (42 U.S.C. 6314(a)(1)(A))

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

commercial_water_heating_equipment@ee.doe.gov