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Rulemaking for Residential Furnaces and Boilers Energy Conservation Standards

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


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


Recent Updates

DOE issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and public meeting regarding energy conservation standards for certain residential furnaces. (February 10, 2015) The public meeting is scheduled for March 27, 2015. 

DOE published a notice of data availability (NODA) regarding energy conservation standards for residential boilers. 79 FR 8122 (February 11, 2014).


Public Meeting Information

DOE will hold a public meeting on Friday, March 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.  

To attend, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586–2945.  Please note that foreign nationals visiting DOE Headquarters are subject to advance security screening procedures. 

The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. Please register for the webinar here

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closes 90 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Milestones and Documents

The residential boilers energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE–2012–BT–STD–0047 and residential furnaces energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-STD-0031 contain 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.

Framework (Boilers)
Notice of Data Availability (Boilers)
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Furnaces)

Related Rulemakings

DOE is conducting a rulemaking regarding test procedures for two-stage modulating condensing furnaces and boilers. For more information, please see the rulemaking webpage.

DOE is conducting a rulemaking regarding active mode test procedures for two-stage modulating condensing 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 boilers 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