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

On Friday, March 27, 2015 DOE held a public meeting regarding the proposed rule for residential furnace standards. DOE will host a continuation of this meeting on April 13, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in Washington, DC. The public meeting will be held at 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20585, Room 4A-104.

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

DOE will hold a public meeting on Monday, April 13, at 9:00 a.m. at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 4A-104, 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 closes June 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: