Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers

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Commercial and industrial fans and blowers include a range of rotary-bladed air movement machines.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register comment extension notice pertaining to test procedures for fans and blowers. On October 1, 2021, DOE published a request for information (RFI) undertaking the preliminary stages of a rulemaking to consider potential test procedures for fans and blowers, including air circulating fan heads. The RFI provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by November 1, 2021. DOE received requests from the Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International asking DOE for a 21-day extension of the public comment period. DOE has reviewed this request and is granting an extension of the public comment period for 14 days to allow public comments to be submitted until November 15, 2021.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until November 15, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–TP-0021, by email (FansBlowers2021TP0021@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 

DOE has published a Federal Register notice undertaking the preliminary stages of a rulemaking to consider potential test procedures for fans and blowers, including air circulating fan heads. Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information regarding issues pertinent to whether new test procedures would accurately and fully comply with the requirement that a test procedure measures energy use during a representative average use cycle for the equipment without being unduly burdensome to conduct. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of final determination, classifying certain fans and blowers as covered equipment under Part A-1 of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. Accordingly, this document establishes the definition of equipment that is considered fans and blowers.

  • The Final Determine will be effective September 20, 2021.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice requesting comments on a potential definition of “commercial and industrial fan” for consideration in determining whether such equipment should be classified as covered equipment under Part C of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

NOTICE OF PETITION

DOE has published a Federal Register notice announcing receipt of a petition received by DOE on January 10, 2020, from the Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA), International, Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), and Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors of America (SMACNA) requesting that DOE establish a Federal test procedure for commercial and industrial fans. The petition requested that DOE resume a previous DOE rulemaking effort to establish a Federal test procedure for commercial and industrial fans, and that such test procedure be based on an upcoming industry test method. On May 24, 2021, DOE received a letter from AMCA, ACCA, and SMACNA withdrawing this petition.

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.

Standards

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of final determination pertaining to standards fans and blowers. 86FR46579 (August 19, 2021).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of reopening public comment period for submitting comments on the NODA. 81 FR 91049 (December 16, 2016). 

DOE has published Federal Register notice of data availibility (NODA) pertaining to standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. 81 FR 75742 (November 1, 2016). 

DOE is currently undertaking a rulemaking to consider new energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers.

The commercial and industrial fans and blowers energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0006 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period has closed.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Notice of Proposed Determination

Framework

Notice of Data Availability

Notice of Data Availability II

ASRAC Negotiation

Notice of Data Availability III

Test Procedure

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register comment extension notice pertaining to test procedures for fans and blowers.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice undertaking the preliminary stages of a rulemaking to consider potential test procedures for fans and blowers, including air circulating fan heads. 86FR54412 (October 1, 2021).

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.


Current Standard

There are currently no energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers.


Current Test Procedure

There are currently no test procedures for commercial and industrial fans and blowers


Helpful Links

Compliance

DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR Part 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.

Waivers

For information on current test procedure waivers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage.

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 430.27.

Exceptions

DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for commercial and industrial fans and blowers.

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database.

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart D.

ENERGY STAR®

DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR® products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySavers.gov.

Contact information

For more information related to this product, please email:
ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov


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