DOE Issues a Notice of Final Interpretive Rule Pertaining to Residential Furnaces and Commercial Water Heaters
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice pertaining to residential furnaces and commercial water heaters. On August 27, 2021, DOE published in the Federal Register for public comment a proposed interpretive rule to reinstate a long-standing interpretation under which, in the context of residential furnaces, commercial water heaters, and similarly-situated products or equipment, the heat exchanger technology (and associated venting) used to supply heated air or hot water is not a performance-related “feature” that provides a distinct consumer utility under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA). The August 27, 2021 proposed interpretive rule set forth the basis and rationale for this final interpretive rule, in which DOE responds to public comments and ultimately reinstates its long-standing interpretation as proposed.
- This final interpretive rule is effective once the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow up email to announce the effective date once the notice has been published.
- Find product information for Residential Furnaces and Commercial Water Heaters including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.
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