Technical: Proposed Federal Regulatory Standards
PHCC keeps members informed of the many changes happening in our industry through the regulatory process, including the limitations on the production of Refrigerant 22 and the new energy standards on residential water heaters and boilers.
Final Furnace, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Rule: PHCC is monitoring the effective date of regional standards for residential non-weatherized and mobile home gas furnaces, originally scheduled to go into effect May 1, 2013.Comments to Proposed DOE Residential Boiler Rule
Comments to DOE Residential Gas Furnace Proposal
- Get the Lead Out Plumbing: A consortium of manufacturers, code organizations, engineers, and PHCC has been actively promoting education for the changes in the Safe Drinking Water Act. These changes are to be implemented January 4, 2014 changing the definition of “lead free.” The Consortium has prepared a PowerPoint Presentation for training that may be viewed or downloaded at www.gettheleadoutplumbing.com.
Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program: EPA currently administers a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning for residential housing. EPA is working to expand the LRRP to commercial and public buildings. This final rule is expected January 2015, with compliance (enforcement) in 2016.
Workforce Guidelines for Weatherization Work: The U.S. Dept. of Energy has implemented new certifications for workers in the weatherization industry known as the Workforce Guidelines. PHCC was instrumental in the addition of requirements for licensed plumbing, HVAC and electrical contractors and workers for these important life safety job tasks. The program now places emphasis on utilizing professionally trained workers when making recommendations or changes to these complex systems.
R-22 (HCFC) consumption phase out: The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Final Rule regarding HCFC-22 production for the years 2012 through 2014.
DOE Water Heater Efficiency Rules: The U.S. Dept. of Energy has issued changes to the efficiency standards for residential water heaters taking effect in 2015. Levels of efficiency are going up, most significantly in tank sizes greater than 55 gallons. To read additional information on the DOE changes, click here.
DOE Advanced Roof Top Unit Campaign: The U.S. Dept. of Energy has announced a program to encourage use of higher efficiency large roof top air conditioning units. Subsidies are available in some areas of the country for this application.
- For additional examples of how PHCC is protecting your interests, check out the Government Relations section.