By Chuck White, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently received a petition from a group, referred to as the “Gas Industry Petitioners,” asking to issue an interpretive rule stating that DOE’s proposed energy conservation standards for residential furnaces and commercial water heaters would result in the unavailability of “performance characteristics” by setting standards which can only be met by condensing combustion products (90%+ efficient). The rules that are requested to be withdrawn would preclude the installation of non-condensing combustion products (80% efficient). PHCC believes there is a need for non-condensing equipment particularly in applications where alternate venting routes would be costly, if not impossible, to achieve. DOE will be taking comments on this request through the end of January 2019. PHCC looks forward to expressing the contractors point of view on this topic. The complete rulemaking is available here and public comments may be filed through this DOE portal.
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs , PHCC-National Association