By Chuck White, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
Two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) rulemakings will soon close public comment periods. These proposals would change the manner in which residential gas furnaces and commercial water heaters are regulated. One request for comment would consolidate multiple standards on multiple components of gas furnaces. Support of this would streamline evaluation of these products from every couple of years to a five- or six-year schedule. This would reduce engineering costs that are built into all products. The second request for comment pertains to rescinding new rules that would effectively mandate almost all residential gas furnaces and commercial water heaters be condensing type equipment.
PHCC has repeatedly voiced its concern for the loss of a non-condensing class of product and the venting hardships that may result in some installations. PHCC looks forward to working toward solutions to these issues and to unburden consumers from ever-increasing product research and development costs.
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs , PHCC-National Association
Charles “Chuck” R. White serves as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for PHCC—National Association. White works closely with government regulatory bodies, such as the DOE, and serves on a number of councils and coalitions including NSPC, PERC, ABPA and IAPMO as a representative of PHCC’s contractors.
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