Energy Conservation Test Procedures for Residential Furnaces and Boilers

Docket ID: EERE-2013-BT-TP-0008
Agency: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE)
Parent Agency: Department of Energy (DOE)
DOE is revising its test procedures for residential furnaces and boilers that were established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. This rulemaking would adopt needed equations, applicable to certain classes of these products, that were omitted from the relevant industry standard incorporated by reference in the DOE test procedure. Specifically, the current DOE test procedure for residential furnaces and boilers incorporates by reference the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 103-1993, Method of Testing for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency of Residential Central Furnaces and Boilers, (ASHRAE 103-1993). Section 9.10 of ASHRAE 103-1993, and by extension the DOE test procedure, permits condensing furnaces and boilers the option of omitting the specified heat-up and cool-down tests, if the model: (1) has no measurable airflow through the combustion chamber and heat exchanger during the burner off period; and (2) has post-purge period(s) of less than 5 seconds. However, the current test method lacks an equation necessary for the calculation of the heating seasonal efficiency (which contributes to the ultimate calculation of annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE)) of two-stage and modulating condensing furnaces or boilers when the option in section 9.10 is employed.
RIN: 1904-AC96
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 430
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
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Publication Period: Fall 2013
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 42 USC 6293(b)(2) and (3)
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM02/04/201378 FR 7681
NPRM Comment Period End04/22/2013
Final Action07/10/201378 FR 41265
Final Action Technical Correction08/30/201378 FR 53625
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Category: None
Type: Rulemaking
Program Office: Building Technologies Program (BT)
Subtype: Test Procedures

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Apr 22, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 02/04/2013
ID: EERE-2013-BT-TP-0008-0003
Comments Not Accepted
Posted: 08/30/2013
ID: EERE-2013-BT-TP-0008-0013
Comments Not Accepted
Posted: 07/10/2013
ID: EERE-2013-BT-TP-0008-0012
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 01/25/2013
ID: EERE-2013-BT-TP-0008-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 01/25/2013
ID: EERE-2013-BT-TP-0008-0002

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 03/22/2013
ID: EERE-2013-BT-TP-0008-0005
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 03/12/2013
ID: EERE-2013-BT-TP-0008-0004


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Agency Contact
Ashley Armstrong
General Engineer, EE-2J
1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585
Washington, DC 20585
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