APGA Speaks to Homebuilders About Furnace Rule Impacts

By Renée Lani posted 06-23-2022 12:14 PM

On June 16, APGA staff had the opportunity to quickly brief members of the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) on the impacts of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed minimum efficiency standards for residential furnaces.

DOE recently proposed a furnace rule that would set a condensing-only standard, meaning that non-condensing residential furnaces would no longer be permitted to be sold in the U.S. if the rule is finalized. Unfortunately, without non-condensing products on the market, many would be required to make expensive retrofits to their homes in order to facilitate the new venting systems associated with condensing technology, if even possible, else fuel switch to other appliances.

APGA will continue to engage on the furnace rule, including through educating other stakeholders on the potential impacts.

For questions on this article, please contact Renée Lani of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-0836 or by email at rlani@apga.org.