high efficiency mandate


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sidwelle

Can anyone tell me what the current mandate is for replacing existing furnaces with high-efficiency units ?

I have herd many different deadlines from May of 2013 to Jan of 2015 ?

Is there any type of official Gov. page that states these regs ?

FYI, I live in IL.

Thanks
 
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PaxPerPoten

Can anyone tell me what the current mandate is for replacing existing furnaces with high-efficiency units ?

I have herd many different deadlines from May of 2013 to Jan of 2015 ?

Is there any type of official Gov. page that states these regs ?

FYI, I live in IL.

Thanks
No known mandate here.... Maybe in the Socialist Republic of Washington DC.
 
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TomR

Can anyone tell me what the current mandate is for replacing existing
furnaces with high-efficiency units ?

I have herd many different deadlines from May of 2013 to Jan of 2015 ?

Is there any type of official Gov. page that states these regs ?

FYI, I live in IL.

Thanks
I came across the following article about a new federal law that could make
replacing gas furnaces more expensive:
http://www.northjersey.com/news/bergen/New_federal_law_may_make_replacing_your_furnace_much_costlier.html?page=all
According to the article, a new law was to go into effect on May 1, 2013
that would require new gas furnaces to have a higher efficiency rating.

Here's a quote from the article:

"Under the Department of Energy rules, gas furnaces installed after May 1
must be at least 90 percent efficient, compared with the current 78 percent
efficient criterion."

The article says that the law applies only to gas forced air furnaces and
not gas boilers that heat water for hot water radiator heat.

Most of the article is about how, in certain circumstances, the venting
requirements for the new higher efficiency gas furnaces will result in
higher installation costs.

I'll have to check and see if I can see any websites that talk about
extending the deadline beyond May 1, 2013.
 
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Moe DeLoughan

Can anyone tell me what the current mandate is for replacing existing furnaces with high-efficiency units ?

I have herd many different deadlines from May of 2013 to Jan of 2015 ?

Is there any type of official Gov. page that states these regs ?
The new regional energy standards for gas furnaces that were to go
into effect as of May 15, 2013 were withdrawn as part of a court
settlement. The standards had been challenged in court by a natural
gas industry group and an HVAC contractors group. Under the planned
rule, new and replacement furnaces installed in northern-tier states
would have had to be at least 90% efficient.

The Dept of Energy will permit existing energy efficiency standards to
remain in place until they draft new ones and get them through the
traditional review/comment/revise/publish procedure.

The objections to the proposed new standard were that it would be very
difficult and expensive to replace existing furnaces with condensing
furnaces in certain housing units (such as condos and townhomes) where
due to the design of the building there would be no easy way to vent
the new furnace out to an exterior wall. The other objection was to
the increased item and installation costs for the high-efficiency
units; in light of the low current price of natural gas, the payback
period was deemed unreasonably long.

More on the story:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/18/business/doe-cancels-rule-on-high-efficiency-furnaces

http://contractormag.com/law/settlement-between-doe-apga-would-rescind-regional-standards-residential-gas-furnaces
 
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Tony944

Moe DeLoughan said:
The new regional energy standards for gas furnaces that were to go
into effect as of May 15, 2013 were withdrawn as part of a court
settlement. The standards had been challenged in court by a natural
gas industry group and an HVAC contractors group. Under the planned
rule, new and replacement furnaces installed in northern-tier states
would have had to be at least 90% efficient.

The Dept of Energy will permit existing energy efficiency standards to
remain in place until they draft new ones and get them through the
traditional review/comment/revise/publish procedure.

The objections to the proposed new standard were that it would be very
difficult and expensive to replace existing furnaces with condensing
furnaces in certain housing units (such as condos and townhomes) where
due to the design of the building there would be no easy way to vent
the new furnace out to an exterior wall. The other objection was to
the increased item and installation costs for the high-efficiency
units; in light of the low current price of natural gas, the payback
period was deemed unreasonably long.
{What seems to me here that big Landlords don't want spend any money
let small home owner get rusted shaft. Thanks to our crooks in Washington!}
 
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