DOE Final Rule Restricting Vented Gas Hearth Products
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued final regulations on April 16, 2010, that regulated the energy efficiency of all heater-rated and decorative gas fireplaces – regulating all as room heaters, essentially banning the sale of decorative gas fireplaces. HPBA sued DOE in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in May, 2010, followed by settlement negotiations that lasted for one year.
DOE then issued a second Final Rule on November 22, 2011 that continued to improperly classify decorative vented gas fireplaces and, for the first time, vented gas log sets as direct heating equipment. The existing rule, along with the new proposal, was a direct threat to the existence of decorative gas fireplaces and gas log sets. On February 8, 2013, the D.C.Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of HPBA’s position, striking down both of DOE’s rules.
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All briefs associated with the DOE Challenge can be found by following this link.
Throughout the process, HPBA has filed written comments on this issue. Please see the links below.
HPBA RFI Comments to DOE on Reducing Regulatory Burdens - January 4, 2012
HPBA Comments on Definition of Vented Hearth Heater - February 2010
Formal comments to DOE regarding Vented Hearth Products - February 2007
Links/ Other Information
Department of Energy (DOE)
- Frequently Asked Questions - Vented Hearth Heaters - April 19, 2010
- Residential Direct Heating Equipment
This page describes rulemaking activities and regulations regarding energy efficiency for residential direct heating equipment.
This page presents information on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) analyses conducted as part of the current energy conservation standards rulemaking for residential heating products.