Boiler manufacturers represented by the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Assn. (GAMA), and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), an energy efficiency advocacy group, have jointly asked Congress to pass legislation establishing new federal minimum efficiency standards for residential gas and oil burners, GAMA recently announced.
The two groups, "have presented consensus boiler minimum performance and design requirements to key Congressional staff for inclusion in an expected, new comprehensive energy bill in the 110th Congress," said Jack W. Klimp, GAMA president. "The boiler industry directed GAMA to take this action as an alternative to new residential boiler standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that would compromise consumer safety," Klimp added.
DOE has proposed to mandate a minimum 84% AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) for gas hot water boilers. This standard level would require some consumers to incur greater additional expense to insure safe installation of these models, Klimp explained.
The proposed legislation supported by GAMA and ACEE calls for a minimum 82% AFUE for gas hot water boilers plus specific energy saving design features. It would benefit consumers by saving more energy than the DOE proposal, while avoiding potential safety risks and additional, possibly significant remodeling costs, according to GAMA.
The groups submitted a similar proposal to DOE in 2006, as an alternative to standards DOE has proposed to adopt in its ongoing review of boiler standards scheduled to conclude by September 2007, Klimp explained. At that time, DOE said it lacked the legal authority to adopt design requirements for these products.