Here is an end-of-the-year reminder of two changes planned for early 2015 for HVAC systems and some water heaters.

  • New regional standards for furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps have been approved by the federal Department of Energy (DOE) for units installed in homes after Jan. 1, 2015. Get the details in this NAHBNow post from November.
  • Custom builders and others who install extra-large water heaters should also be aware of new requirements that go into effect for electric and gas models produced after April 15, 2015. There are alternatives, though: Get the details here.