The Federal Trade Commission has proposed amendments to the R-value Rule, which governs ratings for home insulation, as part of its systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides.
Issued in 1979, the R-value Rule requires home insulation manufacturers, professional installers, new home sellers, and retailers to provide R-value information, based on the results of standard tests, to help inform consumers. The R-value rates a products ability to restrict heat flow and thus reduce energy costs.
The FTC sought comments on the Rule (formally, the Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation) in 2016. Based on comments received, the Commission proposes amendments that would:
The Commission vote approving the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was 2-0. The notice will be published in the Federal Register soon. Instructions for filing comments appear in the Federal Register Notice. Comments must be received by February 12, 2017; they will be posted at ftc.gov/policy/public-comments. (FTC File No. R811001; the staff contact is Hampton Newsome, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-2889)
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