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ENERGY STAR® Commercial Food Service Newsletter

Summer 2014 Edition

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Congratulations to the 2014 ENERGY STAR Award Winners!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to congratulate the three ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service (CFS) manufacturer partners that were honored at this year's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards Ceremony, held April 29, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The ceremony is hosted each year by EPA to recognize organizations for their exceptional commitment to energy efficiency.

Hoshizaki America, Inc. received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for the second consecutive year. In 2013 Hoshizaki increased its ENERGY STAR certified product offerings by 88 percent. Hoshizaki has also continued to use the ENERGY STAR logo and messaging in brochures and other educational materials for consumers, dealers, and other key influencers and has increased training for architects, consultants, dealers, and service technicians, by 93 percent.

Hoshizaki ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award photo

Hoshizaki accepts the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award.

ITW Food Equipment Group received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for the fourth consecutive year. In 2013 ITW increased their total number of ENERGY STAR products by 19 percent, with more than 400 ENERGY STAR certified products across seven product categories. ITW also promotes the benefits of ENERGY STAR through professional trainings for dealers, distributors, sales representatives and design consultants and nearly 50 percent of ITW’s entire product line is ENERGY STAR certified.

ITW ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award photo

ITW accepts the ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence.

Manitowoc Foodservice received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for the third consecutive year. Manitowoc continues to integrate ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency information into training literature and online information for dealers, end users, distributors, sales representatives, and design consultants. Manitowoc was also actively involved in the ENERGY STAR combination oven specification development process and offers more than 1,700 ENERGY STAR certified products across the six commercial foodservice product categories.

Manitowoc ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award photo

Manitowoc accepts the ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence.

Interested in applying for the 2015 ENERGY STAR Awards? Applications are now available online at: www.energystar.gov/awards. New this year: EPA is asking partners to pre-notify us of your intent to apply for an award. Please use your “My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA) to complete this action by Wednesday, October 1, 2014. If you have trouble accessing MESA, please send an email to commercialfoodservice@energystar.gov.

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Product Finder Tools

The ENERGY STAR label is recognized by more than 85% of the American public. Over 1,800 product brand owner partners have more than 45,000 product models that carry the ENERGY STAR label, across more than 70 types of products.

Given the wealth of data contained in the certified product lists, the ENERGY STAR program developed the product finder tools to provide stakeholders and consumer with an easily-accessible, user-friendly search tool for product data.

On June 18, 2014 EPA held a webinar to discuss the ENERGY STAR product finder tools and provided an overview of the certified product lists, product finder links and filters, advanced view features, and API capabilities.

The key benefits to partners provided by product finder include:

1. Better access and improved ability to find EPA product data,
2. More frequent product data updates,
3. Product search functionality by brand, model name, model number, or additional information.

There are two views of the certified product lists through Product Finder: Basic and Advanced. The Basic view can be accessed through the “View Available Products” link on the Product Finder Home page. On this view, stakeholders and consumers can filter the product list and compare up to four products. A subset of the information from the certified product list is displayed.

Screenshot of the ENERGY STAR Product Finder for commercial hot food holding cabinets

The Advanced view can be accessed either through the Product finder lists found at data.energystar.gov or through a link on the Basic View. In the Advanced view, interested stakeholders have access to all the information on the certified products lists.

Screenshot of the ENERGY STAR product finder in advanced view

Advanced View Features

The ENERGY STAR Product Finder has many advanced view features that make it easier for consumers and stakeholders to use the information found on the certified products lists. Some of these features include:

- Product comparison capabilities
- Custom filters
- Embedding function for filtered data or visuals
- Export data capabilities, including machine readable access via an API
- Chart creation based on custom attributes
- Search functionality for additional models

To provide feedback or receive additional information on the ENERGY STAR Product Finder and webinar, the advanced view features, or for more information on APIs please visit the website at www.energystar.gov/productfinder or contact energystarproducts@energystar.gov.

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Product Spotlight: WaterSense PRSV

In 2006, EPA launched the WaterSense® program, a voluntary partnership program that seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. EPA’s WaterSense program aims to help consumers and businesses make smart water choices that save money and maintain high environmental standards without compromising performance. WaterSense labeled commercial pre-rinse spray valves (PRSVs) have been independently certified to use 20 percent less water than the federal standard, or a maximum flow rate of 1.28 gallons per minute, and perform as well or better than standard models.

Image of a Pre-Rinse Spray Valve

EPA released a final WaterSense specification for commercial PRSVs on September 19, 2013. These products are the first commercial kitchen products eligible for the WaterSense label. Approximately 970,000 PRSVs are currently being used in the U.S., consuming an estimated 51 billion gallons of water each year. Replacing just one standard PRSV with a WaterSense labeled model can save a typical commercial kitchen more than 7,000 gallons of water per year. That’s equivalent to the amount of water needed to wash nearly 5,000 racks of dishes. The natural gas energy savings from using a WaterSense labeled PRSV instead of a standard model is equivalent to the energy needed to run a kitchen’s convection oven 12 hours a day for three weeks.

For a list of WaterSense labeled PRSVs visit: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/product_search.html. More information on WaterSense labeled PRSVs is available in the WaterSense PRSV fact sheet or on the WaterSense PRSV webpage, http://www.epa.gov/watersense/products/prsv.html.

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Hobart Center for Sustainability Award Winner: Olive, an urban dive

In May, Hobart awarded the 2014 Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability (HCFS) grant to Olive, an urban dive in Dayton, OH for its unwavering commitment to foodservice sustainability initiatives and the Dayton community.

More information on Olive can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at @olivedive, or on its website, www.olivedive.com. Congratulations, Olive, an urban dive!

This marks the seventh year for the HCFS grant, which is awarded each year to a business or organization judged to have the best-executed food service sustainability project(s). More information about the HCFS grant is available at www.hcfsforum.com.

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Recent Events: NRA Show and DOE's Better Buildings Summit

National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show 2014

ENERGY STAR Program Managers from the EPA and additional team members attended this year’s NRA Show 2014 from May 17-20, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

ENERGY STAR CFS equipment manufacturing partners demonstrated leadership and expertise in designing energy-efficient products that meet industry demands. EPA would like to extend congratulations to the following ENERGY STAR partners that were recognized as 2014 Kitchen Innovation Award Winners at the NRA Show: Alto-Shaam, Champion Industries, Garland Group, Henny Penny, Rational USA, Star Manufacturing, Turbo Chef and Vulcan. For more information, visit http://show.restaurant.org/Attend/Innovations-Awards/Kitchen-Innovations.

Further demonstrating this increased interest in energy efficiency, the Show also offered a number of educational sessions in its sustainability track which highlighted energy efficiency, including:

  1. A session titled “Navigating Design Decisions: Start Smart with a Trip Around Your Kitchen’s Lifecycle” featuring Richard Young, Sr. Engineer and Director of Education at Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E’s) Food Service Technology Center (FSTC) and Tarah Schroeder, Principal of Ricca Newmark Design. Richard and Tarah advised operators and purchasers to consider the total cost of ownership of cooking equipment that is energy-intensive and be sure equipment has earned the ENERGY STAR.

If you did not have the opportunity to speak with an ENERGY STAR representative in attendance or have additional questions, please contact commercialfoodservice@energystar.gov to schedule a discussion.

Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Summit

Representatives from the ENERGY STAR team attended the 2014 DOE Better Buildings Summit in early May in Washington, D.C. The Better Buildings Summit is a national meeting where leading organizations across key sectors showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20 percent over the next ten years.

At the 2014 Summit, more than 500 participants engaged in dialogue focused on sharing proven approaches and best practices for increasing energy efficiency in the commercial, industrial, public, and multifamily sectors. The ENERGY STAR team attended the commercial sector session titled: “Reducing Energy Consumption in Restaurants and Kitchens” which provided an opportunity to learn about industry leaders’ current initiatives and plans for future activities in energy efficiency. Panelists during the session included, Kim Erickson of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, Jay Fiske of Powerhouse Dynamics, and Jason Greenberg of McDonald’s.

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Dealer Update: ENERGY STAR Resources

Are you an ENERGY STAR dealer or distributor partner who works with restaurants and/or institutional kitchens on improving the energy efficiency of their kitchens through the equipment they purchase? Do you sell ENERGY STAR CFS equipment, but are unsure how to promote the benefits and sell more? The ENERGY STAR CFS program has many resources available to assist you!

As an ENERGY STAR partner you have access to CFS materials such as:

  1. Share Your Story recognition opportunity,
  2. The Guide for Café’s, Restaurants, and Institutional Kitchens,
  3. ENERGY STAR product fact sheets,
  4. CFS Incentive Guide and Incentive Finder,
  5. Where to Buy” list of all CFS ENERGY STAR partners.

The ENERGY STAR program has a recognition opportunity for dealers and operators who sell or use ENERGY STAR certified CFS equipment. Organizations who are focused on improving the energy efficiency of their operations and protecting the environment are encouraged to tell their story to inspire others through a 300-500 word submission. Dealers and operators who share their story will receive an ENERGY STAR Certificate of Recognition from EPA and have their efforts communicated through the ENERGY STAR website and other vehicles (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

Image of the Share Your Story recognition opportunity one-pager

The ENERGY STAR program also has marketing materials available for your use. The ENERGY STAR Guide for Café’s, Restaurants, and Institutional Kitchens and product fact sheets can be co-branded to suit your organization. As a dealer partner, you may also develop custom material with the ENERGY STAR logo and language to share with EPA. The incentive guide and incentive finder are also great resources to identify rebates on ENERGY STAR CFS equipment that are available across the country from more than 100 utilities.

Additionally, ENERGY STAR dealers have the opportunity to provide information on storefronts through the ENERGY STAR “Where to Buy” list. All dealers are encouraged to ensure their information is correct by reviewing both the main page and the “Download results to Excel” file. EPA also welcomes dealer partners to utilize the ENERGY STAR Partner Mark on websites and in promotional materials so customers know your organization carries products that will save energy and money.

To learn more about ENERGY STAR CFS promotional opportunities, dealers can work with ENERGY STAR to develop educational seminars for your sales representatives, distributors, or other stakeholders. If you are interested in scheduling a seminar, or for more information on marketing materials, please contact commercialfoodservice@energystar.gov.

If you are not yet a partner and are interested in learning more, please contact commercialfoodservice@energystar.gov.

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Product Development Updates

Specification Update – Commercial Refrigerators & Freezers

The Final Version 3.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers specification was released on December 19, 2013 and will take effect on October 1, 2014. More information, including previous draft proposals, supporting analyses, and stakeholder comments can be found on the ENERGY STAR Product Development webpages at: www.energystar.gov/productdevelopment

Update from Commercial Coffee Brewers Stakeholder Meeting during NRA Show 2014

EPA hosted a stakeholder meeting during the NRA Show 2014 to discuss the launch of the Commercial Coffee Brewers ENERGY STAR specification development process. Stakeholders interested in receiving future correspondence or being involved in the specification development process can contact commercialfoodservice@energystar.gov.

Updates on this development effort, including draft specifications, and supporting documents, are available on the Commercial Coffee Brewer website at: www.energystar.gov/newspecs.

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Emerging Technology Award: Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation

The ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award was created to raise the profile of innovative technologies that may not yet meet key principles associated with the ENERGY STAR program (e.g. widely available, cost-effective), but have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions once they are more widely adopted. As products in these categories become more mainstream, the relevant product categories can potentially become candidates for ENERGY STAR specification development.

Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV)
EPA is pleased to announce DCKV, a new energy saving technology for commercial kitchens, as a category for the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award for 2014-2015. Based on significant energy savings that can be achieved, EPA has developed performance criteria that systems must include in order to be eligible for the Award. The performance criteria includes; fan speed, active cooking sensor requirements, and connected criteria. EPA has included connected criteria so that actionable information will be provided to users and building owners through network communication and on-premises controls.

For more information on the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award, visit the website at www.energystar.gov/emergingtech. Specific questions can be directed to Peter Banwell, EPA, at (202) 343-9408 or banwell.peter@epa.gov.

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Look for the next Commercial Food Service Newsletter this October!