EPA has revised the participation requirements for the “Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR Program” as part of a broad effort to enhance and improve the ENERGY STAR Program. All current insulation manufacturer partners and new partners are required to sign an up-to-date Manufacturer ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement to participate. Please see below for details on how to partner with the program as well as information on the new third-party certification requirements for insulation products as of September 23, 2011.
A. Partnership with the Program:
B. Applying to Promote Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR:
After signing the Partnership Agreement, manufacturers must submit their product line(s) (family) for testing by an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory and submit data for evaluation by a EPA-recognized third-party certification body in order to be granted access to the Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR Educational Graphics as outlined and agreed to in the Residential Insulation Manufacturer Partnership Commitments. Upon certifying the test data, the EPA-recognized certification body (CB) will issue an ENERGY STAR product report for each product line (family). If a manufacturer has a product line report less than 3 years old that meets the ENERGY STAR report requirements, it may be used to comply with these requirements.
The definitions and testing requirements are outlined in the following document:
For information regarding acceptable test labs, please contact the EPA-recognized certification body (CB). For a list of EPA-recognized certification bodies for residential insulation products, please visit the following page:
Additionally, manufacturers must complete an Insulation Manufacturer Form, which will be provided once a Partnership Agreement is complete. Once the ENERGY STAR product report is completed by the CB and the Participation Requirements Form is received and approved by EPA, the manufacturer will be granted access to the Partner Mark, the Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR Educational Product Graphic, and the ENERGY STAR Educational Marketing Graphic through My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA). The manufacturer must have at least one product certified to be granted full partnership status.
Additional information on Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR Program enhancements can be found at: www.energystar.gov/products/specs/node/171
NOTE to Air Sealing Product Manufacturers:
EPA continues to work to revise and enhance the air sealing product portion of the Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR program, which aims to recognize products whose main purpose is to reduce air leaks or ensure that homes have a high performing air barrier. EPA currently is not accepting new air sealing partners or products at this time until the participation requirements have been finalized.
For more information on becoming an Insulation Manufacturer Partner or promoting Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR, contact email@example.com.