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6/19/2014

Reminder of the Deadline to Report Jan-Jun 30, 2014 Verification Testing Results to EPA

Certification bodies (CBs) are required to submit the results for any verification testing completed from January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by Friday, July 11, 2014.

Please note:

  • If testing has been completed between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014, you should report models on the "Completed Testing" tab;
  • If testing has not been completed, but models have been identified, procured, or are in the process of being tested, you should report models on the "In Progress" tab and indicate the procurement status;
  • If a model is selected (either EPA-nominated or randomly selected) and is not tested, you should report the model on the "Models Not Tested" tab;
  • Additional clarification on how to report testing information in the summary report, particularly for lighting products requiring lifetime testing, has been included in the new "Instructions" tab.

You should ensure that the Verification Testing Summary Report form is completed in its entirety; the report template has been revised to include a series of conditional formatting intended to assist CBs in completing and reviewing the report prior to submittal to EPA.

CBs may download the Jan 1-Jun 30, 2014 Verification Testing Summary Report form, which is available on the website: www.energystar.gov/CBresources. If you experience any delays in verification testing due to an unresponsive or uncooperative manufacturing partner, you are required to notify EPA within five days from the determination.

Please submit your completed Verification Testing Summary Report no later than COB, Friday, July 11, 2014 to Certification@energystar.gov. If you have any questions or are unable to submit by the deadline, please contact EPA.

6/11/2014

Reminder: Laboratory Accreditation for the Clothes Washer Test Method

As a reminder, on March 13th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final Version 7.0 ENERGY STAR® Clothes Washer Product Specification, which includes a reference to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) residential clothes washers test method found in 10 CFR 430, Subpart B, Appendix J2. In order to maintain recognition for residential clothes washers, EPA-recognized laboratories were required to be assessed to the new test procedure and re-apply by June 1, 2014.

Any laboratory that wishes to maintain recognition for clothes washers is encouraged to re-apply as soon as possible. First and third-party labs must have the updated test procedure listed on their formal scope of accreditation to maintain their EPA recognition. CBs that administer S/WMTL programs for clothes washers must assess labs to the new procedure and submit a new S/WMTL application to EPA.

Additional information about the new specification for clothes washers, including the final test method, can be found on the ENERGY STAR clothes washers specification development page.

If laboratories are encountering any issues or delays with pursuing this accreditation, please notify Certification@energystar.gov.

6/10/2014

EPA Recognizes CBs for the Clothes Dryers Product Category

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that two certification bodies (CBs) are now recognized to certify clothes dryers for the ENERGY STAR program. Manufacturers may begin working with these CBs to enroll in the CB's supervised or witnessed manufacturers' testing laboratory (S/WMTL) program and to certify product data.

  • CSA International
  • UL Verification Services, Inc.

EPA continues to review applications from qualified organizations and expects that other CBs will soon gain recognition to certify clothes dryers. EPA maintains an updated list of recognized CBs by product category on the third-party certification website, and stakeholders can search by the clothes dryers category to see when new CBs or accredited laboratories are added:

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=recognized_bodies_list.show_RCB_search_form

5/23/2014

ENERGY STAR Version 6.1 Computers Draft Test Method

Please see the attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the ENERGY STAR Version 6.1 Computers Draft Test Procedure. EPA welcomes your input on the attached Version 6.1 Draft Computers Test Method and Test Reporting Form. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments to Computers@energystar.gov no later than Friday, June 13th, 2014.

If you have any questions about this advisory, please contact Computers@energystar.gov .

5/23/2014

ENERGY STAR Lamps V1.1 Proposal

Please see attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the proposal for Version 1.1 ENERGY STAR Specification for Lamps.

5/23/2014

Notice of Minor Modifications to the Refrigerator and Freezers Test Procedures 10 CFR 430 Appendix A and 10 CFR 430 Appendix B

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind refrigerator and freezer certification bodies (CBs) and laboratories that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published finalized amendments on April 21, 2014 to the test procedures for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers found in 10 CFR 430 Appendix A and 10 CFR 430 Appendix B. The finalized rule amending the test procedures is considered effective as of May 21, 2014. The final rule includes a series of changes that include incorporation of a multiple-compressor test procedure, an optional triangulation test procedure, and other clarifications to the test procedure. CBs and laboratories are encouraged to review the finalized test procedures and ensure they are familiar with the amendments as they certify and test products.

Please contact Certification@energystar.gov with any questions regarding certifying refrigerators and freezers.

5/22/2014

Mandatory Training for CBs Interested in Certifying ENERGY STAR Clothes Dryers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that the Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR® Clothes Dryer specification is finalized and available for certification. Because this is a new product category for the program, EPA would like to ensure certification bodies (CBs) are familiar with the specification. EPA will host a conference call training session on the new specification on Monday, June 2, 2014 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time.

Any CB that is interested in expanding its scope of recognition must participate in this mandatory training. In addition, CBs must provide a signed application along with evidence that they have contacted their accreditation body requesting a scope expansion for clothes dryers. EPA will inform and post all recognized CBs on the same day. CBs that anticipate enrolling clothes dryer laboratories in their witnessed manufacturer's testing laboratory (WMTL) program shortly after the specification is finalized should plan for the initial assessment and other auditing requirements as needed. Please note, CBs may only enroll laboratories after they have been granted EPA-recognition in that product category.

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5/21/2014

For CB Review: Updated Verification Testing Summary Report

In order to facilitate accurate and complete reporting of verification testing results, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the verification testing summary report template. As a reminder, certification bodies (CBs) are required to submit this form to EPA twice a year. Since the updated form includes a number of changes and added functionality, EPA invites CBs to become familiar with the attached updated form and submit any feedback, questions, or concerns to EPA.

The verification testing summary report is designed for CBs to complete from left to right. As information is entered, relevant columns will highlight to indicate required fields; cells will un-highlight once required data has been entered. Additional changes are summarized below:

  • Added a column for CBs to indicate lifetime testing status for relevant lighting products where lifetime testing is required. CBs will be expected to report initial and lifetime testing completion dates.
  • Added a drop-down menu on the “In Progress” tab for CBs to indicate the status of all products in progress.
  • Cells will be highlighted if duplicate models are entered in the “Certified Model Number” or “Tested Model Number” columns.
  • Removed the “Relevant Initial Testing Results” and “Relevant Verification Testing Results” columns.

EPA encourages CBs to use the new functionality and send any feedback, questions, or concerns to Certification@energystar.gov no later than June 4, 2014. Once finalized, EPA will post the template on the CB Resources page and use it to collect information on testing completed in the first half of 2014.

5/20/2014

ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Clothes Dryers Program Requirements

Please see attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the ENERGY STAR Clothes Dryers Program Requirements.

5/16/2014

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Battery Charging Systems Products to the Version 1.1 ENERGY STAR Specification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind manufacturing partners that after May 31, 2014, EPA-recognized certification bodies are required to cease certification of new battery chargers to the Version 1.1 specification due to the upcoming specification sunset date of December 31, 2014. Certification bodies may continue to submit administrative modifications to existing battery charger certifications to the Version 1.1 specification until December 31, 2014 at which time all battery chargers will be removed from the ENERGY STAR website and qualified products list. A static list of formerly qualified battery chargers will be posted on the website at that time.

Please contact EPA at BatteryChargers@energystar.gov with any questions about the sunsetting of battery chargers.

5/16/2014

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Integral LED Lamps to V1.4 and Compact Fluorescent Lamps to V4.3 ENERGY STAR Specifications

As of May 30, 2014, your organization must cease certifications to the ENERGY STAR® Integral LED Lamps Version 1.4 and Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) Version 4.3 specifications. Integral LED Lamps and CFLs may only be certified to the ENERGY STAR Lamps Version 1.0 specification. Administrative modifications to existing integral LED lamp certifications to the Version 1.4 specification and CFL certifications to the Version 4.3 specification may continue until September 30, 2014 at which point the Integral LED Lamp Version 1.4 and CFL Version 4.3 specifications will be sunset.

CBs must notify EPA by June 2, 2014 of any initially certified models not yet submitted to EPA or the models may be permanently restricted from the XML submission and appearing on certified product lists.

Please contact EPA at Certification@energystar.gov with any questions.

5/5/2014

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Telephony Products to the Version 2.2 ENERGY STAR Specification

As of May 15, 2014, your organization must cease certification to the Version 2.2 ENERGY STAR® Telephony specification and may only certify telephony products to the Version 3.0 specification. Administrative modifications to existing telephony certifications to the Version 2.2 specification may continue until October 1, 2014.

CBs must notify EPA by May 16, 2014 of models certified to Version 2.2, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would also like to remind CBs that as of May 15, 2014, if an EPA-recognized telephony laboratory can test Analog products but does not have the capability to test Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) products, then the laboratory must list the limitation in its scope of accreditation.

5/1/2014

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers to the Version 2.1 ENERGY STAR Specification

As of May 15, 2014, your organization must cease certification to the Version 2.1 ENERGY STAR® Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers specification and may only certify commercial refrigerators and freezers to the Version 3.0 specification. Administrative modifications to existing commercial refrigerators and freezers certifications to the Version 2.1 specification may continue until October 1, 2014.

CBs must notify EPA by May 16, 2014 of models certified to Version 2.1, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA.

Please contact EPA at Certification@energystar.gov or commercialrefrigeration@energystar.gov with any questions.

5/1/2014

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Boilers to the Version 2.1 ENERGY STAR Specification

As of May 15, 2014, your organization must cease certification to the Version 2.1 ENERGY STAR® Boilers specification and may only certify boilers to the Version 3.0 specification. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be hosting a webinar for EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) and boilers manufacturing partners to facilitate the transition to Version 3.0. CBs recognized to certify boilers are encouraged to attend. Administrative modifications to existing boilers certifications to the Version 2.1 specification may continue until October 1, 2014.

CBs must notify EPA by May 16, 2014 of models certified to Version 2.1, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA.

Please contact EPA at Certification@energystar.gov with any questions.

4/25/2014

UPDATED DIRECTIVE; 2012-02 ENERGY STAR Brand Owner Policy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised Directive #2012-02, ENERGY STAR Brand Owner Policy PDF (155 KB) to include the following clarification regarding brand owners and brand licensees for purposes of ENERGY STAR® partnership for manufacturers:

“It is EPA’s general practice to partner with brand owners. In rare circumstances, EPA may partner with a brand licensee; CBs should consult with EPA when such circumstances may occur. In all cases, brand owners that provide exclusive market venues for a brand should be the ENERGY STAR partner associated with the product certification.”

As a reminder, CBs should continue to establish that the partner is the brand owner prior to product certification and confirm that the brand owner is an ENERGY STAR partner in good standing, list the brand owner as the ENERGY STAR manufacturing partner associated with the certification, and obtain information from the brand owner regarding product availability.

If you have any questions about this directive or ENERGY STAR partnership, please contact Certification@energystar.gov.

4/22/2014

Notice of VoIP Laboratory Accreditation for the Telephony Test Method V3.0

On December 20th, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR® Telephony Product Specification, which expands the scope to include Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony products. The resulting revisions to the test method include the set-up of Power-over-Ethernet and a server. Because existing EPA-recognized laboratories will require new equipment to conduct testing for VoIP products, as of May 15, 2014, if an EPA-recognized telephony laboratory can test Analog telephony products but does not have the capability to test VoIP, then the laboratory must list the limitation in its scope of accreditation per Directive 2011-02 PDF (77 KB).

Additional information about the new specification for telephony, including the final test method, can be found on the ENERGY STAR telephony specification development page. Laboratories are invited to contact telephony@energystar.gov for questions about the test method or Certification@energystar.gov for questions regarding the laboratory recognition process.

4/10/2014

NEW DIRECTIVE: 2014-01 ENERGY STAR Responsibilities for Maintaining Product Certification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized Directive #2014-01, ENERGY STAR Responsibilities for Maintaining Product Certification PDF (171 KB). EPA remains available to provide support with partner communication and questions regarding the verification testing process, including outreach to unresponsive partners.

Upon further consideration, EPA has concluded that the sample letter for verifying product availability that was shared with the draft guidance may not be the ideal way to communicate with manufacturers. While certification bodies (CBs) still may need to communicate with partners about the number of products selected for testing for purposes of authorizations or other business transactions, CBs should avoid telling manufacturers which specific products were selected for verification testing. It remains EPA’s expectation that CBs maintain current availability information (including where to obtain products) for all certified products, regardless of whether or not they are selected for verification testing.

If you have any questions about this directive or CB’s responsibilities for verification testing, please contact Certification@energystar.gov.

4/9/2014

Mandatory Lighting CB Webinar Slides Posted and Draft

Thank you for attending the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) webinar for ENERGY STAR® Lighting Certification Bodies on Friday, April 4, 2014. The presentation from the webinar has been posted on the Technical Assistance for Certification Bodies web page. EPA thanks participants for their comments and feedback offered during last Friday’s webinar.

Please see the attached Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from EPA concerning the ENERGY STAR Lamps and Luminaires specifications for review. EPA welcomes stakeholder comments submitted to Lighting@energystar.gov by April 23, 2014.

For any further questions regarding certification, please feel free to contact Certification@energystar.gov

4/1/2014

Televisions V6.1: Number of Units Required for Testing and Web Service Updates

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has two important announcements regarding the Version 6.1 ENERGY STAR® Televisions Specification.

Number of Units Required for Testing

For certification of televisions to Version 6.1 with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Televisions Final Rule (DOE Final Rule), manufacturing partners have the option to test and report measured data for one representative unit or multiple units per the sampling requirements as defined in 10 CFR § 429.25. The attached Version 6.1 ENERGY STAR Television Program Requirements incorporate this change which takes effect immediately. No other changes have been made to the Eligibility Criteria. Section 4.4 Number of Units Required for Testing of the product specification now reads:

4.4.2 One of the following sampling plans shall be used to test the Representative Model for ENERGY STAR certification:
i. A representative unit shall be selected for testing as the Representative Model; or
ii. Units shall be selected for testing per the sampling requirements defined in 10 CFR § 429.25, which references 10 CFR § 429.11.

During verification testing, the CB will determine the number of units to test as outlined in Directive 2011-04 Test Sample Sizes and Determining Testing Failures PDF (89 KB). This directive requires products to be tested for purposes of verification consistent with how they were tested for purposes of qualification.

Guidance for Submitting Version 6.1 Data to EPA

For certification of televisions to Version 6.1 with the DOE Final Rule, attached are the finalized Televisions Version 6.1 updates to the existing Televisions Version 6 web service, marked in red. It is the manufacturing partner’s responsibility to ensure representations of their products are in accordance with the DOE Final Rule after April 23, 2014; therefore, if a television is tested to the DOE Final Rule, then the CB must collect relevant Version 6.1 data as outlined in the attached document. EPA will inform CBs when the web service changes have been made in late April.

In the interim, CBs may submit Televisions Version 6.1 models using the existing Televisions Version 6 web service. For DOE Final Rule Reported Annual Energy Consumption (kWh), CBs may use the Estimated Annual Energy Use (kWh/year) field to submit data. CBs must indicate in the “Notes field” that the television was tested using the DOE Final Rule Test Procedure for Television Sets. For all other fields, when submitting Version 6.1 Televisions, CBs are required to collect information in the attached document. Once the web service for Version 6.1 is available, CBs are required to submit the Version 6.1 data for any televisions tested to the DOE Final Rule.

Please direct any questions regarding testing products or submitting data for Televisions Version 6.1 to Certification@energystar.gov.

3/27/2014

Televisions Laboratory Accreditation for the Clothes Dryers Test Method and Upcoming CB Training

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR® Clothes Dryer specification final draft. Because this is a new product category for the program, EPA would like to ensure all interested stakeholders are familiar with the specification. The steps below outline how your organization can gain EPA recognition in this category.

The new specification references the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy test method for clothes dryers, 10 CFR 430 Appendix D2, as the applicable test method for the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification. This test method is final and interested laboratories are encouraged to contact their ABs as soon as possible to have the test procedure added to their scope of accreditation if they have not already done so. EPA will begin to grant laboratory recognition for the clothes dryer product category once the Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Clothes Dryer Specification is finalized.

Once the specification is finalized, EPA will send a notice for a CB training on the new specification. Any CB that is interested in expanding its scope of recognition must participate in this mandatory training. In addition, CBs must provide a signed application along with evidence that they have contacted their accreditation body (AB) requesting a scope expansion to include clothes dryers. EPA will inform and post all recognized CBs on the same day in advance of the first qualified product list (QPL) for clothes dryers. CBs that anticipate enrolling clothes dryer laboratories in their witnessed manufacturer's testing laboratory (WMTL) program shortly after the specification is finalized should plan for the initial assessment and other auditing requirements as needed. Please note that CBs may only enroll laboratories after they have been granted EPA-recognition in that product category.

Any questions regarding the test method may be sent to Appliances@energystar.gov and questions regarding the recognition process to Certification@energystar.gov.

3/26/2014

ENERGY STAR Final Draft Version 1.0 Clothes Dryers Specification

Please see the attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Clothes Dryer Specification.

3/21/2014

ENERGY STAR Small Network Equipment Test Method Clarifications

Please see attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy concerning clarifications to the ENERGY STAR Small Network Equipment Test Method.

3/13/2014

ENERGY STAR Final Version 7.0 Clothes Washers Specification

Please see the attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the ENERGY STAR Version 7.0 Clothes Washers Program Requirements.

3/13/2014

ENERGY STAR Lighting Road Mapping Web Page Now Live

The ENERGY STAR Lighting Road Mapping web page is now live. The page offers meeting materials including a high level summary of discussions from the January 30, 2014 meeting at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) headquarters.

Stakeholders can visit the page at www.energystar.gov/products/specs/lightingroadmapping.

To facilitate ongoing engagement on the topics addressed in the first meeting, Alex Boesenerg of NEMA will be setting a series of conference calls, beginning March 27, 2014 from 1:30-3:00pm ET.
The first call will focus on a key theme from the meeting, Balancing quality assurance/meeting consumer quality expectations with time to market, testing cost, and expected rise in consumer cost, which will include discussion of core criteria for verification testing of lamps.

If you are interested in participating in the upcoming call, please contact Alex Boesenberg of NEMA via email at Alex.Boesenberg@nema.org.

3/6/2014

ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Version 1.0 Program Requirements

Please see the attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Data Center Storage Program Requirements. EPA has revised the accuracy requirement for data modelers. The attached memo contains a full explanation of this revision to the Version 1.0 Data Center Storage Program Requirements.

3/6/2014

Certification Requirements for the ENERGY STAR CAC-ASHP Products

This is to inform you that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined the Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Certification Program for Unitary Air-Conditioner Equipment is generally consistent with the ENERGY STAR program’s overarching goal of protecting the integrity of the ENERGY STAR label and ensuring that consumer expectations are met. This conclusion was reached after careful consideration and supported by several unique features of CAC/ASHP products.

As such, EPA will accept participation in this AHRI program as satisfying third-party certification obligations for purposes of ENERGY STAR. EPA has asked AHRI to maintain the requirement that manufacturers choose one or four samples for verification testing, but has provided an option to address concerns around wrapping all four units at once. Details regarding this determination and the verification testing sample size approaches for these products are included in a letter from EPA to AHRI PDF (111 KB). Please email Certification@energystar.gov with questions about this change.

2/27/2014

ENERGY STAR Battery Charging Systems Sunset Final Decision

Please see attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the ENERGY STAR Battery Charging Systems Program.

2/26/2014

ENERGY STAR Residential Refrigerators and Freezers Version 5.0 Effective Date Reminder

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind manufacturing partners that after January 1, 2014, EPA-recognized certification bodies are required to cease certification of new residential refrigerator, refrigerator-freezer, and freezer models to the Version 4.1 specification and may only certify products to the Version 5.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing refrigerator and freezer certifications to the Version 4.1 specification until September 14, 2014. Also, please be reminded that as of September 15, 2014 any product manufactured and labeled as ENERGY STAR must meet Version 5.0 requirements.

Please contact EPA at Certification@energystar.gov with any questions about the certification of residential refrigerators and freezers.

2/13/2014

Reducing Duplicate Light Source Testing for Luminaires – Revised Guidance for Review

To address concerns with duplication of light source testing for luminaires during verification testing, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drafted guidance for certification bodies (CBs) and shared it with you for review in 2013. Based on your feedback, EPA has revised the draft guidance to clarify that CBs may not share amongst each other light source data, as it might be unknown that testing on a different light source by another CB(s) is currently underway. EPA has also modified the guidance to only allow for shared light source data among the luminaires manufactured by one partner and any identical, privately labeled products. For purposes of ENERGY STAR the luminaire partner is responsible for the quality of the light source. Because of this, performance data of the light source is not necessarily transferable to luminaires manufactured by other partners with unique quality control procedures. CBs should use the existing policies and directives to evaluate test results for each impacted luminaire and report information to EPA.

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