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Additional Certification Body Correspondences

All events, news, activities, and announcements related to third-party certification and qualified products.

1/22/2014

ENERGY STAR Televisions Version 6.1 Specification

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the Version 6.1 ENERGY STAR Televisions specification:

1/17/2014

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Water Coolers Program Requirements

Please note that the effective date for the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR®; Water Coolers Program Requirements is February 1, 2014. As of February 1, the ENERGY STAR list of qualified products will only contain water coolers certified to the Version 2.0 specification, and all water coolers certified to the Version 1.3 specification will be removed. Certification bodies may only certify water coolers to the Version 2.0 specification and must submit data to EPA via the XML-based web service.

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

1/14/2014

2014 Verification Testing Nominations and Upcoming Mandatory Conference Call

Per the email from last November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is streamlining its verification testing nomination process to ease the communication burden on the Agency and its recognized certification bodies (CBs). Rather than making nominations throughought the year based on each CB's unique testing schedule, EPA will provide each CB all of its nominations in all categories at one time at the beginning of the year. CBs can maintain their existing schedules but must include EPA's selections (up to half of the models to be tested) in their verification testing whenever it begins.   

In preparation of the 2014 verification round, EPA asks that you submit your counts of unique models in each category for which you certify by COB January 24, 2014. Providing these updated counts is an opportunity to clean up your organization's lists of certified ENERGY STAR models and remove any models that are no longer available. EPA also encourages you to use this as an opportunity to address any brand owner issues per Directive 2012-02 PDF (164 KB) and ensure that you have information about where you can obtain models if they are selected for verification testing. If any models are no longer available on the market, you should update the EPA listing by submitting through the XML-based web service as "Certification Withdrawn: No Longer Available." This process will save valuable time when it comes to procurement and testing and will accurately reflect the number of eligible models for verification testing. Upon receiving your counts, EPA will provide its nominations as soon as possible, and you can proceed with verification testing according to your schedule. As a reminder, CBs should report any unresponsive partners to Certification@energystar.gov 

EPA is also scheduling a mandatory conference call to discuss verification testing and other priorities for the year on Wednesday, January 29th at 2pm Eastern Time. A more detailed agenda will be provided beforehand. Please contact EPA at Certification@energystar.gov if you have any topics you would like to include in the agenda or if that time presents a scheduling conflict for your organization.

1/6/2014

Ceasing Certification of Computers to the Version 5.2 ENERGY STAR Specification

As of January 15, 2014, your organization must cease certification to the Version 5.2 ENERGY STAR® Computers specification and may only certify computers to the Version 6.0 specification. Administrative modifications to existing computers certifications to the Version 5.2 specification may continue until June 1, 2014.

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

12/20/2013

ENERGY STAR Roof Products Version 3.0 Final Specification

Please see the following important correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Roof Products Specification:

12/20/2013

ENERGY STAR Telephony Version 3.0 Final Program Requirements

Please see the following important correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the Final ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Telephony Program Requirements:

12/20/2013

ENERGY STAR Boilers Version 3.0

Please see the following important correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Final Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Boilers:

12/20/2013

Enterprise Servers V2.0: Uploading SERT-generated Files to EPA Now Required

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to inform you Enterprise Servers V2.0 SERT-generated files associated with ENERGY STAR certified enterprise servers must now be uploaded through MY ENERGY STAR® Account (MESA). Once logged in, certification bodies (CBs) should select "Certified Products Additional Files", look up a model number using the ENERGY STAR Model Identifier, upload applicable files, and then click submit. 

CBs are required to upload all SERT-generated results.txt files to EPA as part of the QPX data upload for certifications. The file names uploaded separately to EPA must exactly match the file names provided through the Enterprise Servers V2.0 web service and are considered part of the QPX data upload to EPA. 

12/18/2013

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment Program Requirements

Please note that the effective date for the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR® Imaging Equipment Program Requirements is January 1, 2014. As of January 1, the ENERGY STAR list of qualified products will only contain imaging equipment products certified to the Version 2.0 specification, and all imaging equipment products certified to the Version 1.2 specification will be removed. Certification bodies may only certify imaging equipment products to the Version 2.0 specification and must submit data to EPA via XML-based web service.

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

12/18/2013

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 2.1 ENERGY STAR Commercial Ovens Program Requirements

Please note that the effective date for the Version 2.1 ENERGY STAR® Commercial Ovens Program Requirements is January 1, 2014. As of January 1, the ENERGY STAR list of qualified products will only contain commercial ovens certified to the Version 2.1 specification, and all commercial ovens certified to the Version 1.1 specification will be removed. Products certified to the Version 2.0 specification between April 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013 will also remain on the list of certified products. Certification bodies may only certify commercial ovens to the Version 2.1 specification and must submit data to EPA via XML-based web service.

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

12/18/2013

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Refrigerators and Freezers to the Version 4.1 ENERGY STAR Specification

As of January 1, 2014, your organization must cease certification to the Version 4.1 ENERGY STAR® Refrigerators and Freezers specification and may only certify refrigerators and freezers to the Version 5.0 specification. Administrative modifications to existing refrigerators and freezers certifications to the Version 4.1 specification may continue until September 15, 2014.

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

12/18/2013

Upcoming Effective Date for Compact Dishwashers in the Version 5.2 ENERGY STAR Dishwashers specification

Please note that due to new minimum efficiency standards that align with the existing ENERGY STAR® requirements for compact units, as of January 1, 2014, all compact dishwashers certified to either the Version 5.1 or the Version 5.2 ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwashers specification will be removed from the list of qualified products and may no longer be promoted as ENERGY STAR. EPA will no longer include these products until new requirements for compact dishwashers can be established.

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

12/18/2013

ENERGY STAR UPS Updated Test Method Guidance

Based on recent stakeholder questions regarding the Dc-output UPS voltage for test, the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency have updated guidance for the ENERGY STAR Uninterruptible Power Supplies Test Method by adding the following:

Section 3.D – Dc-output voltage for test: If the Dc-output UPS is unable to operate at the designated voltage for test from Table 2, the output voltage shall be the highest normal operating voltage supported by the UPS.

Please see the following document which is also posted on the UPS Partner Page:

11/21/2013

EPA to Provide Verification Testing Nominations Once Per Year

As you know, it is a priority for the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that certification bodies (CBs) complete their required 10% annual verification testing on all certified products, and that the Agency have the opportunity to contribute nominations for testing. Under the current approach, CBs contact EPA whenever they are making their selections and the Agency provides its input at that time.  

In an effort to streamline this process, beginning in 2014, EPA will modify its product nomination procedure. Rather than making nominations throughout the year based on each CB’s unique testing schedule, EPA will provide each CB all of its nominations in all categories one time, at the beginning of the year. CBs can maintain their existing testing schedules, but must include EPA’s selections (up to half of the models to be tested) in their verification testing whenever it begins. 

EPA feels that this process modification will ease the tracking burden for both EPA and CBs, reduce the amount of ongoing correspondence between EPA and CBs, and maintain the flexibility for CBs to conduct testing on the schedule that works for them. More information will be available in the coming months, including the timeline for when EPA intends to offer its annual nominations. If you have any questions or comments on this change, please contact Certification@energystar.gov.

11/13/2013

Updated Lighting Lab Guide Now Available

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the ENERGY STAR® Guide to EPA Laboratory Recognition by Lighting Category.

Changes of note are:

  • Addition of recognition categories for the ENERGY STAR Lamps V1.0 Specification.
  • Updating of test methods and reference documents for Luminaires V1.2.
  • Removal of references to expired specifications: Residential Light Fixtures V4.2 and Solid State Luminaires V1.3.

Laboratories may begin working with accreditation bodies to begin the accreditation process to the relevant test methods. Once accredited laboratories are ready to apply, they can expand their scope of accreditation by submitting a signed application PDF (422 KB) to Certification@energystar.gov. For non-lighting product categories, please refer to the Required Test Methods for EPA Recognized Laboratories PDF (340 KB). All documents are available at the ENERGY STAR Laboratory Resources page. 

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

11/6/2013

NEW DIRECTIVE: 2013-01 ENERGY STAR Luminaires That Do Not Ship with Lamps Verification Testing Guidance

In addition to guidance already provided to certification bodies on verification testing, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized Directive #2013-01, ENERGY STAR Luminaires That Do Not Ship with Lamps Verification Testing Guidance for Certification Bodies - Test Requirements PDF (228 KB). As noted in previous correspondence, this guidance limits the verification testing to core performance criteria for luminaires that do not ship with lamps.

Please submit any questions regarding this directive to Certification@energystar.gov with "Luminaires Verification Testing" in the subject line.

11/5/2013

ENERGY STAR V1.0 Small Network Equipment Program Requirements Update

Please see the following important correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning minor editorial changes to the Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Small Network Equipment Program Requirements and a sample calculation document:

10/29/2013

Confirming Re-rated Boilers Certified Product Information

On July 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a final rule on the Residential Boilers test procedure, revising the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) calculation for two-stage and modulating condensing boilers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is aware that this revision to the DOE test procedure might have impacted several ratings and prompted an industry-wide re-rating of boilers' AFUE measurements. In an effort to ensure that all product information currently listed on the energystar.gov website is up to date, EPA requests that your organization confirm that all ENERGY STAR® certified residential boilers product information has been updated accordingly.

As a reminder, certification bodies (CBs) must submit certified data according to Directive #2011-05: Measured versus Reported Values for ENERGY STAR Certification PDF (28 KB), which states "[f]or products subject to Federal energy conservation standards, the reported value should be the certified rating as determined under DOE's regulations." As DOE's regulations have been revised, please submit any changes through the XML-based QPX system as "Modification: Rerated Models" along with an explanation in the Notes field that the rerating was due to the updated DOE test method. EPA requests that your organization provide confirmation to Certification@energystar.gov that all certified data for boilers has been updated by COB Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

Please contact Certification@energystar.gov with any questions.

10/24/2013

ENERGY STAR Computer Servers Version 2.0 Clarification Memo

Please see the following important correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 Computer Servers Program Requirements:

EPA has learned of a new update to the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT).  Computer Servers should now be tested with SERT Version 1.0.2.  The attached memo contains a full explanation of this clarification to the Version 2.0 Computer Servers Program Requirements.

10/22/2013

EPA Recognizes CBs for the Data Center Storage Product Category

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that two certification bodies (CBs) are now recognized to certify data center storage products for the ENERGY STAR program. Manufacturers may begin working with these CBs to enroll in the CBs' supervised or witnessed manufacturers’ testing laboratory (S/WMTL) programs and to certify product data. Since the XML web service will not be live until late 2013, EPA-recognized CBs must notify Certification@energystar.gov once products are certified in order for partners to gain access to the logos. CBs must upload certified products through the XML web service once it is live.

  • TUV SUD America, Inc.
  • UL Verification Services, Inc.

EPA continues to review applications from qualified organizations and expects that other CBs will soon gain recognition to certify data center storage products. EPA maintains an updated list of recognized CBs by product category on the third-party certification website, and stakeholders can search by the data center storage 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

The attached slide deck contains updated proposals reflecting data and comments shared in response to EPA's August 29 memo and discussion on the September 16, 2013 webinar.

9/30/2013

ENERGY STAR Commercial Ovens Version 2.1 Specification

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Final Version 2.1 ENERGY STAR Specification for Commercial Ovens:

9/17/2013

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioners Program Requirements

Please note that the effective date for the Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR® Room Air Conditioners Program Requirements is October 1, 2013. As of October 1, the ENERGY STAR list of qualified products will only contain products certified to the Version 3.0 specification, and all room air conditioners certified to Version 2.1 will be removed from the list. Certification bodies may only certify room air conditioners to the Version 3.0 specification and must submit data to EPA using the new XML-based web service.

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

9/17/2013

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Water Coolers to the Version 1.3 ENERGY STAR Specification

As of October 1, 2013, your organization must cease certification to the Version 1.3 ENERGY STAR® Water Coolers specification and may only certify water coolers to the Version 2.0 specification. Administrative modifications to existing water coolers certifications to the Version 1.3 specification may continue until January 31, 2014.

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

9/10/2013

Final Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Computers

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Final Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Computers:

9/10/2013

EPA Recognizes CBs for the Small Network Equipment Product Category

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that four certification bodies (CBs) are now recognized to certify small network equipment 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. Since the XML web service will not be live until late September, EPA-recognized CBs must notify Certification@energystar.gov once products are certified in order for partners to gain access to the logos. CBs must upload certified products through the XML web service once it is live.

  • CSA International
  • Nemko Canada, Inc.
  • TUV SUD America, Inc.
  • UL Verification Services, Inc.

EPA continues to review applications from qualified organizations and expects that other CBs will soon gain recognition to certify small network equipment. EPA maintains an updated list of recognized CBs by product category on the third-party certification website, and stakeholders can search by the small network equipment 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

8/29/2013

Final ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Small Network Equipment Specification

Please see attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Small Network Equipment, which includes the following:

8/28/2013

Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Lamps

Please see the following important correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Lamps Version 1.0 Final Specification:

8/28/2013

Data Center Storage Version 1.0

Please see attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Data Center Storage, which includes the following:

8/19/2013

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Commercial Ovens to the Version 1.1 ENERGY STAR Specification

As of September 2, 2013, your organization must cease certification to the Version 1.1 ENERGY STAR® Commercial Ovens specification and may only certify commercial ovens to the Version 2.0 specification. Administrative modifications to existing commercial ovens certifications to the Version 1.1 specification may continue until December 31, 2013

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

8/19/2013

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Enterprise Servers to the Version 1.1 ENERGY STAR Specification and Imaging Equipment to the Version 1.2 ENERGY STAR Specification

As of August 31, 2013, your organization must cease certification to the Version 1.1 ENERGY STAR® Enterprise Servers specification. Similarly, as of September 1, 2013, your organization must cease certification to the Version 1.2 ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment specification. As of these dates, your organization may only certify enterprise servers and imaging equipment to the respective Version 2.0 specifications. Administrative modifications to existing enterprise servers certifications may continue until December 15, 2013, and administrative modifications to existing imaging equipment certifications may continue until December 31, 2013.

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

7/30/2013

ENERGY STAR Commercial Griddles Version 1.2 Specification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share with you important correspondence on the ENERGY STAR Version 1.2 Commercial Griddles specification.

On June 26, 2013, EPA issued a memorandum announcing a change to the ENERGY STAR Commercial Griddles Version 1.2 PDF (249 KB) specification affecting the ENERGY STAR commercial griddle certification and verification testing processes.  The amended Version 1.2 specification discontinues use of the cooking-energy efficiency requirement as a basis for qualifying commercial griddles, while retaining the current normalized idle rate as a sole efficiency criteria for ENERGY STAR certification and verification testing.  The amended Version 1.2 specification adds a cooking-energy efficiency reporting requirement, as well as reporting the fat and moisture content (%) of the test product, using the current ASTM test methods.

In the absence of any expressed concerns with these proposed changes, EPA has finalized the document, and Version 1.2 is effective immediately.

For additional supporting documentation regarding this amendment, please visit Commercial Griddles for Partners

7/15/2013

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Compact Dishwashers to the Version 5.2 ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwashers Specification

After July 29, 2013, your organization must cease certification of the compact dishwashers product sub-type to the Version 5.2 ENERGY STAR® Residential Dishwashers specification. Administrative modifications to existing residential compact dishwasher certifications may continue until December 31, 2013. As of January 1, 2014 all compact dishwashers will be removed from the list of qualified products.

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

7/9/2013

Final Draft Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Lamps

Please see attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Lamps Version 1.0 Final Draft Specification:

6/28/2013

Reminder of the Deadline to Report Jan-Jun 30, 2013 Verification Testing Results to EPA

Certification bodies (CBs) are required to submit the results for any verification testing completed from January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by Friday, July 12, 2013.

As discussed during the Mandatory CB Webinar PDF (268KB) on April 24, 2013, EPA made the following updates to the verification testing reporting requirements:

  • If testing has been completed January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013, you should report models on the "Completed Testing" tab;
  • If testing is in progress or products have been procured and are awaiting testing, you should report models on the "Testing in Progress" tab;
  • If a model is selected (either EPA-nominated or randomly selected) and is not tested, you should report on the "Models Not Tested" tab;
  • Upon submission of your verification testing results, please also include a status update of your annual 10% requirement.

You should ensure that the Verification Testing Summary Report EXCEL form is completed in its entirety including listing both �Relevant Initial Test Results� and �Relevant Verification Testing Results� for all products including those with a passing result. Per Directive 2011-06 PDF (55KB), "ENERGY STAR Verification Testing Supplement: Selecting Products, Obtaining Products, and Reporting Results," CBs are required to report a summary of their verification testing activities to EPA every six months including models initially selected for verification but not tested.

CBs may download the Jan 1-Jun 30, 2013 Verification Testing Summary Report EXCEL 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 immediately report to EPA.

Please submit your completed Verification Testing Summary Report EXCEL no later than COB, Friday, July 12, 2013 to Certification@energystar.gov. If you have any questions or are unable to submit by the deadline, please contact EPA.

6/27/2013

Clarifications to Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Imaging Equipment

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning Clarifications to Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Imaging Equipment:

6/26/2013

ENERGY STAR Commercial Griddles Version 1.2 Amendment

Please see attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, concerning the ENERGY STAR Commercial Griddles Draft Version 1.2 specification:

6/20/2013

Supplemental ENERGY STAR Verification Testing Guidance for CFS Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes that the verification testing of the eight commercial food service (CFS) equipment categories -- dishwashers, fryers, griddles, hot food holding cabinets, ice machines, ovens, refrigerators and freezers, and steam cookers -- presents some challenges unique to this industry. Given EPA's experience with the implementation of verification testing to date, EPA has elected to supplement the existing annual verification testing requirement for CFS products with a limitation on the number of models eligible for testing on a per-manufacturer basis. Specifically, EPA is limiting the amount of testing for a particular CFS manufacturer to no more than 10% of "unique" qualified models per product category per verification testing cycle. EPA defines a "verification testing cycle" as outlined in the Conditions and Criteria for Recognition of Certification Bodies for the ENERGY STAR Program PDF (67KB).

For purposes of determining the 10% maximum per manufacturer, certification bodies (CBs) would take the same approach used for determining the overall 10% of "unique" models per product category as described in Directive 2011-06: "ENERGY STAR Verification Testing Supplement: Selecting Products, Obtaining Products, and Reporting Results." PDF (55KB) where privately labeled model(s) and the associated original equipment manufacturer (OEM) model should count as one unique model. CBs should round up to the nearest integer to determine the maximum per manufacturer. As is currently the case, some manufacturers would end up not subject to any testing some years. A model may be excused from testing if its manufacturer can demonstrate that the 10% of "unique" qualified models per manufacturer per product category maximum has already been met by another CB during the same verification testing cycle.

If you have any questions regarding this alternative solution for CFS or about general verification testing policies, please contact Certification@energystar.gov.

6/20/2013

Version 1.0 Data Center Storage Final Draft

Dear ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Partner or Other Interested Party:

Please see the following important correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Data Center Storage Final Draft Specification and Test Method:

EPA will host a webinar on July 9, 2013 from 3:00 � 5:00 PM Eastern Time to discuss the documents with stakeholders. Please RSVP for the webinar to storage@energystar.gov no later than July 5, 2013.

6/18/2013

Reminder: EPA Initiated Verification Testing for LED Lamps on June 1, 2013

Per the email copied below from March of this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notified stakeholders that integral LED lamps became eligible for verification testing administered by EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) on June 1, 2013. This email serves to remind CBs to include integral LED lamps in their verification testing schedule for the rest of the year, if they have not already, and provide the following guidance and clarification:

  • If a testing failure of any parameter occurs, testing shall continue to completion unless EPA disqualifies the model.
  • CBs are required to report to EPA any failure of a testing parameter within two business days of determining such a failure and may only notify the manufacturer upon or after notifying EPA of the failure. EPA will then consider the information pursuant to the ENERGY STAR Disqualification Procedures PDF (59KB).
  • Consistent with the Conditions and Criteria for Recognition of Certification Bodies PDF (67KB), CBs must ensure products meet all product performance parameters as described in the Integral LED Lamps specification PDF (821KB) following the sample size requirements provided specific to each parameter.

If you have any questions on verification testing of integral LED lamps, please contact Certification@energystar.gov or Lighting@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

[March 19, 2013 Notice]

Dear ENERGY STAR LED Lamp Manufacturer Partners:

Please see the following correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding third-party verification testing for LED lamps:

Starting June 1, 2013, LED lamps will be included in the third-party verification testing program with all other ENERGY STAR products, and EPA-recognized certification bodies will begin to administer verification testing of LED lamps.

Please contact Certification@energystar.gov with any questions.

6/17/2013

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Water Heaters Program Requirements

Please note that the effective date of the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR� Program Requirements for Water Heaters is July 1, 2013. As of July 1, the ENERGY STAR list of qualified products will only contain products certified to the Version 2.0 specification. All water heaters certified to Version 1.1 will be removed from the list. Certification bodies may only certify water heaters to the Version 2.0 specification and must submit them to EPA using the new XML-based web service.

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

6/13/2013

ENERGY STAR Large Network Equipment Framework Document and Draft 1 Test Method

Please see the attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Large Network Equipment Framework Document and Draft 1 Test Method:

6/5/2013

ENERGY STAR Final Version 5.2 Residential Dishwasher Specification

Please see attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Version 5.2 Residential Dishwashers specification.

5/31/2013

ENERGY STAR Final Version 5.0 Refrigerator and Freezer Specification and Demand Response Test Method

This message serves to notify stakeholders that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the Final Version 5.0 ENERGY STAR Refrigerator and Freezer specification, Final Refrigerator and Freezer Demand Response Test Method, and associated supporting documentation. Please see the following correspondences for full details. Distributed materials will also be available on the ENERGY STAR Product Development website . (Click on "Refrigerators/Freezers").

5/21/2013

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Displays and Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Televisions Program Requirements

Please note that the effective date of the Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR� Program Requirements for Displays and the Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Televisions is June 1, 2013. As of June 1, the ENERGY STAR lists of qualified products will only contain products certified to the Version 6.0 specifications. All displays certified to Version 5.1 and televisions certified to Version 5.3 will be removed from the lists. Certification bodies (CBs) may only certify displays and televisions to the Version 6.0 specifications and must submit them to EPA using the new XML-based web services.

Laboratories currently recognized to test televisions under Version 5.3 will remain recognized for Version 6.0 and are not required to have the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Notice of Proprosed Rulemaking published in the Federal Register, 77 FR 2864 (NOPR) included on their scopes of accreditation. However, laboratories and CBs should consult the Version 6.0 Televisions specification carefully for the following two points:

  1. Automatic brightness control (ABC) shall be evaluated according to Equation 5 in section 4.3 of the Version 6.0 specification; and,
  2. Network connectivity testing shall be conducted according to section 4.2 of the Version 6.0 specification.

When DOE's NOPR becomes final, laboratories should request that their accreditation bodies include the final test procedure on their next scheduled scope of accreditation update. CBs must confirm that the laboratory conducting the testing is doing so by the appropriate test procedures in the current specification.

Note that if a product certified to Version 5.3 can qualify for Version 6.0 without ABC AND does not have network connectivity, the product does not need to be re-tested. If the product meets all other requirements, the test results used to certify the product to Version 5.3 can be used to certify the product to Version 6.0. All products with ABC and network connectivity shall be re-tested.

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

5/9/2013

Final Version 2.0 Water Cooler Specification

Please see final requirements from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the ENERGY STAR Water Cooler Version 2.0 specification:

5/7/2013

Mandatory CB Webinar on April 24, 2013 Webinar Slides

Thank you for attending the mandatory webinar held by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for all EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The presentation from the April 24, 2013 webinar is attached and is posted online at www.energystar.gov/CBresources. EPA appreciates the open discussion with CBs regarding lessons learned for 2011 and 2012 verification testing, discussion of the timeline and transition to ISO/IEC 17065, and data quality issues for data submitted through the XML-based Qualified Product Exchange (QPX) system. CBs are encouraged to continue contacting EPA with any questions or issues as they are encountered.

Based on the discussion during the webinar, EPA has removed the "Manufacturer/Brand Lookup" tool as listed in My ENERGY STAR� Account (MESA). The tool was intended to resolve inconsistencies with the ENERGY STAR manufacturing partner's listing when CBs were submitting data via Excel templates. The ENERGY STAR manufacturing partner names are now associated with the EPA-issued Organization ID (OID) in the XML-based QPX system. CBs must confirm the brand owner/licensee of the model is listed as the associated ENERGY STAR manufacturing partner and confirm the ENERGY STAR manufacturing partner has an organization status that allows for product certification. Additional information can be found under Directive 2012-02: ENERGY STAR Brand Owner Policy PDF (164KB).

If you have any other questions regarding certification or verification testing, please contact Certification@energystar.gov.

4/25/2013

New ENERGY STAR Product Finder Tools

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the deployment of new product finder tools for the following products:

The product finder tools provide consumers, partners, and interested third parties with an easily-accessible, user-friendly search tool. EPA encourages ENERGY STAR Manufacturing Partners to review your listed models and verify the accuracy of the data. Any concerns about data quality should be reported to your EPA-recognized certification body (CB).

The product finder tools will display the same product attributes that appear on the current qualified product lists and will allow manufacturers to display additional identifying information for models such as SKUs, UPC codes, and retail model numbers. Such identifiers can make it easier for purchasers and consumers to find ENERGY STAR certified products.

Utilities, retailers, and other more advanced users can access the detailed datasets (qualified product lists) directly at data.energystar.gov, sign up for a user account, and take advantage of filter and advanced export options best suited to their needs.

For updates on products finder tools, including additional key features and a full list of previously released product finder tools, please visit www.energystar.gov/productfinder.

4/19/2013

Draft 4 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Lamps

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning Lamps Version 1.0 Draft 4:

4/17/2013

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Audio/Video Program Requirements

Please note that the effective date of the Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Audio/Video products is May 1, 2013. As of May 1, the ENERGY STAR list of qualified products will only contain products certified to the Version 3.0 specification. All audio/video products certified to Version 2.1 will be removed from the list. Certification bodies may only certify audio/video products to the Version 3.0 specification and must submit them to EPA using the new XML-based web service.

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

4/17/2013

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Room Air Conditioners to Version 2.1 ENERGY STAR Specification

After May 1, 2013, your organization must cease certification to the Version 2.1 ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioners specification and may only certify room air conditioners to the Version 3.0 specification. Administrative modifications to existing room air conditioners certifications to the Version 2.1 specification may continue until April 30, 2013.

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

4/1/2013

ENERGY STAR Commercial Ovens Final Version 2.0 Specification

Please see the following important correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Commercial Ovens Final Version 2.0 specification:

4/1/2013

FINAL Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Imaging Equipment

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Final Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Imaging Equipment:

3/21/2013

Version 1.0 Data Center Storage Draft 4 Specification and Draft 2 Test Method

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Draft 4 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Data Center Storage:

3/20/2013

ENERGY STAR Commercial Water Heaters V1.0 Final Specification

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Commercial Water Heater Final Version 1.0 Specification:

3/20/2013

ENERGY STAR Refrigerator/ Freezer Final Draft Version 5.0

This message serves to notify stakeholders that the U.S Environmental Protection (EPA) has released the Final Draft of Version 5.0 ENERGY STAR Refrigerator and Freezer specification and associated supporting documentation. Please see the following correspondence for full details:

Stakeholder comments on this Final Draft specification are due to EPA, appliances@energystar.gov, by April 12, 2013. Distributed materials will also be available on the ENERGY STAR Product Development Web site at www.energystar.gov/RevisedSpecs and click on �Refrigerators/Freezers.�

3/19/2013

EPA Initiates Verification Testing for LED Lamps

Please see attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding third-party verification testing for LED lamps. Starting June 1, 2013, LED lamps will be included in the third-party verification testing program with all other ENERGY STAR products, and EPA-recognized certification bodies will begin to administer verification testing of LED lamps.

Please contact Certification@energystar.gov with any questions.

3/15/2013

ENERGY STAR Computer Servers Version 2.0 Specification Publication

Please see attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Computer Servers, which includes the following:

3/1/2013

ENERGY STAR Commercial Ovens Final Draft Version 2.0 Specification

Dear ENERGY STAR Commercial Ovens Partner or Other Interested Party:

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Commercial Ovens Final Draft Version 2.0 specification:

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR!

3/1/2013

Notification of new test method and eligible product type for Version 2.0 Commercial Ovens Specification

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body or Laboratory:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wishes to notify certification bodies (CBs) and laboratories that in the Version 2.0 Commercial Ovens ENERGY STAR specification, EPA is expanding the scope to include combination ovens as a new product type eligible to be labeled ENERGY STAR. Combination ovens utilize several distinct cooking modes, including steam and convection, to increase cooking versatility and product quality.

In the Version 2.0 Commercial Ovens specification, EPA defines a combination oven as a device that combines the function of hot air convection (oven mode), saturated and superheated steam heating (steam mode), and combination convection/steam mode for moist heating, to perform steaming, baking, roasting, rethermalizing, and proofing of various food products. In general, the term, "combination oven," is used to describe this type of equipment, which is self-contained. The combination oven is also referred to as a combination oven/steamer, combi, or combo.

Test Methods for ENERGY STAR Qualification
Oven Category ENERGY STAR Requirement Test Method Reference
Combination Ovens Cooking-Energy Efficiency, Idle Energy Rate, Production Capacity, and Water Consumption ASTM F-2861-10, Standard Test Method for Enhanced Performance of Combination Oven in Various Modes

CBs and laboratories should be aware that the anticipated effective date for the Version 2.0 requirements is January 1, 2014; however, manufacturers may begin certifying commercial convection and combination ovens to the Version 2.0 specification as soon as it is final, April 1, 2013. Accredited laboratories that wish to test combination ovens are encouraged to begin working with their accreditation body right away to include this new test method. Additionally, CBs with a witnessed or supervised manufacturer's testing laboratory (W/SMTL) program that wish to enroll laboratories to test combination ovens should include this new test method in their audits.

Laboratories that wish to expand their scope of recognition for this new product type should send a completed, signed application along with an updated scope of accreditation to Certification@energystar.gov. EPA will begin accepting laboratory application as soon as the Version 2.0 specification is finalized.

CBs and laboratories may find additional information about the Version 2.0 specification development here.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

3/1/2013

EPA Recognizes CBs for the Pool Pumps Product Category

Dear ENERGY STAR Pool Pumps Stakeholder:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that four certification bodies (CBs) are now recognized to certify pool pumps for the ENERGY STAR program. Manufacturers may begin working with these CBs to enroll in the CB's supervised or witnessed manufacturer's testing laboratory (S/WMTL) program and to certify product data. Since the XML web service will not be live until March 5, EPA-recognized CBs must notify Certification@energystar.gov once products are certified in order for partners to gain access to the logos. Partners will be given temporary access to download the logos. CBs must upload any products certified prior to March 5 through the XML web service once it is live.

  • CSA International
  • IAPMO R&T, Inc.
  • NSF International
  • UL Verification Services, Inc.

EPA continues to review applications from qualified organizations and expects that other CBs will soon gain recognition to certify pool pumps. EPA maintains an updated list of recognized CBs by product category on the third-party certification website, and stakeholders can search by the pool pumps 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

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2/28/2013

ENERGY STAR Dishwasher Specification Update Notification

Dear ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwashers Manufacturers and Other Interested Parties:

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the current Version 5.0 Residential Dishwashers specification, the forthcoming Residential Dishwasher Cleaning Performance Test Method, and EPA's interest in assembling data to inform the development of the next specification revision:

Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR.

2/15/2013

Modifications to the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Imaging Equipment

Dear ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment Partner or Other Interested Party:

Please see the following correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Imaging Equipment:

Please also note that EPA will be holding a webinar to further discuss the proposed changes to the Version 2.0 Specification on February 22, 2013. Please RSVP to imagingequipment@energystar.gov no later than February 21, 2013.

2/15/2013

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Vending Machines Program Requirements

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body:

Please note that the effective date of the Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Vending Machines is March 1, 2013. As of March 1, the ENERGY STAR list of qualified products will only contain products certified to the Version 3.0 specification. All vending machines certified to Version 2.1 will be removed from the list. Certification bodies may only certify vending machines to the Version 3.0 specification and must submit them to EPA using the new XML-based web service.

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

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2/15/2013

ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Final Pool Pump Specification

Dear Pool Pump Manufacturer and Other Interested Party:

Please see following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the finalization of the Pool Pump Version 1.0 Specification:

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR Program.

2/14/2013

Final ENERGY STAR Conditions and Criteria for Certification Bodies

Dear ENERGY STAR Certification Body or Accreditation Body:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized revisions to its Conditions and Criteria for EPA recognition of certification bodies PDF (67KB) (CBs). The revision was driven primarily by the recent finalization of ISO/IEC 17065 and incorporates other slight updates to better reflect how the ENERGY STAR certification scheme works in practice.

The revised Conditions and Criteria are attached and will be posted to www.energystar.gov/CBresources. Please keep this version in your system documentation as this is what EPA expects CBs to be assessed against by their accreditors. CBs should note that the most recent version of the Application for the Recognition for Certification Bodies includes the revised Conditions and Criteria, but there is no need to re-submit an application.

Please contact monahan.eamon@epa.gov if you have questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2/1/2013

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Residential Water Heaters to Version 1.1 ENERGY STAR Specification

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body:

After February 15, 2013, your organization must cease certification to the Version 1.1 ENERGY STAR Residential Water Heaters specification and may only certify residential water heaters to the Version 2.0 specification. Administrative modifications to existing residential water heaters certifications to the Version 1.1 specification may continue until June 30, 2013.

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

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

1/31/2013

Clarification to ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer Specification

Dear ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer Stakeholder or Other Interested Party:

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Version 6.0 Clothes Washers specification:

1/30/2013

All ENERGY STAR Decorative Light Strings Require Certification by February 15, 2013

Dear ENERGY STAR Decorative Light Strings Partner,

As a reminder, all products manufactured on or after February 15, 2013 must be third-party certified in order to carry the ENERGY STAR mark. A list of EPA-recognized certification bodies is available here. Products manufactured after February 15, 2013 that carry the label, but have not been certified will be subject to corrective action from EPA.

Please submit any questions regarding ENERGY STAR requirements for Decorative Light Strings to DecorativeLightStrings@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

1/18/2013

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 2.0 Commercial Dishwashers, Version 2.0 Commercial Ice Machines, and Version 4.0 Furnaces Program Requirements

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body:

Please note that the effective date is February 1, 2013 for the following ENERGY STAR Program Requirements:

  • Commercial Dishwashers Version 2.0
  • Commercial Ice Machines Version 2.0
  • Furnaces Version 4.0

As of February 1, the ENERGY STAR list of qualified commercial dishwashers, commercial ice machines, and furnaces will only contain products certified to the specifications listed above. All products certified to previous specifications will be removed from the list. Certification bodies may only certify commercial dishwashers to the Version 2.0 specification, commercial ice machines to the Version 2.0 specification, and furnaces to the Version 4.0 specification and must submit them to EPA using the new XML-based web service.

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

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

1/16/2013

ENERGY STAR Draft Test Methods for Lamps V1.0 Draft 3

Dear ENERGY STAR Lighting Stakeholder:

The Draft Test Methods for the ENERGY STAR Lamps Draft 3 Specification have been released. Please visit www.energystar.gov/lamps to review the documents.

Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR.

1/16/2013

ENERGY STAR Commercial Water Heaters V1.0 Updated Final Draft

Dear Commercial Water Heater Manufacturers or Other Interested Parties:

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Commercial Water Heaters Updated Final Draft Version 1.0 Specification:

1/16/2013

Important Clarification to the Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Displays Specification

Dear ENERGY STAR Display Manufacturers and Other Interested Parties:

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Displays specification:

Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR.

1/15/2013

ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Final Draft Pool Pump Specification and Final Test Method

Dear Pool Pump Manufacturer and Other Interested Party:

Please see following important correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) concerning the Pool Pump Final Draft Version 1.0 Specification and Final Test Method:

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR Program.

1/9/2013

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body for Heating and Cooling Equipment

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body for Heating and Cooling Equipment:

The purpose of this email is to clarify notification procedures related to verification testing of ENERGY STAR heating and cooling equipment. In particular, it addresses communication with manufacturers following the completion of a verification test.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the potential diagnostic value, particular to heating and cooling equipment, that manufacturers may find in conducting their own additional testing on products immediately following a verification test conducted for purposes of the ENERGY STAR program. To that end, certification bodies (CBs) may notify manufacturers of a potential failing test result prior to the final testing determination, as long as EPA is notified at the same time.

It is important that a final determination is made in a timely manner so as to limit the time between when testing occurs and when the final CB determination is made. EPA will continue to require that CBs report testing failures to EPA within two business days of the final determination. Please contact Certification@energystar.gov with any questions about this allowance and how it fits in with your verification scheme. Please note that any process changes to CBs' verification testing procedures need to be documented and approved by EPA.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

1/9/2013

Version 2.0 Computer Servers Final Draft Specification and Test Method

Dear ENERGY STAR Computer Servers Partner or Other Interested Party:

Please see following correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Final Draft Specification and Test Method for Computer Servers.

1/3/2013

Ceasing Certification of Televisions to the Version 5.3 ENERGY STAR Specification and Displays to the Version 5.1 ENERGY STAR Specification

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body:

After January 15, 2013, your organization must cease certification to the Version 5.3 ENERGY STAR Televisions specification and the Version 5.1 ENERGY STAR Displays specification and may only certify televisions to the Version 6.0 Televisions specification and displays to the Version 6.0 Displays specification. Administrative modifications to existing televisions certifications to the Version 5.3 specification and existing displays to the Version 5.1 specification may continue until May 31, 2013.

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

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

12/21/2012

Draft 3 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Lamps

Dear ENERGY STAR Lamps Stakeholder:

Please see the following important correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning Draft 3 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Lamps:

12/21/2012

Updated Proposal for ENERGY STAR Connected Criteria Refrigerators/Freezers

ENERGY STAR Refrigerator/Freezer Manufacturers and Other Interested Parties:

Please see the following important correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Version 5.0 Connected Product Criteria for Refrigerators and Freezers:

Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR.

12/21/2012

ENERGY STAR Lighting Newsletter

Dear ENERGY STAR Lighting Stakeholder:

The December 2012 ENERGY STAR Lighting Newsletter PDF (605KB) is now available. It will be posted shortly on the ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov/lightingresources . This edition includes updates and information pertaining to many aspects of the ENERGY STAR Lighting program, including:

  • Success in St. Paul
  • Lighting Resources Just a Click Away
  • New Resources for Luminaire Manufacturers
  • ENERGY STAR on the Road!
  • Lighting Pattern Book
  • Specification Update
  • EPA Clarifies Policy on Brand Owners
  • The Winter Holidays and ENERGY STAR Decorative Light Strings
  • Achieve Savings by Choosing ENERGY STAR
  • 2012 Verification Testing Results

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

12/21/2012

ENERGY STAR Luminaires Specification Version 1.2

Dear ENERGY STAR Luminaires Stakeholders:

The Final ENERGY STAR Luminaires Specification Version 1.2 has been posted. You can view the specification at the Light Fixtures web page.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR Program.

12/11/2012

Clarification to ENERGY STAR Commercial Clothes Washer Specification

ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer Manufacturers and Other Interested Parties:

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Version 6.0 Clothes Washers specification:

11/30/2012

ENERGY STAR Luminaires V1.2

Dear ENERGY STAR Luminaires Partner:

Please see following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the proposal for Version 1.2 ENERGY STAR Specification for Luminaires:

12/11/2012

EPA Game Console Proposed Performance Requirements and Test Method

Dear EPA Game Console Stakeholders:

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Final Draft for Game Console Performance Requirements and the associated Test Method:

12/7/2012

Draft 2 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Telephony Test Method and Data Call

Dear ENERGY STAR Telephony Partner or Other Interested Party:

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Draft 2 Version 3.0 Telephony Test Method and specification development data call:

12/6/2012

ENERGY STAR Commercial Water Heaters V1.0 Final Draft

Dear ENERGY STAR Commercial Water Heater Manufacturers and Other Interested Parties:

Please see following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Commercial Water Heater Final Draft Version 1.0 Specification:

12/5/2012

Final Draft Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Imaging Equipment

Dear ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment Partner or Other Interested Party:

Please see the following important correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Imaging Equipment:

12/3/2012

ENERGY STAR Connected Refrigerators Memo and Draft Test Method

ENERGY STAR Residential Refrigerator/Freezer Manufacturers and Other Interested Parties:

Please see the following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Draft 2 Test Method to validate Demand Response:

11/29/2012

Draft 3 Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Computers

Dear ENERGY STAR Computers Partner or Other Interested Party:

Please see the following important correspondences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Computers:

11/20/2012

Final ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013 Recognition Criteria

Dear ENERGY STAR Partners and Stakeholders:

Please see the important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Final ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013 Recognition Criteria PDF (328KB).

Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR Most Efficient.

11/15/2012

ENERGY STAR Small Network Equipment Draft 2 Specification and Final Draft Test Method

Dear ENERGY STAR Small Network Equipment Stakeholder or Other Interested Party:

Please see following important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the ENERGY STAR Small Network Equipment Version 1.0 Draft 2 Specification and Final Draft Test Method:

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

11/5/2012

ENERGY STAR: Proposed Path to Final Data Center Storage Version 1.0

Dear ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Stakeholder:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to release the attached document outlining a proposed path forward to finalizing the Version 1.0 Data Center Storage specification PDF (149KB). In particular, it contains potential changes to testing requirements and general timeline information.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

10/23/2012

ENERGY STAR UPS V1.0 Test Method Guidance

Dear ENERGY STAR Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Partner, EPA-Recognized Body, or Other Stakeholder:

Please see Guidance on the UPS Version 1.0 Test Method PDF (175KB) from the U.S. Department of Energy concerning additional guidance for the ENERGY STAR Uninterruptible Power Supplies Version 1.0 Test Method.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

10/22/2012

New ENERGY STAR specifications in development - Small Network Equipment and Pool Pumps

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to ensure certification bodies (CBs) are aware of the new specifications in development for small network equipment and pool pumps. CBs that are interested in certifying to these new product categories are encouraged to participate in the ongoing specification development process and may do so by sending their contact information to networking@energystar.gov for small network equipment or to poolpumps@energystar.gov for pool pumps, if they have not already done so. Both new specifications are anticipated to be finalized in early 2013.

Once the specifications are finalized, EPA will send a notice for a CB training on each of the new specifications. Any CB that is interested in expanding their scope of recognition must participate in the mandatory training for the relevant product category and provide a signed application along with evidence that they have contacted their accreditation body requesting a scope expansion for that category. EPA will inform and post all recognized CBs on the same day, in advance of the first qualified product list (QPL) for each product category. CBs that anticipate enrolling 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.

CBs may find additional information about the new specifications for pool pumps and small network equipment, including drafts and related test methods at www.energystar.gov/newspecs.

CBs are invited to contact networking@energystar.gov for small network equipment or to poolpumps@energystar.gov for pool pumps for additional information about the specification development process.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

10/11/2012

Residential Water Heaters Final Spec V2.0

Dear ENERGY STAR Water Heaters Partner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to release the final specifications for the EPA Residential Water Heaters Program. The Water Heaters Version 2.0 Final Specification is attached and is accompanied by:

10/9/2012

Draft 2 ENERGY STAR Test Method for Determining Residential Dishwasher Cleaning Performance

Dear ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwasher Partner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to release the final specifications for the EPA Draft 2 ENERGY STAR Test Method for Determining Residential Dishwasher Cleaning Performance. The Draft 2 ENERGY STAR Test Method for Determining Residential Dishwasher Cleaning Performance PDF (558KB) is attached and is accompanied by:

10/5/2012

ENERGY STAR Laboratory Grade Refrigerators and Freezers Draft 1 Test Method

Dear Laboratory Grade Refrigerator and Freezer Manufacturer or Other Interested Stakeholder:

Please see attached the Draft 1 ENERGY STAR Test method for Laboratory Grade Refrigerators and Freezers PDF (446KB) for stakeholder review and comment and memo PDF (101KB). Comments and feedback on the Draft 1 Test Method are requested by October 31 2012, and may be submitted to LabGradeRefrigeration@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

10/5/2012

Revised Forms for Reporting ENERGY STAR Failures and Verification Testing Results

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised the forms for reporting testing failures and the results of verification testing. The revised forms are now available for download at www.energystar.gov/CBresources. The main changes are summarized below.

ENERGY STAR Failure Report Excel

  • Added “Full Lifetime Testing Failure” as an option for “Type of Product Failure”. Please note, full lifetime testing is only applicable to the Compact Fluorescent Lamps, Integral LED Lamps and Luminaires specifications.
  • Added two new fields “Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Model Number” and “Is OEM model qualified?”

Verification Testing Summary Report Excel

  • Added a column for “Method of Selection” to indicate if EPA nominated the model, if the certification body (CB) selected an alternate family model for an EPA-nominated model, or if the CB selected the model at random.
  • Added instruction to list the specific model number, including any applicable product configurations in the “Tested Model Number” column.
  • Added clarification for the “Models not Tested” tab. You should list models that are selected, but are not tested, which require selecting a replacement model. You should not list models that have been procured and testing is in process.

If you have any questions about the revised forms or reporting failures or verification testing results, please contact Certification@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

10/2/2012

ENERGY STAR Revised Version 3.0 Set-top Box Specification

Dear ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Partner, EPA-recognized laboratory, certification body, or accreditation body:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has clarified the Auto-power Down (APD) and Deep Sleep requirements of the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Set-top Box (STB) specification as proposed in the August 31, 2012, memo posted here. The Final revised Version 3.0 program requirements for Manufacturers PDF (771KB) and Service Providers PDF (778KB) are attached.

Additionally, EPA would like to remind stakeholders that the Version 4.0 specification is under review and, as such, will not take effect on July 1, 2013, as originally planned. EPA will establish an effective date for the Version 4.1 specification when this review is nearing completion. Products may only be certified to the active Version 3.0 specification at this time.

Please direct any questions to stbs@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

10/2/2012

ENERGY STAR Large Network Equipment Specification Development Launch

Dear Large Network Equipment Manufacturer and Other Interested Stakeholder:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the launch of an effort to develop a new ENERGY STAR specification for Large Network Equipment. EPA will host a scoping and test procedure kickoff webinar on Wednesday, October 24th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Please RSVP to largenetwork@energystar.gov no later than Wednesday, October 17th.

The attached launch letter PDF (60KB) provides an overview of the ENERGY STAR program, explains the Program’s interest in large network equipment, and shares EPA’s initial thoughts on this product category.

To be added to the large network equipment e-mail distribution list, please send your full contact information to largenetwork@energystar.gov.

Stakeholder participation is critical to developing a meaningful specification and to the overall success of ENERGY STAR. Please direct any specific questions to RJ Meyers, EPA, at Meyers.Robert@epa.gov, or 202-343-9923; or John Clinger, ICF International, at John.Clinger@icfi.com, or 202-572-9432. Please direct any specific test method questions to Bryan Berringer, DOE, at Bryan.Berringer@ee.doe.gov, or 202-586-0371.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

9/28/2012

ENERGY STAR Brand Owner Policy

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body:

To ensure that the ENERGY STAR name and trademarks are applied properly and consistently in the marketplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized Directive #2012-02, ENERGY STAR Brand Owner Policy PDF (164KB). EPA enters into formal agreements with brand owners/licensees that clearly outline the terms and conditions for using the ENERGY STAR name and mark. Certification bodies (CBs) may not certify a product model as ENERGY STAR unless the CB confirms the brand owner/licensee of the model is an ENERGY STAR partner with an organization status that allows for product certification. In addition, CBs must collect accurate information from the brand owner/licensee regarding product availability so that information appears appropriately on qualified product lists and products can be procured in a timely manner for verification testing. The directive will be available on the website, www.energystar.gov/3rdpartycert.

Please submit any questions about this directive to Certification@energystar.gov with “Brand Owner Policy” in the subject line.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR Program.

9/24/2012

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Commercial Dishwashers to ENERGY STAR Version 1.2 Specification

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body:

As of October 1, 2012, your organization must cease certification to the Version 1.2 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwashers specification and may only certify commercial dishwashers to the Version 2.0 specification. Information on products certified to Version 2.0 may only be submitted using the new XML-based web service. Administrative modifications to existing certifications to the Version 1.2 specification may continue until February 1, 2013. To submit such a change, please upload the Excel template for the Version 1.2 specification.

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

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

9/17/2012

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Dehumidifier Program Requirements

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body:

Please note that the effective date of the Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Dehumidifiers is October 1, 2012. As of October 1, the ENERGY STAR list of qualified products will only contain products certified to the Version 3.0 specification and all products qualified to Version 2.1 using the Version 2.1 Excel template will be removed from the list. Certification bodies may only certify product models to the Version 3.0 specification, and must submit them to EPA using the new XML-based web service.

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

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

9/17/2012

Ceasing Certification of Clothes Washers to ENERGY STAR Version 5.1 Specification and Commercial Ice Machines to ENERGY STAR Version 1.1 Specification

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body:

As of October 1, 2012, your organization must cease certification to the Version 5.1 ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer specification and Version 1.1 ENERGY STAR Commercial Ice Machines specification and may only certify clothes washers to the Version 6.0 specification or commercial ice machines to the Version 2.0 specification. Information on clothes washer products certified to Version 6.0 or commercial ice machine products certified to Version 2.1 may only be submitted using the new XML-based web service. Administrative modifications to existing clothes washer certifications to the Version 5.1 specification or commercial ice machines to Version 1.1 specification may continue until February 1, 2013. To submit such a change, please upload the Excel template for the Version 5.1 specification for clothes washers or the Version 1.1 specification for commercial ice machines.

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

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

9/17/2012

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Furnaces to ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Specification

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body:

As of October 1, 2012, your organization must cease certification to the Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Furnaces specification and may only certify furnaces to the Version 4.0 specification. Information on products certified to Version 4.0 may only be submitted using the new XML-based web service. Administrative modifications to existing certifications to the Version 3.0 specification may continue until February 1, 2013 using the XML-based web service for Version 3.0.

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

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

9/6/2012

Final Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Televisions

Dear ENERGY STAR Television Partner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to announce the release of the Final Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Televisions PDF (154KB). The Program Requirements are attached and are accompanied by:

The specification references the Department of Energy’s Test Procedure for Television Sets Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as the Test Method. In addition, the specification requires that network connected products be tested in Standby-Active, Low Mode and establishes a hierarchy for testing network connected products in this mode. The effective date for the specification is June 1, 2013.

Please contact Verena Radulovic, EPA, at Radulovic.Verena@epa.gov or (202) 343-9845 or Matt Malinowski, ICF International, at Matt.Malinowski@icfi.com or (202) 862-2693, with any questions or concerns about the Final specification. Please contact Ashley Armstrong, Department of Energy, at Ashley.Armstrong@ee.doe.gov, with questions or concerns about the test method.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program!

9/4/2012

ENERGY STAR Displays: Final V6.0 Specification

Dear Displays Partner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share with you the attached Final Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Displays program requirements, incorporating the specification PDF (164KB), partner commitments PDF (107KB), and test method PDF (367KB). Also attached are comment-response document for the specification PDF (54KB), comment-response document for the test method PDF (192KB) and a cover memo PDF (48KB) that describes the key features of the new specification and outlines the process for qualifying products to it. The effective date for the Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Displays specification is June 1, 2013.

Please contact Verena Radulovic, EPA, at Radulovic.Verena@epa.gov or (202) 343-9845 or Joshua Forgotson, ICF International, at Joshua.Forgotson@icfi.com or (202) 862-2955, with any questions or concerns about the Final specification. Please contact Ashley Armstrong, Department of Energy, at Ashley.Armstrong@ee.doe.gov, with questions or concerns about the Final test method.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR!

8/31/2012

ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Set-top Box Specification Clarification

Dear ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Partner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making a clarification to the auto-power down (APD) requirement of the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Set-top Box (STB) specification in light of numerous questions. Please refer to the attached memo. EPA intends to update and post the revised Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR STB specification in late September. Please contact stbs@energystar.gov with any questions about this clarification.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

8/30/2012

ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Draft 1 Pool Pumps

Dear Pool Pump Manufacturer or Other Interested Stakeholder:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are happy to announce PDF (95KB) the release of the ENERGY STAR Pool Pumps Draft 1 Version 1.0 Specification PDF (136KB) and Draft 2 Test Method PDF (279KB) for stakeholder review and comment.

In addition, EPA and DOE have released a Connected Functionality Discussion Document PDF (58KB) to begin discussions around additional criteria for optional recognition as a “Connected” pool pump on the Qualified Product List. The connected functionality criteria feature set, as proposed, includes home energy management, demand response, and remote communication capabilities.

Comment and Data Submission

Stakeholder input is crucial to the success of the ENERGY STAR program. Therefore, stakeholder are encouraged to submit comments on any of the draft documents provided, and to also provide any pool pump performance data (datasheet Excel) to poolpumps@energystar.gov no later than September 25, 2012.

Stakeholder Meetings

A web meeting will be held to discuss the Draft 1 Specification, Draft 2 Test Method, and Connected Functionality Discussion Document on September 28, 2012 at 12PM EDT. Stakeholders interested in participating in the webinar should RSVP to poolpumps@energystar.gov by September 25, 2012.

EPA and DOE will also be hosting an in-person stakeholder meeting in conjunction with the Int’l Pool | Spa | Patio Expo in New Orleans, LA on November 6, 2012 at 2PM CST. Stakeholders interested in participating in this meeting should RSVP to poolpumps@energystar.gov by October 29, 2012. Please indicate whether you will be attending in person or remotely.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

8/28/2012

ENERGY STAR Commercial Water Heater Specification Draft 1 Version 1.0

Dear ENERGY STAR Commercial Water Heater Stakeholders and Other Interested Parties:

Please see the attached letter PDF (143KB) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcing the launch of the development of the ENERGY STAR Commercial Water Heater specification. Also, find attached the Draft 1 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Water Heater specification PDF (289KB) for stakeholder review and input.

Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments on this Draft 1 proposal to EPA no later than September 21, 2012. Please send all written comments to Commercialwaterheaters@energystar.gov. These documents will soon be available on the ENERGY STAR Product Development website at www.energystar.gov/newspecs.

If you know of others who may be interested in participating in this process, please forward this announcement and encourage them to send their contact information to Commercialwaterheaters@energystar.gov to be added to the stakeholder contact list.

If you have any questions, please contact Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or Sarah Medepalli, ICF International, at sarah.medepalli@icfi.com. Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR.

8/28/2012

ENERGY STAR Draft 1 Version 1.0 Clothes Dryer Specification

Dear Clothes Dryer Manufacturer or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the release of the Draft 1 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Clothes Dryer specification. Attached for your review and comment you will find: a cover memo PDF (170KB) from Amanda Stevens, EPA, and the Draft 1 Version 1.0 specification PDF (396KB). Comments should be submitted via email to appliances@energystar.gov by Friday, September 28, 2012.

Additionally, EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host a webinar on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon EDT to discuss the Draft 1 proposal and address stakeholder questions. To RSVP, please email appliances@energystar.gov by Friday, September 7, 2012, at 5:00 PM EDT.

If you have any questions about the draft specification, please contact Amanda Stevens, EPA, at stevens.amanda@epa.gov or (202) 343-9106; or Sean Southard, ICF International, at sean.southard@icfi.com or (202) 862-1585. Clothes dryer test method questions should be directed to Ashley Armstrong, DOE, at Ashley.Armstrong@ee.doe.gov or (202) 586-6590.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

8/27/2012

ENERGY STAR: Data Center Storage Testing Discussion Document

Dear ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Stakeholder:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released Draft 3 of the ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage V1.0 specification on June 22, 2012. This draft contained a number of new proposals developed in discussions with stakeholders over the previous six months. One of the major changes contained in the document was a proposal to test workload optimized, homogeneous drive systems and then allow them to be combined into mixed drive systems. Some stakeholders have responded by advocating for a shift back to heterogeneous system testing, while others have supported the homogeneous test proposal. To facilitate an open and transparent discussion on this important topic, EPA has developed the document PDF (200KB) to highlight its concerns with heterogeneous system testing and to continue the existing conversation on the merits of different approaches to system level testing of storage products.

EPA plans to hold a stakeholder conference call to discuss the issues raised in this document on Wednesday, September 5th from 3-4 PM Eastern Time. We hope that this will provide all parties an opportunity to further discuss their concerns with the two approaches proposed thus far–homogeneous vs. heterogeneous testing. To participate, please RSVP by emailing storage@energystar.gov by Monday, September 3rd. Call-in details will be distributed to RSVPs prior to the meeting.

Please direct any specific questions on specification development to RJ Meyers, EPA, at Meyers.Robert@epa.gov, or 202-343-9923; or John Clinger, ICF International, at John.Clinger@icfi.com, or 202-572-9432.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

8/21/2012

ENERGY STAR Lighting News

Dear ENERGY STAR Lighting Stakeholder:

The August 2012 ENERGY STAR Lighting Newsletter PDF (705KB) is now available. It will be posted shortly on the ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov/lightingresources. This edition includes updates and information pertaining to many aspects of the ENERGY STAR Lighting program, including:

  • A Tip o’ the Light Bulb to Alex Baker
  • Lamps Specification V1.0 Draft 2 Released!
  • Plan Your Trip to St. Paul, MN!
  • ENERGY STAR Third-Party Certification Update
  • ENERGY STAR on the road!
  • Keeping Up-to-Date in a Data World
  • So What’s the Price of a Light Bulb These Days?
  • ENERGY STAR for Kids (Team Lorax!)
  • Get Noticed on the ENERGY STARs Across America Map!
  • Partner Opportunity: Promote New Lighting Technologies
  • Is Your Coworker in the Dark about ENERGY STAR?
  • Helpful Reminders: ENERGY STAR Website Shortcuts

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

8/20/2012

Ceasing Certification of Vending Machines to ENERGY STAR Version 2.1 Specification

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body:

As of August 31, 2012, your organization must cease certification to the Version 2.1 ENERGY STAR Vending Machines specification and may only certify vending machines to the Version 3.0 specification. Information on products certified to Version 3.0 may only be submitted using the new XML-based web service. Administrative modifications to existing certifications to the Version 2.1 specification may continue until March 1, 2013 using the XML-based web service for Version 2.1.

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

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

8/1/2012

DRUPS Clarification to Final V1.0 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs)

Dear ENERGY STAR Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Stakeholder or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to announce the release of the Revised Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for UPSs. The Requirements consist of revised Eligibility Criteria (marked Rev. Jul-2012), and the Final Partner Commitments and Test Method previously released in May. The revised Eligibility Criteria include a clarification to the requirements for Diesel Rotary UPSs (DRUPS), requiring the demonstration of compliance with the Clean Air Act for models sold in the United States.

These revisions were proposed in a memo to stakeholders distributed on June 25; this proposal was further revised based on stakeholder comments, resulting in the version being distributed today. EPA thanks stakeholders for their feedback.

The Requirements PDF (418KB) are attached and accompanied by a cover letter PDF (123KB) from RJ Meyers, EPA Product Manager for UPSs. If you have any questions, please contact RJ Meyers at (202) 343-9923 or Meyers.Robert@epa.gov or Matt Malinowski at (202) 862-2693 or Matt.Malinowski@icfi.com.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program!

7/26/2012

ENERGY STAR Draft 3 Game Console Performance Requirements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to release the Draft 3 Performance Requirements for the EPA Game Console Recognition Program. The draft PDF (201KB) is attached and is accompanied by:

EPA invites you to participate in a webinar on Friday, August 10, 2012, from 1-3 PM Eastern, to discuss Draft 3 and EPA recognition for companies that commit to meeting these proposed requirements. To RSVP, please email gameconsoles@energystar.gov.

Stakeholders are also encouraged to provide written comments on the proposed performance requirements and test method via email to gameconsoles@energystar.gov no later than Friday, August 17, 2012.

To review other supporting documents, please visit the Product Development website at www.energystar.gov/NewSpecs and click on “Game Consoles.”

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

7/18/2012

Clarification to ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher V2.0 Specification

Dear ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Manufacturer or Other Interested Stakeholder:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made a clarification to the ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 Commercial Dishwasher specification. This clarification is being released in response to some stakeholder confusion regarding the flight type conveyor calculations. Attached is the complete Program Requirements document PDF (274KB), which includes the ENERGY STAR Partner Commitments, Test Method, and updated Version 2.0 Eligibility Criteria.

Specifically, EPA has updated the guidance provided under Table 1 (Section 3A, Page 3) within the Version 2.0 specification with respect to determining the gallons per hour (GPH) limit for purposes of flight type conveyor qualification. The flight type calculations take into account the area of moving conveyor belt. This is determined simply by multiplying conveyor width by maximum conveyor speed as verified during the NSF 3 certification process. Therefore, EPA has clarified this intent by revising the note under Table 1 as follows:

x=maximum conveyor speed (feet/min as verified through NSF 3 certification) x conveyor belt width (feet).

Note that the versioning of this specification has not changed. Rather, EPA has included a revised date (July-2012) in the footer of the attached Eligibility Criteria. Stakeholders with questions can contact Christopher Kent, EPA, at kent.christopher@epa.gov or Rebecca Duff, ICF International, at rebecca.duff@icfi.com.

Thank you.

7/17/2012

ENERGY STAR Clothes Dryers Program Launch

Dear Clothes Dryer Manufacturer and Other Interested Stakeholder:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the launch of an effort to develop a new ENERGY STAR® specification for clothes dryers.

The launch letter PDF (63KB) provides an overview of the ENERGY STAR program, explains the Program’s interest in clothes dryers, and shares EPA’s initial thoughts on this product category and the anticipated Version 1.0 timeline.

EPA is planning to begin specification development efforts with a Draft 1 proposal, scheduled to be shared with stakeholders in August 2012, followed by a stakeholder meeting to discuss this draft specification.

Stakeholders that have not directly received this e-mail and are interested in receiving stakeholder mailings and notifications during this specification development process should provide contact information to appliances@energystar.gov, requesting to be added to the contact list for clothes dryers.

Please direct any questions about the specification development process to Amanda Stevens, EPA, at stevens.amanda@epa.gov or (202) 343-9106; or Sean Southard, ICF International, at sean.southard@icfi.com or (202) 862-1585. Questions on the clothes dryer test method should be directed to Ashley Armstrong, DOE, at Ashley.Armstrong@ee.doe.gov or (202) 586-6590.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

7/6/2012

Release of ENERGY STAR Lamps V1.0 Specification Draft 2

Dear ENERGY STAR Lamps Manufacturer or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the release of the Draft 2 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Product Specification for Lamps (Light Bulbs). Once finalized, this specification will replace the existing Compact Fluorescen t Lamps (V4.3) and Integral LED Lamps (V1.4) specifications.

Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments on this draft proposal to lamps@energystar.gov no later than August 24, 2012. When submitting comments, please include "ENERGY STAR Lamps Second Draft Comments" in the subject line. In addition, EPA will host a webinar on August 8, 2012 to discuss the proposed Lamps Draft 2 specification. Please register in advance by sending an email to lamps@energystar.gov.

If you have any questions or concerns at any time during this process, please contact Taylor Jantz-Sell, EPA, at (202) 343-9042 and Jantz-Sell.Taylor@epa.gov or Tanya Hernandez, ICF International, at (919) 294-9004 and Tanya.Hernandez@icfi.com.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

6/29/2012

Reminder of the Deadline to Report Jan-June 30, 2012 Verification Testing Results to EPA

Dear EPA-recognized Certification Body:

Certification bodies (CBs) are required to submit the results for any verification testing completed from January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by Friday, July 13, 2012. You must not include any testing completed prior to January 1, 2012 or any testing that is ongoing as of June 30, 2012. You must ensure that the Verification Testing Summary Report form is completed in its entirety, including listing both "Relevant Initial Test Results" and "Relevant Verification Testing Results" for all models, including those with a passing result.

CBs may download the Jan 1–Jun 30, 2012 Verification Testing Summary Report form Excel, 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 immediately report to EPA.

Per Directive 2011-06 PDF (51KB), "ENERGY STAR Verification Testing Supplement: Selecting Products, Obtaining Products, and Reporting Results," CBs are required to report a summary of their verification testing activities to EPA every six months, including models initially selected for verification, but not tested. CBs must record any model selected for verification testing but not tested, including EPA nominations that are not tested, in the "Models not Tested" tab in the Verification Testing Summary Report form.

If you have any questions regarding verification testing, please contact Certification@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

6/26/2012

ENERGY STAR UPS V1.0 Specification Proposal for DRUPS

Dear ENERGY STAR Uninterruptible Power Supply Stakeholder:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a minor addition to the requirements for diesel-rotary UPS (DRUPS) systems under the UPS V1.0 specification. Please see the memo PDF (102KB) for more details. EPA welcomes stakeholders to submit written comment on the proposal to UPS@energystar.gov by Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

To view the specification, please visit Uninterruptible Power Supplies — Version 1.0 Specification. Please direct any specific questions regarding the proposal to RJ Meyers, EPA, at Meyers.Robert@epa.gov, or 202-343-9923.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

6/26/2012

CFL and GU24 Laboratory Recognition Update

Dear Lighting Certification Body or Laboratory Recognized for Compact Fluorescent Lamps and GU24:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to inform you that the GU24 product category has been incorporated into the ENERGY STAR specification for Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) V4.3. Therefore, laboratories will no longer be recognized for GU24 as a separate product category. The online listing of laboratories recognized for GU24 will no longer be maintained separately, but will be incorporated into the CFL listing.

There is no change in the testing requirement for laboratories that EPA has recognized for CFLs and GU24s. The only change is the way that the laboratories are displayed on the online laboratory directory and referenced in My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA). Certification bodies accepting test reports for GU24s should check that laboratories are recognized for the CFL product category.

If you have any questions about this notice, please contact Certification@energystar.gov with "GU24 lab recognition" in the subject line.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

6/25/2012

Final ENERGY STAR V2.0 Commercial Dishwasher Specification

Dear ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Manufacturer or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to inform you that the ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 Commercial Dishwasher specification has been finalized. The new specification will take effect on February 1, 2013. For your reference, the Commercial Dishwashers Specification will soon be available on the ENERGY STAR website. The Commercial Dishwashers Specification outlines the deployment timeline for transitioning to the new Version 2.0 specification.

All documents related to the development of the Version 2.0 specification can be viewed on the ENERGY STAR specification development website at Commercial Dishwashers Specification.

Stakeholders with questions regarding the new Version 2.0 specification can contact Christopher Kent, EPA, at (202) 343-9046 and kent.christopher@epa.gov or Rebecca Duff, ICF International, at (434) 202-7875 and rebecca.duff@icfi.com.

Thank you for your participation in the Version 2.0 development process and continued support of ENERGY STAR.

6/25/2012

ENERGY STAR Roof Products Specification - Final Version 2.3 and Draft 2 Version 3.0

Dear ENERGY STAR Roof Products Manufacturer or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share for stakeholder review and comment the ENERGY STAR Draft 2 Version 3.0 Roof Products Specification and ENERGY STAR Test Method for Roof Products: Maintenance of Solar Reflectance.

In addition, EPA has finalized a number of interim clarifications to the existing ENERGY STAR Roof Products specification, as reflected in Version 2.3. Due to the nature of these changes, all currently qualified products will remain qualified.

Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments to EPA on the ENERGY STAR Draft 2 Version 3.0 Roof Products Specification no later than July 23, 2012.

Please send all written comments to roofs@energystar.gov. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Ryan, EPA, at Ryan.Steven@epa.gov or Michael Holzheimer, ICF International, at Michael.Holzheimer@icfi.com.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

6/22/2012

Draft 3 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Specification

Dear ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Manufacturer or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to announce the release of the Draft 3 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Data Center Storage. Stakeholders are invited to review the Data Center Storage — Version 1.0 Specification, and submit comments to EPA via email to storage@energystar.gov by Friday, July 27, 2012.

EPA will host a webinar on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, tentatively starting at 1:00PM EST. The agenda will be focused on elements from Draft 3, Product Families, and other key topics. Please RSVP to storage@energystar.gov no later than Tuesday, July 3, 2012 with the subject "RSVP — Storage Draft 3 specification meeting."

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Meyers, EPA, at Meyers.Robert@epa.gov or (202) 343-9923; or John Clinger, ICF International, at John.Clinger@icfi.com or (202) 572-9432.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

6/22/2012

ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioner Specification - Final Version 3.0

Dear ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioner Manufacturer or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the release of the final Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioner Specification. The final specification with partner commitments and EPA cover memo will soon be available for your review on the ENERGY STAR website.

The Version 3.0 Specification will take effect on October 1, 2013. Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Version 3.0 requirements.

Stakeholders with questions can contact Amanda Stevens, EPA, at stevens.amanda@epa.gov or (202) 343-9106. Questions on test method development should be directed to Ashley Armstrong, DOE, at Ashley.Armstrong@ee.doe.gov or (202) 586-6590.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

6/14/2012

ENERGY STAR Displays: Final Draft V6.0 Specification

Dear Displays Partner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share with you the Final Draft Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Displays specification, partner commitments, test method, and comment-response documents. Stakeholders are requested to provide comments on the Final Draft Specification and Final Draft Test Method by June 29, 2012. Please send comments via e-mail to displays@energystar.gov.

Please contact Verena Radulovic, EPA, at Radulovic.Verena@epa.gov or (202) 343-9845 or Joshua Forgotson, ICF International, at Joshua.Forgotson@icfi.com or (202) 862-2955, with any questions or concerns about the Final Draft Specification. Please contact Ashley Armstrong, Department of Energy, at Ashley.Armstrong@ee.doe.gov, with questions or concerns about the Final Draft Test Method.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR!

6/8/2012

ENERGY STAR Set-top Boxes Version 3.0 Test Method Update

Dear ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Stakeholder:

Please note that EPA has updated the ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Program Requirements so that the Test Method now references the latest version of Canadian Standards Association (CSA) C380-11 test procedure. The use of C380-11 is acceptable in place of the C380-08 edition. This update does not require labs to be re-assessed to the 2011 edition right away. Rather, labs should have the 2011 edition reflected on their next scope of accreditation according to their existing assessment schedule.

The updated program requirements are posted at: Set-top Boxes & Cable Boxes for Partners.

If you have any questions, please email stbs@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

6/5/2012

Final ENERGY STAR Vending Machine V3.0 Specification

Dear ENERGY STAR Vending Machine Manufacturer or Other Interested Party,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine specification has been finalized. Your valuable feedback throughout the development process has been integral to the design of the final specification.

The complete Program Requirements document, including the Final Version 3.0 Eligibility Criteria and existing Partner Commitments, as well as previous draft proposals, supporting analyses, and stakeholder comments are available on the Product Development website at Vending Machines Version 3.0.

Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify eligible products to the Version 3.0 requirements. As of March 1, 2013 any vending machine rebuilt or manufactured must meet the Version 3.0 requirements to be labeled as ENERGY STAR.

Stakeholders with questions can contact Christopher Kent, EPA, at kent.christopher@epa.gov or Rebecca Duff, ICF International, at rebecca.duff@icfi.com.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

5/23/2012

DOE Public Meeting Announcement — Test Procedure Guidance for Room Air Conditioners, Residential Dishwashers, and Residential Clothes Washers

Please note that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is holding a public meeting to provide a forum for manufacturers and test laboratories to discuss their respective interpretations of existing DOE test procedures, where they believe that the test procedures lack clarity, and to provide information for DOE to consider prior to publishing any proposed guidance to clarify the current test procedures for room air conditioners, residential dishwashers, and residential clothes washers. The public meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 1, 2012.

Please see www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/pdfs/signed_notice.pdf PDF (161KB) Exit ENERGY STAR for additional information.

5/23/2012

Final Draft Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Audio/Video

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share with you the Final Draft Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Audio/Video specification, partner commitments, test method, and comment-response document available on the ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov/revisedspecs and clicking "Audio Video". Stakeholders are requested to provide comments on the Final Draft specification by June 8, 2012. Please send comments via e-mail to audiovideo@energystar.gov.

Please contact Verena Radulovic, EPA, at Radulovic.Verena@epa.gov or (202) 343-9845 or Matt Malinowski, ICF International, at Matt.Malinowski@icfi.com or (202) 862-2693, with any questions or concerns.

5/18/2012

Reminder: Ceasing Certification of Dehumidifiers to ENERGY STAR Version 2.1 Specification

As of June 1, 2012, your organization must cease certification to the Version 2.1 ENERGY STAR Dehumidifiers specification and may only certify dehumidifiers to the Version 3.0 specification using the new XML-based web services. Administrative changes to existing certifications to the Version 2.1 specification may continue until October 1, 2012. To submit such a change, please upload the Excel template for the Version 2.1 specification.

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

5/17/2012

Mandatory Training for CBs Interested in Certifying UPS Products on May 31, 2012

On May 10, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) finalized the ENERGY STAR Specification for Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) Version 1.0 and the specification will take effect on August 1, 2012. Before certification bodies (CBs) can gain recognition to certify UPS products for ENERGY STAR, they must participate in a mandatory training on the new specification to take place on Thursday, May 31, 2012, from 1-3pm Eastern Time.

The training will provide a summary of the specification with a focus on the key product criteria that CBs will need to review to certify UPS products. A brief Q&A session on the test procedure will be provided, but this meeting is intended for certification rather than laboratory staff. Shortly after the training, EPA will begin accepting applications from interested organizations. To be considered, CBs will have to participate in this meeting and provide a signed application along with evidence that they have contacted their accreditation body requesting a scope expansion for this category. EPA will inform and post all recognized CBs on the same day, in advance of the August 1 effective date.

Please RSVP via email to Certification@energystar.gov by Thursday, May 24. Call-in information and a more detailed agenda will be provided closer to the meeting. In the meantime, please review the final specification and the final data requirements for the XML-based qualified product exchange system. If your organization is not interested in certifying UPS products, you do not need to participate.

5/16/2012

ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 Televisions ABC Proposal

Thank you for your continued participation in the development of the Version 6.0 Televisions specification. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to present stakeholders with a proposed approach for qualifying televisions with Automatic Brightness Control (ABC) enabled by default. Stakeholders are invited to review the Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Televisions ABC Proposal PDF (165KB) and submit comments via email to televisions@energystar.gov by May 31, 2012.

The exchange of ideas and information between DOE, EPA, industry and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR.

Please contact Verena Radulovic, EPA, at Radulovic.Verena@epa.gov or (202) 343-9845, or Bizhan Zhumagali, ICF International, at BZhumagali@icfi.com or (202) 572-9448 with any questions.

5/16/2012

ENERGY STAR Final Draft Version 3.0 Room Air Conditioner Specification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the release of the Final Draft Version 3.0 Room Air Conditioner Specification. Materials from the Version 3.0 Room Air Conditioner Specification development process, including a cover memo from Amanda Stevens, EPA, and the Final Draft Version 3.0 Room Air Conditioner Product Specification, may be accessed on the ENERGY STAR web site at www.energystar.gov/revisedspecs. Comments should be submitted via email to appliances@energystar.gov by Thursday, May 31, 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Stevens, EPA, at stevens.amanda@epa.gov or (202) 343-9106; or Ryan Fogle, D&R International, at rfogle@drintl.com or (301) 588-9387. Questions on test method development should be directed to Ashley Armstrong, DOE at Ashley.Armstrong@ee.doe.gov or (202) 586-6590.

5/15/2012

ENERGY STAR Computers: Draft 2 V6.0 Specification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the release of the Draft 2 Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Computers. The draft, a cover letter and revised data analysis memorandum may be accessed on the ENERGY STAR web site at www.energystar.gov/revisedspecs. Stakeholders are encouraged to review these documents and provide written feedback via email to computers@energystar.gov by June 8, 2012.

As communicated to stakeholders on May 5th, EPA is planning to host a stakeholder meeting in Washington, DC on May 23rd, 2012, tentatively scheduled for 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Eastern Time. To attend, please RSVP by emailing computers@energystar.gov with your full contact information and "RSVP" in the subject line.

As a reminder, materials from the Version 6.0 Computer specification development process may be accessed on the ENERGY STAR web site at www.energystar.gov/revisedspecs (selecting the link for "Computers"). Please contact computers@energystar.gov with questions.

5/11/2012

ENERGY STAR Servers: Draft 2 V2.0 Specification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the release of the Draft 2 Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Computer Servers. The draft, a cover letter, updated test method, and dataset can be accessed on the ENERGY STAR web site at www.energystar.gov/revisedspecs. Stakeholders are encouraged to review these documents and provide written feedback via email to servers@energystar.gov by June 6, 2012.

As communicated to stakeholders on May 5th, EPA is planning to host a webinar to discuss the draft on May 24th, 2012. Further details on the meeting, venue, and agenda will be forwarded shortly, along with an opportunity to RSVP. If you or a colleague did not receive this draft distribution message directly and would like to receive an update on final webinar plans, please send an email to servers@energystar.gov with your full contact information.

As a reminder, materials from the Version 2.0 Server development process may be accessed on the ENERGY STAR web site at www.energystar.gov/revisedspecs (selecting the link for "Computer Servers"). Please contact servers@energystar.gov with questions, and thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

5/10/2012

ENERGY STAR UPS Final Specification Publication

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are pleased to inform you that the Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) has been finalized and will take effect on August 1, 2012. Please visit www.energystar.gov/newspecs and select Uninterruptable Power Supplies to access the following documents:

  • EPA cover memo outlining next steps for stakeholders
  • ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for UPS: Partner Commitments, Final Version 1.0 Eligibility Criteria, Final Test Method
  • ENERGY STAR UPS Test Reporting Template
  • Final Draft Specification and Test Method Comment Summary and Response

Stakeholders with questions may contact RJ Meyers, EPA, at Meyers.Robert@epa.gov, or (202) 343-9923, or Matt Malinowski, ICF International, at MMalinowski@icfi.com or (202) 862-2693. Please direct specific questions on the Final Test Method to Bryan Berringer at Bryan.Berringer@ee.doe.gov, or (202) 586-0371.

5/9/2012

ENERGY STAR Draft 4 Version 6.0 Displays Test Method Comment Extension

On April 26, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Draft 4 Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Displays Test Method to stakeholders. DOE and EPA have learned that stakeholders need more time to provide feedback and thus will be extending the comment period by one week. Stakeholders are invited to submit comments on the document via email to displays@energystar.gov by May 17, 2012.

The exchange of ideas and information between DOE, EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. Should stakeholders wish to discuss the proposed revision to the test method in further detail with DOE, or have any other questions related to the test method, please contact Ashley Armstrong, DOE, at Ashley.Armstrong@ee.doe.gov or Akshay Odugoudar, Navigant Consulting, at Akshay.Odugoudar@navigant.com. For all other questions related to the Displays Version 6.0 specification, please contact Verena Radulovic, EPA, at Radulovic.Verena@epa.gov or Bizhan Zhumagali, ICF International, at bZhumagali@icfi.com.

5/4/2012

ENERGY STAR Automatic Commercial Ice Maker Version 2.0 Final Specification and Test Method

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that the ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 Automatic Commercial Ice Maker specification and test method have been finalized. Your feedback has been an integral part of this development process.

Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify eligible products, including newly added continuous-type models, to the Version 2.0 requirements. As of February 1, 2013 any product manufactured and labeled as ENERGY STAR must meet Version 2.0 requirements.

Stakeholder comments on the Final Draft specification and test method will soon be available on the ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov/revisedspecs.

Stakeholders with questions can contact Christopher Kent, EPA, at (202) 343-9046 and kent.christopher@epa.gov or Erica Porras, ICF International, at (202) 862-2972 and eporras@icfi.com.

5/2/2012

ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer Specification - Final Version 6.0

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the release of the final Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer Specification. The Final specification and EPA cover memo will soon be available on the ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov/revisedspecs.

The Version 6.0 Specification will take effect on February 1, 2013.

Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Version 6.0 requirements. Since the requirements for residential clothes washes are unchanged, manufacturers of residential clothes washers qualified to Version 5.1 will need to have their CB transfer certification to Version 6.0 prior to February 1, 2013.

Stakeholders with questions can contact Amanda Stevens, EPA, at stevens.amanda@epa.gov or (202) 343-9106; or Ryan Fogle, D&R International, at rfogle@drintl.com or (301) 588-9387.

5/1/2012

ENERGY STAR Valid Testing Draft Guidance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed the following draft guidance for certification bodies (CBs) regarding ENERGY STAR requirements for valid testing for product qualification or verification. This guidance provides direction for CBs regarding testing errors, laboratory report errors, defective units, and associated reporting of these errors to EPA. Please submit any questions or concerns regarding this draft guidance to Certification@energystar.gov no later than May 15, 2012 noting "Valid Testing" in the subject line.

ENERGY STAR Requirements for Valid Testing

  • When conducting testing for the ENERGY STAR program, laboratories are prohibited from using test results that were generated during testing in which a testing error occurred. For purposes of ENERGY STAR, a test that is not performed according to relevant testing procedures or laboratory processes is considered a testing error. This error may include but is not limited to staff mistakes, equipment malfunction, or environmental variations that may impact the test result. In cases of a testing error, results of testing must be disregarded and the laboratory must conduct testing on a replacement unit.
  • A test unit shall be considered defective if such unit is inoperative or does not operate according to the manufacturer's design and operating instructions. If a laboratory finds a defective unit when testing, a new unit for testing must be obtained, consistent with original procurement requirements. Repairs or modifications to units after procurement, including the replacement of a defective component, are not permitted. For instances in which a laboratory replaces units of a particular model more than once due to product malfunction, the laboratory is required to notify EPA within 10 business days via Enforcement@energystar.gov.
  • The CB shall identify all instances of defective unit replacements that are obtained for verification testing in the bi-annual verification testing summary report submitted to EPA.
  • The CB may permit correction of typographical errors in laboratory reports where no testing error (as described above) has occurred. In all instances, typographical corrections must be clearly noted and recorded on file.
4/27/2012

ENERGY STAR Residential Ventilating Fans Specification Version 3.2 Clarification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an update to the Version 3.2 ENERGY STAR Residential Ventilating Fans specification, available at www.energystar.gov/specifications. This update includes the following clarifications:

  • Compliance with the installed fan performance requirement, as described in section E, shall be based on the measured airflow, not the rated airflow, at each static pressure point (0.1 and 0.25 in. w.g.).
  • Fan airflow (in cubic feet per minute, cfm) and motor electrical power (in watts) shall be rounded, as described in section F, prior to calculating efficacy (cfm/W) for ENERGY STAR qualification.

This update also corrects two typos in the table numbers referenced in the specification.

This clarification must be followed for all testing moving forward, including verification testing of currently qualified products.

If you have any questions, please contact Certification@energystar.gov.

4/26/2012

ENERGY STAR Draft 4 Version 6.0 Displays Test Method

During the February 22, 2012 webinar, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received initial feedback regarding the light source type and placement of the light source for testing products with Automatic Brightness Control (ABC) enabled by default. Since then, DOE has conducted further testing related to this issue and has developed a proposed revision to the test method.

The Draft 4 Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Displays Test Method PDF (363KB) document provides a proposed approach for testing Displays with ABC enabled by clarifying the light source and its position relative to the ABC sensor. In addition, DOE is providing an overview of its testing conducted in response to stakeholder comments on the previous draft and the results. Stakeholders are invited to review the ENERGY STAR Displays Test Method Test Results PDF (283KB) document, the associated testing results, and DOE's Draft 3 Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Displays Test Method Stakeholder Comments and Responses PDF (281KB) document, and submit comments via email to displays@energystar.gov by May 10, 2012.

EPA and DOE also intend to release a Final Draft Version 6.0 Displays specification accompanied by a Final Draft Test Method by late May after receiving comments from stakeholders on the revised approach to ABC testing.

Thank you for taking the time to review the revision to the Displays Test Method. The exchange of ideas and information between DOE, EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR.

Should stakeholders wish to discuss this proposed revision to the test method in further detail with DOE, or have any other questions, please contact Verena Radulovic, EPA, at Radulovic.Verena@epa.gov or Bizhan Zhumagali, ICF International, at BZhumagali@icfi.com.

4/25/2012

MESA Upgrades for ENERGY STAR Partnership Statuses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently integrating information on organization roles and statuses into the My ENERGY STAR Account tool (MESA). This information will replace the list of partners with restrictions currently posted in MESA. There are several statuses EPA uses to determine appropriate privileges for ENERGY STAR manufacturing partners or applicants, such as whether or not a certification body (CB) may certify the manufacturer's products as ENERGY STAR. A complete list of these organization roles and statuses will soon be available in MESA.

Please note that during this integration, CBs may experience difficulties uploading product information for partners who have partnership restrictions. If this happens, please temporarily remove their products from your upload and notify your contacts with the relevant ENERGY STAR partners that there is an issue with their partnership preventing CBs from sharing data on certified products. Partners can contact EPA at Enforcement@energystar.gov or 202-862-1158 with questions about how to resolve their partnership restrictions.

These changes will soon be visible to CBs in the MESA tool and will be fully integrated by May 4, 2012. EPA invites CBs to participate in a webinar meeting on Monday, May 7, 2012 from 2-3 PM Eastern Time for a demonstration of the MESA upgrades regarding access to organization statuses and how these statuses impact CBs. In addition, EPA will discuss CB options for certifying product performance for brand owners who are not ENERGY STAR partners or applicants or who have restrictions on certification privileges. Webinar information will be provided prior to the call.

4/25/2012

Save the Date - Upcoming V6.0 Computer Specification Development Stakeholder Meeting in Washington, DC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wishes to inform ENERGY STAR Computer Program stakeholders of a planned in-person meeting on May 23rd, 2012, in downtown Washington, DC. The meeting will focus on draft specification development for Version 6.0 of the ENERGY STAR Computer program and is tentatively scheduled for 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Eastern Time.

Further details on the meeting, venue, and agenda will be forwarded in coming weeks, along with an opportunity to RSVP.

As a reminder, materials from the Version 6.0 Computer Specification development process may be accessed on the ENERGY STAR web site at www.energystar.gov/revisedspecs. Please contact computers@energystar.gov with questions, and thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

4/23/2012

Updates to SOP for Certifying ENERGY STAR Products

Based on feedback received from the March 16, 2012 conference call with certification bodies (CBs), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the Standard Operating Procedure for Certification of Products to ENERGY STAR Specifications PDF (92KB) (SOP) available at www.energystar.gov/cbresources. As noted on the call, CBs are required to use the SOP to certify products to ENERGY STAR specifications.

The updates were limited to three modifications to bullets in Appendix A:

  • Under U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-covered products, clarified requirements regarding ratings within a basic model group.
  • Under Luminaires, removed the section pertaining to the method IES LM-82 not yet published, as the test method has now been published.
  • Under the 'Other' header, removed the section that stated that "water heater manufacturers may sell a single product under multiple brand names and model numbers" as it applies to all product categories and is covered in the main section of the SOP.

For any questions regarding these updates, please contact Certification@energystar.gov.

4/20/2012

Verification Testing Guidance for Luminaires

The ENERGY STAR specification for luminaires is now effective and certified luminaires are now subject to verification testing administered by EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs). In addition to guidance already provided to CBs on verification testing, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized Directive 2012-01, ENERGY STAR Luminaires Verification Testing Guidance for Certification Bodies - Test Criteria, Sample Sizes and Determining Testing Failures, and Reporting to EPA PDF (59KB). As noted in previous correspondence, this guidance limits the verification testing to core performance criteria and establishes the sample sizes needed to verify product performance. This final directive reflects the following modifications to the draft guidance shared with stakeholders:

  1. For lumen maintenance, three samples must be tested at the same time due to the length of time for this test. EPA extends manufacturers the option to have only one sample tested for lumen maintenance, but this choice forfeits the option for testing additional samples if the one sample fails.
  2. As EPA transitions verification testing of lighting products to CBs, all test results and associated reports must be submitted to EPA. EPA will reconsider the necessity of this requirement after it gains greater experience with CB-administered verification testing for these product types.

Please submit any questions about this directive to Certification@energystar.gov with "Luminaires Verification Testing" in the subject line.

4/12/2012

Mandatory QPX Transition Call with CBs on April 23, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon complete the transition to the XML-based qualified product exchange (QPX) system for Dehumidifiers V3.0, Central Air Conditioners and Air Source Heat Pumps V4.1 Tier 2, and Geothermal Heat Pumps V3.1 Tier 3. Beginning May 4, 2012, EPA will only accept information on certified products in those product categories via XML-based web services. To prepare for this transition, EPA invites certification bodies (CBs) to join EPA on Monday, April 23, 2012 from 3-4 PM Eastern Time to discuss key features of the new system and to answer any outstanding questions from CBs.

Please have at least one representative from your organization join. If you are unable to do so, please notify EPA at Certification@energystar.gov.

For more information on EPA's detailed plans for transitioning to QPX for all product categories, please visit www.energystar.gov/qpx.

4/12/2012

ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 Televisions Test Procedure Addendum

Thank you for your continued participation in the development of the Version 6.0 Televisions specification. As discussed during the Draft 2 Version 6.0 Televisions Webinar, held February 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed a proposal to test and record the power consumption of televisions with data/network capability connected in Standby-Active, Low Mode as defined by the DOE Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Television Sets (TVs). The document provides a proposed approach for testing TVs with data/network capabilities as an addendum to the DOE Test Procedure for TVs. Stakeholders are invited to review this document and submit comments via email to televisions@energystar.gov by April 27, 2012.

In addition, DOE and EPA are interested in understanding and measuring the power consumption of network-connected televisions in On Mode with active data transfer. DOE and EPA will continue to monitor the prevalence of internet-capable and smart televisions, and are interested in learning to what extent industry is exploring the creation of a test procedure for these products.

The exchange of ideas and information between DOE, EPA, industry and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR.

Please contact Verena Radulovic, EPA, at Radulovic.Verena@epa.gov or (202) 343-9845, or Bizhan Zhumagali, ICF International, at BZhumagali@icfi.com or (202) 572-9448 with any questions.

4/9/2012

ENERGY STAR Draft 3.0 Climate Controls Specification

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the release of the Draft 3 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Residential Climate Controls specification PDF (327KB). For your review and comment you will find a cover memo PDF (50KB) from Abigail Daken, US EPA, and the Draft 3 Version 1.0 document. Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback to EPA by May 7, 2012.

Save the Date: EPA will host a stakeholder webinar on Tuesday April 17, 2012 from 1–3 p.m. EDT to discuss the Draft 3 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Residential Climate Controls specification and the V1.0 Ease of Use Test Method. If you would like to participate in this discussion, please RSVP to ClimateControls@energystar.gov by COB Friday, April 13, 2012. Conference call and log-in information will be provided to attendees prior to the meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Abigail Daken, EPA, at Daken.Abigail@epa.gov or Doug Frazee, ICF International, at dfrazee@icfi.com.

4/5/2012

ENERGY STAR UPS V1.0 Final Draft Specification and Test Method

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the release of the Final Draft Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) specification and test method. For your review and comment you will find:

Comments should be submitted via email to UPS@energystar.gov by Tuesday, April 24, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact RJ Meyers, EPA, at Meyers.Robert@epa.gov, or Matt Malinowski, ICF International, at mmalinowski@icfi.com.

4/4/2012

Final Draft ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Test Method

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcome your input on the Draft ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Test Method (Rev. Apr-2012) PDF (851KB) and suggested Test Reporting Template Excel. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments no later than April 25, 2012 to commercialdishwashers@energystar.gov.

ENERGY STAR representatives will be attending the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago, IL, May 5-8, 2012. Manufacturers and other stakeholders interested in scheduling a meeting to discuss the Version 2.0 specification and development process can contact Rebecca Duff, ICF International, at (434) 202-7875 or rduff@icfi.com.

Thank you for your continued participation in this specification development process. Stakeholders with questions or concerns can contact Christopher Kent, EPA, at (202) 343-9046 and via e-mail at kent.christopher@epa.gov or Rebecca Duff at (434) 202-7875 and rduff@icfi.com.

Final Draft Commercial Dishwashers Test Method Cover Memo PDF (44KB)

4/3/2012

Verification Testing Guidance for Luminaires

The ENERGY STAR specification for luminaires is effective as of April 1, 2012 and certified luminaires will start being subject to verification testing administered by EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs). In preparation for that testing, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to issue to CBs guidance that provides additional direction for conducting verification testing of luminaires. This guidance limits the verification testing to core performance criteria and also establishes the sample sizes needed to verify product performance. EPA plans to finalize this guidance on April 16, 2012. If you have concerns or questions about this guidance, please notify EPA via Certification@energystar.gov as soon as possible with "Luminaires Verification Testing" in the subject line.

Draft Luminaires Verification Testing Guidance for Certification Bodies PDF (98KB)

3/29/2012

ENERGY STAR Automatic Commercial Ice Maker (ACIM) Final Draft Test Method

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) welcomes your input on the ENERGY STAR ACIM Final Draft Test Method (Rev. Mar-2012) PDF(39KB). Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments to icemachines@energystar.gov by April 18, 2012.

Stakeholders with questions regarding the test method and specification development process can contact Christopher Kent, EPA, at kent.christopher@epa.gov or Erica Porras, ICF International, at eporras@icfi.com.

Automatic Commercial Ice Makers Final Draft Test Method (Rev. Mar-2012) Cover Memo PDF (40KB)

3/29/2012

ENERGY STAR Final Draft Version 6.0 Clothes Washer Specification — Proposal for Combination (All-in-One) Washer-Dryers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the release of the Final Draft Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer specification, proposing changes to address Combination (All-in-One) Washer-Dryers.

Please find for your review and comment: a cover memo PDF (62KB) from Amanda Stevens, EPA, and the Final Draft Version 6.0 specification PDF (101KB). Comments should be submitted via email to appliances@energystar.gov by Friday, April 13, 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Stevens, EPA, at stevens.amanda@epa.gov or (202) 343-9106; or Ryan Fogle, D&R International, at rfogle@drintl.com or (301) 588-9387.

3/27/2012

LM-82 Published and ENERGY STAR Guide to Laboratory Recognition for Lighting Product Categories Updated

IES LM-82-12, Characterization of LED Light Engines and LED Lamps for Electrical and Photometric Properties as a Function of Temperature, has been published and is available for purchase at www.ies.org Exit ENERGY STAR. Laboratories may now apply for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognition under the Solid State (Non-directional) lighting category that includes the LM-82-12 method of measurement as soon as the required accreditations have been obtained. For details on the categories that require LM-82-12, such as other methods of measurement and reference documents required for recognition to those categories, see section 3.1.3 of the updated ENERGY STAR Guide to EPA Laboratory Recognition by Lighting Category PDF (744KB).

Also, please note that the EPA has updated the ENERGY STAR Guide to EPA Laboratory Recognition by Lighting Category to provide clarification regarding the process and the required accreditations for lighting laboratories by category. This guide is available on the EPA third-party certification website under laboratory resources. The laboratories resources page also includes steps on how accredited laboratories can update their categories for EPA recognition.

Please direct any questions about this guide to Certification@energystar.gov.

3/20/2012

ENERGY STAR Set-top Boxes Version 4 Specification Review

Please find for your review a letter PDF (45KB) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launching efforts to review the ENERGY STAR Version 4.0 Set-top Boxes specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit written comments to STBs@energystar.gov by Friday, April 13, 2012.

EPA will also host a webinar on Thursday, April 5, 2012, from 12pm–2pm EDT, to discuss the issues for consideration and next steps for the Version 4.1 specification. To participate in this online meeting, please RSVP by Friday, March 30, by emailing STBs@energystar.gov.

Please direct any specific questions to Katharine Kaplan, at kaplan.katharine@epa.gov, or Matt Malinowski, ICF International, at mmalinowski@icfi.com.

3/16/2012

Upcoming Effective Date for ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Luminaires V1.1, Residential Ceiling Fans V3.0 and Residential Ventilating Fans V3.2

Please note that the effective date of ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Luminaires Version 1.1, Residential Ceiling Fans Version 3.0 and Residential Ventilating Fans Version 3.2 is April 1, 2012. As of April 1, 2012, all products qualified to the Residential Light Fixtures (RLF) V4.2 specification, the Solid State Lighting Luminaires (SSL) V1.3 specification, the Residential Ceiling Fans V2.4 specification or the Residential Ventilating Fans V2.3 specification using the corresponding data submission forms will be removed from the list of ENERGY STAR qualified products. Certification bodies may only certify product models to Luminaires V1.1, Residential Ceiling Fans V3.0 and Residential Ventilating Fans V3.2, and submit them using the Data Submission Templates in My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA). As a general reminder, certification bodies should ensure that they are using the correct Data Submission Form corresponding to the appropriate specification version.

Please contact EPA at Certification@energystar.gov with any questions about the certification of ENERGY STAR products.

3/14/2012

Reminder: Mandatory CB Conference call on Friday, March 16, 2012 from 1–2pm ET

As you know, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has scheduled a mandatory conference call for certification bodies (CBs) from 1–2pm ET this Friday, March 16, 2012. The primary purpose of the call is to review the latest version of the Standard Operating Procedures for Certification of Products to ENERGY STAR Specifications PDF (87KB). EPA made minor revisions to this document last month to include additional guidance for CBs. This call is an opportunity to discuss those updates and any related questions on the certification process.

EPA would also like to address the new XML web services data submission process to ensure CBs are developing their systems and reviewing draft data requirements for the models you certify. There should be plenty of time for discussion, so please be prepared with any topics you would like to discuss or bring to EPA's attention.

Please have at least one representative from your organization join. If you are unable to do so, please notify EPA at Certification@energystar.gov.

Call-in information follows:
Call-in number: 1-866-299-3188
Passcode: 343-9019

3/12/2012

Request for CB Input on Feasibility of Alternative Verification Methods for CFS Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requests your input on an alternative option for verifying the performance of commercial food service (CFS) products for the ENERGY STAR program. The purpose of ENERGY STAR product verification testing is to ensure that products continue to meet the ENERGY STAR product performance requirements regardless of any changes in the production of the product. Based on requests from manufacturers, EPA would like to explore the feasibility of conducting a component level review (based on what has been established for product safety) for one or more types of CFS products as a way to reduce the burden of verification testing for these products. EPA has concerns about the ability of a component level inspection to provide the same level of confidence in product performance as actual testing; however given your expertise in these products, EPA would appreciate your input on the feasibility of this approach to partially offset the ENERGY STAR verification testing requirements for these products.

Please note that the current portfolio of ENERGY STAR CFS products include:

  • Commercial Dishwashers
  • Commercial Fryers
  • Commercial Griddles
  • Commercial Hot Food Holding Cabinets
  • Commercial Ice Machines
  • Commercial Ovens
  • Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers
  • Commercial Steam Cookers

EPA requests that you respond no later than Monday, April 2, 2012 with input on the following items:

  1. As a certification body, do you believe it is feasible to conduct a component level review that would ensure the same level of accuracy in verification as actual testing?
    1. If so, please provide details on what this review would include and for which CFS products. This should also include information on the resources needed to conduct such a review compared to actual testing. In addition please describe what type of pilot program, if any, would be needed to demonstrate the feasibility.
    2. If not, please provide an explanation of the shortcomings in component level reviews and why they would not provide assurance that the products are performing as certified.
  2. If EPA is able to develop an option for certification bodies to verify commercial food service products via component review as a substitute for testing, are you interesting in providing this type of service for your clients?

Please also provide other input that would be helpful for EPA to consider moving forward. Please also note if you would like your input to be treated anonymously.

2/28/2012

Clarification to the Geothermal Heat Pump Verification Testing Requirements and Basic Model Group Definition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a clarification to the verification testing requirements and basic model group definition of the geothermal heat pump (GHP) products. Please find the memo with the clarification below.

If you have any questions, please contact Abigail Daken at EPA, daken.abigail@epa.gov or 202-343-9375, Kathleen Vokes at EPA, vokes.kathleen@epa.gov or 202-343-9019, or Sarah Medepalli at ICF International, smedepalli@icfi.com or 202-862-1268.

GHP Verification Clarification Letter PDF (72KB)

2/23/2012

ENERGY STAR Draft 2 Version 5.0 Residential Refrigerator and Freezer Specification and Draft 1 Test Method for Connected Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers, and Freezers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) are pleased to announce the release of the Residential Refrigerators and Freezers Version 5.0 Draft 2 Specification and Draft 1 Test Method for Connected Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers, and Freezers. For your review and comment you will find: a cover memo PDF (74KB) from Amanda Stevens, EPA, the Version 5.0 Draft 2 Specification PDF (215KB), and the Draft 1 Test Method PDF (167KB).

EPA and DOE welcome comments on the Draft 2 Specification and Draft 1 Test Method. Comments should be submitted via email to appliances@energystar.gov by Friday, March 23, 2012.

Additionally, EPA and DOE intend to co-host a webinar on Thursday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm (EST) to discuss the Draft 2 Specification and Draft 1 Test Method, and address stakeholder questions. To RSVP, please email appliances@energystar.gov by Friday, March 2, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

If you have any questions about the Draft 2 Specification, please contact Amanda Stevens, EPA, at stevens.amanda@epa.gov or (202) 343-9106; or Ryan Fogle, D&R International, at rfogle@drintl.com or (301) 588-9387. Questions about the Draft 1 Test Method can be directed to Ashley Armstrong, DOE, at Ashely.Armstrong@ee.doe.gov or (202) 586-6590.

2/22/2012

Revised Standard Operating Procedures for Certification of Products to ENERGY STAR Specifications and Mandatory CB Conference Call on March 16, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised the Standard Operating Procedures for Certification of Products to ENERGY STAR Specifications PDF (87KB) and Version 2.0 is now available at www.energystar.gov/cbresources. This document is intended to guide certification bodies (CBs) through the process of certifying products for ENERGY STAR and reflects additional EPA guidance to CBs.

Key revisions to the Standard Operating Procedures include:

  • Products may only be certified as ENERGY STAR if the brand owner (the ENERGY STAR manufacturing partner) is an active ENERGY STAR partner or applicant, partner without restriction, or other status in MESA such that it can have products certified.
  • If a product family qualification is permitted, CBs must review the documentation to confirm that all models in the family would meet the ENERGY STAR requirements given any acceptable product variations.
  • If the model has a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) waiver, the CB should confirm that the Federal Register notice of a waiver is provided.
  • EPA added a section, "Reporting Data to EPA". CBs should conduct quality control review of the data including reviewing for consistent reporting of the applicant/partner name and brand names, correct units and decimals, as well as confirming measured and reported values meet the applicable ENERGY STAR specification.
  • EPA has updated the "Appendix A: Supplemental Product-Specific Guidance for Certification" to reflect the current ENERGY STAR specifications.

In order to discuss the revised guidance and answer any related questions about the certification process, EPA will hold a mandatory conference call with CBs on Friday, March 16, 2012 from 1-2pm ET. EPA encourages CBs to review the Standard Operating Procedures for Certification of Products to ENERGY STAR Specifications PDF (87KB) prior to the call and come prepared with any related questions. If you are unable to have a representative participate in this mandatory call, please contact Certification@energystar.gov no later than Wednesday, March 14, 2011.

Call-in information is listed below:
Call-in number: 1-866-299-3188
Passcode: 343-9019

EPA thanks you for your ongoing support of the ENERGY STAR program and looks forward to your participation in this conference call.

2/14/2012

ENERGY STAR Verification Testing for Windows

The purpose of this message is to notify ENERGY STAR partners and other interested stakeholders that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking steps to open verification testing for ENERGY STAR Windows, Doors and Skylights to all certification bodies (CBs) that meet EPA's requirements. As a reminder, windows partners have agreed to verify ongoing product qualification as part of their partner commitments through participation in third-party verification testing of products. In order to allow other CBs to provide this service for manufacturers, EPA will be modifying the partner commitments to remove the exclusive reference to the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), aligning the commitments with those for all other ENERGY STAR products. Ultimately, this change will provide manufacturers with greater flexibility in fulfilling their partner commitments for verification testing.

EPA appreciates the steps the NFRC has taken to adapt its existing certification program for energy ratings and labels to meet EPA requirements for ENERGY STAR product qualification. EPA will continue to work with NFRC to add a verification component that also meets our requirements. In addition, EPA will provide additional direction for all CBs regarding verification testing requirements, including destructive testing options. CBs interested in providing verification testing services for ENERGY STAR Windows, Doors, and Skylights should contact EPA via email at certification@energystar.gov.

2/10/2012

ENERGY STAR Computer Program: Version 5.2 Clarification

This message is a notice of the final clarification to the ENERGY STAR Version 5.2 Computer specification. As noted upon the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal of this clarification, EPA will work with stakeholders as part of the Version 6.0 specification development effort to ensure the structure of the requirement remains appropriate.

Computer Clarification Memorandum February 2012 PDF (41KB)

2/10/2012

ENERGY STAR Compact Fluorescent Lamps V4.3 Final

On January 23, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) distributed to partners and stakeholders a markup of anticipated procedural changes related to the ENERGY STAR Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) specification. The changes pertain to the qualification of GU24-based compact fluorescent lamps, elimination of the 36-month requalification requirement, and adjustment of verification testing procedures. Today, EPA has finalized Version 4.3 of the CFL specification PDF (473KB).

Questions about the specification may be sent to lamps@energystar.gov.

2/7/2012

ENERGY STAR TM-21 Calculator Now Available

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to make available the ENERGY STAR TM-21 Calculator. The Calculator is based on the Illuminating Engineering Society's TM-21-11: Projecting Long Term Lumen Maintenance of LED Light Sources, referenced in the ENERGY STAR Luminaires V1.1 specification and in Draft 1 of the ENERGY STAR Lamps V1.0 specification. The Calculator is available for download on the ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov/TM-21calculator.

The Calculator was developed to simplify lumen maintenance projection calculations for manufacturers designing lighting products for ENERGY STAR qualification, and to ensure consistent results across all EPA-recognized certification bodies and laboratories. Users are encouraged to download a new blank worksheet for each product, and to save individual product results on a local drive. The Calculator includes user instructions and contact information for questions.

2/3/2012

ENERGY STAR UPS Proposed Changes to the Draft Specification and Test Method

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) are pleased to release a memorandum PDF (77KB) outlining proposed changes to the UPS specification and test method.

EPA and DOE will host a stakeholder webinar on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, from 9:30am–12pm EST to discuss the proposed changes and address stakeholder questions. To RSVP, please send an email to UPS@energystar.gov. Stakeholders are also welcome to submit written comments to UPS@energystar.gov by Friday, February 24, 2012.

Please direct any specific questions to RJ Meyers, EPA, at Meyers.Robert@epa.gov, or 202-343-9923, or Matt Malinowski, ICF International, at MMalinowski@icfi.com or 202-862-2693.

UPS Stakeholder Memo PDF (77KB)

1/25/2012

For Stakeholder Review: Updated ENERGY STAR Vision and Guiding Principles Document

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last formalized a detailed description of the principles underlying the ENERGY STAR products program in 2003. Given the significant changes and expansion of the program over the past several years, EPA seeks to re-affirm the government's longstanding commitment to the core ENERGY STAR program principles that have made it successful. These include a focus on products that meet the highest energy conservation standards without sacrifice in performance or functionality. They are grounded in transparency and a collaborative relationship with industry and other stakeholders.

The Agency is launching a process to engage partners in an update of the Vision and Guiding Principles document, consistent with the evolution of the program since the original document was developed. Stakeholders interested in providing input on the ENERGY STAR Vision and Guiding Principles document are encouraged to contact EPA and/or submit comments or questions to EnergystarProducts@energystar.gov no later than February 22, 2012.

EPA Cover Letter — January 25, 2012 PDF (81KB)
ENERGY STAR Strategic Vision and Guiding Principles PDF (142KB)

1/23/2012

ENERGY STAR Compact Fluorescent Lamps V4.3 Markup

In October 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advised partners and stakeholders of anticipated procedural changes related to the ENERGY STAR Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) specification. The changes pertain to the qualification of GU24-based compact fluorescent lamps, elimination of the 36-month requalification requirement, and adjustment of verification testing procedures. In the interest of greater clarity prior to finalizing these changes, EPA has opted to distribute a copy of the specification with the changes highlighted.

Questions or concerns about the specification's performance or testing requirements may be brought to the attention of Alex Baker, EPA, at (202) 343-9272 or baker.alex@epa.gov. Questions or concerns about removal of the verification testing cap may be directed to Leslie Jones, EPA, at (202) 343-9305 or jones.lesliea@epa.gov.

1/20/2012

Final Draft ENERGY STAR V2.0 Automatic Commercial Ice Maker Specification and Draft Test Method

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes your input on the Final Draft ENERGY STAR V2.0 Automatic Commercial Ice Maker (ACIM) Specification PDF (88KB). In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) also would like feedback on the ENERGY STAR ACIM Draft Test Method (Rev. Jan-2012) PDF (43KB). Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments to icemachines@energystar.gov by February 10, 2012 on both documents.

EPA and DOE will host a stakeholder webinar from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST on February 1, 2012 to discuss the Draft Test Method. To participate in this discussion, please RSVP to icemachines@energystar.gov no later than January 30, 2012. Meeting details will be distributed to registered attendees prior to the call.

Stakeholders with questions regarding the specification development process can contact Christopher Kent, EPA, at kent.christopher@epa.gov or Erica Porras, ICF International, at eporras@icfi.com.

Final Draft ENERGY STAR V2.0 Automatic Commercial Ice Maker (ACIM) Cover Memo PDF (45KB)

1/18/2012

ENERGY STAR Roof Products Specification - Draft Version 2.3 and Draft 1 Version 3.0

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes your input on the Draft Version 2.3 ENERGY STAR Roof Products specification PDF (129KB), Draft 1 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Roof Products specification PDF (128KB), and Roof Products Test Method: Maintenance of Solar Reflectance PDF (100KB).

Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments to EPA no later than February 15, 2012. These documents are now available on the ENERGY STAR Product Development webpage at www.energystar.gov/revisedspecs

Please send all written comments to roofs@energystar.gov. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Ryan, EPA, at ryan.steven@epa.gov or Michael Holzheimer, ICF International, at mholzheimer@icfi.com.

Roof Products Draft V2.3 and Draft 1 V3.0 Cover Memo

1/17/2012

Modifications to Data Submission Form for ENERGY STAR Central ACs and Air-Source Heat Pumps

This message is to notify certification bodies (CBs) that a revised data submission template corresponding to the ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Central ACs and Air-Source Heat Pumps V4.1 has been finalized and should be used beginning January 27, 2012. CBs should continue to use the existing data submission templates for the next upload due by January 25, 2012.

The revised data submission form to be used after January 27, 2012 will be updated in MESA and on http://www.energystar.gov/cbresources. Further instructions and a detailed list of all of the fields that have been updated are described in the “ENERGY STAR Data Form Modifications” section at the bottom of the Instructions and Version History tab of the Version 1.3 Data Submission Form.

Please contact EPA at Certification@energystar.gov with any questions about the updated templates.

ENERGY STAR Certified Product Data Submission Forms 1.3 - Central AC and ASHPs Excel

1/17/2012

CB Reminder to Track Special Test Conditions for ENERGY STAR Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind certification bodies (CBs) to document any relevant special test conditions when certifying models as ENERGY STAR. Some models require special instructions for testing, and CBs should gather this information during initial review to ensure products are tested properly during verification testing without need for manufacturer consultation. For example, models that have a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) waiver for special test conditions are published in the Federal Register. CBs must track this Federal Register notice of the waiver in their certification records for these models.

Please submit any questions regarding this email to Certification@energystar.gov.

1/13/2012

Clarification Regarding EPA Notification of Models with Certification Withdrawn by CBs

Please note that certification bodies (CBs) are required to notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prior to withdrawing certification of an ENERGY STAR model and removing it from the CB list of certified models submitted to EPA. In order for EPA to effectively administer the program, it is important that products are not removed from the qualified products list without Agency knowledge. Advanced notification of certification withdrawal allows EPA to address in a timely manner products that are no longer certified but still labeled as ENERGY STAR. This advanced notice does not apply to products that are removed from the CB list of certified models only because those models are no longer available on the market.

Please submit any questions or issues regarding product certification to certification@energystar.gov with “Product Certification Issue” in the subject line.

1/11/2012

ENERGY STAR UPS Timeline Announcement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are nearing the release of a Final Draft for the ENERGY STAR UPS V1.0 specification and test method.To effectively and efficiently wrap up work, we are planning the following events over the next two months:

  • End of January: Release of a memo to stakeholders outlining modest changes proposed for the Final Draft specification and test method.
  • Mid-February: One to two short webinars (~2 hrs) to discuss the proposed changes outlined in the memo and address stakeholder questions.

Shortly after the webinars, EPA and DOE will release the Final Draft specification and test method incorporating stakeholder feedback on both Draft 3 and the memo. EPA and DOE do not anticipate any major changes to the Final Draft and thus propose a condensed two week comment period followed by publication of the final specification and test method. As discussed during the November 8 webinar, there will be a delay between the specification publication and effective date to allow for EPA recognition of certification bodies and laboratories.

Please direct any specific questions to RJ Meyers, EPA, at Meyers.Robert@epa.gov, or 202-343-9923, or Matt Malinowski, ICF International, at MMalinowski@icfi.com, or 202-862-2693.

1/10/2012

Reminder of the Jan 31st Deadline to Report 2011 Verification Testing Results to EPA

As a reminder, certification bodies (CBs) are required to submit the results of verification testing for Calendar Year 2011 no later than January 31, 2012. Per Directive 2011-06 PDF (51KB) ENERGY STAR Verification Testing Supplement: Selecting Products, Obtaining Products, and Reporting Results," CBs are required to report a summary of their verification testing activities to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) every six months, including models initially selected for verification but not tested. EPA has provided a Verification Testing Summary Report Excel form for CBs, which is available on the website: www.energystar.gov/cbresources.

Please submit any questions regarding verification testing to Certification@energystar.gov.

1/9/2012

Dehumidifiers V3.0 Web Service Now Available for Testing and New QPX (Qualified Product Exchange) Website Navigation

The new XML-based web service for submitting data on products certified to the ENERGY STAR Dehumidifiers V3.0 specification is now available for testing.

Developers should consult the technical documentation for more information regarding active web services, authentication and validation protocols, naming conventions, requirements, and testing. Technical documentation regarding the XML submission system including information on the authentication, submission, validation, and testing process, as well as the Web-Service Definition Language (WSDL) documentation is available on the web-services page.

In addition, to assist certification bodies (CBs) with deploying the new XML-based qualified product exchange (QPX) system, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reorganized the third-party certification website to allow for easier navigation and to provide additional details for the QPX system.

During the transition to the XML-based QPX web services system, EPA will provide a review period for CBs to comment on the data requirements and a testing period for each specific product web-service. EPA will post templates for review or testing along with any relevant deadlines to www.energystar.gov/qpx. All CBs will be allowed to test products during the testing period, regardless of if the CB is recognized for that product category. However; once the testing period has closed, only CBs recognized for that product category will be able to upload product data for certified products. Please note that in addition to web services for Dehumidifier V3.0, Geothermal Heat Pumps V3.1 Tier 3 also remains available for testing.

You may submit any comments or feedback about the data requirements or results from testing to Certification@energystar.gov with "QPX Review" in the subject line. You should continue to submit data on certified products through the Excel templates until the XML transition is complete.

1/4/2012

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Furnaces Program Requirements

Please note that the effective date of the Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Furnaces is February 1, 2012. Beginning January 11, EPA will no longer accept administrative changes to products certified to Version 2.0. As of February 1, the ENERGY STAR list of qualified products will only contain products certified to the Version 3.0 or Version 4.0 specification and all products qualified to Version 2.0 using the Version 2.0 data submission form will be removed from the list. Certification bodies may only certify product models to the Version 3.0 or Version 4.0 specification, and must submit them to EPA using the corresponding Data Submission Template available in My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA). As a general reminder, certification bodies should ensure that they are using the correct Data Submission Form corresponding to the appropriate specification version.

Please contact EPA at Certification@energystar.gov with any questions about these templates or certification of furnaces.

1/3/2012

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 5.0 ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwashers Program Requirements

Please note that the effective date of the Version 5.0 ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwashers Program Requirements for ENERGY STAR is January 20, 2012. Beginning January 11, EPA will no longer accept administrative changes to products certified to Version 4.1. As of January 20, the ENERGY STAR list of qualified products will only contain products certified to the Version 5.0 specification and all products qualified to Version 4.1 using the Version 4.1 data submission form will be removed from the list. Certification bodies may only certify product models to the Version 5.0 specification, and must submit them to EPA using the corresponding Data Submission Template available in My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA). As a general reminder, certification bodies should ensure that they are using the correct Data Submission Form corresponding to the appropriate specification version.

Please contact EPA at Certification@energystar.gov with any questions about these templates or certification of residential dishwashers.

12/27/2011

Release of ENERGY STAR Decorative Light Strings V1.5

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing minor changes to the ENERGY STAR specification for decorative light strings. Please see the ENERGY STAR Decorative Light Strings Version 1.5 Cover Letter PDF (32KB) and ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Decorative Light Strings PDF (101KB). The primary purpose of this new Version 1.5 ENERGY STAR Decorative Light Strings specification is to allow light strings on decorative forms to be ENERGY STAR qualified. Partners do not need to re-qualify any currently ENERGY STAR qualified models in response to this revision.

EPA wishes to thank all stakeholders who provided feedback during this revision process. If you have any questions about the new Version 1.5 specification, please feel free to contact Paul Karaffa, EPA, at karaffa.paul@epa.gov or (202) 343-9401.

12/22/2011

Follow-up Regarding ENERGY STAR XML-based QPX (Qualified Product Exchange) System

In follow-up to the webinar the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted regarding the new XML-based qualified product exchange (QPX) system, EPA has added clarification to the technical documentation PDF (624KB) in sections pertaining to the unique ENERGY_STAR_MODEL_IDENTIFIER. The changes clarify that there are no validations performed on the date in the unique identifier string and emphasize that the identifier is permanent for any model in the system, allowing EPA to track data collected on a particular model that meets more than one specification. Updates are noted at the end of the document.

In addition, please find below a document outlining Questions and Answers from the certification body (CB) webinar regarding the QPX system. Developers should consult the technical documentation for more information regarding active web services, authentication and validation protocols, naming conventions, requirements, and testing.

Finally, EPA has made changes internally to allow all CBs to test products during the testing period, regardless of if the CB is recognized for that product category. Currently Geothermal Heat Pumps V3.1 is available for testing. Once the testing period has closed, only CBs recognized for that product category will be able to upload product data for qualification.

Please submit any questions about the new system to Certification@energystar.gov with “QPX System” in the subject line.

CB QPX Webinar Questions and Answers PDF (21KB)

12/19/2011

EPA Input on Product Selection for Verification Testing

Please follow the guidance below for obtaining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) input on the product selection process for certification body (CB)–administered verification testing. Effective immediately, when CBs are ready to make product selections in a given product category, they should submit to EPA a complete list of products that are eligible for verification testing, highlighting the unique product families. EPA will review that list and identify the products EPA wishes to include in that round of testing. As per the Conditions and Criteria for Recognition of Certification Bodies PDF (48KB), EPA’s input will be limited to half of the products selected in that round; the other half will be selected at random by the CB.

CBs should submit the list of products eligible for verification testing in Microsoft Excel format to Certification@energystar.gov.

12/16/2011

Modifications to Data Submission Forms for ENERGY STAR Luminaires

The new and finalized Version 1.2 Data Submission Forms that correspond with the ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Luminaires Version 1.1 are now available. Similar to the existing forms, there are two forms that correspond to directional and non-directional luminaires. These forms were modified to address issues many certification bodies (CBs) have noted regarding select types of certified luminaries.

In order to properly reflect these changes on the next Qualified Product List on January 1, 2012, CBs must resubmit all luminaires products submitted under Version 1.1 using the updated Version 1.2 Data Submission Forms between December 15 and December 30, 2011.

Key changes include:

  • Clarification of fields not applicable to halogen luminaires.
  • Clarification of applicable fields for solid state luminaires, fluorescent luminaires, and HID luminaires.
  • Clarification of fields where “N/A” may be entered.

The revised Version 1.2 CB data submission forms for Luminaires Version 1.1 are attached and are updated in MESA and on www.energystar.gov/cbresources. Further instructions and a detailed list of all of the fields that have been updated are described in the “ENERGY STAR Data Form Modifications” section at the bottom of the Instructions and Version History tab of the Version 1.2 Data Submission Forms.

Please contact EPA at Certification@energystar.gov with any questions about the updated templates.

12/15/2011

Upcoming Effective Date for Tier 3 Version 3.1 ENERGY STAR Geothermal Heat Pumps Program Requirements

Please note that the effective date of the Tier 3 Version 3.1 ENERGY STAR Geothermal Heat Pumps Program Requirements for ENERGY STAR is
January 1, 2012. Since the qualified product lists are only published twice a month, beginning December 16, 2011, CBs may no longer certify products to Tier 2 Version 3.1.

In order to prepare for the transition on January 1, 2012, certification bodies are encouraged to submit all models certified under the new tier to EPA using the corresponding Data Submission Template available in My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA) no later than December 27, 2011. As a general reminder, certification bodies should ensure they are using the correct Data Submission Form corresponding to the appropriate specification version.

Please contact EPA at Certification@energystar.gov with any questions about these templates or certification of geothermal heat pumps.

12/8/2011

Minor Modification to Data Submission Form for ENERGY STAR TVs

Please note that an error has been noted in the Version 1.1 Data Submission Form that corresponds with the ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Televisions Version 5.3. Specifically, column CX, “Estimated Annual Energy Use (Volt115)” includes the incorrect unit of measurement. To ensure that CBs are providing the appropriate information that corresponds to the ENERGY STAR Televisions Qualified Product List, the unit of measurement has been changed from watts to kilowatt hours per year.

In order to properly reflect this change on the next Qualified Product List on December 15, 2011, CBs must resubmit all television products submitted under Version 5.3 using the updated Version 1.1 Data Submission Forms between December 10 and December 14, 2011.

The revised Version 1.1 CB data submission form for Televisions Version 5.3 will be updated in MESA and on http://www.energystar.gov/cbresources. Further instructions and a detailed list of all of the fields that have been updated are described in the “ENERGY STAR Data Form Modifications” section at the bottom of the Instructions and Version History tab of the Version 1.1 Data Submission Form.

Please contact EPA at Certification@energystar.gov with any questions about the updated templates.

12/6/2011

Data Center Storage Conference Call to Discuss Certification and Verification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a conference call to begin the discussion of certification and verification of data center storage under the ENERGY STAR Third-Party Certification program. The call will be held on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011, from 3pm–4pm Eastern Time. To participate, please send an RSVP email to storage@energystar.gov by Monday, December 12, 2011. Call-in details will be provided.

EPA intends for this discussion to bring together representatives from both the industry and certification body communities to discuss the unique aspects of testing this highly-configurable product category.

Please direct any specific questions to RJ Meyers, EPA, at Meyers.Robert@epa.gov, or 202-343-9923; or John Clinger, ICF International, at jclinger@icfi.com, or 202-572-9432.

12/1/2011

Proficiency Testing Options for W/SMTL Lighting Labs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing an option to facilitate recognition of lighting laboratories participating in a certification body (CB)'s W/SMTL program and required to complete proficiency testing (PT) for IES LM-79-08 (LM-79) per Directive 2011-03 PDF (43KB), “Proficiency Testing and Inter-Laboratory Comparison Testing Requirements for Lighting Laboratories.”

Due to the time needed to complete PT, EPA will recognize lighting laboratories that meet all other requirements of the CB's W/SMTL program including evaluation for all relevant requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 and the applicable test method (LM-79) so long as the following conditions are met:

  1. The laboratory has registered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and complies with NIST requirements in an expeditious manner; and
  2. The laboratory has successfully completed correlation testing with results that are within four percent (4%) of an EPA-recognized laboratory that has successfully completed the NIST PT program.

The correlation testing data will be considered valid for six months per testing round completed, up to three rounds (18 months total) until the laboratory fully completes the NIST PT program.

To apply for this option, please complete the attached form with details on the laboratory's information and submit it to Certification@energystar.gov.

After reviewing the form, EPA will email you to confirm recognition of the laboratory, and provide the laboratory's Organization ID. The CB will be required to resubmit this form every six months until the laboratory completes the NIST PT program.

Questions about this option should be sent to Certification@energystar.gov.

Application for Witnessed or Supervised Manufacturers Testing Laboratory requiring Proficiency Testing Excel

11/17/2011

Lighting Round Table: Review and Discussion of Lamps V1.0 Specification Draft 1

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites you to participate in a meeting/webinar about Draft 1 of the ENERGY STAR Lamps V1.0 specification on Wednesday November 30, 2011 from 10:00am–4:30pm Eastern. The meeting will be held at EPA, 1310 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005. The purpose of the meeting/webinar is to provide an overview of Draft 1 of the ENERGY STAR Lamps V1.0 specification, including further information referenced in the development of the proposed requirements, and to gather partner and stakeholder input to be considered in the development of subsequent drafts.

The Lamps V1.0 specification will replace the existing Compact Fluorescent Lamps and Integral LED Lamps specifications, as well as the qualification requirements for GU24-based fluorescent lamps previously detailed in the Residential Light Fixture specification. Draft 1, distributed October 21, 2011, was developed with consideration of comments received in response to the Lamps Specification Framework released in March.

Please note that due to room capacity limits, partners will be limited to two attendees per company (revised from one, in the original announcement). For those unable to attend in-person, the morning and afternoon slide presentations will be available by live webinar, and the afternoon discussions will be available by conference call. Those unavailable on November 30 will be able to review a recording of the morning presentation at a later date.

Meeting Agenda
10:00am–10:15am: Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:15am–12:30pm: An Overview of ENERGY STAR Lamps V1.0 Draft 1, with Q&A
12:30pm–1:30pm: Lunch Break
1:30pm–2:15pm: Comments by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and the Natural Resources Defense Council
2:15pm–2:30pm: Break
2:30pm–4:30pm: Discussion of items raised during the morning overview

Advanced registration is required for in-person or webinar attendance by sending an e-mail to lamps@energystar.gov, providing attendee name(s), company, phone number(s), email address(es) and whether you plan to attend in-person or by webinar. Please include "November 30 Lamps Meeting/Webinar" in the subject line of your e-mail. Please note that in-person registrations must be received by close of business November 25, 2011. For those participating in-person, the EPA meeting facility will be open starting at 9:00 am. In-person attendees are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance to allow time for security screening. Instructions for participating by live webinar will be emailed to confirmed registrants. Questions about the meeting may be forwarded to lamps@energystar.gov.

11/14/2011

Displays Version 5.1 Tier 2 Clarification

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has clarified parts of the Version 5.1 ENERGY STAR Displays specification to indicate removal of Tier 2 requirements, which are being superseded by the Version 6.0 specification revision. The revised Version 5.1 program requirements will be posted to the ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov/specifications shortly.

Please direct any questions to Christopher Kent, at Kent.Christopher@epamail.epa.gov or 202-343-9046, or Bizhan Zhumagali, ICF International, at BZhumagali@icfi.com or 202-572-9448.

11/14/2011

Forms Available for Reporting ENERGY STAR Failures and Verification Testing Results

The forms for reporting testing failures and results of verification testing have been revised and are now available for download from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website at www.energystar.gov/cbresources.

  1. ENERGY STAR Failure Report Excel: Within two days of determining a product model testing failure or failure to meet ENERGY STAR requirements, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) shall notify EPA of the incident by completing and emailing this form to Enforcement@energystar.gov.
  2. Verification Testing Summary Report Excel: Every six months, CBs shall provide EPA with a summary of their verification testing activities, including models initially selected for verification but not tested, by completing and emailing this form to Certification@energystar.gov. The first report is due January 31, 2012 for Calendar Year 2011. EPA encourages CBs to complete this form as testing is completed.

Please note, EPA has also published disqualification procedures PDF (58KB) EPA follows when a product model fails to meet ENERGY STAR requirements. EPA invites CBs to refer to these procedures as necessary and share them with manufacturers to answer their questions regarding the disqualification process.

Please submit any questions regarding verification testing or the use of these forms to Certification@energystar.gov.

11/04/2011

Conference Call November 18, 2011 from 1:00 – 2:30PM EST to Discuss XML-based QPX (Qualified Product Exchange) System

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a webinar on November 18, 2011 from 1:00–2:30pm EST to discuss the new XML-based QPX (Qualified Product Exchange) System. EPA will provide a brief overview of the new system, discuss timing for the transition with certification bodies, and answer IT developers' questions. Developers are encouraged to review the system documentation and submit questions in advance of the call to Certification@energystar.gov. Information about the new system is available at www.energystar.gov/cbresources.

Call-in information and instructions to join the webinar are as follows:

  1. Go to https://srameeting.webex.com/srameeting/j.php?J=744175242.
  2. Enter the meeting password: qpxtech.
  3. Click "Join Now".
  4. Provide your phone number when you join the meeting to receive a call back.

Alternatively, you can call:
Call-in toll-free number: 1-877-954-7166
Call-in number: 1-203-986-6592
Attendee access code: 917-184-7568

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings.

10/31/2011

Dehumidifier Specification – Final Version 3.0

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Dehumidifier specification. The Final specification and EPA cover memo are attached for your review and will soon be available on the ENERGY STAR website.

The Version 3.0 specification will take effect on October 1, 2012.

Stakeholders with questions can contact Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or (202)-343-9375 and Sarah Medepalli, ICF International, at smedepalli@icfi.com or (202) 862-1268.

Dehumidifiers Product Development Website
Dehumidifiers Final V3.0 Cover Memo PDF (66KB)
Dehumidifiers Final V3.0 Specification PDF (115KB)

10/26/2011

Lifetime Testing for ENERGY STAR Lighting Products

The ENERGY STAR lighting specifications for Compact Fluorescent Lamps, Integral LED Lamps and Luminaires (the requirements for shipped lamps) allow for initial (conditional) qualification based on completion of minimum lumen maintenance or lifetime testing requirements. This provision requires that lifetime testing be completed and met for full qualification. In all instances where, subsequent to an initial product qualification, a certification body (CB) receives lifetime testing results indicating that the product fails to meet rated lifetime (as indicated on product packaging),the CB is required within 2 business days to report this information as a product testing failure to Enforcement@energystar.gov. This also applies in instances where full lifetime testing meets the ENERGY STAR requirements but does not support the rated lifetime as indicated on product packaging. EPA will list any such products on the list of ineligible products with specific instructions for CBs regarding certification restrictions. Please note that one such product is already listed on the ineligible products list.

To ensure that CBs have an appropriate tracking process in place, EPA requests that you submit your current tracking process for lifetime testing, including procedures for when a product fails full lifetime testing. Please submit this information to Certification@energystar.gov no later than Wednesday, November 9, 2011. To aid in tracking initial vs. full qualification, EPA will be adding a status field to the relevant data submission forms for lighting products. Please email Certification@energystar.gov with any questions about lifetime testing and this specific request.

10/25/2011

Draft 3 ENERGY STAR V1.0 Uninterruptible Power Supplies Specification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the release of the Draft 3 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) specification and test method. For your review and comment, available on the New Product Specifications in Development, Uninterruptable Power Supplies webpage, you will find:

  • A cover memo from RJ Meyers, EPA
  • Draft 2 Comment Summary
  • Draft 3 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR UPS Specification
  • Draft 3 Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR UPS Test Method
  • Revised Draft ENERGY STAR UPS Power and Performance Data Sheet
  • Revised Draft ENERGY STAR UPS Partner Commitments

Comments should be submitted via email to UPS@energystar.gov by Tuesday, November 22, 2011.

EPA will host a stakeholder webinar on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST to discuss the Draft 3 specification and test method and address stakeholder questions. To participate in this online meeting, please RSVP by Thursday, November 3, 2011, by emailing UPS@energystar.gov.

If you have any questions, please contact RJ Meyers, EPA, at Meyers.Robert@epa.gov, or Matt Malinowski, ICF International, at mmalinowski@icfi.com.

10/25/2011

Confirmation of Receipt – ENERGY STAR Guidance Regarding Lumen Maintenance Performance Data

This message is to request confirmation that your organization received the ENERGY STAR Program Guidance Regarding LED Package, LED Array and LED Module Lumen Maintenance Performance Data Supporting Qualification of Lighting Products sent by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on September 9, 2011. As confirmation, EPA requests you submit a confirmation email with the following statements: “[Organization name] has received the ENERGY STAR Program Guidance Regarding LED Package, LED Array and LED Module Lumen Maintenance Performance Data Supporting Qualification of Lighting Products sent by EPA on September 9, 2011. We have read the document in its entirety and are employing it in our ENERGY STAR certification work for solid state lighting products.” Please submit the confirmation email to Certification@energystar.gov no later than November 8, 2011.

10/24/2011

EPA Deployment of XML-based QPX (Qualified Product Exchange) System

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed development of the new XML-based qualified product exchange (QPX) system for certification bodies (CBs) to submit information on products certified as ENERGY STAR via web services. EPA will deploy this system over several months starting with geothermal heat pumps. In addition, EPA has modified the third—party certification website to allow for easier navigation and to provide details on this QPX system.

The XML submission system technical documentation PDF (604KB) includes information on the authentication, submission, validation, and testing process, as well as the Web—Service Definition Language (WSDL) documentation. This document and the specific data requirements for geothermal heat pumps are both available on the CB resources section of the new website at www.energystar.gov/cbresources. CBs may start testing submissions on November 7, 2011.

EPA will schedule a call the week of November 14th to answer developers’ questions about the new system. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any conflicts between November 14th and 18th.

Please submit any questions about the new system to Certification@energystar.gov with “QPX system” in the subject line.

10/21/2011

Release of ENERGY STAR Lamps V1.0 Specification Draft 1

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to distribute Draft 1 of the ENERGY STAR Lamps V1.0 specification for partner and stakeholder review and comment. This new specification is intended to replace the existing Compact Fluorescent Lamps and Integral LED Lamps specifications, as well as the qualification requirements for GU24—based fluorescent lamps previously detailed in the Residential Light Fixture specification. The first draft was developed with consideration of comments received in response to the Lamps Specification Framework released on March 22, 2011. The Agency looks forward to a collaborative process to develop this technology—neutral lighting specification.

Lamps Specification Webpage
ENERGY STAR Lamps V1.0 Cover Letter PDF (44KB)
ENERGY STAR Lamps V1.0 Draft PDF (296KB)

10/19/2011

For Review – Templates for Reporting CB Testing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has prepared the attached templates for certification bodies (CBs) to report ENERGY STAR testing failures and provide a summary of verification testing per Directive No. 2011—06 PDF (54KB) – ENERGY STAR Verification Testing Supplement: Selecting Products, Obtaining Products, and Reporting Results. The form for reporting individual testing failures is designed for use when a CB determines a product testing failure. The form for providing a summary of verification testing, including models initially selected for verification but not tested, is designed for reporting of all testing conducted every 6 months. The first report will be due at the end of January 2012 for Calendar Year 2011. Prior to finalizing these forms, EPA invites you to review these templates. Please provide any questions about these templates by October 28, 2011 to Certification@energystar.gov with “Reporting Templates” in the subject line.

Draft Verification Testing Summary Report Excel (167KB)
Verification Testing Failure Report Excel (166KB)

10/04/2011

New ENERGY STAR Data Submission forms for Version 3.1 ENERGY STAR Residential Ventilating Fans

The Certified Product Data Submission Forms that correspond with the Version 3.1 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Residential Ventilating Fans are now available for you to download via your My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA). There are three forms: ventilating fans only, fans with directional lighting and fans with non-directional lighting.

09/23/2011

ENERGY STAR Lighting Lab and CB Roundtable Meeting

EPA has posted the agenda for the upcoming ENERGY STAR Lamps Roundtable Meeting on October 24, 2011 in San Diego, CA. This is an opportunity to provide face-to-face feedback on the methods of measurement and reference documents incorporated into the forthcoming first draft of the ENERGY STAR Lamps Version 1.0 specification. Additional information, including registration information, can be found at Third-Party Certification.

09/20/2011

Clarification on Testing Requirements of Room Air Cleaners Version 1.2

For both qualification and verification testing, all room air cleaners shall be tested using one unit as described in the current, Version 1.2 specification. Furthermore, a room air cleaner shall be verified using a single model. However, for either qualification or verification testing, manufacturers have the options, as specified in the V1.2 specification, of testing the unit once or testing three times with different filters and averaging the result.

09/16/2011

Ceasing Certification of Furnaces to ENERGY STAR Version 2.0

As of October 1, 2011, your organization is required to cease certification of new furnaces to the Version 2.0 specification and may only continue uploading the template for Version 2.0 for the purposes of administrative changes to existing certifications. After October 1st, you may only certify furnaces to the finalized Version 3.0 and/or Version 4.0 specification and must submit information on these models using the corresponding Data Submission Template(s) through MESA.

09/15/2011

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR HFHC Requirements

The effective date of the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Hot Food Holding Cabinets (HFHC) Program Requirements for ENERGY STAR is October 1, 2011. As of October 1st, the ENERGY STAR list of qualified products will only contain products certified to the Version 2.0 specification and all products qualified to Version 1.1 using the Version 1.1 data submission form will be removed from the list. Certification bodies may only certify product models to the Version 2.0 specification, and must submit them to EPA using the corresponding Data Submission Template available in MESA.

09/12/2011

Importance of Consistent Listing of Partner and Brand Names on QPX Submissions

EPA would like to remind CBs that inconsistent listing of partner and brand names on QPX submissions presents challenges for consumers using product search tools on www.energystar.gov. This may lead to consumers finding only a limited selection of a partner's ENERGY STAR qualified models, potentially affecting a partner's exposure or product model sales. CBs are encouraged to establish additional quality control procedures, as needed, to ensure consistent listing of partner and brand names on QPX submissions.

09/7/2011

Ceasing Product Certifications under Residential Light Fixtures V4.2, Solid State Lighting V1.3, Residential Ceiling Fans V2.4, and Residential Ventilating Fans V2.3

As of September 15, 2011, your organization is required to cease certification of new products to the ENERGY STAR Residential Light Fixture (RLF) V4.2 specification, the Solid State Lighting Luminaires (SSL) V1.3 specification, the Residential Ceiling Fans specification V2.4 and the Residential Ventilating Fans V2.3 specification. Any products certified on or prior to September 15, 2011 to these expiring specifications must be submitted to EPA no later than September 26, 2011. After this date, the corresponding submission forms will no longer be accepted by EPA. After September 15, 2011, you may only certify product models to the ENERGY STAR Luminaires V1.1 specification, the Residential Ceiling Fans specification V3.0 or the Residential Ventilating Fans V3.1. Information on certified products must be submitted to EPA using the corresponding data submission template(s) available through MESA.

09/6/2011

Ceasing Certification of Residential Dishwashers to ENERGY STAR Version 4.1 Specification

As of September 20, 2011, your organization is required to cease certification of new residential dishwashers to the Version 4.1 specification and may only continue uploading the template for Version 4.1 for the purposes of administrative changes to existing certifications. After September 20th, you may only certify residential dishwashers to the finalized Version 5.0 specification and must submit information on these models using the corresponding Data Submission Template through MESA.

09/6/2011

Upcoming Effective Date for Version 5.3 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Televisions

The effective date of Version 5.3 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Televisions is September 30, 2011. Beginning September 12, EPA will no longer accept administrative changes to products certified to Version 4.2. As of September 30, all products qualified to Version 4.2 using the Version 4.2 data submission form will be removed from the list of ENERGY STAR qualified products. Certification bodies may only certify product models to Version 5.3, and submit them using the Data Submission Template in MESA. The online Qualified Product list will contain only those products that have been certified by a certification body and submitted to EPA through the Version 5.3 data submission form.