Climate Controls Specification Version 1.0

On June 9, 2014 EPA announced a new approach under which residential HVAC controls would be recognized as ENERGY STAR based on their ability to save energy in consumers’ homes.  Minimum ease of use criteria have been dropped in favor of this approach.  This page remains available as an archive.

Partners and other interested parties who would like to participate in the ongoing process are encouraged to visit the ENERGY STAR Connected Thermostats specification development page and to send their contact information to ConnectedThermostats@energystar.gov to be added to the distribution list for specification development updates.  Archived information on this Residential Climate Controls webpage will not be updated further.

May 10, 2012: Comments on Climate Controls Draft 3

CA IOU Comments (PDF, 226 KB)

CEE Comments (PDF, 665 KB)

EPRI Comments (PDF, 370 KB)

e-Radio Comments (PDF, 18 KB)

Florida P&L Comments (PDF, 59 KB)

Ingersoll Rand Comments (PDF, 115 KB)

Ingersoll Rand Comments 2 (PDF, 161 KB)

Lennox Comments (PDF, 83 KB)

Lux Products Comments (PDF, 21 KB)

Nest Comments (PDF, 86 KB)

April 30, 2012: Draft 2/Usability Metric/Remote Interfaces Response Summary

Draft 2 RI Comments EPA Responses Final (PDF, 87 KB)

Comments on Climate Controls Draft 2

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CEE Comments (PDF, 81 KB)

EcoFactor Comments (PDF, 99 KB)

Emerson Climate Technologies Comments (PDF, 40 KB)

Gabe Torok Comments (PDF, 49 KB)

Microsoft Comments (PDF, 56 KB)

NAESB Comments (PDF, 18 KB)

Nest Comments (PDF, 84 KB)

Comments on Usability Test Method

EnergyHub Comments (PDF, 265 KB)

Human Sciences Group Comments (PDF, 17 KB)

Comments on Remote Interfaces Discussion Document

EcoFactor Inc Comments (PDF, 42 KB)

Ingersoll Rand Comments (PDF, 57 KB)

April 17, 2012 - Climate Controls Draft 3 Webinar

EPA Climate Controls Draft 3 Webinar Slides (PDF, 444 KB)

Round Robin ACEEE (PDF, 253 KB)

April 9, 2012 - ENERGY STAR Draft 3 Version 1.0 Specification for Climate Controls

Residential Climate Controls Draft 3 Version 1 Cover Memo (PDF, 52 KB)

Residential Climate Controls Draft 3 Version 1 Specification (PDF, 336 KB)

December 20, 2011 - Climate Controls Round Robin Usability Test Webinar

Climate Controls Round Robin Webinar Slides (PDF, 204 KB)

December 9, 2011 - ENERGY STAR Climate Controls Invitation to Participate in Round Robin Testing

ENERGY STAR Climate Controls Invitation to Participate (PDF, 39 KB)

November 22, 2011 - Request for Proposal Withdrawal Notification & Updates

ENERGY STAR Climate Controls RFP Withdrawal Notification (PDF, 35 KB)

November 2, 2011 - Remote Interfaces Discussion Document Webinar

Climate Controls Remote Interfaces Webinar (PDF, 127 KB)

October 26, 2011 - Remote Interfaces Discussion Document

ENERGY STAR Residential Climate Controls Remote Interface Discussion Cover Letter (PDF, 43 KB)

ENERGY STAR Residential Climate Controls Remote Interface Discussion (PDF, 111 KB)

September 22, 2011 - User Centered Design Residential Climate Control Units: Usability Test Validation

UCD Final Report (PDF, 604 KB)

August 25, 2011 - Request for Proposal Frequently Asked Questions

Climate Control Round Robin RFP FAQ (PDF, 144 KB)

August 15, 2011 - Request for Proposal: ENERGY STAR Climate Controls Round Robin Usability Testing

Cover Letter (PDF, 78 KB)

Draft Usability Test Method for Test Labs (PDF, 279 KB)

Request for Proposal (PDF, 228 KB)

March 11, 2011 - ENERGY STAR Climate Controls Schedule Update

ENERGY STAR Climate Controls Schedule Update Memo (PDF, 49 KB)

January 31, 2011 - Request for Proposal: ENERGY STAR Climate Controls Usability Testing

Cover Letter (PDF, 75 KB)

Request for Proposal (PDF, 665 KB)

Draft Usability Test Method for Test Labs (PDF, 185 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 38 KB)

January 18, 2011 - ENERGY STAR Climate Controls Third-Party Certification Webinar

Third-Party Certification Webinar (PDF, 603 KB)

December 14, 2010 - ENERGY STAR Climate Controls Usability Metric Webinar

Notes - ENERGY STAR Residential Climate Controls Stakeholder Meeting (PDF, 98 KB)

Draft 1 Residential Climate Controls Test Method Script with Memo (PDF, 82 KB)

Usability Metric Climate Controls Overview Webinar (PDF, 153 KB)

Usability Metric Explanation Climate Controls Webinar (PDF, 185 KB)

Usability Metric Research (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Usability Metric Test Results (PDF, 61 KB)

November 30, 2010 - Release of Usability Test Method and Framework for ENERGY STAR Climate Controls

Residential Climate Controls Stakeholder Memo (PDF, 46 KB)

Residential Climate Controls Draft Specification Framework - Usability Requirements (PDF, 112 KB)

Residential Climate Controls Draft Usability Test Method (PDF, 220 KB)

Residential Climate Controls Sample Data Sheet (EXCEL, 185 KB)

November 17, 2010 - ENERGY STAR Climate Controls Usability Metric Announcement

ENERGY STAR Climate Controls Usability Metric Announcement (PDF, 25 KB)

September 17, 2010 - ENERGY STAR Climate Controls Schedule Update

ENERGY STAR Climate Controls Schedule Update Memo (PDF, 25 KB)

July 14, 2010 - ENERGY STAR Draft 2 Specification 1.0 Webinar

Draft 2 Version 1.0 Specification for Climate Controls Webinar (PDF, 2.5 MB)

July 1, 2010 - ENERGY STAR Draft 2 Version 1.0 Specification for Climate Controls

EPA Cover Memo (PDF, 138 KB)

Draft 2 Version 1.0 Climate Controls Specification (PDF, 330 KB)

Draft 1 Version 1.0 Response Summary (PDF, 115 KB)

April 19, 2010 - ENERGY STAR Draft Specification 1.0 Webinar

Draft Version 1.0 Specification for Climate Controls Webinar (PDF, 236 KB)

Stakeholder Comments on ENERGY STAR Draft 1 Version 1.0 Specification for Climate Controls

Alliance Comments (PDF, 777 KB)

Applied Research Comments (PDF, 46 KB)

CEE Comments (PDF, 87 KB)

Ecobee Comments (PDF, 54 KB)

Ecofactor Comments (PDF, 136 KB)

Gabe Torok Comments (PDF, 45 KB)

HAI_Comments (PDF, 51 KB)

Ingersoll Rand Residential Solutions Comments (PDF, 112 KB)

Microsoft Comments (PDF, 67 KB)

Microsoft Comments 2 (PDF, 39 KB)

Mountain Logic Comments (PDF, 42 KB)

National Grid Comments (PDF, 61 KB)

NEMA Comments (PDF, 69 KB)

NYSERDA Comment (PDF, 35 KB)

Tendril Comments (PDF, 86 KB)

Tim Simon Comments (PDF, 195 KB)

March 31, 2010 - ENERGY STAR Draft Version 1.0 Specification for Climate Controls

EPA Cover Memo (PDF, 51 KB)

Draft Version 1.0 Climate Controls Specification (PDF, 248 KB)

Programmable Thermostat Response Summary (PDF, 122 KB)

February 16, 2010 - Announcement Letter

Climate Controls Announcement (PDF, 64 KB)