Fall 2015 - ENERGY STAR Newsletter


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Message from NRCan

Protecting the ENERGY STAR brand, together

A few weeks ago, I received a call from a Canadian consumer who wanted to know whether ENERGY STAR employees performed house visits to inspect furnaces.  “Goodness, NO!” I replied, taken aback but not entirely surprised.

In cases such as the one above, third parties trade on lack of consumer awareness to exploit ENERGY STAR and other NRCan brands such as EnerGuide and EcoEnergy. Most recently, we have alerted consumers to deceptive door-to-door sales tactics of this type. (See our Consumer Caution on the ENERGY STAR website.)

In other cases, a company uses the ENERGY STAR symbol without being a Participant in the program. Then we step in to offer a partnership (and coaching on how to do things right), or to ask them to stop—and most do. However, in a handful of cases, we go farther; sometimes we need to call in other resources to help. And we do.


Energy Star

The ENERGY STAR brand is an icon in Canada and the U.S. and around the world in the European Union and five other countries.  Consumers see it as synonymous with energy efficiency.  Here in North America, the symbol is recognized by almost 90 percent of the population. Manufacturers voluntarily develop and test products to stringent standards just to be a part of the program. Retailers and utilities invest a lot of money in marketing certified products because consumers seek out and trust them.

The brand is worth so much to so many; it has great value; and it is NRCan’s job to make sure that value is protected—for the benefit of our Participants, our colleagues around the world who deliver the program, and, most of all, Canadian consumers.

The next time you’re not too sure about how to use the symbol appropriately, or the next time you see inappropriate use of the brand by a Participant or someone else, please do let us know. It’s in everyone’s best interest to maintain ENERGY STAR’s integrity, to keep it the powerful, reputable, reliable brand that it is. 

Dianna Miller
Chief, ENERGY STAR Initiative in Canada

Energy efficiency news

U.S. ENERGY STAR “Product Finder” is one cool tool!

If you haven’t checked out U.S. ENERGY STAR’s improved product finder application, you are missing out on one cool tool. The product finder gives consumers—and enterprises like yours—ready access to energy efficiency information for 40 product types.

Consumers can use the tool to compare brands and models. They can narrow their search by checking off options such as type and brand name and they can choose to see only models available in Canada. The user-friendly interface also allows direct comparison of up to four products on key criteria such as energy efficiency and technical specifications.

Enterprises like ENERGY STAR Participants can bite into big data by taking advantage of the tool’s additional features. The “advanced view” gives you access to the ENERGY STAR Certified Products Data Catalog, an Open Data Cloud source that supports the needs of various stakeholders, including Participants. This powerful feature allows you to generate a variety of reports based on real time; create accounts to save and share your work; and to export and embed the data you have designed in exciting ways that support your goals and missions.

Participants can also gain access to ENERGY STAR’s application programming interface (API) which will allow you to power your own tools, build your own applications and more.

The Product Finder Web pages also provide resources, including a webinar, on how to use the tool and its advanced features.


A French-language version of the product finder is available on the U.S. ENERGY STAR website thanks to the close collaboration of NRCan and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Congratulations —again—to our 2015 ENERGY STAR award winners!

Just in case you missed the announcement, here are the 2015 ENERGY STAR Award winners.

  • Manufacturer of the Year—Appliances: Whirlpool Canada LP
  • Manufacturer of the Year—Electronics: Samsung Electronics Canada
  • Manufacturer of the Year—Lighting: Globe Electric
  • Manufacturer of the Year—Windows and Doors: All Weather Windows Ltd.
  • Retailer of the Year: The Home Depot Canada
  • Utility of the Year—Provincial: Hydro-Québec
  • Utility of the Year—Regional: PowerStream Inc.
  • Promotional Campaign of the Year: Manitoba Hydro
  • Advocate of the Year: Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
  • Promoter of the Year—ENERGY STAR Most Efficient: Vinyl Window Designs Ltd.
  • Recruit of the YearSupply Chain Management Association
  • Sustained Excellence: Canadian Tire Corporation
  • New Homes Builder of the Year: Arista Homes Limited
ENERGY STAR on the road

ENERGY STAR on the road
Dianna Miller, left, Chief of ENERGY STAR in Canada, congratulates Gillian Saidman, Utility Program Manager, Globe Electric of Montreal, winner of the 2015 ENERGY STAR in Canada award for Manufacturer of the Year—Lighting, at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Partners meeting in Portland, Oregon in October 2015.


ENERGY STAR—a go-to brand in LEED Version 4

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Version 4 rating system comes into effect in Canada on October 31, 2016 and, once again, ENERGY STAR is a go-to standard throughout most of its rating systems.

The internationally respected green building certification program recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Organizations can choose from five rating systems to earn points to achieve different levels of certification—certified, silver, gold and platinum.

For example, to achieve LEED certification for an interior such as an office or retail facility or restaurant, a team working with the lease-holders of a rented space might apply under the Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) rating system. To succeed, such a project would have to meet a range of pre-requisites and/or credits related to location and transportation, sustainability of site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation. Regional priorities may also be considered where appropriate.  To meet water efficiency prerequisites, any installed residential and commercial clothes washers, residential dishwashers and ice machines would have to be ENERGY STAR certified or equivalent.

The same ENERGY STAR certification or equivalent holds for projects following the prescriptive pathway of the energy and atmosphere minimum energy performance prerequisite, where 50 percent of eligible equipment, including appliances, office equipment, electronics, and commercial food service equipment must comply. Additional credit could be given for improvements in energy performance overall, with one point for installing 70 percent ENERGY STAR certified equipment where applicable, and two points for 90 percent. With ENERGY STAR contributing, every additional credit brings the project closer to a coveted ‘medal’ rating and the recognition it brings.

Learn more on the LEED website about how to improve the environmental impact of your facility.

ENERGY STAR windows in Canada max out solar gain

Residential windows and doors are the only products in the ENERGY STAR Initiative in Canada that do not actually consume any energy. So why are they part of the program? At some point, homeowners have to replace their existing windows and doors and choosing ENERGY STAR certified products can have a significant positive impact on a home’s energy consumption. The ENERGY STAR technical specifications for fenestration products have been developed in Canada specifically for our heating dominated climate.

ENERGY STAR certified windows and doors (with glazing) let in free solar energy from the sun to help offset the cost of heating, a major part of Canadians’ utility bills. This solar gain coupled with a higher window or door insulation value can help the homeowner save 8 to 12 percent on their annual energy bills over standard models. The ENERGY STAR specification also prevents models that have very little solar gain from being certified in Canada as these models are more appropriate for the southern United States. Energy performance modeling has shown that windows with very little solar gain may actually increase annual utility costs in Canada.

Home design and orientation is also an important consideration. For example, if a home has a lot of glass area facing south or west, ENERGY STAR certified windows with lower solar gain glass should be considered. Awnings, either retractable or permanent, may help block the sun’s direct rays in the summer but allow them in the winter when the sun is lower in sky. Similarly, appropriately placed deciduous trees will block the sun in the summer but not in the winter when the leaves have fallen off.

New windows and doors are a big investment. The extra costs of purchasing ENERGY STAR certified products are usually recouped in about seven years or less due to lower energy costs. There are also choices to make within the range of ENERGY STAR certified models.    A purchaser should consider his or her specific situation and all these factors in order to optimize energy efficiency and maximize savings.

Participants at work

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SNAPSHOT! Hydro Quebec advertises ENERGY STAR.

Energy Star

Recruit of the Year shares new procurement power tools

The Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), our ENERGY STAR Recruit of the Year - 2015, is introducing three new tools to help organizations leverage procurement to manage their operating costs and environmental footprint. ENERGY STAR plays a leading role in the three tools—a toolkit of best practices, a self-reporting tool and in-person training.

The Toolkit


Tailored for procurement professionals, the Energy Efficiency Procurement Toolkit is a comprehensive “go-to” resource on energy efficiency procurement, providing guidance to those starting or advancing along the sustainable procurement journey.

The toolkit presents the business case for the systematic purchase of energy-efficient products, provides step-by-step guidelines on how to plan and implement an energy efficiency purchasing strategy and, finally, introduces tips and tools to identify energy-efficient products in the marketplace—e.g., looking for the ENERGY STAR symbol and using the searchable product list on the Canadian ENERGY STAR website. The toolkit is also supplemented by case studies from leading organizations across Canada.

The Self-Reporting Tool

The self-reporting tool allows organizations to track and estimate the savings that are tied to the purchase of energy-efficient products. The tool also enables participating organizations to benchmark themselves against their industrial or provincial peers.

While many organizations purchase energy-efficient products, few track the energy savings derived from sustainable procurement.  By tracking savings, procurement professionals can demonstrate their direct contribution to the bottom line and highlight the recurring dividend tied to the systematic purchase of energy-efficient products.

The Training

To empower procurement professionals, the SCMA is organizing training events across the country in November 2015.  Participants will learn how to leverage sustainable procurement to help their organization control their energy costs and reduce their environmental footprint. Check out the training schedule and register today! 

These new tools are part of SCMA’s Purchase Power initiative to promote sustainable procurement practices as a means to increase the competitive advantage of Canadian organizations. SCMA is a national not-for-profit association of more than 7 500 supply chain professionals.

Multiple buildings multiplies savings: Toronto Community Housing

Building Renewal

Purchasing ENERGY STAR certified products is an integral part of the procurement practice of Toronto Community Housing, the largest social housing provider in Canada. It provides homes to nearly 60,000 low and moderate-income households in more than 2,200 buildings, including high, mid, and low-rise apartments.

About half of Toronto Community Housing’s buildings are 50 years or older and, therefore, not the most energy efficient. To manage this aging housing stock, the organization is committed to working with partners to identify best practices, develop standards for energy efficiency and improve conditions for residents across its portfolio.

In 2014, in partnership with Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (THESL), Toronto Community Housing installed 39,600 ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs and 932 ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators and freezers in 4,903 residential units as part of the saveONenergy Home Assistance Program funded by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Also in 2014, Toronto Community Housing replaced 2,268 refrigerators with new ENERGY STAR certified ones as part of its Appliance Replacement Program. The total energy savings from both of these programs is estimated at 2,873 MWhs ̶ equivalent to powering 240 average Ontario homes for one year.

In addition to reducing pressures on the operating budget, energy cost savings support Toronto Community Housing’s 10-year capital plan. The combined $7.5 billion investment in capital repairs and revitalization projects will lead to a 10-per-cent reduction in utility costs for the organization, and a 9-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 30 years.

Toronto Community Housing promotes ENERGY STAR to its staff and residents through staff training workshops and events, resident engagement sessions and community BBQs. It also distributes posters, brochures and other educational materials.

Toronto Community Housing has been an ENERGY STAR Participant since 2006, winning ENERGY STAR Advocate of the Year awards in 2006 and 2012. For more information about Toronto Community Housing’s green initiatives, including energy and water conservation, waste reduction, community gardens, and building for sustainability, visit torontohousing.ca/green.

Technical specifications: new or updates

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2016 products

The U.S. EPA has posted its final recognition criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2016 which includes the following products:  boilers; ceiling fans; central air conditioners; clothes washers; computer monitors; dishwashers; ductless split air conditioners and heat pumps;  furnaces; heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps; refrigerator-freezers; televisions; and ventilating fans.

Visit https://www.energystar.gov/products/spec/energy_star_most_efficient_2016_criteria_development_pd for more information. 

Canada-specific recognition criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2016 designated windows is also complete.  Please email steve.hopwood@canada.ca for fenestration information. 


Residential Dish Washers
ENERGY STAR specification Version 6.0 for residential dish washers is effective January 29, 2016. Certification Bodies (CB) have been accepting models for early certification to Version 6.0 since April 29, 2015. Manufacturers will no longer certify new models under Version 5.2 as of September 15, 2015.

Consumer Electronics

ENERGY STAR specification Version 7.0 for televisions is officially effective October 30, 2015. Products certified under previous specification versions may be sold until stock is depleted but may no longer be promoted as ENERGY STAR certified. See television specification Version 7.0.

Coming next…

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) expect to explore Standby-Active, High Mode and potential power limits and duty cycle requirements in the next specification revision. Additional energy efficiency gains are also anticipated in the next few years with advances in technology such as LED efficacy, the addition of reflective polarizing film, power supply improvements, lower screen reflectance, improved backplanes (Low Temperature Polysilicon and Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide), quantum dot technology, and next generation Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED). These will be reflected in future specification updates.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning


Residential air-source heat pump and central air conditioner
ENERGY STAR specification Version 5.0 for residential air-source heat pumps and central air conditioners became effective September 15, 2015. The step-up to a new version distinguishes highly efficient central ACs and air-source heat pumps that have the potential to save consumers hundreds of dollars a year. Version 5.0 will allow independent coil manufacturers (ICMs) to have combinations certified to earn the ENERGY STAR symbol which will expand consumers’ choice of ENERGY STAR products.

Commercial boilers—in development.
Commercial boilers are now eligible for ENERGY STAR certification with the introduction of Draft 1 of Version 1.0 technical specification which specifies minimum Thermal Efficiency (supported by the federal test method, 10 CFR Part 431.86) and turndown ratio criteria. Turndown ratio allows the boiler to operate over a wide range of firing rates to meet variable loads and thus increase the overall efficiency of the boiler. For more detailed info please visit the following link: http://www.energystar.gov/products/spec/commercial_boilers_specification_v1_0_pd

Residential connected thermostats–in development.
Residential connected thermostats will soon be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. The new ENERGY STAR technical specification Version 1.0 is in development. See Draft 1 at: http://www.energystar.gov/products/spec/connected_thermostats_specification_v1_0_pd

Data Centres

Large network equipment—in development
The U.S. EPA is currently developing a new ENERGY STAR product specification for large network equipment. For details and documentation, please visit http://www.energystar.gov/products/spec/large_network_equipment_specification_version_1_0_pd

Commercial food services

Commercial coffee brewers—in development
The U.S. EPA is currently developing a new ENERGY STAR product specification for commercial coffee brewers. For details and documentation, please visit http://www.energystar.gov/products/spec/commercial_coffee_brewers_specification_version_1_0_pd

Be a market leader—join ENERGY STAR!

Canadians say the ENERGY STAR symbol is the tool they use most when shopping for energy-efficient products. You can gain a market edge and be a leader in Canada’s energy efficiency movement by joining our voluntary industry-government partnership. It is easy and there is no fee.

ENERGY STAR resources

If you want an energy-smart office—at home or at work—take a look at our handy publication “ENERGY STAR® for Office Equipment – Simple Steps to an Energy-Smart Office.”

See a complete list of ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency-related publications on our website.

Contact us

Please consult the listing below should you wish to contact your Account Manager or need general information:

Dianna Miller - 613-947-5001 or email Dianna Miller

Appliances; pool pumps
Philip Wang - 613-996-5104 or email Philip Wang

Commercial food service equipment
Dianna Miller - 613-947-5001 or email Dianna Miller

Electronics; electrical utilities—Ontario
Liz Westbrook-Trenholm - 613-947-1219 or email Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Steve Hopwood - 613-995-6741 or email Steve Hopwood

Heating, cooling and ventilation; water heaters; gas utilities
Stéphane LeBlanc - 613-947-2319 or email Stéphane LeBlanc

Lighting; electric utilities (except Ontario)
Isabelle Guimont - 613-996-5281 or email Isabelle Guimont

Office equipment; data centres
Patrick Roy - 613-943-0453 or email Patrick Roy

Public sector and institutions
Gisèle Maillet - 613-992-4535 or email Gisèle Maillet

The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada and are registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.