Summer 2017

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ENERGY STAR® News/Nouvelles

In this issue…

  • Message from ENERGY STAR Canada
  • Energy efficiency news
    • 2017 ENERGY STAR Canada award winners announced!
    • “We sell ENERGY STAR” symbol now available
    • Quebec enacts EE regulation
    • Windows market transformation strategy underway
    • Charging ahead with electric vehicles
    • Trends from Lightfair® International 2017
    • Energy Efficiency Alberta joins the ENERGY STAR constellation!
    • CEE surveys indicates Canadian utilities increased DSM expenditure in 2015
      • Participants at work
      • Technical specifications: new or updates

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        Message from ENERGY STAR Canada

        Stephan Telka, new brand manager for ENERGY STAR

        Mark your calendar!

        While Canadians turn on their ENERGY STAR certified air conditioning, ENERGY STAR Canada is already gearing up for the fall—and our second annual ENERGY STAR Day celebration on October 24, 2017. It is time to blow our collective horns!


        The purpose of this “prime-time” event is to:

        • draw national focus to the way energy efficiency (EE) is transforming Canadian life
        • provide a social media platform for Canadians to share their EE experiences
        • shine a light on the amazing achievements of our national network of Participants

        Do you realize how much you accomplish together as Participants? Your ranks of 1,500 product and new homes champions are changing the lives of almost 36 million Canadians by your actions—your R&D, your manufacture and design, your sales and service, your promotion of ENERGY STAR. Our most recent data show that together you helped Canadians prevent 1.1 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from going into the atmosphere and fuelling climate change.

        Plans are still in the works for coordinated outreach among our Participants and the ENERGY STAR Canada office. We will be in touch! Meanwhile, we would be happy to receive your ideas to mark the day.

        Stephan Telka
        Brand Manager
        ENERGY STAR Canada

        ENERGY STAR Day 2016 - promotional video: Honourable Jim Carr, Minister, Natural Resources Canada; Dianna Miller, Chief ENERGY STAR for Products; Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada.

        ENERGY STAR Day 2016 - promotional video: featuring, from left, Honourable Jim Carr, Minister, Natural Resources Canada; Dianna Miller, Chief ENERGY STAR for Products; Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada.

        English video:

        Energy efficiency news

        2017 ENERGY STAR Award - winners announced!

        ENERGY STAR 2017 Award winners

        Congratulations to the 14 organizations that have won ENERGY STAR Canada awards for 2017. These Canadian enterprises have demonstrated excellence in promoting ENERGY STAR certified products and new homes across the country. One at a time and all together, you are helping Canadians save energy, save money and fight climate change. You are making a big difference, so take a big bow!

        ENERGY STAR for Products


        ENERGY STAR for New Homes

        New: “We sell ENERGY STAR” symbol now available

        WE SELL ENERGY STAR vertical symbol

        Participants in Canada now have the option of using a new linkage phrase mark (“We sell ENERGY STAR”) in promotional materials to show that an organization offers ENERGY STAR certified products. It may be used on materials designed to provide consumers with general information about products or homes, rather than to identify a particular product, home, or building as ENERGY STAR certified. Examples of common uses of this linkage phrase mark are advertisements, point-of-purchase materials, stationery, web pages, and company-owned vehicles.

        WE SELL ENERGY STAR horizontal symbol

        The symbol is available in both English and French and can be found on the Participants’ extranet site.  

        Quebec enacts EE regulation

        On May 3, 2017, Cabinet adopted Order in Council 434-2017 enacting the Regulation respecting the energy efficiency of electrical or hydrocarbon-fuelled appliances. The regulation was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec on May 17, 2017 and will come into force on August 15, 2017. To obtain additional information, please visit and submit your questions to

        Windows market transformation strategy underway


        Natural Resources Canada is currently working on a long-term strategy to increase the energy performance of residential windows by accelerating the development of new technologies and the adoption of existing ones. Similar strategies are underway for space heating and water heating equipment, all as part of the 2016 Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Improved energy efficiency in these three sectors is projected to save more than 25 megatonnes of GHG emissions annually.

        Aspirational goals were developed for each product sector and divided into short-, medium- and long-term objectives. For windows, the goals are:

        • By 2020,
          • residential windows for sale in Canada meet an average U-factor of 1.6 or ER of 25.
        • By 2025,
          • all residential windows for sale in Canada meet a U-factor of 1.2 or ER 34.
          • residential windows with a U-factor of 0.8 can be manufactured and installed cost effectively.
        • By 2030,
          • all residential windows for sale in Canada meet a U-factor of 0.8 or ER 40.

        The strategy will include a mix of research into existing and emerging technologies, voluntary market transformation initiatives and mandatory regulatory and building code requirements. Another goal of the initiative is to shift requirements across Canada to a single performance value to simplify compliance. Energy Rating (ER) values are included in the goals, but they may or may not be used as a path of compliance after review.

        Goals for residential doors and skylights may be developed at a later date.

        Charging ahead with electric vehicles

        Governments around the world are striving to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. A recent article states that the global electric vehicle charging infrastructure market is expected to reach USD 45.59 billion by 2025. 

        Electric vehicle symbol

        On the home front, Canada is developing a new national strategy to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVS) on Canadian roads and has provided federal funding to support green infrastructure. Electric vehicle (EV) sales keep increasing at an impressive pace in Canada to a point that they are now representing a meaningful percentage of overall car sales. During the first quarter of 2017, electric vehicle deliveries reached a record high—up 68% over the same period last year. There are now more than 30,000 EVs in Canada.

        Despite this record-breaking growth, barriers still exist for EV to become mainstream. One barrier, range anxiety, is a perception that there is a lack of available “refueling” options in the public domain. An enhanced public charging infrastructure will play a critical role in removing this barrier. Enhanced infrastructure may also allow for increased emissions reductions from existing EV owners as well. With enhanced infrastructure, EV owners will have the ability to use their EV for longer trips and realize further emissions reductions.

        As part of this growing trend towards improving the uptake of EVs and expanding the EV infrastructure, ENERGY STAR launched a new product category for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). As of December 2016, manufacturers of Level 1 and Level 2 EVSE can have their products ENERGY STAR certified. ENERGY STAR certified EVSE will help save even more money and reduce further emissions as they use 40% less energy than a standard EV charger when the charger is in standby mode. EV chargers are typically in a standby mode for about 85% of the lifetime of the product. Chargepoint Inc., the only manufacturer to receive ENERGY STAR certification to date, currently offers three ENERGY STAR certified models: CPH12, CPH25 and CPF25. Note: you will be directed to the U.S. ENERGY STAR website.

        For more information on ENERGY STAR EVSE certification criteria, visit EVSE Key Product Criteria on the U.S. EPA website.

        Trends from Lightfair® International 2017

        Lightfair international symbol

        The annual Lightfair® International took place in early May in Philadelphia, PA. Lightfair is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference and is sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).

        Several key trends observed at the conference and trade show include:

        • Connectivity: Most major manufacturers offered a wide range of connected-lighting products using proprietary communication protocols with many of these products using cloud or enterprise-level energy-management platforms and software.
        • White-tunable lighting: Now available from almost every manufacturer, white-tunable lighting allows LEDs to be engineered to emit almost any spectrum desired.
        • Horticultural lighting: LED lighting for horticulture is on the rise as a green alternative to standard horticultural lighting.
        • Curved luminaires: The flexibility of LED lighting has given rise to a variety of luminaire shapes including rings, ovals, complex non-orthogonal links of rings, and curved recessed luminaires.
        • Sensors: There was a noted increase in the availability of sensors of all kinds, including CO2 and cameras.
        • PoE fixtures: An increase in the number of power over Ethernet-ready fixtures was also observed.
        • Flicker: A decrease in the number of products exhibiting flicker, including vintage LED "filament" lamps and decorative fixtures.
        • Glare control: An increase in the number of manufacturers offering low-glare luminaires. 

        Don’t miss next year’s Lightfair International 2018 in Chicago, IL, May 6th.

        Energy Efficiency Alberta joins the ENERGY STAR constellation!

        Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA)—the new Government of Alberta agency dedicated to helping the province save energy— is now an ENERGY STAR Participant.

        Energy Efficiency Alberta logo

        EEA offer a series of programs designed to help Albertans use less energy, including instant, on-line and home improvement rebates for products such as ENERGY STAR certified LED light bubs, windows and tankless water heaters!

        About EEA - Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA) is an arms-length agency of the Government of Alberta. It is overseen by a Board of Directors with diverse expertise in energy efficiency, governance and community building. The goal of the agency is to help Albertans save money by reducing energy costs and increasing energy efficiency.

        CEE surveys indicates Canadian utilities increased DSM expenditure in 2015

        CEE survey

        The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) released its 2016 Annual Industry Report. The survey-based report documents how much utilities spend annually on energy efficiency programs, including demand response programs, in the United States and Canada.

        Here are the key highlights for demand-supply management (DSM) programs in Canadian utilities:

        • Canadian gas and electric DSM program expenditures stood at $860 million CAD in 2015, a four percent increase over to 2014 expenditures;
        • While Canadian DSM expenditures have remained consistent over the last several years, 2015 had the highest reported CAD expenditure total seen since CEE introduced the report back in 2006;
        • In 2015, electric utilities accounted for 84 percent, or $721 million, of total utilities spending on efficiency programs.
        • In 2015, ratepayer-funded DSM programs resulted in 2,997 GWh of gross incremental electric savings and 111 million therms of gas savings.
        • In 2016, reporting natural gas and electric DSM program administrators in Canada budgeted just under $1.01 billion CAD for energy efficiency and demand response programs.

        About CEE – CEE is an award-winning consortium of efficiency program administrators from the United States and Canada. Members work to unify program approaches across jurisdictions to increase the success of efficiency in markets.

        Participants at Work

        Whole hospital switched to LED lighting

        Mackenzie Health logo

        It all started eight years ago when the Mackenzie Health Hospital in York Region recognized that lighting is a prime target for electricity conservation since it can represent approximately 40 percent of a hospital’s electricity usage. It was decided to switch all the facility’s T12 to T8 fluorescent lights. The savings were substantial and encouraged the hospital’s administration to take their energy-saving efforts a step further by implementing a green procurement policy that required the purchase of ENERGY STAR certified equipment whenever possible. 

        MacKenzie Health has recently completed the conversion of the entire hospital to LED lighting, most of the bulbs being ENERGY STAR certified. It is estimated that the conversion will reduce Mackenzie Health’s annual electricity consumption by 1,536,744 kWh and annual energy costs by approximately $210,000. The savings will be equivalent to covering the cost of roughly 250 patient-days in hospital.

        This retrofit and savings mentality around energy efficiency is very inspiring and we hope it will lead the way for others to do the same. Read more on the Mackenzie Health LED switch at

        Technical specifications: new or updates

        New product type 

        Connected or “smart” thermostats
        Smart thermostat

        Connected thermostats are one of the latest new products to join the ENERGY STAR roster of certified products.  These residential thermostats adapt to your schedule, track and manage your energy consumption, and allow you to control your home heating and cooling remotely through your smartphone, computer or tablet.  In addition to the convenience of this product, it will save you an average of eight per cent on your energy use.  For more information, please consult the product profile on the ENERGY STAR Canada website.

        Revised specifications


        UPDATE Clothes washers—Version 8.0

        The ENERGY STAR specification for residential and commercial clothes washers has been revised and will now take effect on February 8, 2018.

        Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify eligible products to the Version 8.0 requirements. After October 5, 2017, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 7.1. Note, however, that existing certifications to Version 7.1 will remain valid for the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification until February 5, 2018. Any clothes washer manufactured as of February 5, 2018, must meet the Version 8.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 7.1 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR and CBs will only submit product models certified to Version 8.0 to EPA.

        For more information, visit the clothes washer product development Web page.


        Audio/video—Version 4.0

        The ENERGY STAR specification for audio/video is currently under revision. The goal of a version 4.0 revision is to recognize innovations in efficiency in audio/video products, most notably sound bars and Blu-ray players.

        For more information, see the audio/video product development Web page.

        Set–top boxes—Version 5.1

        An amendment to the ENERGY STAR set-top box (STB) technical specification was recently released to allow for the certification of STBs with mesh networking. This Version 5.1 specification adds a mesh networking definition, updates the router definition to include this functionality, and updates the applicability of the router adder to thin clients that will serve in the mesh network. Currently certified models are not affected by the change.

        For more information, view the set-top box product development Web page.

        Displays—Version 7.1

        The ENERGY STAR technical specification for displays has been revised. After seeking stakeholder feedback, it was determined that the duty cycle of Keyboard-Video-Mouse (KVM) and Keyboard-Monitor-Mouse (KMM) is significantly different from that of a monitor and that the Version 7.0 eligibility criteria are not applicable to KVM and KMM.

        Subsequently, KMMs and KVMs have been removed from the scope with a Version 7.1 revision. This modification will not impact the current list of ENERGY STAR certified displays.

        For more information, visit the displays product development Web page.

        Televisions—Version 8.0

        Draft 2 of the ENERGY STAR television technical specification Version 8.0 has been released. Draft 2 Version 8.0 includes stakeholder input on the following:

        • energy saving features
        • alerting changes in power consumption
        • persistence
        • automatic brightness control (ABC)

        For more information, visit the television product development Web page.

        Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)—Versions 1.1 and 2.0

        The Version 1.1 amendment to the ENERGY STAR technical specification for UPS was finalized June 12. The amendment enables products to be tested using the Uniform Test Method for Measuring the Energy Consumption of Battery Chargers. UPS previously certified to Version 1.0 are not affected by this change. For more information on the amendment, visit Version 1.1 product development page.

        The Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR technical specification for UPS is currently under revision. Draft 1 was released with stakeholder comments undergoing analysis since May. Draft 2 is anticipated for the third quarter of 2017. The objectives of the Version 2.0 specification include:

        • increased energy efficiency and differentiation in the market
        • revisions to the ENERGY STAR test method

        For more information, see the Version 2.0 UPS product development Web page.

        Lighting and Fans

        Lamps—Version 2.1

        The ENERGY STAR specification for lamps (light bulbs) Version 2.1 was finalized June 20. The changes do not affect existing or pending lamp certifications. Version 2.1 will come into effect October 1, 2017.

        The final version and all supporting documentation are available at Lamps specification Version 2.1.


        A final draft of the ENERGY STAR Requirements for the Use of LM-80 Data has been released with stakeholder comments undergoing analysis since July 7, 2017. Once final, this document will replace the “ENERGY STAR Program Guidance Regarding LED Package, LED Array and LED Module Lumen Maintenance Performance Data Supporting Qualification of Lighting Products.”

        For more information, visit the Luminaires specification product development Web page.

        Ceiling fans—Version 4.0

        The ENERGY STAR specification for ceiling fans is currently under revision. Draft 2 of Version 4.0 has been released for review. Version 4.0 is significantly different from Version 3.1 as it directly includes new test methods and standards developed by the U.S. Department of Energy for ceiling fan light kits into the specification, rather than referencing the ENERGY STAR Luminaires specification. The lighting efficacy requirements are substantively unchanged from the Version 3.1 specification.  

        For more information, see the ceiling fan product development Web page.

        HVAC (Heating, cooling and ventilating equipment)

        Room air conditioners—Version 4.0

        The final ENERGY STAR room air conditioner test method to validate demand response was released June 7. This test method will be required for room air conditioner products to be identified as having connected functionality.

        The final test method and all supporting documents are available on the ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioner Product Development Web page.


        Electric vehicle supply equipment—Version 1.0

        On December 27, 2016, Version 1.0 of the ENERGY STAR technical specification for electric vehicle supply equipment was finalized. Since that time, modest edits to the specification and the test method have been made to clarify the requirements. The revised documents, marked “Rev. Apr-2017”, have replaced the existing final documents on the ENERGY STAR website.

        For more information, view the electric vehicle supply equipment product development Web page.

        Branding and Marketing 

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        New addition to the ENERGY STAR Canada team

        Rawan Hanhan ENERGY STAR social media officer

        If you have wondered where all our great tweets are coming from, please meet Rawan Hanhan, our new social media officer. Rawan is already working closely with our ENERGY STAR Brand Manager Stephan Telka. Rawan manages our Facebook and Twitter feeds so she is a great contact to coordinate social media promotions and campaigns between our office and yours! 

        3 new information tools to pump you up on ENERGY STAR

        1. ENERGY STAR “business card”: Are you kiosking at a local event? We have produced a simple, two-sided business card-sized handout with all of the most pertinent ENERGY STAR Canada contact information, including URL, e-mail and social media accounts. If you would like to order limited quantities for your next event, send an e-mail to Rawan

        ENERGY STAR business card
        ENERGY STAR business card
        Room air conditioner infographic

        2. Room A/C infographic:
        To help Canadians find the right-size room air conditioner for their home, we have produced a fact-filled colourful infographic that you can share with your audiences. “The Cool Choice” is a good choice for your promotion efforts!

        Please link to view:


        Room air conditioner infographic

        3. LED lighting infographic:
        Although we don’t want to think about it, the days are already getting shorter, and Canadians will start thinking about lighting their homes once again.

        To demystify the LED purchasing process, we’ve Canadianized another EPA-produced infographic.

        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.

        Engage online

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        ENERGY STAR Canada on Facebook
        Like the ENERGY STAR Facebook page to stay connected with everything going on within the program.

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        ENERGY STAR Canada on Twitter
        Follow @ENERGYSTAR_CAN for tweets on energy saving tips and other important updates related to the ENERGY STAR Canada.

        Contact us

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

        Chief, ENERGY STAR Canada
        Dianna Miller - 613-947-5001 or email Dianna Miller

        Plug load: appliances; electronics; lighting; data centers; office equipment
        Erin Sullivan - 613-947-1219 or email Erin Sullivan

        Fenestration (Windows, doors and skylights)
        Steve Hopwood - 613-995-6741 or email Steve Hopwood

        Heating, cooling and ventilation equipment
        Water heaters
        Stéphane LeBlanc - 613-947-2319 or email Stéphane LeBlanc

        Gas and electrical utilities
        Major retailers
        Patrick Roy - 613-943-0453 or email Patrick Roy

        Commercial and institutional sector organizations
        Commercial food service equipment
        Isabelle Guimont - 613-996-5281 or email Isabelle Guimont

        ENERGY STAR brand manager
        Stephan Telka - 613-992-4535 or email Stephan Telka

        Social media manager
        Rawan Hanhan - 613-943-5316 or email Rawan Hanhan

        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.