Summer 2018

ENERGY STAR® for Products—Participant News

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In this issue…

Message from ENERGY STAR Canada
We want to hear from you!

Energy efficiency news
New standard operating procedure for ENERGY STAR product specifications
Fenestration specification criteria finalized for 2020
Consumer caution: Online rebates
UPDATE - Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Directory of Efficient Equipment
New ENERGY STAR recognition in development: Smart home energy management systems

Branding and Marketing
Celebrating the 2018 ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Award winners
Canada's first ENERGY STAR certified buildings!
ENERGY STAR for Industry expands and ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry
ENERGY STAR Day 2018
New logo rules
What's trending on #ENERGYSTARCanada social media?
Complimentary promotional materials
Four ENERGY STAR products added to the Natural Resources Canada website
Marketing resources for your Fall Campaigns

Be a market leader—join ENERGY STAR!

Participants at work
Participant spotlight: Dell Canada Inc

Technical specifications - In development or updates:
Electronics - uninterruptible power supplies
HVAC - room air conditioners, ventilating fans
Water heaters - commercial water heaters
Office equipment and Data centres – computers, displays, imaging equipment, servers
Other products – electrical vehicle supply equipment, pool pumps

Social media engagement

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Message from ENERGY STAR Canada

It's been an exciting quarter for us here at ENERGY STAR Canada – new Brand Book, new program offering New ENERGY STAR recognition in development: Smart home energy management systems, new award winners – and we couldn't be happier!

With all of these refreshing changes going on, we thought it was time to check in with all of you to see whether you'd like a new format for our Newsletter. We've been doing things this way for a while and sometimes "same is good". But just to be sure, it would be great if you could take the time to click the link in this newsletter to our online survey.

Our english survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfHM_Rt0PkoOiKVljVz4HI3NglVHQfKGn1_HPFHjR8QfTTfew/viewform

Our french survey :
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Let us know if you'd like our format to change, if you'd like different content, or maybe just want a change in frequency. While you're at it, we've left room for any of your other comments as well. We'd really like to hear from you. After all, you're what this newsletter is all about!

Hope you're all having a wonderful summer, and I'll get back to you in our next newsletter about what we heard.

Dianna Miller
Chief, ENERGY STAR Canada for Products

Energy efficiency news

New standard operating procedure for ENERGY STAR product specifications

On April 13, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new Standard Operating Procedure for Revising and Establishing an ENERGY STAR Product Specification (SOP) (PDF, 372 kb). The specification setting procedure has been formalized to increase transparency and facilitate more consistent opportunity for stakeholder input.

For more information, read the accompanying letter (PDF, 391 kb) on the U.S. EPA website. You can find latest tech spec updates at the end of this newsletter.

Fenestration specification criteria finalized for 2020

Natural Resources Canada has finalized Version 5.0 of the fenestration specification. Version 5.0 will become effective January 1, 2020 and will replace Version 4.0. The climate zones will be eliminated and one set of energy efficiency levels will apply to all of Canada. The levels chosen for windows and doors are the current Zone 3 requirements. The dual path of compliance of U-factor and Energy Rating (ER) has been maintained, however, it was felt that the minimum Energy Rating (ER) on the U-factor path of compliance was no longer necessary so it will be eliminated.

U-factor criteria for windows and doors
Product Maximum U-factor
W/m2∙K
Maximum U-factor
Btu/h∙ft2◦F
Windows and Doors 1.22 0.21
Alternate ER criteria for windows and doors
Product Minimum ER
(unitless)
Windows and Doors 34

The current Zone 3 level for skylights was determined to be too stringent to be used across Canada so NRCan is currently doing further analysis and will announce its decision soon.

Most Efficient criteria

The Most Efficient criteria will also become more stringent beginning January 1, 2020. As with the fenestration specification, the dual path of compliance has been maintained and the minimum ER on the U-factor path of compliance eliminated. In addition, sliding glass doors have been added as an eligible product.

Most Efficient U-factor criteria for windows and sliding glass doors
Product Maximum U-factor
W/m2∙K
Maximum U-factor
Btu/h∙ft2◦F
Windows and Sliding glass doors 1.05 0.18
Alternate Most Efficient ER criteria for windows and sliding glass doors
Product Minimum ER
(unitless)
Windows and Sliding glass doors 40

Version 5.0 of the fenestration specification and the Most Efficient criteria for 2020 have been posted on the NRCan website.

Consumer caution: The Government of Canada does not provide rebates

The Government of Canada does not provide rebates or incentives for energy products. If you see a website purporting to represent the Government of Canada and promising rebates, please contact the appropriate provincial or federal consumer protection authorities. And as always, please let us know if they claim to represent ENERGY STAR Canada. Natural Resources Canada does have a searchable database to locate regional energy product rebates across the country on our official website.

UPDATE - Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Directory of Efficient Equipment

The CEE is the American and Canadian consortium of gas and electric efficiency program administrators who work together to accelerate the development and availability of energy efficient products. One of its tools that supports efficiency in national and regional markets is qualifying product lists (QPLs).

The Directory of Efficient Equipment (maintained by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)) and QPLs help consumers and rebate program administrators identify the energy efficiency levels of products; ENERGY STAR certified products; and products that qualify for rebates. An issue with the AHRI database was preventing Split or Packaged Heat Pumps; Variable Speed Mini-Split and Multi-Split Heat Pumps; Split or Packaged Air Conditioner; and Variable Speed Mini-Split and Multi-Split Air Conditioners from appearing in the CEE Directory of Efficient Equipment. According to an AHRI official, the issue has been corrected and all certified air source heat pumps from the above categories should now be listed.

If you are working for a manufacturer of the above heat pump categories and cannot find your ENERGY STAR certified product in the CEE Directory of Efficient Equipment, please contact your certification body.

If you work for a utility or are a rebate program administrator and cannot find an ENERGY STAR certified product in the CEE Directory of Efficient Equipment, please contact AHRI technical support or Caroline Côté at caroline.cote@canada.ca or 613-897-2364.

New ENERGY STAR recognition in development: Smart home energy management systems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is exploring the possibility of recognizing smart home energy management systems (SHEMS) that use occupancy information to optimize energy use of multiple devices. The program idea is based on criteria for a package of hardware and services that deliver more integrated, holistic energy savings in the smart home. All interested parties who would like to participate in this process are encouraged to send contact information to SmartHomeSystems@energystar.gov to be added to the distribution list for updates. For more information, visit the SHEMS page on the U.S. EPA website.

Branding and Marketing

Celebrating the 2018 ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Award winners

ENERGY STAR Participant award winners with Minister Jim Carr

On May 28, Natural Resources Canada celebrated Canada's energy efficiency leaders at the 15th annual ENERGY STAR Canada Awards. Hosted by the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the awards ceremony welcomed 40 program participants from across the country to the NRCan's Ottawa headquarters.

The ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Awards recognize some of the 1,500+ organizations in the ENERGY STAR for Products and ENERGY STAR for New Homes programs that have demonstrated excellence in promoting the most energy-efficient products and new homes available on the market in Canada.

Have you considered applying for the 2019 awards? Learn more about the available awards here. Applications typically open in December.

Canada's first ENERGY STAR certified buildings!

Owners of Canada's first ENERGY STAR certified buildings were also feted at the ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Awards ceremony, representing 73 buildings from Vancouver to Saint John.

In March 2018, ENERGY STAR Canada expanded to include a new certification program for seven types of commercial and institutional buildings. The program encourages and recognizes top energy performance in commercial offices, K-12 schools, hospitals, medical offices, senior care communities and residential care facilities, supermarkets and food stores, and ice/curling rinks. Take your participation in the ENERGY STAR program to the next level by certifying your workplace as ENERGY STAR.

ENERGY STAR for Industry expands and ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry

ENERGY STAR certification is now available in Canada for the automobile and commercial baking sectors, in addition to integrated steel mills, which have been eligible for certification since August 2017. Learn more about the growing ENERGY STAR for Industry certification program.

Do you manufacture or conduct R&D in Canada? You may be eligible for the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry. Take the Challenge to reduce your facility's energy intensity by 10% within 5 years.

ENERGY STAR Day 2018

Mark your calendars – ENERGY STAR Canada will celebrate our third ENERGY STAR Day on October 23, 2018. Taking place the third Tuesday of October every year, the purpose of ENERGY STAR Day is to raise awareness of the important role that energy efficiency plays in helping Canadians combat climate change; and to celebrate the great strides our participants, stakeholders and citizens have made together in saving energy. If there's one day to sing the praises of the role that ENERGY STAR plays in Canada's energy efficiency efforts, it's this one.

As you're putting together your Fall marketing plans, integrate ENERGY STAR Day into the mix – this could include a rebate program, flying the ENERGY STAR flag (see below), hosting an open house, an employee luncheon or presentation, local media outreach or an online contest (just to list a few ideas). We will share more details with you later this summer.

New logo rules

ENERGY STAR Canada Brand Book

The ENERGY STAR Canada Brand Book is now posted on our website and serves as the definitive document when using the ENERGY STAR symbols and name. The book also presents examples of common mark uses and misuses, as well as how to report improper use of the mark to the Government of Canada. The document brings together the separate logo guidelines for the Products, New Homes, Buildings and Industry programs. Please share the document with your communications and marketing colleagues.

What's trending on #ENERGYSTARCanada social media?

Our ENERGY STAR Canada social media accounts continue to perform well, with an average engagement rate in May of 1.6% on Facebook and 1.4% on Twitter in English, and 4.5% on Facebook and 2.4% on Twitter in French.

Our top content in English was a "green tips" article featuring actor Ian Somerhalder (9% engagement on Facebook) and a short video about ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fans (7.5% engagement on Twitter). In French, the ceiling fan video similarly performed well (9.6% engagement on Twitter) along with a livestream of Minister Jim Carr's remarks at the ENERGY STAR Canada Awards (17.5% engagement on Facebook).

Have a campaign you're working on that you'd like us to help amplify? Want to be added to our weekly social media content? Drop us a line at energystar@canada.ca to talk!

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Complimentary promotional materials

With ENERGY STAR Day on the horizon, we're pleased to offer two kinds of signage to promote your commitment to ENERGY STAR. These are available complimentary to all ENERGY STAR Canada participants:

  • Heavy duty, vinyl "Ask us about ENERGY STAR" signs with metal grommets (holes) for easy hanging. Available languages: English, French, Bilingual English-French; available orientations: horizontal (119"x36") and vertical (86"x40")
  • Bilingual "ENERGY STAR – HIGH EFFICIENCY/HAUTE EFFICACITÉ" flags. Available languages: English-first, French-first; available orientations: horizontal (35"x 72") complete with rope and toggle (ready to hang on your flagpole!) and vertical (37"x 78") with integrated sleeves for poles on top and side.

To place an order, send us an email with the required quantity and type and we'll make sure they arrive well in advance of ENERGY STAR Day.

Four ENERGY STAR products added to the Natural Resources Canada website

We have added four ENERGY STAR products to our web site to make them easier for consumers to find! Tablets, Internet (VoIP) phones, Streaming media players and Digital signage are now up with links to the EPA product finder. Share them with your clients or on social media!

Marketing resources for your Fall Campaigns

While we're trying to enjoy the final weeks of summer, we're pleased to share a few resources to help with your marketing campaigns this Fall as Canadians get ready for cooler weather and shorter days.

Please share these with your marketing/communications teams:

  • "The smart choice made simple – ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats" infographic
  • "How to choose energy efficient windows" video (available on YouTube and Facebook)
  • "How to choose LED bulbs in 4 easy steps" video (available on YouTube and Facebook)
  • "Lighting made easy" infographic
  • "Water heaters" infographic – why and how you should upgrade to an efficient model if your water heater is more than 10 years old

Participants at work

Dell logo

Participant spotlight:

Dell Canada Inc.

Big congrats to Dell Canada Inc., they are the first manufacturer in Canada to have ENERGY STAR certified enterprise servers, data center storage and large network equipment! Welcome to the ENERGY STAR Canada family!

Why is energy efficiency important to Dell Canada?

For our customers, energy efficiency is more than just a lower electricity bill though that is also a benefit. It's not just how much power you use, it's how you use it. As an organization's needs change, expanding a data center can start to reach the limits of available power to the building. Energy efficiency can mean the difference between staying within power limits and having to build out a new data center and the accompanying capital costs.

As part of our Legacy of Good Plan, we have a goal to reduce the energy intensity across our product portfolio by 80% by 2020 over a 2011 baseline. Through 2017, we are well on our way, with a 60% reduction so far — with servers down 75% in the same time period.

Why is ENERGY STAR important to Dell Canada?

Energy efficiency reduces costs; helps meet sustainability goals and reduces risks. Energy efficient products, software and services are key enablers of customer operations and can help use resources more intelligently. Dell has been a partner with ENERGY STAR since the beginning of the US EPA program.

Why did Dell Canada want to join ENERGY STAR Canada?

We want to help customers across the country make informed choices about the products they use to ensure they maximize the efficiency of their business operations.

Thanks to all our ENERGY STAR Canada participants for helping Canadians become more energy efficient one product at a time!

Be a market leader—join ENERGY STAR!

Technical specifications: in development or updated

(Note: revised specifications links below, redirect to the U.S. ENERGY STAR website.)

Electronics:

Uninterruptible power suppliesVersion 2.0

Reminder
After August 15, 2018, EPA-recognized certification bodies are required to cease certification of new uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to the Version 1.1 specification and may only certify UPS to the Version 2.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing UPS certifications to the Version 1.1 specification until December 31, 2018. After this date, only UPS certified to the Version 2.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list. For more information, visit the UPS product development web page.

Heating, cooling and ventilating equipment:

(Final) Room air conditioners—Version 4.1

The technical specification for room air conditioners is under revision . The Version 4.1 amendment was finalized on July 30, 2018. Version 4.1 clarifies testing requirements with efficient variable output and provides an explicit pathway to earn ENERGY STAR certification. Current certifications are not affected by this amendment. As part of this amendment, the ENERGY STAR Product Finder has been updated to allow brand owners to indicate if a model has a variable speed compressor.

For more information, visit the room air conditioner product development web page.

(Final) Ventilating fans—Version 4.1

A minor revision of the technical specification for ventilating fans has been finalized. As of July 24, 2018, in-line fans designed to be installed as supply fans may be certified as ENERGY STAR. Current certifications are not affected. As part of this amendment, the ENERGY STAR Product Finder has been updated to allow brand owners to submit ventilating fan feature information such as humidity sensors, timers, light dimming, etc. For more information visit the ventilating fans product development web page.

Water heaters:

Commercial water heaters—Version 2.0

Reminder: The ENERGY STAR technical specification for commercial water heaters version 2.0 has been finalized and will take effect on October 1, 2018.

Office equipment and Data centres:

(In development) Displays—Version 8.0

The technical specification for displays is under revision. A webinar was held on May 7, 2018 to discuss the Displays Version 8.0 Draft 1 Specification and Test Method. For more information, visit the displays product development web page .

(In development) Computers—Version 8.0

The technical specification for computers is under revision. The revision proposes to amend the categorization system for desktop computers and the criteria for desktop and workstation computers.

A desktop categorization webinar was held on July 12, 2018. Stakeholders are invited to submit product information on non-certified desktop, integrated desktop, and workstation computers using the ENERGY STAR Desktop Data Assembly Template . Please send completed data forms to computers@energystar.gov no later than November 16, 2018. A Draft 1, Version 8.0 specification release for computers is anticipated in Q1 2019 .

(In development) Imaging equipment—Version 3.0

The technical specification for imaging equipment is under revision. A webinar was held on July 30, 2018 to discuss Draft 2 of the Version 3.0 Imaging Equipment Specification, Draft 3 of the Imaging Equipment Test Method, and Draft 1 of the Professional Imaging Equipment Test Method. Stakeholder feedback can be sent to imagingequipment@energystar.com by no later than August 23, 2018. For more information and to view the webinar slides, visit the imaging equipment development web page.

(Final) Servers—Version 3.0

The final Draft, Version 3.0 computer server specification was released on July 11, 2018. The effective date for this specification is May 10, 2019. For more information and to view the webinar slides and feedback, visit the computer servers web development page.

(Final) Data storage—Version 1.1

The Version 1.1 ENERGY STAR specification for Data center storage has been finalized and took effect on May 29, 2018.

Other products:

(Final) Pool pumps—Version 2.0 and 3.0

Version 2 and Version 3 of the ENERGY STAR technical specification for pool pumps were finalized on April 30, 2018. Version 2.0 requirements will take effect on January 2, 2019, and the Version 3.0 requirements will take effect on July 19, 2021. For more information, visit the pool pump product development web page

(In development) Electrical vehicle supply equipment—Version 1.1

The technical specification for electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) is currently under revision . It is proposed that the scope of the current specification be expanded to include DC Output charging products.

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.

Social media engagement

FaceBook

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

Twitter

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

Heating, cooling and ventilation equipment
Water heaters
Caroline Côté - 613-947-2319 or email Caroline Côté

Gas and electrical utilities
Major retailers
Lydia Aouani - 613-943-0453 or email Lydia Aouani

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

ENERGY STAR brand manager
Stephan Telka - 613-218-6265 or email Stephan Telka

ENERGY STAR brand officer
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 trademarks registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.