Fall 2018

ENERGY STAR® for Products—Participant News

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In this issue…

Message from ENERGY STAR Canada
ENERGY STAR highlights, 2018

Energy efficiency news
New EPA reports now available
Midstream incentives: the new holy grail of energy efficiency programs
Cash-in your savings with pre-rinse spray valves
ENERGY STAR Canada’s skylight criteria for 2020 decided
CO2 Heat pump water heater
Most Efficient 2019 criteria announced

Branding and Marketing
Get Ready: ENERGY STAR Canada Awards will be launched January 2019
ENERGY STAR day 2018
ENERGY STAR Canada’s newest video: “Light the Moment”
U.S. ENERGY STAR products partner meeting  

Be a market leader—join ENERGY STAR!

Participants at work
The Foodservice Energy Challenge featuring ENERGY STAR—Restaurants Canada
Training remote communities on energy management—Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care

Technical specifications - In development or updates:
Commercial equipment – hot food holding cabinets, ovens, vending machines
Electronics – audio/video
HVAC – air source heat pumps, central air conditioners, dehumidifiers, room air cleaners
Office equipment and Data centres – computers, displays, imaging equipment, servers
Other products – electrical vehicle supply equipment, smart home energy management systems (SHEMS)

Social media engagement

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Message from ENERGY STAR Canada

ENERGY STAR highlights, 2018

As we near the end of 2018 and look forward to a new year, I wanted to just highlight some really wonderful achievements here at ENERGY STAR Canada, and the Office of Energy Efficiency’s Equipment Division. 

Stay tuned for more exciting developments in energy efficiency – thanks for coming along for the ride with us! 

Dianna Miller
Chief, ENERGY STAR Canada for Products

Energy efficiency news

New EPA reports now available

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released three new reports:

  • ENERGY STAR Unit Shipment and Market Penetration Report: 2017
    EPA collects unit shipment data to determine the market penetration of ENERGY STAR products and evaluate the overall performance of the program. Shipment data provides a key indicator of whether the market is being transformed and is used to inform the specification revision process.

Midstream incentives: the new holy grail of energy efficiency programs

Energy efficiency program administrators are experimenting with passing incentives to “midstream” market actors, with successful results. Traditionally, consumers received coupons or in-store rebates, or applied for a reimbursement. As the value of rebates on various products has decreased with time, it has become less worthwhile to consumers, and a more costly program to administer.  With midstream incentives, the efficiency program administrators incent retailers to increase their stock of higher efficiency products in their stores. By increasing the product availability, consumers have more energy-efficient product options and are thus more likely to purchase one.

Efficiency program administrators can also incent distributors of products; that is, companies who do not use “bricks-and-mortar” locations to sell their products (as is often the case with windows, HVAC products, and water heaters). In this approach, a distributor shares their incentive with on-the-ground contractors for offering or recommending only high efficiency products to clients. Therefore, when consumers are replacing products they would normally purchase via installers, their contractor provides them with high efficiency product options to choose from.

American utilities that have adopted this approach have seen drastic increases in their program participation, such as doubling participation rates and a ten-fold increase in some instances.

Although the results may seem miraculous, it does come with challenges, taking more planning and collaboration with distributors. Our US partners have learned many lessons from the early adoption experiences that Canadian energy efficiency programs can benefit greatly from.

For more information about midstream programs, please visit https://www.energystar.gov/products/retailers/midstream_programs (Available in English only)

Cash-in your savings with pre-rinse spray valves

Pre-rinse spray valves can account for nearly one-third of the water used in the typical commercial kitchen! These devices rinse dishes prior to dishwashing and are installed in nearly every commercial kitchen.

It’s great news, then, that pre-rinse spray valves (link to the Canada Gazette, Divison 13) are included in Amendment 14 to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations. Amendment 14 aims at aligning the Canadian compliance date, minimum performance standards, and test procedures with those of the United States. The regulation on pre-rinse spray valves would impose a maximum flow rate that will limit the quantity of hot water passing through the product, thereby lowering the energy used by the associated hot water heater.  

Looking for more savings?  Pre-rinse spray valves certified through the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program are certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient than the U.S. federal standard. WaterSense labeled models must undergo independent spray force and lifecycle testing to ensure performance in commercial kitchens.

Double the savings when opting for ENERGY STAR certified commercial dishwashers and water heaters!

Better yet, your return on investment is guaranteed: facilities can expect to see a payback on their investment within the first year or less.

Think of how you can invest savings into your business!

ENERGY STAR Canada’s skylight criteria for 2020 decided

NRCan has finalized the ENERGY STAR skylight criteria for January 1, 2020, which completes Version 5.0 of the fenestration specification. Version 5.0 will replace Version 4.0 on January 1, 2020 and introduce one set of ENERGY STAR fenestration criteria for all of Canada, eliminating the current zones of 1, 2, and 3. While the first proposed criteria to the ENERGY STAR skylight Participants was the Zone 3 criteria of 2.10 W/m2∙K (0.37 Btu/h∙ft2◦F), after reviewing a consultant’s report on various options, NRCan accepted the recommendation of a maximum U-factor of 2.29 W/m2∙K (0.40 Btu/h∙ft2◦F) for all of Canada.

For the full 2020 specification, please click on the links below:
English: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/products/for-participants/specifications/20950
French: https://www.rncan.gc.ca/energie/produits/pour-participants/specifications/20951

CO2 Heat pump water heater

The Government of Canada is committed to market transformation initiatives to improve the energy performance of water heating appliances. NRCan is leading these initiatives with two projects to test new water heating technology: heat pump water heaters. Most heat pump water heaters in the market are ENERGY STAR certified. Their high-energy performance compared to electric resistance water heaters is superior, because they take heat from their surrounding area as “free” energy and concentrate it in the hot water tank.  

A CO2 heat pump water heater
Courtesy of Sanden International

Heat pump systems have been around for decades; however, new advances in compressor and refrigerant technology have improved the performance of these systems. Carbon dioxide (CO2), or R744 is a new substance in refrigeration and heat pump systems. The benefits of using this benign refrigerant with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1 (compared to the common R407C with a GWP of 1600) as well as an easy leak clean up, make R744 an ideal refrigerant.

In a heat pump system, R744 allows for heat collection from the outdoor air to be concentrated into a hot water tank, even in temperatures of -15 degrees centigrade. These properties, again make R744 in a heat pump system an ideal refrigerant with high energy-efficiency performance.

NRCan is working with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and possibly New Brunswick Power to test R744 heat pump systems in homes and in laboratories. Several of these systems will be tested to the Atlantic Canada climate, as well track the effects of salt air on the outdoor unit. We look forward to the results of these projects after a good dose of winter challenges this technology.

Most Efficient 2019 criteria announced

On October 5, 2018, the EPA finalized recognition criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2019.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2018, Les plus écoénergétiques

Recognition criteria are based on an analysis of currently certified ENERGY STAR models as well as engineering analysis conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy. The results of the analysis indicated that for many categories existing recognition criteria remain reflective of the “best of the best.”

The U.S. EPA will recognize all 13 product categories eligible for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognition in 2018, and re-introduce televisions to the portfolio for a total of 14 categories. EPA is extending the 2018 efficiency criteria into 2019 for a number of categories including boilers, ceiling fans, furnaces, geothermal heat pumps (GHP) and dishwashers, and residential windows*.

In addition to adding criteria back in for televisions, EPA has revised the recognition criteria for ducted and ductless central air conditioners and air source heat pumps, clothes washers, computer monitors, dehumidifiers, dryers, refrigerator-freezers, and ventilating fans.

Products recognized in 2018 that meet the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2019 criteria will automatically receive recognition.

Products that meet the 2019 criteria will deliver significant savings over conventional products. In addition to meeting Most Efficient performance criteria, products must be certified as ENERGY STAR by an EPA-recognized certification body. Additional details for each product category is included in the recognition criteria documents found at ENERGY STAR Most Efficient.

*The Most Efficient residential windows specification for Canada is developed and published by NRCan. For 2019, NRCan is proposing to have the same qualifying criteria in effect for 2018. In 2020, the qualifying criteria will become more stringent and include sliding glass doors.

Branding and Marketing

Get ready: ENERGY STAR Canada Awards will be launched January 2019

ENERGY STAR 2018 Awards, call for submissions

The launch of our annual ENERGY STAR Canada Awards is fast approaching! It is time to start thinking about how your organization has demonstrated excellence in promoting ENERGY STAR during the 2018 calendar year. Please visit our Awards page for more information.

ENERGY STAR day 2018

Thanks to all our Participants who took part in ENERGY STAR Day on October 23, 2018. This was the third time the day was officially marked in Canada, and included a number of initiatives

Woman cutting ENERGY STAR cake
ENERGY STAR Canada Chief, Dianna Miller and an ENERGY STAR Day cake!
  • The launch of a new ENERGY STAR Canada video: “Light the Moment” (watch it here in English or French and share it!). The featured contributors all received two LED bulbs courtesy of our Participants, L’Image Home Products Inc.
  • A note of appreciation from Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Amarjeet Sohi, to all ENERGY STAR for Products Participants
  • Social media engagement where Canadians and ENERGY STAR Canada Participants shared their favourite energy efficiency tips using the hashtag #ENERGYSTARDay
  • The Carrot Rewards app featured an ENERGY STAR Canada tip to shine light on the day (download it to make better lifestyle choices and get rewards on your favourite points card!)
  • A marketing campaign was launched on The Weather Network, including a poll and a blog featuring ENERGY STAR
  • Promotional banners on the Government of Canada’s main homepage (www.canada.ca) and Natural Resources Canada’s homepage (www.nrcan.gc.ca)

ENERGY STAR Day takes place on the fourth Tuesday of October. Mark your calendars on Tuesday, October 22, 2019!

ENERGY STAR Canada’s newest video: “Light the Moment”

Canadians ‘Lit’ the Moment for ENERGY STAR Canada! Canadians joined in and star in our ‘Light the Moment’ video campaign which launched ENERGY STAR Day!  We received video and photo submissions through our social media channels of Canadians’ best ‘lit moments’, and created an ENERGY STAR Canada video highlighting the importance of energy efficiency through the use of ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs. ENERGY STAR Canada Participant L’Image Home Products Inc. awarded LED bulbs to winning entrants.

Please share via your social networks and to family and friends and let’s keep the momentum going!

U.S. ENERGY STAR products partner meeting  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held its annual ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting this year in Phoenix, Arizona in September. To see information and presentations on new ENERGY STAR program and product initiatives and outreach activities, visit the Partner Meeting Presentations page. A special shout out to our own Canadian ENERGY STAR Participants, Sarah Colvin from ecobee and Gillian Saidman from L’Image Home Products Inc., who were among presenters. Also included was a presentation on a new EPA initiative: Recognizing Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS). For more info on SHEMS, visit www.energystar.gov/SHEMS.

Participants at work

The Foodservice Energy Challenge featuring ENERGY STAR—Restaurants Canada

Restaurants Canada’s Foodservice Energy Challenge (FEC) was launched in early May of 2018. Among the many that applied, four establishments were chosen to be the object of a full case study experience for a one-year period. The selected Champions will undergo a before-and-after energy audit and will implement energy efficiency measures like upgrading their old equipment to ENERGY STAR certified models. They will be monitored for the duration of the case study period to measure the success of the energy efficiency measures implemented.

The Foodservice Energy Challenge remains open to all commercial kitchens. We encourage foodservice establishments to tell us about the savings they have realized by making energy-efficient upgrades like the replacement or purchase of new ENERGY STAR certified equipment. Registered participants will be eligible for a draw to win ENERGY STAR certified commercial foodservice products.

Register at https://www.restaurantscanada.org/energychallenge/ for this incredible opportunity.

Follow the challenge on Facebook and Twitter to find out who the four Foodservice Energy Champions are!

Training remote communities on energy management—Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care (CCGHC)

The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care (CCGHC) and their HealthCare Energy Leaders Ontario (HELO) Team are pleased to release their latest series of Energy Management Best Practice Case Studies based upon their collaboration with the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) along the western shore of James Bay.   

These case studies are aimed at stakeholders who have an interest in energy management and conservation efforts and in remote northern First Nations communities. The studies highlight the training that building operators received based on energy-saving tactics. These recommendations involved purchasing energy-efficient equipment and design with references to ENERGY STAR certified products.

According to JJ Knott, HELO Lead and Building Operator Certification (BOC) instructor, “The BOC training has led to a new sense of pride and ownership among WAHA’s First Nations facility staff who are now confident to tackle a much broader spectrum of building maintenance and retrofit tasks.

The CCGHC is pleased to continue to work with other organizations to help replicate the successes in other communities and health care facilities. Feel free to contact them to discuss possible upcoming opportunities. 

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.)

Commercial equipment:

(In development) Commercial hot food holding cabinets—Version 3.0

The technical specification for hot food holding cabinets is currently under revision. The revision was prompted in November 2014, in part, by outstanding concerns that cabinets capable of operating in a more energy-intensive “wet” mode are not being tested in a manner representative of their intended use. EPA continues to work with stakeholders to address issues related to the test method, build a data set for products that operate in wet mode, conduct industry outreach and get industry consensus. EPA is still considering all information received by this date in this specification revision. For more information, visit the hot food holding cabinets development web page.

(In development) Commercial ovens—Version 3.0

The technical specification for commercial ovens is currently under revision. In order to advance in energy efficiency and to expand the scope to additional sizes of combination ovens, the EPA is proposing levels for this expanded set of product types and assembling performance data. The EPA invites stakeholders to participate in this effort and asks that any interested stakeholders provide performance data using the accompanying template no later than December 13, 2018, to commercialovens@energystar.gov. For more information, visit the commercial ovens development web page.

(In development) Vending machines—Version 4.0

The technical specification for vending machines is currently under revision. With a more stringent federal minimum standard coming into effect on January 8, 2019, by the U.S. Department of Energy, revised ENERGY STAR criteria is needed to effectively differentiate energy efficient vending machine products beyond what the new regulations require for all products. For more information, visit the vending machines development web page.


(In development) Audio/video—Version 4.0

The technical specification for audio/video is currently under revision. For more information, visit the audio/video product development web page.

Heating, cooling and ventilating equipment:

(In development) Air source heat pumps/Central air conditioner—Version 6.0

The ENERGY STAR technical specification for Central Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pumps is currently under revision. With this revision EPA sees an opportunity to help provide consumers more cost effective units that will deliver performance while reducing heating and cooling costs and energy use. For more information and to see webinar slides and stakeholder feedback, visit the ASHP/CAC product development web page.

(In development) Central air conditioner—Version 6.0

The technical specification for Central air conditioners and Air-source heat pumps is currently under revision. For more information and to view stakeholder comments on the Discussion Guide, visit the CAC/ASHP product development webpage.

(In development) Dehumidifiers—Version 5.0

The technical specification for dehumidifiers is under revision. The revision proposes to align product categories with those adopted by the U.S. Department of Energy for 2019 standards, increase stringency and capture greater energy savings. For more information and to see webinar slides and stakeholder feedback, visit the dehumidifier product development web page.

(In development) Room air cleaners—Version 2.0

The technical specification for room air cleaners is currently under revision. Stakeholder input is being sought on a Discussion Guide on the proposed revision. A webinar was held on November 7. Stakeholders are requested to provide comments no later than November 27 to roomaircleaners@energystar.gov. For more information and to see webinar slides and feedback, visit the room air cleaners product development web page.

Office equipment and Data centres:

(Final) Computers—Version 7.1

The Version 7.1 amendment to the computers specification has been finalized. This amendment enables those products meeting the mobile workstation definition to utilize an adder to account for the additional utility and energy consumption of these products, clarifies the requirements for utilizing alternative low power modes, and updates the internal power supply language. Computer products previously certified to Version 7.0 are not affected by this change. A reminder that Version 7.0 requirements will take effect on November 16, 2018. For more information, visit the computers 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 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) Displays—Version 8.0

The technical specification for displays is under revision. A webinar was held on September 5, 2018 to discuss the Draft 2 Specification and Test Method. For more information, visit the displays product development web page.

(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. For more information and to see webinar slides and stakeholder feedback, visit the imaging equipment development web page.

(Final) Servers—Version 3.0

The final Version 3.0 computer server specification was released on September 17, 2018. The effective date for this specification is June 17, 2019. Computer servers should be tested using SERT Version 2.0.1. For more information and to view the webinar slides and feedback, visit the computer servers web development page.

Other products:

(In development) Electrical vehicle supply equipment—Version 1.1

The technical specification and test method for electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) is currently under revision. With this version, the scope of the EVSE specification is expanding to include DC charging products. A webinar was held on November 14 and stakeholder feedback is requested by December 6, 2018. For more information and to see the webinar slides visit the EVSE product development web page.

(Under development) Smart home energy management systems (SHEMS)

The EPA is exploring the possibility of recognizing smart home energy management (SHEM) systems that use occupancy information to optimize energy use of multiple devices. All interested parties who would like to participate in this process, or who would like more information including the presentation delivered at the EPA’s Products Partner Meeting (September 6, 2018), can visit the Smart home energy management systems web page.

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


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


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

Keep in touch, we’re here to help:

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

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
Nicole Green - 613-943-0453 or email Nicole Green

ENERGY STAR brand officer
Rawan Hanhan - 613-943-5316 or email Rawan Hanhan

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