ENERGY STAR News

Winter 2011

ENERGY STAR News/Nouvelles is a newsletter from Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan) Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE). Our goal is to keep you informed about new developments and activities related to ENERGY STAR, the international symbol of energy efficiency. Please share this newsletter with your colleagues, or encourage them to contact us directly to be added to our mailing list.

In this issue…

Recognition of ENERGY STAR on the Rise as 10th Anniversary Arrives!

NRCan will be celebrating ENERGY STAR's 10th year in Canada as of May 2011. Canada now supports 50 product categories, and has been responsible for developing the specifications for heat recovery ventilators (HRV).

The ENERGY STAR brand is incredibly powerful in Canada. In fact, visual awareness of the ENERGY STAR symbol in Canada is now at 89%! And 71% of consumers surveyed indicated that buying ENERGY STAR qualified products makes them feel they are helping protect the environment and that they prefer to buy ENERGY STAR qualified products whenever they can.

We know that consumers are aware of the ENERGY STAR symbol and are using it to purchase the best-in-class energy efficient products. That makes ENERGY STAR not only a vital feature in Natural Resources Canada's programs, but in those of our over 1365 Participants as well. Utilities in Canada are strong promoters of ENERGY STAR and lead the way in educating customers on how to reduce their energy costs. And it is also through the efforts participating retailers and manufacturers who incorporate ENERGY STAR in their sales, product development and promotion that ENERGY STAR continues to play an important role in reaching our economic and environmental goals.

We thank you for your collaboration and enthusiasm in promoting energy efficient equipment and ENERGY STAR!

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Call for Nominations for the 2011 ENERGY STAR Market Transformation Awards

Don't miss out! All ENERGY STAR Participants are invited to submit nominations for the 2011 ENERGY STAR Market Transformation Awards. Participants can nominate themselves, and may apply for more than one award if they meet the eligibility requirements. The awards, which will be presented at the Participants Meeting on June 1, recognize companies and organizations that have surpassed the competition in offering Canadian consumers the most energy-efficient product, technology or service available on the market. Details on eligibility criteria, award categories and how to enter are available on our Web site.

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Annual ENERGY STAR Participants' Meeting – June 1, 2011

Mark your calendars! This year, the ENERGY STAR Participants' Meeting will be held on June 1, 2011 at the brand-new Ottawa Convention Centre. Hosted by Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency, this annual get-together attracts ENERGY STAR Participants from across Canada to share information, learn about new initiatives and technical specifications, brainstorm new ideas and celebrate the successes of the past year. Details are still being finalized. A Communiqué will be sent to all Participants detailing registration and agenda information.

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ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Program

Over the past year or so the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR Program has been investigating options for a top tier initiative, and is planning to extend the impact of the ENERGY STAR symbol by highlighting 'most efficient' products within selected product categories. 'Most efficient' products would be geared towards early adopters, and would include the few, top-tier, most efficient models within certain product categories. These products would be listed on the ENERGY STAR web site and would be identified at retail locations. Natural Resources Canada is considering implementing a similar initiative in the spring of 2011 in Canada, and has been surveying some ENERGY STAR Participants to inform our decision-making process on whether and how to identify 'most efficient' products in Canada.

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Upcoming Changes to ENERGY STAR Specifications

Revised Specifications for Hot Food Holding Cabinets

A revised specification for hot food holding cabinets will come into effect on July 1, 2011. Version 2 of the specification replaces Version 1 which as been in effect since August 15, 2003. Elements include the inclusion of the more recent ASTM Standard F2140-10 test standard and a family qualification approach based on the testing of a representative model.

New Specification for Clothes Washers

New specifications for residential clothes washers and residential-style commercial clothes washers came into effect on January 1, 2011. The new specifications affect only standard-size washers with a tub size greater than 45 litres (1.6 cubic feet). For further information, consult our Web site.

Revised Criteria for Combination Washer-Dryers

Criteria for all-in-one washer dryers are under revision to assure that whole-product energy use, including dryer energy use, is taken into account. Previously, only the washer component was tested for ENERGY STAR qualification. The revision is expected to be final in April 2011. Until the new criteria are in place, all-in-one washer-dryers are not eligible for ENERGY STAR qualification.

Revision Launched for Dehumidifiers Specification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a revision of the ENERGY STAR Version 2.1 dehumidifiers specification. A single Energy Factor (EF) level for all capacities of dehumidifiers of < 75 pints/day has been proposed.

Commercial Ovens and Griddles Now Qualify in Canada

Effective immediately, commercial ovens and griddles can now qualify for the ENERGY STAR designation in Canada.

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External Power Supply (EPS) Category Coming to an End

The external power supply (EPS) category has ended as of December 31, 2010. The ENERGY STAR EPS graphic will disappear from all products that were previously eligible. The category will be replaced by an addition of new categories of products next year, such as modems and routers. ENERGY STAR is also working on the addition for next year of other new categories of products: data centre storage, uninterruptible power supplies, and battery chargers. Stay tuned for the latest in these developments!

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Heat Recovery Ventilators Now On Board

Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) are now ENERGY STAR qualified. A HRV is a mechanical ventilation device that helps homes be healthier, cleaner and more comfortable by continuously replacing stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. HRVs are set apart from other mechanical ventilation devices by their ability to exchange heat between the supply and exhaust air streams, which in turn reduces the cost of heating or cooling the fresh air that circulates throughout the home. HRVs are sometimes called air-to-air heat exchangers because they preheat or cool incoming air using exhaust air.

Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) are a relatively new type of HRV that can exchange both heat and moisture, which, depending on the climate, will allow more control over moisture levels in the home. In extremely dry winter climates, ERVs can recover some of the moisture that would be exhausted to the outdoors by a regular HRV, and thus help maintain a comfortable humidity level within the home. On the other hand, during the air-conditioning season, ERVs can help keep excess moisture out of the home by extracting it from the incoming fresh air and transferring it to the exhaust air.

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Phase-In of Efficient Light Bulbs

In 2012, a national standard for lighting efficiency will require that only efficient light bulbs be imported or shipped interprovincially for sale in Canada. As a result consumers will be presented with an array of new technologies to meet their lighting needs.

In order to facilitate this transformation, the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is developing strategic plans and implementing tailored communications tools and training activities including the promotion of ENERGY STAR qualified lighting products. The Project is aimed at independent lighting stores and national retail chains across Canada and is done in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada, lighting manufacturers and utilities.

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ENERGY STAR Lighting Specifications are Merging

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently developing a new product specification for luminaires, intended to replace the existing solid state lighting luminaires (SSL) (V1.1) and residential light fixtures (RLF) (V4.2) specifications. Effective date is scheduled for September 1, 2011. Visit www.energystar.gov/luminaires for further details.

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My RONA Home Reality T.V. Series

For its second year, the reality T.V. series My RONA Home will promote ENERGY STAR qualified products. The television show will focus on two competing teams who will have to build and decorate their house according to LEED certified requirements. The show will air on City TV Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver from Sunday, April 17 at 9 pm and will be rebroadcasted on Saturdays at 7 pm.

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Changes in the Window, Door and Skylight Category

The window, door and skylight product category continues to grow in popularity both with consumers and the industry. There are now about 420 manufacturers and 180 dealers signed up. A new, more stringent technical specification came into effect on October 1, 2010. In addition, labelling also became mandatory on October 1 due to repeated comments from consumers about the lack of labelling. Because the industry has requested more lead time for new criteria, Natural Resources Canada has already begun the review process towards more stringent criteria for 2014. It is anticipated that the final criteria will be announced in the winter of 2012. This is part of the two phase approach towards more stringent criteria that the department announced in 2008.

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Don't forget our ENERGY STAR Publications!

ENERGY STAR publications are available as a pdf in the Reference Library section of the Participants extranet site. We will also soon be posting updated factsheets on Windows, Doors & Skylights, Major Appliances, and Electronics, and ENERGY STAR in Canada, as well as Look for the ENERGY STAR, the EnerGuide Appliance Directory and the EnerGuide Room Air Conditioner Directory.

To download a publication, simply use your individual username and password provided to you when you became a Participant to log on to the extranet site and choose ‘Reference Library' from the left hand menu.

You can also order print versions of ENERGY STAR and other equipment-related publications from the OEE Web site.

We hope you will find these publications useful!

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Staffing Announcements

Congratulations to Kathy Deeg on her appointment as Chief, Equipment Labelling Programs. Kathy has been a member of the ENERGY STAR team for many years as an Account Manager and most recently as Acting Chief.

Lydia Aouani, Account Manager for the Electronics category, will be on leave for a year. Liz Westbrook-Trenholm has joined our team in this capacity while Lydia is away. Welcome Liz!

Please also welcome Naoko Nakai and Andrea Boassaly to our team. Naoko is working with Steve Hopwood on the Window, Door and Skylight category, and Andrea is working with Isabelle Guimont on the Lighting category, as well as with publications and communications.

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

Chief
Kathy Deeg – 613-947-5001 or E-mail

Electronics
Liz Westbrook-Trenholm – 613-947-1219 or E-mail

Fenestration Sector
Steve Hopwood: – 613-995-6741 or E-mail

Heating, Cooling and Ventilation; Water Heaters; Gas Utilities
Stéphane LeBlanc – 613-947-2319 or E-mail

Lighting Sector; Electric Utilities
Isabelle Guimont – 613-996-5281 or E-mail

Major Appliances; Commercial Sector
Nancy Fecteau – 613-996-3768 or E-mail

Public and Institutional Sectors
Gisèle Maillet: 613-992-4535 or E-mail

Technical Advisor and General Information
Mohammed Khai – 613-995-3753 or E-mail