The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regularly updates ENERGY STAR product specifications. For every specification, product performance data submissions from partners are foundational to the process. Proposed efficiency levels tend to be based on the performance of existing certified models as well as data offered by manufacturers and other stakeholders during the specification development process.
Establishing requirements that reflect the performance of the highest efficiency models available sometimes requires going beyond the data at hand and anticipating the market. To this end, the EPA relies on insights shared by stakeholders and partners to anticipate important trends in the market. For more information, you can view EPA’s ENERGY STAR specification Standard Operating Procedure on Revising or Establishing an ENERGY STAR Product Specification.
The following information includes some helpful reminders regarding upcoming specification changes to ENERGY STAR certified products.
ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Discussion Guide and Webinars
The ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Discussion Guide was released on Dec. 22, 2020. The discussion guide outlines potential scope changes to the existing Version 4.0 specification. It provides acknowledgment of possible revisions to current ENERGY STAR Maximum Daily Energy Consumption (MDEC) levels for select types of commercial refrigeration equipment. Additional information and discussion questions regarding new equipment classes, such as specific remote condensing and service over counter refrigeration equipment; review of test methods for refrigerated preparation tables, chef bases, blast chillers; and potentially a commercial refrigeration development equipment best practice guide. A PDF copy of the presentation slides from both webinars can be found on the Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Specification Version 5.0 page. This product development web page will post future specification drafts, comments, data packages, and responses to comments. EPA strongly encourages partners and stakeholders to review the Discussion Guide and provide any feedback or relevant data to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 23, 2021.
ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Ovens Draft 1
ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Ovens Draft 1 development is underway with an anticipated release this year. This revision is in response to the relatively high ENERGY STAR market penetration for commercial ovens and significant stakeholder interest in expanding scope to include large electric combination ovens (≤ 40 pans), small electric combination ovens (pan capacity ≥ 3 pans), small gas combination ovens (pan capacity ≥ 5 pans), and electric “mini” 2/3rd size pan combi ovens. Additionally, EPA anticipates changes to the performance levels for commercial convection and combination ovens. For more information, please contact CFS@energystar.gov.
Electric Cooktops Discussion Guide
EPA is in the process of scoping electric cooktop technology as a potential new CFS ENERGY STAR product category. Over the last several months, EPA has been compiling and analyzing market information and energy performance data to determine if there is an opportunity to expand the ENERGY STAR program to include commercial electric cooktop technology. EPA is developing a discussion guide to explore this technology with stakeholders further. For more information, please contact CFS@energystar.gov.
For more information regarding the ENERGY STAR specification process or additional CFS equipment updates, visit www.energystar.gov/productdevelopment.