EPA, Energy Dept. announce Energy Star revamp after negative report

Among the several changes to the program: Manufacturers seeking the Energy Star certification for products must submit complete lab reports and results for EPA approval before labeling; and EPA and DoE are requiring manufacturers to submit test results from an approved, accredited lab.

“Testing in an accredited lab is currently required for certain product categories including windows, doors, skylights and compact fluorescent lighting. The new process will extend the requirement to each of the more than 60 eligible product categories under the Energy Star program,” the agencies said in announcing the program changes.

Another revision:

“Following a thorough review of the Energy Star qualification approval process, EPA has strengthened its approval systems and is no longer relying on an automated approval process.  All new qualification applications will be reviewed and approved individually by EPA.”