Takes on Energy Star® Program; Will Introduce Super Star Program
to Complement Energy Star
October 6, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department
of Energy announced last week that they will begin working together,
and, as part of this partnership, the ENERGY STAR program
will now fall under the work of the EPA. In addition, as part of
the announcement, the groups said that EPA will be establishing
a Super Star program as well.
According to the announcement, products in the top 25 percent will
qualify as ENERGY STAR and those in the top 5 percent will
qualify as Super Star. Though the EPA and DOE currently have named
the new program Super Star, they note that the name and look
of this higher tier will be developed through market research.
EPA will handle the marketing, outreach, monitoring and verification,
and setting the performance levels for the programs; however, the
announcement notes that performance levels will be set using
established and consistent principles for the ENERGY STAR
The DOE will continue to support this program as well, by
increasing its efforts in monitoring and verifying test procedure
compliance and the development of federal test procedures and metrics.
The EPA will maintain the database of ENERGY STAR and Super
Star products and test results, and will develop the list of new
products to be added to the program.
With the partnership, a Governing Council will be formed. The Council
will include the EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation
and the DOEs assistant secretary for energy efficiency and
renewable energy. They will work together to ensure that work programs
between DOE and EPA are complementary and not duplicative, and will
leverage federal dollars to achieve maximum energy efficiency.
They also will hold meetings twice annually with program stakeholders,
according to the announcement.
Ann Bailey, director of ENERGY STAR product labeling for
the EPA, spoke with USGNN.com about the changes and advised
that no staff will move from DOE to EPA, and that she was unsure
of what title Rich Karney, who has been known as program manager
for ENERGY STAR under DOE, will hold in the futureor
his involvement with the program.
I dont know what his title will be going forward,
said Bailey. There wont be any shifts of staff between
the EPA and the DOE.
She added, The EPA and DOE will be working very closely.
I dont know exactly how they intend to staff the program.
Karney was not available for comment at press time.
As for the door, window and skylight criteria and the impending
criteria changes, she said EPA currently has no plans to change
We have no immediate plans to change the criteria,
Bailey said. As part of the transition well be looking
at all of the specifications and making sure they remain consistent
with our ENERGY STAR principles.
She also addressed the reason for the move.
Weve been looking for ways to clarify the roles and
responsibilities between the two agencies and with the new political
management it was a high priority for the success of the program,
Just a few days after that EPA announcement, an Energy Efficiency
Town Hall Forum was held during GlassBuild America in Atlanta. The
ENERGY STAR changes were a popular topic during the seminar,
sponsored by Edgetech IG.
Edgetechs Tracy Rogers advised that the timeline for looking
at Phase II criteria is now unknown in light of the agency changes.
These changes will not affect 2010 ENERGY STAR changes,
said Rogers, but there were discussions concerning Phase II
during the seminar. The DOE was set to look at phase two this month,
but this timeline is now unknown.
Brandon Tinianov, Ph.D., chief technology officer for Serious Materials
in Sunnyvale, Calif., spoke during the forum as well, and following
the seminar, advised USGNN.com that hes excited about the
new-tiered systembut has mixed feelings about the move.
As an industry professional I have really mixed feelings
about the announcement, said Tinianov. Im excited
about the class for an Energy Star and an Energy Super Star and
in talking to some of my industry peers that seems to be the consensus.
Still, he said, the idea of working with new representatives on
a program like this one could have its drawbacks.
Were very familiar with the players at the
DOE, said Tinianov. Theyve worked with the window
manufacturers and the housing manufacturers and everybody for decades
and theres a lot of expertise there and thats
one of the areas of concern that I think everybody has expressed
or felt and that is theres no building experts at the EPA.
Im not even specifically referring to the window expertsthere
[are] just no building experts and building scientists.
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