Thursday, December 9, 2010

EcoLabels & Certifications: Energy Performance Certifications

Today's installment of Deborah Fuller's Eco-Labels and Certifications series focuses on Energy Performance Certifications.

Energy Star
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that promotes energy efficient products and practices to identify and promote energy efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 1996 the EPA partnered with the US Dept. of Energy for particular product categories. Energy Star Ratings are available on lighting products, appliances, equipment, electronics, HVAC equipment, homes, buildings and low standby energy use.

Contributes to: USGBC –LEED credits EAc1 Optimize Energy Performance, EAc1.4 Appliances & Equipment, SSc1 Optimize Energy Performance, EAc1 Optimize Energy Performance, EAc1 Optimize Energy, Performance
Energy Star is a government organization (US)

Cool Roof Ratings Council
The Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) is an independent, non-profit organization that maintains a third-party rating system for radiative properties of roof surfacing materials.

The core of the CRRC is its Product Rating Program through which roofing product manufacturers can label their products with solar reflectance and thermal emittance values, measured by CRRC Accredited Independent Testing Laboratories.

Contributes to: USGBC –LEED credits SSc1 Opt 1E Heat Island Effect Roof, SSc7.2 Heat Island Effect Roof
CRRC is a non profit organization

Water Sense Label
Modeled after Energy Star, the EPA’s WaterSense program seeks to educate consumers about water efficiency through an easily identifiable label. Products bearing the label are generally 20% more water-efficient than similar products in the marketplace and must be independently tested before qualifying for the label.WaterSenserequires all products bearing the WaterSense label to be independently certified. Certification provides consumers with confidence in both the efficiency and performance of WaterSense labeled products.

NOTE: this is not a certification but an EPA label that verifies high efficient plumbing products.

Water Sense is a government organization

Green-e is the nation's leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Green-e offers certification and verification of renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation products. It is a voluntary consumer-protection program that verifies superior, certified renewable energy options offered by utilities and marketers in the retail market.
Sets minimum consumer and environmental protection standards that bolster consumer confidence and market credibility and ensure the healthy growth of voluntary green power markets nationally. Certifies products in three types of markets: competitive retail electricity providers, monopoly utility green pricing, and renewable energy certificate markets

Contributes to: USGBC –LEED credits EAc4 Green Power, EB EAc 4 Renewable Power
Green-e is a non profit organization

Cleaner and Greener Certification
The Cleaner and Greener Program helps companies and organizations quantify their emissions footprint, calculate emission reductions from energy efficiency and other emission reduction projects, offset emissions, and certify the level of emission reductions and offsets.

Cleaner and Greener Certification is a program of Leonardo Academy, a charitable foundation dedicated to putting the competitive markets to work on reducing environmental emissions.
This is important because about 65%-85% of all energy use in the US comes from product production, delivery, & use (Green Energy, Leonardo Academy 1998).

Contributes to: USGBC –LEED credits EBc 5.4 Performance Measurement, Emission
Cleaner and Greener is a non profit organization

Climate Neutral –Climate Cool
The Climate Neutral Network is an alliance of companies and organizations committed to developing products, services, and enterprises that have a net-zero impact on global warming.

Climate Cool™ products or services are determined to completely offset the greenhouse
gases generated across each stage of their life-cycle including the sourcing of its materials, its manufacturing or production, its distribution, use, and ultimate end-of-life disposition.

NOTE: Climate Neutral Network is currently transferring to another non-profit and is not accepting any product certifications

Contributes to: USGBC –LEED credits ID 1.1-1.4

Check back soon for the next installment: Carpet Certifications


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