The Energy Star program was launched to help consumers make informed energy-saving decisions when selecting appliances and other products. The goal of the program is to reduce the amount of energy used by a typical home or business. To this end, the government gives Energy Star ratings to appliances that save energy and offers an incentive to consumers to use them.
All products must be tested before they can receive Energy Start certification. The testing must be done by labs that meet specific standards, which start with ISO 17025 and include additional requirements.
If your lab is thinking about accreditation to issue Energy Star certification, there’s a good chance you already carry ISO 17025 accreditation. ISO 17025 exists to ensure consistency and quality of testing practices, accuracy of data, and reliability of results. It is a first step toward Energy Star accreditation, for which you’ll need to meet additional requirements to show that you have the specialized knowledge and reliability the program demands.
Energy Star requirements include the following:
If you already meet the requirements of ISO 17025 and have expertise with the types of products or methods relevant to Energy Star work, meeting these additional requirements generally should not be a challenge. Still, it's important to carefully document how you’ll meet them before you apply for Energy Star accreditation.