Criteria and standards development

We have conducted and supported standards development and revision processes for multiple national bodies, including EPA and DOE. Highlights of this work include the following:

ENERGY STAR – We have worked with ENERGY STAR since its inception, including researching, tracking, and analyzing metrics to measure program success, guide the development of new recommendations, and determine the need for criteria revisions, and supported specification-setting processes for clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, CFLs, LED lamps, water heaters, and windows, doors, and skylights. 

ENERGY STAR CFL Third Party Testing and Verification Program – D+R established this program on behalf of DOE in 2008, and administered the program for DOE and then EPA until it ended in 2014

DesignLights Consortium (DLC) – We work with the DLC to define, develop, and revise technical specifications and qualification policies for LED lighting products. 

LED Lighting Facts® – D+R developed and continues to manage DOE’s LED Lighting Facts program, including developing and maintaining verification testing procedures.

Attachments Energy Rating Council – We serve as program manager, which includes planning and monitoring organizational development and developing program policies.

Agricultural and horticultural lighting – D+R developed the first-ever specification for agricultural and horticultural LED lighting.

Appliance standards – From 2006 to 2013, D+R supported the development of appliance standards for DOE’s Building Technologies Office, including performing technical and market analyses on the state of advanced technologies, costs and benefits to consumers of various efficiency levels, and the ability of the manufacturing community to deliver quality products at various efficiency levels; calculating usage profiles; creating computer simulation models to estimate national energy savings potential and net present value of proposed efficiency standards under multiple scenarios; coordinating with stakeholders; producing technical support documents; and conducting stakeholder workshops.