Monday, August 24, 2009

Energy Star qualified equipmets and appliances





ENERGY STAR is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products. It was first created as a United States government program in 1992, but Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the European Union have also adopted the program. Devices carrying the Energy Star logo, such as computer products and peripherals, kitchen appliances, buildings and other products, save 20%-30% on average.

However, many European-targeted products are labeled using a different standard, TCO Certification, a combined energy usage and ergonomics rating from the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees (TCO) instead of Energy Star.




LEED 2009 For Commercial Interior (LEED 2009 CI)

In LEED 2009 CI, for EA Credit 1.4: Optimize Energy Performance - Equipment and Appliances, the requirement is as below:

For all Energy Star qualified equipments and appliances installed as part of the tenant's scope of work, archieve one of the following percentage (by rated power):

1 point - 70%
2 points - 77%
3 points - 84%
4 points - 90%

This requirement applies to appliances, office equipment, electronics and commercial food service equipment. Excluded are HVAC, lighting and building envelope products.


Energy Star qualified equipment and appliances

This is the logo for Energy Star qualified equipment and appliances

ENERGY STAR specifications differ with each item, and are set by either the Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of Energy. The following highlights product and specification information available on the ENERGY STAR website.

Computers

New Energy Star 5.0 specifications for computers became effective on July 1 2009. They require the use of 80 PLUS Bronze level or higher power supplies.

Servers

The EPA released Version 1.0 of the Computer Server specifications on May 15, 2009. It covers standalone servers with one to four processor sockets. A second tier to the specification covering servers with more than four processor sockets, as well as blade servers and fault-tolerant machines is expected in late 2010.

Appliances

As of early 2008, average refrigerators need 20% savings over the minimum standard. Dishwashers need at least 41% savings. Most appliances as well as heating and cooling systems have a yellow EnergyGuide label showing the annual cost of operation compared to other models. This label is created through the Department of Energy and often shows if an appliance is ENERGY STAR.




List of the Energy Star qualified equipments and appliances. Click Link


Energy Star Saving Calculator

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