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ENERGY STAR® Program for Seal & Insulate

UL is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Certification Body (CB) for the Seal & Insulate with ENERGY STAR ® Program. UL is uniquely positioned as the only EPA recognized CB to offer both testing and certification services for the ENERGY STAR Program as well as UL Listing and UL Environment services for insulation products. 

The ENERGY STAR® program is a voluntary labeling program jointly administered by the EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE).  It was launched in 1992 to help consumers identify products that are more energy efficient. 

Effective September 23, 2011, the EPA Seal & Insulate with ENERGY STAR Program requires independent third-party testing and certification of residential insulation products to be authorized to use the ENERGY STAR graphic. Manufacturers must submit products for testing to an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory and obtain a written report from an EPA recognized Certification Body for insulation products.  The testing and certification required is in accordance with established thermal resistance (R-value) and surface burning characteristics standards.  The acceptance requirement for R-value is 3.0, while acceptance requirements for surface burning characteristics are as established in the International Residential Code (IRC) and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  The manufacturer must have the Certification Body renew the certification at least every three years or at any time changes are made to the product that warrant recertification. 

For more information, we invite you to review the Frequently Asked Questions and visit the ENERGY STAR site .

How can UL help?

UL is your full service ENERGY STAR® EPA-recognized Certification Body and Laboratory.  We offer:

  • Testing and certification services for the ENERGY STAR program for both R-value and Surface Burning Characteristics.  We can also provide certification services when you have the test data already available, if the test data meets the requirements.
  • The UL ENERGY STAR test report accessible on UL's website for viewing by consumers, distributors, retailers, authorities and others searching for suppliers of ENERGY STAR compliant insulation products.  
  • Access to our many other testing and certification services for insulation products including:
  • - UL Listing often required by the code enforcement community
  • - UL Environment services to increase the confidence of and to meet the requirements of architects, design specifiers, retailers and consumers with regard to the environmental attributes of your products
  • In-depth knowledge and expertise in insulation, flammability requirements, energy efficiency requirements and environmental requirements.
  • When insulation products are UL Listed, there may be no need for retesting to meet the EPA's 3 year recertification requirements unless changes have been made since initial certification.

To get started, please contact us at FireSafetyQuote@ul.com or  EEC@us.ul.com and a representative will contact you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How will ENERGY STAR partners (manufacturers) qualify products under the new 3rd party certification requirements?

    ENERGY STAR partners have historically been able to test their products in any laboratory of their choice, and submit product data directly to EPA for review to get the product qualified for Energy Star. Effective September 23, 2011 under new requirements, partners (manufacturers) are required to have their products tested by an ISO 17025 accredited test laboratory with insulation in their scope and certified by an EPA‐recognized Certification Body (CB) .

    Manufacturers, both current and new EPA partners, must sign the EPA's new Partnership Commitment Agreement.  After signing the Partnership Agreement, manufacturers must submit their product lines for testing by an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory and submit data for evaluation by a EPA-recognized third-party certification body.  Upon certifying the test data, the EPA-recognized certification body (CB) will issue an ENERGY STAR product report for each product line (family).  The test report must be made accessible on the CB's website for access by consumers, retailers, specifiers and authorities having jurisdiction.

  • What is the EPA’s timeline?

    Manufacturers must sign the EPA's new Partnership Commitment Agreement by May 23, 2012.  Current EPA partners that do not sign the agreement will be terminated from partnership and their insulation products may no longer carry the Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR Graphic.   

  • What insulation products apply?

    Insulation products include blanket, spray, pour foam, loose fill, board, reflective and foam portion of an ICF product for the purpose of insulating a whole wall, ceiling, roof deck or floor system and marketed and sold in the U.S. and primarily for use in residential buildings.

  • What are the testing requirements?

    All test data must be generated by an ISO 17025 accredited test laboratory with insulation in their accreditation scope and the test data must be less than 3 years old. 

  • Will products tested prior to September 23, 2011 need to be retested?

    No, products will not need to be retested if the testing was conducted by an ISO 17025 accredited test laboratory and the test results are not more than 3 years old.

  • Can I use my own lab for testing for ENERGY STAR?

    Yes, a manufacturer's in-house labs can be used if the lab is an ISO 17025 accredited test laboratory with insulation in the scope of accreditation.

  • What are the requirements for existing reports?

    If a manufacturer has a product line report less than 3 years old that meets the ENERGY STAR report requirements, it may be used to comply with the EPA's requirements.

  • What is contained within the report?

    Each product line (family) requires a certification report.  Certification reports must contain:  a product description and uses, installation instruction and field preparations, name of test laboratory or statement of laboratory accreditation, test compliance with both thermal resistance (R-Value) and surface burning characteristics and a statement of applicable code compliance. 

  • What are the requirements for installation instructions?

    The installation instructions must meet the requirements established by the EPA in their "Insulation Installation Check Sheet" found on the EPA web site.

  • Where are Certification Body reports stored?

    The ENERGY STAR Program requires that all Certification Body reports be made web accessible.  UL's Certification Body reports will be made easily web accessible on http://www.ul.com/ at this site.  UL will educate Authorities Having Jurisdiction to look for Certification Body reports on insulation at this site.

  • Is a UL Safety Certification required to use UL as a Certification Body for the ENERGY STAR Program?

    No, we can provide ENERGY STAR certification whether or not the product has a UL safety Certification. 

  • How will UL handle the 3 year Certification Renewal?

    UL will reevaluate each ENERGY STAR certified product prior to the 3 year renewal to determine if changes have been made to the product, standard or codes that would warrant retesting.  New Certification Reports will be issued at that time.

  • Is there any benefit if my product is already UL safety Certified for the ENERGY STAR Program?

    Yes, insulation products that are UL certified have an advantage.  We can use the test data for both the initial ENERGY STAR certification report as well for the 3 year Certification renewal, saving you time and money at each stage of your ENERGY STAR certification process.

    NOTE: THIS DOCUMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT INTENDED TO CONVEY LEGAL OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL ADVICE