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ENERGY STAR® Program for Roof Products

ENERGY STAR® Program & UL

UL Certification Body for EPA ENERGY STAR® Program for Roof Products

UL is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Certification Body and Laboratory for the ENERGY STAR ® Program for roof products. UL is uniquely positioned as the only EPA recognized CB to offer testing and certification services for the ENERGY STAR Program as well as UL Listing, UL Environment services and testing for the Cool Roofing Rating Council (CRRC) for roof 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 January 1, 2011, the EPA requires that all new product submissions from manufacturers participating in the ENERGY STAR® program have their products tested in an EPA-recognized Laboratory and reviewed by an EPA-recognized Certification Body (CB) for solar reflectance and emissivity.   Upon successful review of a product test report, the CB will notify the partner that the product is qualified, and submit the qualified product data to EPA for listing on the ENERGY STAR website. The CB conducts annual verification testing of products and challenge testing per EPA requirements.

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

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.  We can also act as your Certification Body when you provide test data from an EPA-recognized Laboratory that meets the requirements.
  • Once testing is complete and a product is certified, the information is included in our Database of Certified Product, allowing users to search and find energy efficient roof products by company name or product name.  Manufacturers may use the Energy Efficiency Certification logo on marketing materials, packaging and the product itself.
  • Access to our many other testing and certification services for roof products including:
  • - UL Listing (safety certification) 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
  • - Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) testing and report needed only for compliance where applicable in California.
  • In-depth knowledge and expertise in roof products, flammability requirements, energy efficiency requirements and environmental requirements.

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

 

  • How do ENERGY STAR partners (manufacturers) qualify products under the third‐party certification requirements?

    Partners are required to have their products tested by an EPA-recognized Laboratory and certified by an EPA‐recognized Certification Body (CB) . New products are required to be subjected to initial testing, 3-year aging and then retested for solar reflectance. Upon certification of a product, the CB will notify the manufacturer that the product meets the ENERGY STAR requirements and will submit the qualified product data to EPA for listing on the ENERGY STAR website. 

  • Can I test my product in an EPA‐recognized laboratory and send the results to a CB?

    No, manufacturers must work with their EPA‐recognized CB to identify which labs are appropriate for conducting testing.

  • Once a product is certified, does it still need to be reviewed by EPA before it is labeled?

    No, manufacturers may begin to market products as ENERGY STAR qualified as soon as they receive written notice from their CB that the product meets the ENERGY STAR specification. UL provides a certificate of conformance to serve as the written notice.

  • How many of my products will be subject to ongoing verification testing, and how often will this occur?

    UL will annually select at least 10% of the base models that UL has certified for verification testing. At least half of these products will be selected randomly and others will be selected based on guidance from the EPA. The number of products that are subject to verification testing in a given year for any particular customer will vary. The testing may occur quarterly, semiannually or annually at the direction of the EPA to achieve the required 10% annual retest rate required by the EPA. Manufacturers are responsible for all associated testing, procurement and shipping costs of these retested products.

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

    Yes, a manufacturer's in-house testing labs can be used for ENERGY STAR through participation in UL's Data Acceptance Program (DAP) or by having the lab recognized by the EPA.

  • Can UL Listing, ENERGY STAR and CRRC testing and certification programs be bundled?

    Yes, UL can bundle multiple testing and certification programs in one project.

  • Is a UL Safety certification required to get UL ENERGY STAR Certification?

    No, we can provide Energy Efficiency Certification whether or not the product has a safety certification with us.

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