January 23, 2018
In 2011, NAFEM began discussions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a pilot program incorporating ENERGY STAR audits with safety reviews conducted by third-party certification labs. NAFEM maintains combining the safety and energy audits is time- and cost-efficient for our members, and equally effective for ENERGY STAR. After extensive discussions, EPA agreed to test the concept with UL’s help, focusing on steam cookers. ASTM was brought into the mix to leverage that organization’s standards expertise. Seven years later, we’ve proven the approach can work (Component Inspection of ENERGY STAR Certified Steam Cookers) and DOE is willing to consider it for other commercial foodservice equipment. While the agency doesn’t have the resources to expand the program themselves, NAFEM is working to create similar audit templates so the program can be expanded to other product categories.