Canadian Manufacturing

Verifying energy efficiency product claims

CSA provides assurance to buyers seeking more sustainable technologies

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—Sponsored article by CSA Group

Canadian industrial executives are increasingly attuned to the energy efficiency of their operations, shop floor machinery and office equipment. Conservation projects such as lighting retrofits, motor and compressor upgrades and green building systems are amounting to real cost savings and sustainability gains—spurring ongoing interest in formal energy management programs.

A 2015 survey of 500 industrial businesses by, for instance, found more than half of respondents feel the energy management strategy at their organization provides a competitive advantage.

In terms of target areas these executives are focusing on for energy reductions, electricity usage ranked number one at 54 percent. Energy-efficient lighting was identified as a top area of focus by 40 percent of respondents, followed by natural gas (28 percent), water usage (26 percent), more efficient vehicles and fleets (24 percent) and more efficient machinery and equipment (21 percent).

Other areas cited by respondents included high-efficiency building systems, variable frequency drives and energy meters.

Clearly, businesses in Canada are growing ever more motivated to discover and install energy-efficient products and systems. Before investing in upgrades and alternative technologies, these buyers seek assurance of performance and compliance with regulations.

For more than 30 years, CSA Group has provided leadership in energy efficiency verification. CSA offers a range of services and state-of-the-art testing facilities that help manufacturers verify their products and ensure they meet all applicable federal and provincial energy efficiency requirements for Canada, including Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

Manufacturers of energy efficient products are improving their performance through testing and certification programs, standards development and energy verification services. CSA tests a wide range of products, including:

• Motors and generators: Testing and certification services are offered for both components and complete product systems for use in both residential and industrial applications.
• HVAC equipment: Services include testing and certification of air-source heat pumps, boilers, central air conditioners, dehumidifiers, furnaces, light commercial HVAC, residential ceiling fans, room air cleaners and purifiers, room air conditioners, water heaters and lighting products.
• Home and building products: Including doors, skylights and windows

To see the full list of products tested for energy efficiency by CSA visit this web page:

Whether just starting out or well down the path of providing energy-efficient solutions, CSA Group has the credibility, expertise and proven track record to help ensure products are as competitive as possible, and attract the attention of buyers looking to conserve energy and operate more sustainable businesses.

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