The Next Generation of Energy Test Procedures

  • Alan Meier
Conference paper


An energy test procedure is the foundation for energy efficiency standards, energy labels, and other related programs. It provides manufacturers, regulatory authorities, and consumers a way of consistently evaluating energy use and savings across different appliance models. The relationship among these components is illustrated in Figure 1. A well-designed test procedure services the needs of its users economically and with an acceptable level of accuracy and correspondence to actual conditions. On the other hand, a poorly-designed energy test procedure can undermine the effectiveness of everything built upon it.


Test Procedure Trade Barrier Improve Fuel Economy Microprocessor Control Energy Label 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Meier
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  1. 1.Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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