MAEDBS Enhancements and Updates

The Modernized Appliance Efficiency Database System (MAEDBS) gets updates with new functionality or changes on a regular basis. Details of database enhancements and updates are added to this page as they occur. To receive email announcements of these updates, please subscribe to the Title 20 Compliance Assistance List Serve at the right.

Enhancements

  • October 18, 2018

    MAEDBS Update: Portable Electric Spas updated certification forms reflecting recent data reporting changes.

    Instructions and the online data upload template have been updated to reflect recent data reporting changes. Details regarding the field reporting changes can be found in Table X of Section 1606 within the Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Regulations. The updated instruction packet on how to certify this appliance type is located under the Data Certification Forms and Instructions for Pool Products at https://www.energy.ca.gov/appliances/database/forms_instructions_cert/Pool_Products/.

  • October 2, 2018

    MAEDBS Update: New computer appliance types created permitting early certification to the efficiency standards for Desktop Computers, Thin Clients, Mobile Gaming Systems, Notebook Computers, and Portable All-In-Ones, effective on January 1, 2019.

    New appliance types have been created under the 'Computers' appliance category to allow for certification to the Energy Commission under Title 20, the appliance efficiency regulations, for Desktop Computers, Thin Clients, Mobile Gaming Systems, Notebook Computers, and Portable All-In-Ones, that become effective on January 1, 2019. The instruction packets on how to certify these appliance types are located under the Computers Data Certification Forms link under the Certification Packets section located on the Appliances Office homepage. While certification for these appliance types does not become mandatory until January 1, 2019, certifiers may select “Voluntary” for the regulation status any time before that date. Approved model numbers will be displayed in the Approved database and then automatically certified as compliant to the Non Federally Regulated status on January 1, 2019.

  • October 2, 2018

    MAEDBS Update: New computer appliance types created permitting early certification to the efficiency standards for Computer Monitors and Medical Computer Monitors, effective on July 1, 2019.

    New appliance types have been created under the 'Computers' appliance category to allow for certification to the Energy Commission under Title 20, the appliance efficiency regulations, for Computer Monitors and Medical Computer Monitors, that become effective on July 1, 2019. The instruction packets on how to certify these appliance types are located under the Computers Data Certification Forms link under the Certification Packets section located on the Appliances Office homepage. While certification for these appliance types does not become mandatory until July 1, 2019, certifiers may select “Voluntary” for the regulation status any time before that date. Approved model numbers will be displayed in the Approved database and then automatically certified as compliant to the Non Federally Regulated status on July 1, 2019.

  • June 13, 2018

    Federally Regulated Battery Charger Certification Available

    A new electronics appliance type for Federally Regulated Battery Chargers [FERB] is available for certification to MAEDbS. The instruction packet on how to certify this appliance type is located under the Certification Packets for Appliances for Electronics link on the Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Program homepage.

  • May 29, 2018

    Computer Workstations, Mobile Workstations, and High Expandability Computers

    Instructions and the online data upload template have been updated to allow the reporting of the type, bandwidth, and amount of memory for each individual system memory channel being used in these computer devices. Additional details regarding the related memory bandwidth criteria calculations can be found in Appendix A of the Computers, Monitors, & Signage Displays FAQ on the News, Facts, and FAQ link of the Title 20 Outreach & Education homepage. The new instruction packet on how to certify this appliance type is located under the Data Certification Forms and Instructions for Computers and at http://www.energy.ca.gov/appliances/database/forms_instructions_cert/Computers/ .

  • April 18, 2018

    New System Memory Fields for Servers & Rack-mounted Workstations

    The Servers & Rack-mounted Workstations instructions and data upload template have been updated to allow the reporting of the type, bandwidth, and amount of memory for each individual system memory channel being used. The instruction packet on how to certify this appliance type is located under the Data Certification Forms and Instructions for Computers. For assistance with certifying models of regulated appliances to California’s appliance efficiency database system, please contact the Title 20 Compliance Assistance Call Center at (916) 651-7100 or at appliances@energy.ca.gov .

  • February 5, 2018

    Residential Pool Pump and Motor Combinations – Pool Pump Test Procedure Used field added in MAEDBS

    The 'Residential Pool Pump and Motor Combinations' instructions and data upload template have been updated to reflect the new federal test method for dedicated purpose pool pumps, effective on February 5, 2018, which now require the reporting of the "Pool Pump Test Procedure Used". The instruction packet on how to certify this appliance type is located under the Data Certification Forms and Instructions for Pool Products.

  • January 30, 2018

    Automatic Commercial Ice Makers – Process Type added in MAEDBS

    The ‘Automatic Commercial Ice Makers’ instructions and data upload template have been updated to reflect the recent DOE standards, effective on January 28, 2018, which now require the reporting of the “Ice Maker Process Type”. The instruction packet on how to certify this appliance type is located under the Data Certification Forms and Instructions for Refrigeration Products.

  • January 3, 2018

    MAEDBS Update: SDDL Certification Available

    A new lighting appliance type has been created for certification to the efficiency standards for state-regulated Small Diameter Directional Lamps (SDDL) that became effective on January 1, 2018. The instruction packet on how to certify this appliance type is located under the Data Certification Forms and Instructions for Lighting Products.

  • November 28, 2017

    Tub Spout Diverters

    The "Plumbing Fittings" [Plumbing Products category] appliance type module and certification instructions packet is now updated for tub spout diverters of the lift-, pull-, push-, and turn-types. Certifiers must certify data to three decimal places under the new field "Leakage Rate" and the renamed field "Post Test Leakage Rate". Leakage rates for diverters that were previously certified under the field "Flow Rate" now appear in the new field "Leakage Rate". Certifiers may update their previously certified data with a more accurate leakage rate by using the "C" (change) action. The Plumbing Products certification instruction packet is accessible from the Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Program’s webpage at Plumbing Products Data Certification Forms and Instructions under the file labeled Plumbing Fittings (PLFT).

  • November 2, 2017

    Signage Displays Certification to the Energy Commission

    The Energy Commission’s Modernized Appliance Efficiency Database System has updated the “Televisions” [Electronics category] appliance type module and certification instructions packet to permit data submission of “Signage displays”. Signage display means an analog or digital device designed primarily for the display of computer-generated signals that is not marketed for use as a computer monitor or a television. Signage displays are certified using the same test method, submission template, and data fields as televisions. The test method for signage displays is 10 C.F.R. Section 430.23(h) (Appendix H to Subpart B of part 430) (January 1, 2014). The certification instruction packet is located at Data Certification Forms and Instructions for Electronics under the file Televisions and Signage Displays (TVSS).

  • October 16, 2017

    MAEDBS Update: New computer appliance types created permitting early certification to the efficiency standards for Small-scale Servers, Rack-mounted Workstations, Workstations, Mobile Workstations, and High Expandability Computers, effective on January 1, 2018.

    New appliance types have been created under the new 'Computers' appliance category to allow for certification to the Energy Commission under Title 20, the appliance efficiency standards, for Small-scale Servers, Rack-mounted Workstations, Workstations, Mobile Workstations, and High Expandability Computers, that become effective on January 1, 2018. The instruction packets on how to certify these appliance types are located under the Data Certification Forms and Instructions for Computers.

  • June 15, 2017

    • Wine Chillers must certify to new DOE test procedure.
      Beginning on January 17, 2017, any disclosure of data or energy representations for new consumer wine chiller models, including certification to the Modernized Appliance Efficiency Database System (MAEDBS), must reflect data obtained from the new federal test procedure.
      See the notification letter.

    • LED lamps certified under the ‘LAMP’ appliance type to be archived.
      LED light bulbs (lamps) used for general purpose lighting that are listed in the Modernized Appliance Efficiency Database System under the ‘LAMP’ appliance type shall be removed from the database by March 15, 2016. As of January 1, 2018, models of state-regulated LED lamps must be certified to MAEDBS using the ‘state-regulated LED lamp’ (SLED) appliance type.
      See the notification letter.


  • April 19, 2017

    MAEDBS Enhancement Update: Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM) Certification.
    Permanent Magnet Synchronous Pool Pump Motors may now be certified to the Commission to earn compliance with Title 20. See the Energy Code Ace Fact sheet.

  • March 14, 2017

    Metal Halide Luminaires Certification Update.
    The metal halide luminaire data submittal template (Lighting Products) has been updated to allow for certification of models that meet the recent federal standards, effective February 10, 2017.

  • January 26, 2017

    New appliance type created to allow for certification to the Voluntary California Quality LED Lamp Specification 3.0.
    A new appliance type has been created under the lighting appliance category for State-regulated Light Emitting Diode Lamps. The template and instruction packet on how to certify this appliance type is located under the Data Certification Forms and Instructions for Manufacturers Lighting Products.

  • January 24, 2017

    All consumer battery charger system models, except those identified as backup battery and uninterruptible power supply battery charger system models, that were certified to the California Energy Commission’s Appliance Efficiency Database (MAEDBS) using the January 1, 2016 or earlier version of the federal test method, were moved from the Active Database to the Historical (Archived) Database. This does not change manufacturers’ ability to sell or offer for sale these models in California. Refer to our November 16, 2016 letter posted under the Announcements section of our Title 20 home page.

  • November 15, 2016

    Air Filter Certification Update
    Airflow data field widths for the Air Filters appliance type have been extended to allow for reporting of higher-flow CFM values.

  • October 14, 2016

    New appliance type created to allow for certification of Title 24 JA8-compliant light sources to the upcoming 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards effective on January 1, 2017

    A new category has been created for 2016 JA8 High Efficacy Lighting to allow certification to the California Energy Commission’s appliance efficiency database for Title 24. The instruction packet on how to certify this appliance type is located under the Data Certification Forms and Instructions for Manufacturers Lighting Products.

  • October 3, 2016

    Guidance on how to update a Consumer Battery Charger Model already certified to MAEDBS with data from a re-test to the new test procedure

    Certifiers may use the "CHANGE" ('C') action code to update models of consumer battery chargers previously certified to the California Energy Commission under the January 1, 2016, test procedure to indicate that the model is now tested to the new, June 20, 2016, test procedure for consumer battery chargers issued by the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • September 20, 2016

    • Consumer Battery Charger Test Update
      Test labs are now able to apply to the Energy Commission for approval to conduct tests using the DOE's consumer battery charger test procedure (effective as of June 20, 2016 and mandatory on November 16, 2016). Please note that all test laboratory approvals are valid through December 31 of the year granted and must reapply annually.

    • Certifiers to the Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Database (MAEDBS) can now certify data for consumer battery chargers by indicating which version of the federal test procedure was performed.
  • July 21, 2016

    • Lavatory Faucets and Aerators that have a maximum flow rate greater than 1.2 gallons per minute have been removed from the active database and now appear in the Energy Commission's appliance efficiency archive database
    • Showerheads that have a maximum flow rate greater than 2.0 gallons per minute have been removed from the active database and now appear in the Energy Commission's appliance efficiency archive database
  • July 1, 2016

    • New appliance type created to allow for certification of microwave ovens to federal standards effective on June 17, 2016.
    • New appliance type created for "Air Filters" to allow for certification to California State standards effective on July 1, 2016.
    • New appliance type created for "Deep-Dimming Ballasts" to allow for certification to California State standards effective on July 1, 2016.
    • New appliance type created for "Heat Pump Water Heating Packages" to allow for certification to California State standards effective on July 1, 2016.
  • June 23, 2016

    Plumbing Fitting Certification Update
    Change in showerhead minimum flow rate fields to allow reporting of all three tested minimum flow rates at 20 +/- 1 psi, 45 +/- 1 psi, and 80 +/- 1 psi for the minimum flow rate standards effective on July 1, 2016.


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