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Achieving lasting change in the marketplace requires bringing the best ideas and the strongest work
ethic to our clients. That’s why we examine every task to see how we can provide the greatest value
and always strive not just to meet client expectations but to exceed them.

Data collection and analysis

D+R is the leading analyst of confidential market data relating to energy efficiency. We provide data collection services to multiple sectors, with an emphasis on building and fostering relationships. Industry stakeholders provide data to D+R under non-disclosure agreements. Dozens of leading retailers, distributors, manufacturers, and associations have entrusted us with their data.

Knowing how to analyze data and communicate the results clearly is just as important as easy, fast, and safe data collection. We know how to assess market trends to provide our clients with the insights they need. We have built and analyzed very large datasets for many product areas. D+R has developed a unique partnership with Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) to collect HVAC sales data from distributors and produce analytical reports to show market trends and allow participating distributors to compare their performance with the national and regional market.

We work with vast amounts of lighting data in our support of LED Lighting Facts, the DesignLights Consortium, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Reduced-Wattage Lamp Replacement program, and appliance data for ENERGY STAR.

Energy efficiency programs

Since 1985, D+R has worked with manufacturers, distributors, utilities, efficiency advocates, government agencies, and other industry stakeholders on some of the nation’s leading programs that increase adoption of energy-efficient products and practices. Our success stems from our detailed knowledge of markets, combined with our creative approach to achieving collaboration among key market actors.

Programs we have worked on include: ENERGY STAR, Weatherization, LED Lighting Facts, Attachments Energy Rating Council, DesignLights Consortium, State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP), Reduced Wattage Lamp Replacement Initiative, Better Buildings Challenge, Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes and the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Small Network Equipment, and more.

Market research

We know that project and program success often depends on good research, reliable data, thorough data collection, and the ability to measure outcomes accurately. To provide our clients with top-quality market research and analysis, we draw on a wealth of internal expertise in markets, products, consumer behavior, best practices in data collection and analysis, and communicating results. Highlights of our market research and analysis work include developing the first-ever specification to assess the performance of agricultural and horticultural LED lighting, conducting technical reviews of advanced energy audits and reviewing state building energy audit procedures, assisting with the development of appliance standards for DOE’s Building Technologies Office, and supporting the development or revision of specifications for ENERGY STAR programs including clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, CFLs, LED lamps, water heaters, windows, doors, and skylights.

Partnership development

Building strong partnerships by bringing diverse groups together to achieve collaboration among key parties has been at the core of D+R’s work for decades. We understand the concerns of manufacturers, distributors, utilities, efficiency advocates, government agencies, and other industry stakeholders and realize that they sometimes have competing objectives. Our work building successful partnerships includes helping recruit many of the earliest participants in the ENERGY STAR program, serving as the independent administrator of the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes and the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Small Network Equipment, guiding the development of the Attachments Energy Rating Council, building LED Lighting Facts from the ground up, and supporting tremendous growth of the DesignLights Consortium.

Program management and support

Our strength in program management and support comes from many years of experience, innovative thinking, deep understanding of markets and consumer behavior, and the ability to bring together stakeholders who often have disparate interests. We were the prime implementation contractor for DOE’s $300 million State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program from the earliest planning days through program closeout and analysis. We serve as program manager and/or provide significant program support for many of the most influential efficiency programs in the country, including ENERGY STAR, LED Lighting Facts, the DesignLights Consortium, the Attachments Energy Rating Council, and Solar Decathlon.

Criteria and standards development

We have conducted and supported standards development and revision processes for multiple national bodies, including the EPA and DOE. Highlights of this work include the following:

ENERGY STAR – We have worked with ENERGY STAR since its inception. This includes researching, tracking, analyzing metrics to measure program success, guiding the development of new recommendations, and determining the need for criteria revisions, and supported specification-setting processes for clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, CFLs, LED lamps, water heaters, windows, doors, and skylights.

ENERGY STAR CFL Third Party Testing and Verification Program – D+R established this program on behalf of DOE in 2008, and administered the program for DOE and then EPA until it ended in 2014.

DesignLights Consortium (DLC) – We work with the DLC to define, develop, and revise technical specifications and qualification policies for LED lighting products.

LED Lighting Facts® – D+R developed and managed DOE’s LED Lighting Facts program, including developing and maintaining verification testing procedures. Today, the program is offered as a service of D+R International.

Attachments Energy Rating Council – We serve as the program manager, which includes planning and monitoring organizational development and developing program policies.

Agricultural and horticultural lighting – D+R developed the first-ever specification for agricultural and horticultural LED lighting.

Appliance standards – From 2006 to 2013, D+R supported the development of appliance standards for DOE’s Building Technologies Office. This included performing technical and market analyses on the state of advanced technologies, costs and benefits to consumers of various efficiency levels, and the ability of the manufacturing community to deliver quality products at various efficiency levels. D+R also calculated usage profiles, created computer simulation models to estimate national energy savings potential and net present value of proposed efficiency standards under multiple scenarios, coordinated with stakeholders; produced technical support documents, and conducted stakeholder workshops.

Strategic planning

D+R works with our clients to develop strategies and programs that will increase adoption of energy-efficient products and practices. Our success stems from our detailed knowledge of markets, combined with our creative approach to achieving collaboration among key market actors. Developing the LED Lighting Facts Program for DOE to boost confidence that LED products perform as advertised, guiding the formation of the first rating and certification program for window attachments, and helping all 56 U.S. states and territories build incentive programs for energy-efficient residential appliances from the ground up in the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program are just a few examples of our experience with strategic planning.

Meeting and event planning

D+R regularly develops, organizes, and implements meetings, receptions, and conferences for groups ranging from 10 to 10,000 participants. Major clients have included the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), non-profits such as the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships’ DesignLights Consortium and corporate clients including Sears, Sylvania, Electrolux, and BASF.

We have coordinated meetings and conferences at venues nationwide, with receptions at locations such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago, IL), Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta, GA), the Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA), Walker Museum of Art (Minneapolis, MN), and the National Building Museum (Washington, DC).

The senior staff member(s) on D+R’s Meeting and Events Team have more than 30 years of major event planning experience for presidents, members of Congress, cabinet members, and senior agency officials. They also have experience with corporate and non-profit leadership, including planning and implementing events for five presidential inaugurations.