SEP 2012 Standards and Protocols

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This page contains the standards, protocols, and documents for seeking certification to the 2012 Superior Energy Performance® (SEP®) (SEP 2012) program. Certification is based on a portfolio of standards and protocols developed by experts from industry, national standards organizations, federal agencies, and academia.

The SEP 2017 standards and protocols are also available. Organizations have the option of using SEP 2012 or SEP 2017 for initial certification or recertification. View the SEP Program Documents and Resources List for SEP 2012 and SEP 2017 (with version/revision dates).

SEP 2012 Standards, Protocols, and Documents
  • ISO 50001: Specifies the requirements for an EnMS, including all aspects of procurement and use. Purchase ISO 50001:2011.
  • ANSI/MSE 50021-2013: Specifies the SEP requirements beyond those of ISO 50001, such as performance criteria and additional requirements for the EnMS. Purchase ANSI/MSE 50021-2013.
  • SEP Certification Protocol 2012: Describes the purpose of the SEP program and defines the steps required for participation—from initial application through certification by an ANAB accredited Verification Body.
  • SEP Measurement and Verification (M&V) Protocol 2012: Defines the procedures that will be used to measure and verify the energy performance requirements of SEP. This protocol describes how energy performance is defined for SEP and how the energy performance improvement can be demonstrated for verification purposes.
  • Industrial Facility Best Practice Scorecard 2012:  Defines the credits needed to become certified to SEP using the Mature Energy Pathway. Organizations can also use the SEP Scorecard Calculator to easily calculate scorecard points earned.
  • SEP Voluntary Cost/Benefit Form 2012 (optional): Sent to SEP Administrator by certified facility to share information on energy savings measures implemented to help build the business case for SEP. DOE maintains the confidentiality of proprietary energy and production related data that is submitted to the SEP program.
  • System Assessment Standards: Presents the requirements for conducting assessments for compressed air, process heating, pumping, or steam systems: collecting and analyzing data and reporting and documenting findings. Guidance documents are also available. While use of these standards is not required, they can be valuable for finding ways to quickly achieve energy savings. Purchase a System Assessment Standard.
  • ANSI/MSE 50028-2012 (for SEP Verification Bodies): Specifies the principles and requirements for bodies that undertake verification of energy performance and energy management systems. (This American national standard is based on the international ISO 17021 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.) Purchase ANSI/MSE 50028-2012.
  • SEP Energy Performance Improvement Report 2012 (for SEP Verification Bodies): Sent to SEP Administrator by the SEP Verification Body within 30 days of the date a facility is certified to confirm the new certification or recertification and to provide basic certification details to SEP Administrator to recognize the facility’s achievement.

SEP 2012 Documents Interpretations: Language is carefully chosen in standards documents. The intent of the language may be questioned and the answers require interpretation. The SEP 2012 Document Interpretations provides an up-to-date version of interpretations (clarifications to questions of intent) related to the SEP 2012 documents (ANSI/MSE 50021-2013, SEP M&V Protocol 2012, Industrial Facility Best Practice Scorecard 2012, and ANSI/MSE 50028-2012).

Policy Notification providing a certification pathway for Commercial Buildings: As of May 7, 2015, Commercial Buildings (ISO 50003 - Buildings and Building Complexes) may request certification through the SEP program. This means that the SEP program, including the current associated standards, protocols, and application may be used by commercial buildings as a pathway for certification to SEP. Although the SEP program was originally developed for industry, it was determined to be applicable to commercial buildings.