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Set-Top Boxes and Cable Boxes

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Set-Top Boxes and Cable Boxes

A device combining hard ware components with software programming designed for the primary purpose of receiving television and related services from terrestrial, cable, satellite, broadband, or local networks and providing video output using at least one direct video connection.

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Life Cycle Cost Savings

Life Cycle Costing (LCC) aims to quantify the financial impact of a product over its entire life cycle to assist consumers in making decisions that will save them money over the long term.

For most applications, Energy Star-qualified A/V equipment has the lowest life-cycle cost. An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective.

Set-Top Boxes (STBs) that meet the version 5.0 Energy Star specification will offer more than 30% or 21kWh in savings per year beyond conventional products.  If all STBs sold in the United States were Energy Star certified, the cost savings would grow to more than $580 million each year and more than 8 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from over 790,000 vehicles.

Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings
Additional Guidance

Version 5.0 Energy Star specification sets aggressive new energy efficiency requirements for the full suite of cable, satellite, internet protocol (IP), and over-the-top set-top boxes (STBs) which will take effect on January 1, 2017. The specification also establishes efficiency levels for thin client STBs that will be met through implementation of Deep Sleep or other innovative means. Thin client STB products manufactured must meet the requirement by January 1, 2018. Any non-thin client STB products manufactured must meet the requirement by January 1, 2017.

Potential LEED Contributions

This product may contribute* toward points in multiple LEED v4 rating systems, including areas required for LEED v4 building certification. It will mainly enable calculations for energy simulations and plug load calculations demonstrating energy use improvements over baseline estimates. Primarily, the credits will apply in the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) categories. This includes the specialty areas of: New Construction and Major Renovation, Existing Buildings, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Data Centers, Warehouse and Distribution Centers, Hospitality, and Healthcare. Specific credits are:

  • Energy & Atmosphere - Optimize Energy Performance

* It is important to note that no products, individually or collectively, can guarantee a specific number of points for LEED Category credit. Each credit will need to be matched to the product by a certified professional.