EPA Releases New Label Standards for Energy Star Certification

July 31st, 2014 by DWM Magazine

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a draft version of labeling guidance for Energy Star windows, doors and skylights for Version 6.0 to allow stakeholders to provide feedback.

The labeling guidance describes the proper use of the Energy Star label on products, product displays and product packaging. According to an open letter written by Doug Anderson, the program manager for Energy Star for windows, doors and skylights, all uses of the Energy Star label will need to comply with the final version of this guidance beginning on January 1, 2015.

The letter reads:

“Please note that these updated labels for Version 6.0 use the phrase ‘Energy Star Certified’ rather than the phrase ‘Energy Star Qualified’ that was used under Version 5.0. Partners will be allowed to continue using labels that say ‘Energy Star Qualified’ that otherwise still comply with the new guidance. Over the course of normal operations, Partners are encouraged to transition to the new ‘Energy Star Certified’ labels. Going forward, only the new label templates will be available through the My Energy Star Account (MESA) portal, at www.energystar.gov/mesa.”

Energy Star partners will have until Friday, August 8, to provide feedback on the draft labeling guidance. The EPA specifically requests feedback on the content, clarity and consistency of the guidance and will publish a final version of the Labeling Guidance shortly after the end of the two-week period.

The draft can be found here and feedback or questions can be sent to windows@energystar.gov.

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