The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the deployment of a new product finder system for providing consumers, partners and interested third parties with greater access to Energy Star products. The system is built off of existing Energy Star information, providing consumers with an easily-accessible, user-friendly search tool, as well as providing utilities, retailers and others with advanced search capabilities.

The first phase of this launch includes clothes washers and cordless phones, but the EPA says it plans to have the new product finder up and running for all product categories by mid-2013.

EPA says the backbone of this system is a database that is populated with product information provided by EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) via an XML-based transfer. The new system will display the same product attributes as those that appear on the current qualified product lists, but it will allow manufacturers to provide additional identifying information for models such as SKUs, UPC codes and retail model numbers. These can be provided by CBs to make it easier for consumers to find ENERGY STAR products. In addition, this system allows EPA to update lists of products nearly daily, providing information in a more timely manner to all parties.

EPA will be providing an overview of this tool for interested stakeholders on November 29, 2012 from 1-2:30PM EST. Please RSVP to by November 26 if you are interested in participating.

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