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Compliance & Standards Briefing: Electric Vehicles, Smart Energy, Green Grade Homes

The American National Standards Institute submitted to the Department of Energy a report (pdf) outlining priority areas where standards and conformance activities are needed to facilitate the safe, effective, and large-scale deployment of electric drive vehicles in the United States. Safety and consumer confidence are key priorities for their widespread acceptance, the report said.

The Smart Energy Profile version 2.0 draft 0.7 has been unanimously approved in a Smart Energy Working Group letter ballot, according to the Zigbee Alliance, a global group of organizations creating wireless solutions for energy management. The working group will resolve comments from the ballot and product developers will begin testing products designed to conform to the standard. All materials for Smart Energy 2.0 can be found at www.ZigBee.org.

Phil Ting, San Francisco’s assessor-recorder, is working with the city’s Department of Environment to develop a green-grade program for energy efficient homes, according to SFGate.com . In the program, homes that meet certain standards would be given a green grade designation on their property records. This certification could help homeowners ask for a higher selling price and home buyers may be willing to pay it knowing that the property has the latest efficient equipment.

The government in Ghana plans to develop a labeling system for energy demand in buildings, according to the Ghana News Agency. Buildings will be required to earn labels before they are built for sale, the agency said.

The European Commission has said that a plan by member states to delay a 65 percent collection target for electronic waste under the WEEE standard goes against established EU goals, ENDS Europe reports. These goals include increasing resource efficiency and access to secondary materials, the EC said.

Hazardous chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors should begin material safety data sheet authoring activities now to comply with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, according to MSDSonline, a developer of on-demand EH&S compliance management software. OSHA is expected to publish a rule in September that will align its Hazard Communication Standard with GHS, and this will require companies to update their data sheets.

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