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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Washing Machines, Event Planning, Efficiency Roadmap

CSA Group, UL and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers yesterday announced the release of AHAM 7003-2013/CSA SPE-7003-13/UL 7003, Sustainability Standard for Household Clothes Washers, which the groups call the first voluntary sustainability standard for home laundry appliances. Stakeholders in its development included Sears, Best Buy, Lowe’s, the EPA and the Carbon Disclosure Project. The standard covers six key areas: materials, manufacturing and operations, energy and water consumption during use, end-of-life, consumables, and innovation. The three organizations will now seek backing from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada.

ASTM International has published the final installment in its suite of standards for sustainable event planning: ASTM E2772, Specification for Evaluation and Selection of Accommodations for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows and Conferences.

The ANSI’s Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) has scheduled a series of June-July workshops in Washington, DC to further development of a standardization roadmap for energy efficiency in the built environment. Organizations interested in joining this effort are encouraged to visit www.ansi.org/eescc and to contact eescc@ansi.org. The first roadmap draft is expected by October 2013, with a final version by mid-2014.

TÜV Rheinland PTL, a standards developing organization for ANSI, has proposed three new ANSI standards. They are TUV-R 71930: Integration and Construction Requirements of Power Conversion Systems for Utility-Scale Renewable Energy Power Plants; TUV-R 71830: Microinverters and Microconverters – Design Qualification and Type Approval; and TUV-R 71730: Photovoltaic (PV) Modules Under the Effects of Inhomogeneous Snow Loads – Design Qualification and Type Approval. TÜV Rheinland is seeking participants in the respective standards working groups.

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. has earned ISO 50001 energy management system certification from the Japan Accreditation Board and SGS. It is the first international airport to achieve ISO 50001, SGS said.

Lanxess announced that its Lewabrane membrane elements, for water treatment using reverse osmosis, comply with the NSF/ANSI Standard 61 for health-related implications of drinking water system components. NSF has certified that all brackish water membrane elements offered by Lanxess are safe for use in the treatment of drinking water.

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