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Green Building Standard User’s Manual Offers Help to Engineers, Architects, Contractors

Green Building Standard User’s Manual Offers Help to Engineers, Architects, Contractors

A newly published user’s manual clarifies the intent and implementation of the building industry’s leading green building standard by explaining its requirements and providing example applications. The User’s Manual to ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is intended to help engineers, … Read more »

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Recycled Paper’s Climate Impact 100 Times Lower than Virgin Paper

Recycled papers have less than 1 percent of the impact in terms of global climate change and ocean acidification than virgin paper, according to a new Life Cycle Analysis (LCS) released by New Leaf Paper. The study, conducted by SCS Global Services (SCS), is the first in the paper industry to … Read more »

SERI’s R2 Standard Earns ANSI Accreditation

The Sustainable Electronics Recycling International’s (SERI’s) R2 electronics recycling standard has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). SERI says the accreditation is significant because the US government places a premium on the use of voluntary consensus standards in its procurement and regulatory activities. SERI sites the National … Read more »

NSF Receives ANSI Program Operator Status to Develop PCRs, Verify EPDs

NSF International has been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a program operator for both the development of product category rules (PCRs) and the verification of environmental product declarations (EPDs). As an EPD and PCR program operator, NSF International says it will help meet the growing demand … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: RoHS Consultation, GBI Seeks Applicants, R2 Addresses Concerns

The RoHS 2014 Consultation No. 2, including a substance assessment of diisobutylphthalat (DIBP) and review of quantitative information for substances on a shortlist, is now closed, and contributions are posted on the consultation website. The 2013 consultation No. 2, concerning Exemption Request 2013-6, is due to close on April 11. A new … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: REACH Dossiers, LG ‘Most Efficient’ Models, EV Charging

The European Chemicals Agency has released a new version of the Dossier Quality Assistant to help registrants find potential inconsistencies in their datasets and dossiers before submitting REACH registrations. The DQA has been updated with further checks on topics such as substance identification, use description and the link between composition and … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ANSI Type I Pilot, Green Building Addenda, Ethanol Blends

ANSI has created a pilot program to determine the eligibility of a Type I environmental labeling certification scheme and to assess the competence of eco-labeling certification bodies. The pilot follows ANSI’s recently sponsored market analysis, which found a growing demand for ISO-based accreditation of Type 1 environmental labeling. ANSI will be accepting applications for … Read more »

Standards & Certification Briefing: ANSI/ISEA Standard, Seattle Mariners, BAN

ANSI and the International Safety Equipment Association have released Standard ANSI/ISEA 125 – 2014 to address conformity of personal protection equipment.The conformity assessment system can be used by suppliers, specifiers, users and regulators. The Basel Action Network (BAN) has recognized the Seattle Mariners for responsible e-waste management and designated it an … Read more »

Standards & Certification Briefing: EESCC Standardization Roadmap, American Forest Foundation, ClosetMaid

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) has released for a 45-day public comment period the EESCC Standardization Roadmap V1.0 draft, which outlines 116 action-oriented recommendations to advance energy efficiency in the built environment through standards and conformance activities. US experts on energy efficiency-related issues, members of the standardization … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Thermal Comfort, Hyundai, Nanoparticles

ASHRAE has published ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2013, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, which combines the 2010 standard and 18 published addenda into a consolidated standard. The core of the standard in Sections 4 and 5 specifies methods to determine comfortable conditions (temperature, humidity, air speed and radiant effects). The standard now … Read more »

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UL Sets Sustainability Requirements for Tablets, Wireless Hot Spots

UL Environment has released new sets of sustainability requirements for tablets and wireless hot spots. Both sets of requirements are based on its UL 110 standard, which was UL’s first collaborative effort to develop a sustainability standard for mobile phones. Now, UL 2841 for Slate Style Tablets and UL 2853 … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Water Treatment, Smart Grid, LEED

Three Water Quality Association standards will be promoted and advanced for recognition as consensus American National Standards by ANSI: WQA/ASPE 1201: Electrochemical Drinking Water Treatment Systems; WQA/ASPE S802: Product Sustainability for Activated Carbon; and WQA/ASPE S803: Product Sustainability for Activated Carbon Water Filtration Systems. The American Society of Plumbing Engineers is sponsoring … Read more »