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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Energy Benchmarking, Low-Voltage DC, Hotels’ ISO 14001

Chicago now recognizes the ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional as a data verifier credential under the city’s new Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. As a result, BEAP credential holders are eligible to provide professional verification of data for the benchmarking and transparency ordinance, which Chicago adopted last September. Chicago is the only city that requires data … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: McDonald’s, KFC Prop. 65 Suits; LEED for DuPont, Canon

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine asked California’s Second District Court of Appeal to revive lawsuits alleging that McDonald’s, KFC, Applebee’s and other restaurant chains did not give sufficient warning, under Proposition 65, that their chicken grilling creates a carcinogen, Law360 reports. Consumer Advocacy Group has threatened to sue Unified … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Power over Ethernet, FSC, LEED

IEEE has initiated development of the IEEE P802.3bt “Draft Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer and Management Parameters for DTE Power via MDI over 4-Pair” to address the market need for more robust and efficient Power over Ethernet capabilities. The organization aims for the 802.3 amendment to increase the power and efficiency of … 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 »

Standards & Certification Briefing: Prop. 65, Wireless Power, ISO 50001

The Chanler Group reached a settlement with China’s Hangzhou GreatStar Tool Company, in the first example of California’s Proposition 65 being used for international prosecution, the law firm said. Plaintiff Peter Englander alleged that the company made and sold hand tools and stools containing di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), through major stores including Lowe’s and Orchard … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Sustainable Roofing, EPEAT, Highest LEED in West

ASTM International Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing, through its Subcommittee D08.24 on Sustainability, is developing several standards for sustainable roofing systems. These include ASTM WK26599, Guide for Design of Sustainable, Low-Slope Roofing Systems; ASTM WK24614, Guide for Recycling Practices and Reporting Methodology; ASTM WK26595, Guide for Roof System Durability; ASTM WK26596, Practice for … Read more »

Samsung, LG TVs Make EPEAT Debut

More than 50 television models from LG Electronics and 71 Samsung TVs are now rated on the Electronic Product Environmental Tool (EPEAT) global registry for greener electronics, which expanded yesterday to include televisions for the first time. EPEAT says this marks the first time a comprehensive standard has been available … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: IEEE Smart Grid, Hydro Turbines, AASHE

IEEE’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel has approved IEEE 1901-2010, “IEEE Standard for Broadband over Power Line Networks: Medium Access Control and Physical Layer Specifications,” FierceSmartGrid says. The standard covers data rates above 500 Mbps in LAN applications, with transmission frequencies below 100 MHz. IEEE-SA strategic program manager Bill Ash says the … Read more »

Coalition Calls for EPEAT to Split From Industry Body

The Electronics TakeBack Coalition has accused industry organization IEEE of overpowering the process of how standards are developed for the Electronic Product Environmental Tool (EPEAT), a global registry that many consumers, governments and universities base their purchasing decisions on. IEEE rules have given major electronics companies too much power, resulting … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: IEEE Smart Grid, UL 2755 for Data Centers, ISO 50001, LEED, ISO 14001

Five new IEEE standards activities address a variety of communications and operational needs for current and future smart grids. Four standards are updates — IEEE 1815, IEEE 1366, IEEE 1377, IEEE C37.104. The IEEE P1854 – Guide for Smart Distribution Applications is new, the association said. Modular data center technology … Read more »