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ANSI, ISO, ASHRAE Publish Standards Cited in Law

The American National Standards Institute is now allowing access to standards that have been incorporated by reference (IBR) into federal laws and regulations. The standards will be available at the ANSI IBR Portal, which will offer free, read-only access. Thirteen major standards setters, including the ISO and International Electrotechnical Commission, have … Read more »

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Has Ozone Found its Goldilocks Zone?

A federal court yesterday rejected arguments that the current primary standard for ozone is either too weak or too strong, in a defeat for both environmental groups and business interests – but said the EPA would have to reconsider the secondary standard for the pollutant. Primary standards are designed to … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: R2, WEEE, Roofing, E-Stewards

R2 Solutions announced that its revised electronics recycling standard, R2:2013, will launch July 1. New provisions require facilities to have an approved environmental, health and safety management system, emphasize reuse of discarded electronics and improve downstream tracking. The new standard also enhances export requirements to comply with export and import laws of … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Green Globes, Stormwater, NASA

The Green Building Initiative has released what it calls the most significant upgrade to the Green Globes for New Construction program since its US launch in 2006.  Green Globes NC is now based on an ANSI standard, ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings, and the GBI says … Read more »

Evaluating the ROI in Going ‘Green’

When the environmental movement of this century began to really gain steam a few years ago, many companies decided to “go green” in a variety of ways. While some companies implemented recycling programs to reduce waste, others installed energy saving appliances and re-designed offices to include more environmentally-friendly materials as … Read more »

Demand Grows for Standardized Testing in the Ultracapacitor Industry

What are compliance standards and why do they exist? Across many industries, compliance standards have been created so buyers are assured that the products they buy comply with certain conditions that regulate performance, endurance and safety. Such standards are widely adopted across national and international regions. Some standards are developed … Read more »

Judge Blocks Low-Carbon Fuel Rules

A federal judge has blocked California from enforcing regulations on carbon output from vehicle fuels, according to news reports. U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence O’Neill said the standards favor biofuels produced in California, in violation of constitutional commerce laws, the Washington Post reported. The California Air Resources Board said it … Read more »

Ditch the Standards – Sustainable Companies Should be Unique, Consultants Say

Companies shouldn’t necessarily meet sustainability standards but should devise their own “unique ethical proposition,” according to Rasmus Bech Hansen of brand consultancy Venturethree and Jens Martin Skibsted of design agency Skibsted Ideation. Writing for Fast Company’s Co.Design website, Skibsted (above left) and Hansen say too many businesses find themselves trapped … Read more »

ISO 50001: From Energy Project to Energy Plan

When it comes to energy, companies have three options: do nothing at all, undertake individual energy projects, or deploy an energy program that pushes lasting performance improvement. Any company that wants to survive, and ideally thrive, in the next five years should assume that what has worked to date will … Read more »

EPA Resists Calls to Strengthen CO Standard

The EPA has declined to change the national air quality standards for carbon monoxide, but will require more focused monitoring in densely populated areas. The agency yesterday said its review of the science showed that air quality standards set in 1971, at nine parts per million over eight hours and … Read more »

Trucking Industry Welcomes Fuel Efficiency Standards

Trucking industry leaders have greeted new fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles with reactions ranging from cautious optimism to hearty enthusiasm. Navistar, Cummins and the American Trucking Associations came out strongly supporting the regulations. The Engine Manufacturers Association and the Truck Manufacturers Association described the program timeline as “challenging,” but … Read more »

EPA Updates Energy Star Rules for Dishwashers, Furnaces

The Environmental Protection Agency is updating Energy Star requirements for home dishwashers and furnaces, as part of 20 revisions to product requirements expected this year. Starting in February 1, 2012, furnaces will be able to display Energy Star seals appropriate to their particular climate zones. Furnaces that meet new requirements … Read more »