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This Valentine’s Day, Standards Make Hearts Flutter

New York, Feb 14, 2014

Each year, as February 14 approaches, millions of people nationwide begin making preparations for Valentine’s Day celebrations that will capture their partner’s romantic fancy. Big or small, Valentine’s Day activities get a boost from the many voluntary consensus standards that help make this special day possible.

One popular way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is by marking the occasion with a romantic dinner out at a favorite, candle-lit restaurant. ASTM F2326-04(2009), Standard Test Method for Collection and Analysis of Visible Emissions from Candles as They Burn, provides a test method for candles emissions that can be used to compare relative smoke and burn behaviors during the design process. The standard, developed by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member and audited designator ASTM International, may not be appropriate for multiple wick candles or candles intended to be ignited while floating on water.

For environmentally minded couples, concerns about the sustainability and eco-friendliness of a restaurant may be as important to the Valentine’s Day mood as the cuisine. Thankfully, Green Seal, Inc., an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, has developed a standard to help out. ANSI/GS-46-2009, Green Seal Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Food Services, sets down environmental requirements for restaurants and food service operations, including catering firms, and lodging property food service providers.

If spending a bundle for a romantic dinner isn’t your idea of a good way to celebrate, there are plenty of simpler, cheaper ways to mark the holiday. Flowers, for instance, can be an affordable way to show your significant other how much you care, and many varieties are grown with the assistance of greenhouses. ANSI/ASAE EP406.4 JAN2003 (R2008), Heating, Ventilating and Cooling Greenhouses, provides design information associated with greenhouse heating, cooling, and ventilation, and includes ventilation requirements for both winter and summer. The document, which was developed by ANSI-accredited standards developer and organizational member the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), also covers accepted heating, ventilation, and cooling methods for greenhouses, as well as design features of typical systems.

For those who prefer to pair time with their romantic partner with a sweet treat, chocolate is a popular (and delicious!) way to say “I love you.” ISO 11053:2009, Vegetable fats and oils - Determination of cocoa butter equivalents in milk chocolate, specifies a procedure for detecting and quantifying cocoa butter equivalents (CBEs) and milk fast in milk chocolate through triacylglycerol profiling. The standard was developed by International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 34, Food products, Subcommittee (SC) 11, Animal and vegetable fats and oils. ANSI member the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) serves as the ANSI-accredited administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC 34 and SC 11.

This year, whether you’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a night on the town or with a shared chocolate heart, voluntary consensus standards will be there to lend a helping hand.