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Did You Know?


New York, Mar 21, 2008

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

API Releases 2008 Basic Petroleum Data Book
The American Petroleum Institute, an ANSI member and standards developer, published the first edition of the 2008 Basic Petroleum Data Book.

A compendium of U.S. and international petroleum statistics, the nearly 600-page book contains historical data on worldwide oil and natural gas reserves, exploration and drilling, production, refining, transportation, prices, product demand, imports, exports and environmental information.

A constantly updated version of the Data Book is available for subscription online. For more information on API’s compendium, please contact Ms. Crystal Harrod, API statistics department (tel. 202.682.8520; apidata@api.org).

California Formally Adds NSF/ANSI 61 to its Waterworks Standards
Taking a further step in protecting public health, the State of California revised its Waterworks Standards to require formal certification for all drinking water treatment and distribution products used by public water systems.

The new requirement is outlined in NSF/ANSI 61, Drinking Water System Components Health Effects, a standard developed by NSF international, an ANSI member and standards developer. The standard includes requirements for all devices, components and materials coming in contact with drinking water.

NSF/ANSI 60, Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals Health Effects - dictating requirements for chemicals that are used to treat drinking water - has been compulsory in the California Waterworks Standards since 1994. The new edition, effective since March 9, 2008, also requires treatment and distribution equipment to be certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 by an ANSI-accredited organization.

Forty-five states require chemicals to comply with NSF 60 requirements, and forty states require chemicals to be tested and certified by an ANSI-accredited organization. California, however, is the first state to impose that chemicals be tested on an annual basis.

The current version of the California Waterworks Standards is available on the California Department of Public Health's website.

BOMA International Again Recognized as 2008 Energy Star Partner of the Year
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, an ANSI member and standards developer, earned the 2008 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award for the environmental achievements obtained by promoting energy efficiency in commercial buildings.

An Energy Star partner since 2005, BOMA International has gained a second consecutive award for supporting energy management practices through the BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP), an operational program guiding commercial real estate professionals to reduce energy consumption and costs.

To date, approximately 10,000 commercial real estate professionals have attended the BEEP seminars in order to learn the strategies for optimizing equipment, people and practices.

BEEP is part of BOMA’s Market Transformation Plan and 7-Point Challenge, a program set to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent across real estate portfolios by 2012. For more information on BOMA International’s BEEP program, please click here.

NEMA Tackles Failure Modes for Self-Ballasted Compact Fluorescent Lamps
ANSI member and standards developer the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has compiled LSD 40-2008, Failure Modes for Self-Ballasted Compact Fluorescent Lamps—A NEMA Update, a document addressing concerns on the possible safety hazards of self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps (SBCFLs) at the end of their life cycle.

According to NEMA, more than 180 million SBCFLs were sold in the U.S. in 2006, mainly to residential consumers. Requiring a fraction of the power consumed by incandescent lamps, lasting six to ten times longer, and offering substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, fluorescent lamps are considered safe, but recently some complaints have been raised regarding failure modes of these lamps.

In order to address these concerns and better inform consumers, NEMA’s publication explains why SBCFLs failure modes differ from those of traditional lamps; how current standards meet safety requirements; and how manufacturers, standards developers, and third-party safety agencies are engaged with minimizing any potential safety risk.

To download LSD 40-2008, please visit NEMA’s website.

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