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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Energy Performance to Switchboards

New York, Sep 11, 2007

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Energy Performance
Seeking to boost energy efficiency efforts worldwide, ANSI member and accredited standards developer ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) has released a standard that will facilitate improvements in building design and operation.

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2007, Standard Methods of Measuring, Expressing and Comparing Building Energy Performance, can be used to measure the energy performance of any building—existing or proposed—and allows different methods of analysis to be compared. Past versions of the standard provided a basis for reporting energy use, but had limited ability to express or compare performance.

The newly revised standard covers energy use index (total annual energy use per square foot), performance comparison frameworks, and specific factors such as energy use per hospital bed. ANSI/ASHRAE 105-2007 also identifies characteristics that users should consider reporting when performance comparisons are of interest, such as the number of workers, weekly hours of operation, and annual cooling and heating degree days.

From office buildings to movie theaters, electric switchboards power myriad industrial and commercial processes. However, proper installation is essential to smooth performance of a switchboard’s circuit breakers, fusible switches and other components.

Electrical installation standards from the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) aim to improve communication among specifiers, purchasers, and suppliers of electrical construction services, and define a minimum baseline of quality and workmanship for installing electrical products and systems.

A newly released standard, NECA 400-2007, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Switchboards, describes installation and maintenance procedures for dead front switchboards (those with no exposed live parts) rated 600 volts or less. The standard reflects current National Electrical Code rules, and references NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, which covers electric conductors and equipment within or on public and private buildings and structures such as mobile homes, recreational vehicles, carnival lots and industrial substations.

In addition to periodic routine maintenance practices, NECA 400-2007 also outlines special procedures that can be used following adverse circumstances such as short circuits, ground faults, or immersion in water.

This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.

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