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Did You Know?


New York, Aug 02, 2007

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.

United Technologies Corporation Recognized as Champion of Energy Efficiency
ANSI member the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) was recently feted as a “champion of energy efficiency” by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Honored at ACEEE’s eighth biennial conference in July, UTC was recognized for its demonstrated excellence in the field of energy efficiency.

As a diversified company with products ranging from home heating and air conditioning to aerospace and helicopters, UTC successfully implemented an impressive energy reduction initiative. From 1997-2006, UTC lowered its energy consumption by 19%, its water use by 49%, and air emissions by another 44%. Looking forward, UTC has set a goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 12% over the next four years, and will invest $100 million toward co-generation and energy conservation projects.

UTC is a founding member of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and the U.S. Green Building Council, and is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Strategic Standardization Management Course Offered at August SES/IFAN Conference
Interested parties are invited to register for the August 23 professional development course, Strategic Standardization Management: Leveraging Standards and Conformity Assessment for Maximum Benefit. The course will be offered at the Standards Engineering Society (SES) annual conference in San Francisco, CA, in conjunction with the International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN) international conference.

The course will review specific actions that can be taken to help businesses, organizations, and government agencies to advance their strategic objectives through participation in national, regional, and international standards and conformity assessment activities. Tips and techniques will cover every aspect of the standardization process, from idea through implementation.

The conference, professional development course, and other events will take place at the Hyatt Regency at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, CA, on August 19-23, 2007. Registration details and further information are available here.

BIFMA Leading Charge to Standardize “Green” Furniture
The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA), an ANSI accredited standards developer, is leading the development of a national sustainable assessment standard for the manufacture of environmentally friendly, or “green,” furniture. To address the entire life cycle of a product—from manufacturing through recycling and composting—the standard will encourage the use of glues, laminates, plastics and other materials that are safer for the environment. The project is expected to be ready for ANSI review in early 2009 with the goal of eventually moving the standard into the global furniture market.

BIFMA is a not-for-profit membership organization that serves businesses engaged in the design, development, and marketing of office and institutional furniture products. BIFMA’s voluntary product and industry standards aim to support a safe, healthy and sustainable environment.

NADCA Granted ANSI Accreditation
The American National Standards Institute’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) as a developer of American National Standards. NADCA has been an ANSI organizational member since December 2006.

NADCA is a non-profit trade association dedicated to setting standards and guidelines within the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) cleaning industry, and represents certified contractors who perform HVAC system cleaning.

The NADCA standard, Assessment, Cleaning, and Restoration of HVAC Systems (ACR 2006), is an industry standard for HVAC system hygiene, remediation and restoration, and serves as the basis of the association’s training and certification programs. NADCA recently announced its intention to seek accreditation of ACR 2006 as an American National Standard.

For additional information contact John Schulte, executive director of NADCA, at john@nadca.com.

USTR Seeks Public Comment, Announces Hearing on China’s Compliance with WTO Commitments
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is convening a September hearing and seeking public comment on China's compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) accession commitments. In particular, USTR is interested in receiving written comments and/or oral testimony with regard to:

  • standards, technical regulations, and other internal policies affecting trade;
  • import and export regulations;
  • trading rights;
  • intellectual property rights;
  • services;
  • rule of law issues (e.g., transparency, judicial review, uniform administration of laws) and status of legal reform.

Written comments must be received no later than noon on Monday, September 17, 2007. The public hearing will be held on September 27, 2007, at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative: 1724 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20508 (Room 1). Individuals wishing to testify at the hearing must provide written notification of their intent, along with a copy of their testimony by noon on September 13, 2007.

Recommendations may be submitted electronically to FR0713@ustr.eop.gov, or via fax to Gloria Blue, executive secretary of the USTR Trade Policy Staff Committee, at 202.395.6143. For complete details on submitting recommendations, please review the July 25 Federal Register notice.

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