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Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Federation of members and partners, highlighting recent accomplishments and new resources related to standardization.

IAPMO Seeks Committee Members to Develop National Plumbing Standards
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is seeking volunteer members for its Plumbing Standards Committee (PSC).

The PSC will develop new and maintain existing IAPMO/ANSI American National Standards (ANS) and CAN/IAPMO National Standards of Canada. Volunteers should have a technical background in plumbing and mechanical systems, such as the expertise of jurisdictional authorities, testing lab and educational facility representatives, and manufacturing experts.

IAPMO has been developing ANS for over 30 years; in May 2018, the organization received accreditation through the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) to develop National Standards of Canada.

To learn more, see the IAPMO news item.

NEMA White Paper Outlines Energy Savings from Lighting Systems
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has published a white paper on energy savings from lighting systems.

NEMA LSD 79-2018, Predicted Energy Savings from Lighting Systems, provides a framework that can be used to gauge the effectiveness of different lighting control methods.

"While the potential to save energy short term is very clear, a method is necessary to determine the long-term average savings that can be captured based on the specific efficiency measures selected by a building owner," said Dr. Robert Nachtrieb, lead scientist of Lutron Electronics Company, and chair of the LSD 79 ad hoc committee. "This paper describes the complexity of this determination and suggests a potential path forward."

The paper is available as a free download from NEMA's website.

CSA Publishes White Paper on Battery Operated Lawn Machinery and Tools
CSA Group, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has released a white paper that provides an overview of lawn and garden machinery, tools, and other portable appliances that use lithium ion batteries.

Battery operated lawn and garden appliances are becoming increasingly popular, offering advantages including improved safety, lower maintenance requirements, reduced noise output, and low emissions.

The white paper provides specific safety considerations, an overview of related safety standards, information on navigating the changing requirements, and details on functional safety compliance.

See the CSA website to download the free paper.

IEEE Survey Reveals Health and Medical AI Technology's Impact on Young Generation
IEEE, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has released the results of a survey that examines how parents in the U.S., UK, India, China, and Brazil with children under eight years old think that health- and medical-related artificial intelligence (AI) technology will impact their children.

More than half of parents surveyed said that they would have a great deal of trust in AI technologies that offer diagnoses and treatments for their children. However, of respondents in the U.S., the number of parents who expressed distrust in this system has increased by 10 percent since last year's survey.

Many parents around the world said that they would allow robots powered by AI to conduct surgery on their children: 82% of those surveyed in China, 78% in India, 60% in Brazil, and 45% in the U.S. and UK, compared to 22% of American parents said that they would be not likely at all to allow this surgery on their child.

When it comes to care for parents themselves, a majority of respondents said that they would prefer to use AI to live independently in their senior years, as opposed to relying on their children. The majority was greater in China and India, with 94 and 78% agreeing respectively, while the US saw 56% agreement with that statement.

Read more survey results in the IEEE news item.


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