First Sustainability Standard for Household Clothes Drying Appliances Developed

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), CSA Group, and UL Environment today announced the publication of AHAM 7005-2016/CSA SPE-7005-16/UL 7005 Sustainability Standard for Household Clothes Drying Appliances, the first voluntary sustainability standard for household clothes drying appliances.

This standard was the fifth in a family of product sustainability standards under development by AHAM, CSA Group, and UL Environment. It serves as an objective and practical measurement tool to assist clothes dryer manufacturers in evaluating the environmental sustainability of home appliances. The standard is intended for use by manufacturers, governments, retailers, and others to identify environmentally preferable products and is based on a lifecycle approach for identifying the environmental impacts of clothes dryers in five key areas: energy, materials, end-of-life, consumables, and manufacturing. Other major appliance standards are under development and are expected to be published later in 2016.

“This tripartite effort of AHAM, CSA and UL continues our commitment to providing consumers, retailers, and manufacturers with objective tools for measuring product sustainability,” said Joseph M. McGuire, AHAM’s President and CEO.

“CSA Group is proud to be part of the development of standards that encourage a life cycle assessment of products,” said Magali Depras, President of Standards, CSA Group. “This series of standards provides valuable information for consumers and retailers to help them choose environmentally preferable products that promote sustainable living.”

“UL Environment is pleased to participate in the development of standards that improve the sustainability of everyday products and help manufacturers, governments and retailers make more informed purchasing decisions,” said Carlos Correia, President of UL’s Supply Chain & Sustainability division, UL Environment’s parent business division. “This marks the fifth sustainability standard that UL Environment has been a participant of, and we applaud the industry’s continued dedication to produce more sustainable home appliances for the marketplace to meet the needs of environmentally conscious consumers.”

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About AHAM

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) is a not-for-profit trade association representing manufacturers of major, portable and floor care home appliances, and suppliers to the industry and is headquartered in Washington, DC. AHAM Canada is located in Ottawa, ON.  AHAM is a standards development organization, accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and has authored numerous appliance performance testing standards used by manufacturers, consumer organizations and governmental bodies to rate and compare appliances. You can visit the AHAM web site at www.aham.org.

About CSA Group

CSA Group is dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompasses membership-based, not-for-profit standards development, training and research.  Through its world-class commercial subsidiaries, it provides advisory solutions and global testing, inspection and certification services across key business areas including: home and commercial, industrial, healthcare and specialized markets and technologies.  The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.

About UL Environment

UL Environment, a business unit of UL, works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations. We help companies achieve their sustainability goals—and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting. For more information, visit www.ul.com/environment.


Jill Notini
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Allison Hawkins
CSA Group
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Sarah Partridge
UL Environment
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June 30, 2016