Consumer interest in sustainability is forcing manufacturers, retailers and others to identify the environmental impacts of their products. To guide them through the process, CSA Group, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and UL Environment have collaborated to develop a series sustainable standards that will help identify environmentally preferable products. These standards are based on a lifecycle approach for identifying the environmental impacts of home appliances.
Highlights of AHAM 7001-2012/CSA SPE-7001-12/UL 7001 Include:
AHAM 7001-2012/CSA SPE-7001-12/UL 7001 - Sustainability Standard for Household Refrigeration Appliances – is the first voluntary sustainability standard in the series. It is based on a lifecycle approach for identifying the environmental impacts of refrigeration products in five key areas:
This standard will serve as an objective and practical measurement tool to assist refrigeration manufacturers in evaluating the environmental sustainability of home appliances.
The three organizations intend to seek accreditation of the sustainability standards in the U.S. and Canada following the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
This is the first edition of AHAM 7001/CSA SPE-7001/UL 7001, Sustainability Standard for household refrigeration appliances. This is a non-consensus document; it will be processed in accordance with procedures accredited by ANSI and SCC with the intent of being published as a consensus document in the near future.
This Standard covers two-phase refrigerant compression-type refrigeration appliances for household use included within the scope of the US Department of the Environment (DoE) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) minimum energy performance requirements. This includes the following product categories:
(c) chest and upright freezers; and
(d) compact refrigerators/compact freezers.
Note: The Task Force intends to expand the scope to include refrigerated beverage chillers, wine coolers, and other residential refrigeration products in future editions. New product categories and information on the environmental performance of the additional categories might be considered in order to determine the scope of future editions.
This Standard does not cover absorption-type refrigerators or refrigeration appliances for commercial use.
This Standard does not include directions for conformity assessment or the use of a mark/seal of conformity assessment.
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