First Sustainability Standard for Household Dehumidifier Appliances Published
WASHINGTON, DC (March 14, 2018) – The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), CSA Group, and UL Environment today announced the release of AHAM 7008-2018/CSA SPE-7008-18/UL 7008-18, Sustainability Standard for Household Dehumidifier Appliances, the first voluntary sustainability standard for household dehumidifiers.
The environmental performance of dehumidifier appliances is commonly evaluated on the environmental attributes of electricity consumption during use. This standard takes a broader, multi-attribute, and more holistic approach to assessing the environmental impacts of dehumidifier appliances. The multi-attribute approach was developed using life-cycle assessment (LCA) information along with other key factors such as hot-spot or hot-button analyses influencing product environmental performance.
This new standard is the eighth in a family of product sustainability standards under development by AHAM, CSA Group, and UL Environment intended for use by manufacturers, governments, retailers, and others to identify environmentally preferable products.
The standard is based on a lifecycle approach for identifying the environmental impacts of household dehumidifier appliances in five key areas: materials, energy consumption during use, manufacturing and operations, end-of-life, and innovation (a bonus attribute). This standard will serve as an objective and practical measurement tool to assist home comfort appliance manufacturers in evaluating the environmental sustainability of home appliances.
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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 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 an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory solutions; global testing and certification services across key business areas including hazardous location and industrial, plumbing and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services. 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 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 http://www.ul.com/environment and connect with us via Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.
UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges. The UL Mark engenders trust enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place. We test, inspect, audit, certify, validate, verify, advise and train and we support these efforts with software solutions for safety and sustainability. To learn more about us, visit UL.com.