Using less energy to keep drinks cold

Read the full post from ACEEE.

Late yesterday, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new standards that would reduce the energy consumed by beverage vending machines to keep drinks cold. The proposed standards would cut energy use by 25-65% relative to the least-efficient machines available now, and save money for schools, hospitals, hotels, and other businesses and institutions where beverage vending machines are used.

New Standard Helps Cool Roof Manufacturers Test Impacts of Outdoor Exposure

In April 2015, the standards organization ASTM International issued a new standard protocol for simulating the long-term reflectance of cool roofing materials as they age. The standard effectively reduces the product rating process from three years to three days, speeding the introduction of new cool roofing products. The protocol, developed by a collaboration of researchers led by Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, involves putting roofing materials in a commercial weathering machine and soiling them with a mix of soot, particulate matter, and salts.

Emerging Contaminants: NSF International Develops First American National Standard

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Global public health and safety organization NSF International has developed the first American National Standard that validates the effectiveness of water treatment devices that are designed to reduce trace levels of emerging contaminants in drinking water.  The standard, named NSF/ANSI 401: Drinking Water Treatment Units – Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants, addresses the ability of a water treatment device to remove up to 15 contaminants from drinking water.  Types of contaminants include some pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medications, herbicides, pesticides and chemicals used in manufacturing such as bisphenol A (BPA).

ISO Launches Open Data Standard for Innovative Cities

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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a globally recognized organization that sets quality standards for products, services, and industries. We might see the ‘ISO certified’ label on the website of our favorite non-profit, the back of a chocolate bar, or the packaging of our toothbrush. Their aim as an organization is to establish a standard of efficiency, safety, and equity for our environment and the products and services we encounter everyday. Now the ISO has published a set of standards that encapsulates this mission entirely. Their newest set of indicators, ISO 37120, addresses the cities in which we live, work, and play, evaluating city services and quality of life. In other words, these 46 measures of performance published by ISO will let researchers, analysts, and citizens evaluate any city based on a uniform set of standards. Furthermore, ISO 37120 confirms and accelerates the momentum of the open data movement and now provides the common framework within which all cities can participate.

New Adjuncts to ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups (ASTM E2893-13e1)

ASTM Incorporated recently released two adjuncts that facilitate use of the Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups. One adjunct is the Appendix X2 “Technical Summary Form” as a writable PDF
(ADJE289301). The second adjunct is the Appendix X3 “Greener Cleanup BMPs” table containing over 160 best management practices (BMPs) in an Excel format (ADJE289302). With the Excel format, users can sort BMPs applying to particular remediation technologies and core elements and add more BMPs. These adjunct files are available to purchase from ASTM separately or at a reduced rate with the standard.

For more information on purchasing the standard and adjuncts, see http://www.astm.org/Standards/E2893.htm .

Target and GoodGuide team up to rate sustainable products

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Retail giant Target has partnered with GoodGuide, the products-rating website acquired last year by Underwriters Laboratories, to create a rating systems for thousands of consumer products, the retailer has announced.

In an email sent to suppliers representing some 7,500 products last Thursday, Target announced a Sustainability Product Standard, “a set of criteria for what defines a more ‘sustainable product’ at Target.” The standard will first roll out in three categories: household cleaners, personal care & beauty, & baby care.

Friday Night Lights: Thanks to DOE, It Won’t Cost as Much to Light Your High School Football Field

Read the full post from American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

Next time you’re at a night game or in a big box store, look up—if you see bright white lights housed in dome-shaped fixtures, you’re probably looking at metal halide lights. Strong  new energy efficiency standards for metal halide lamp fixtures proposed yesterday by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) would save businesses and consumers money, and would be a step toward meeting President Obama’s goal of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) greenhouse gas emissions by 3 billion metric tons by 2030 through efficiency standards.