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Washer Sustainability Standard Recognized

Ok'd in US and Canada


By: Tom Branna

Washer Sustainability Standard Recognized

The AHAM 7003/CSA R7003-16/UL 7003, Sustainability Standard for Household Clothes Washers has earned the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) accreditation as an American National Standard and also met the requirements of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), CSA Group, and UL Environment. The ANSI and SCC recognition signify that the standard was developed in accordance with the requirements set for the development of consensus standards and has undergone broad-based extensive public review.   

This standard, the second in a family of product sustainability standards under development by AHAM, CSA Group and UL Environment, is a measurement tool to assist clothes washer manufacturers in evaluating the environmental sustainability of home appliances. It is the second standard in this group of related standards to attain ANSI and SCC accreditation. 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 washers in five key areas: energy, materials, end-of-life, consumables, and manufacturing.

“Measuring and comparing the sustainability attributes of home appliances is a priority for consumers, retailers and manufacturers,” said Joseph M. McGuire, president and CEO of AHAM. “The AHAM clothes washer standard provides a sound scientific basis for doing this and with the ANSI and SCC designation, reflects a strong consensus of the independent stakeholder community in the U.S. and Canada.”

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