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."