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ANSI EESCC Issues General Call for Input on Energy Efficiency Standards and Conformance Activities Relative to the Built



 ANSI EESCC Issues General Call for Input on Energy Efficiency Standards and
           Conformance Activities Relative to the Built Environment

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 19, 2013

Input to Play Key Role in Development of EESCC Standardization Roadmap

NEW YORK, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American National
Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination
Collaborative (EESCC) has issued a general call for input regarding current or
forthcoming standards, codes, guidelines, and conformance programs related to
energy efficiency standardization in the built environment, as well as
perceived gaps in the current energy efficiency standardization landscape. The
EESCC is reaching out to individuals and groups in the larger standardization
community and beyond, as well as to current EESCC members and organizations in
the ANSI federation, to solicit input that will inform the development of a
standardization roadmap advancing energy efficiency in the built environment.

The EESCC is a cross-sector initiative dedicated to increasing awareness,
adoption, and implementation of standards, codes, and conformance activities
among policy makers and the market through the creation of the roadmap.

The EESCC is looking to obtain as much information as possible in its EESCC
Inventory Database by Monday, April 1. The database is intended to capture
critical information that the EESCC and its five working groups will consider
in developing the standardization roadmap. All stakeholders are encouraged to
provide information on relevant documents, conformance programs, and gaps in
advance of this date. The EESCC Inventory and its three online entry forms are
available on the EESCC website at www.ansi.org/eescc.

  o Online entry form for documents (standards, codes, guidelines, and
    regulations)
  o Online entry form for conformance programs (certificate and training
    programs, personnel certification programs, accreditation programs, rating
    and labeling systems)
  o Online entry form for potential gaps in the standardization landscape

The EESCC roadmap will articulate the value of standardization programs
related to energy efficiency in the built environment, and will help the
private-sector standardization community and federal agencies focus their
efforts on any identified gaps in this area. More than 50 member organizations
involving over 130 experts from industry, standards and code developing
organizations, energy efficiency–focused organizations, educational
institutions, and other groups are currently involved in the effort.

Note: the EESCC Inventory is not collecting the standards or documents
themselves, but rather relevant information regarding such documents that will
assist in the development of the roadmap. Individual product and appliance
standards are out of scope; however systems-related standards covering
communications between appliances and equipment are within scope.

The roadmap will focus on five identified areas of need, addressed by a
working group (WG) for each area:

  o WG1: Building energy and water assessment and performance standards
    (including diagnostic test procedures and health and safety testing)
  o WG2: Systems integration and systems communications
    (encompassing communications between building automation/operation systems
    and equipment/appliances, both within single buildings and across
    facilities)
  o WG3: Building energy modeling, rating, and labeling
    (includes whole building modeling, and rating and labeling for energy
    performance)
  o WG4: Evaluation, measurement, and verification
    (encompassing EM&V; energy performance metrics; and standardized and
    portable data collection and reporting)
  o WG5: Workforce credentialing
    (including standards for workforce training and certification programs,
    and workforce skills standards)

The EESCC working groups were formed in November 2012 [see related article]
and have been meeting regularly since December to begin the standards needs
assessment and lay the strategic groundwork for their portion of the roadmap
[see related article].

Get Involved: Joining the EESCC
The EESCC encourages interested parties to become more directly involved in
its work by becoming a member of the Collaborative. Broad and varied
participation is essential to ensuring that important decisions on the future
of energy efficiency are made through consensus and collaboration. EESCC
members have the opportunity to:

  o Influence the standardization strategies that impact emerging energy
    efficiency services and technologies
  o Demonstrate their commitment to U.S. energy independence and economic
    growth
  o Help promote the adoption of energy efficiency solutions through
    standardization
  o Take part in crafting input to policymakers on the use of voluntary
    consensus standards for energy efficiency needs
  o Access early information on key energy efficiency initiatives and
    technologies

To learn more about the benefits of joining the collaborative, as well as
other important information, please visit www.ansi.org/eescc.

About ANSI
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit
organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the
American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the
integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.
Its membership is made up of businesses, professional societies and trade
associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and
labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more
than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals
worldwide.

The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International
Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee,
the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S.
representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

About the EESCC
The ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC)
is a cross-sector, neutral forum and focal point for broad-based coordination
among energy efficiency activities involving or impacted by standardization
(i.e., standards, codes, conformance activities) and regulations. The
objective of the collaborative is to assess the standardization landscape, and
carry out the development of a standardization roadmap for energy efficiency
within the built environment.

The EESCC is led by two highly-esteemed co-chairs from the public and private
sectors: Benjamin Goldstein, energy efficiency workforce development and
standards coordinator in the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and John Tuccillo, vice president of global
industry and government alliances at Schneider Electric, and president and
chairman of the board of The Green Grid.

SOURCE American National Standards Institute

Website: http://www.ansi.org/
Contact: Susanah Doucet, +1-212-642-4931, sdoucet@ansi.org
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