Staying Ahead of the Curve with Sustainability

JoewebIn the November issue of Appliance
Design Magazine
, AHAM President Joe McGuire pens a column titled, “Ahead
of the Curve: Sustainability Standard,?? highlighting the first sustainability
standard for refrigeration products (7001/CSA
SPE 7001/UL 7001-2012
) that AHAM and its partners, CSA Standards and UL
released in June.

McGuire notes, “The standards are credible and compatible
with government and retailer initiatives. In fact, in September AHAM presented
its Sustainability program to many leading industry retailers at the Retail Industry Leaders
Association (RILA)
sustainability conference. The reaction was very
positive and our work is respected; but it is also clear that AHAM is ahead of
the curve with these standards.??

Additionally, he states that AHAM will expand its
sustainability program: “Working with testing agencies as partners, AHAM will
extend its sustainability brand to the marketplace. AHAM’s program will support
companies who wish to have third-party certification to the AHAM/UL/CSA
standards. The common rating scale will ensure all appliances certified under the
AHAM program are rated uniformly and to the same scale and will offer levels of
achievement for those that wish to tout their product’s environmental profile.??

to read the full column.

Breathing Clean Air Made Easier with a Room Air Cleaner

An article in the Dec. 10th edition of the New York Times, titled “Want to Live Longer? Breath
Clean Air,??
highlights a new study published in the journal Epidemiology that found a direct correlation between a
decrease in air pollution with an increase in life expectancy.

As the article notes, there are other factors which
contribute to life expectancy, including income, other health facts and whether
or not one smokes.

 The article quoted a
Harvard School of Public Health professor who noted that even with declining
levels of particulate pollution, continuing to clean the air is still
important.   Fortunately, there is one
great and practical way you can improve the air quality around you and that’s
by using a portable room air cleaner in your home.  Room air cleaners help to filter the air and
reduce particulate matter that is circulating in the air.  You can find a complete directory of
certified room air cleaners on the AHAM Verifide website.  Look
for a room air cleaner that is appropriate for the size of your room and meets
the Clear Air Delivery Rate (CADR) for your needs.  All AHAM Verifide room air cleaners will have
the AHAM Verifide logo on the product’s package and the
CADR rating will be clearly labeled. All products that carry the AHAM Verifide
mark are independently tested by a third-party laboratory to ensure that they
meet the manufacturers’ claims for removal of tobacco smoke, dust and pollen.  Manufacturers are not required to be a part of
the AHAM Verifide program, but doing so demonstrates a commitment to honest
ratings and keeping customers’ trust.

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