In a July column in Appliance Design magazine, AHAM President Joe McGuire highlights the first-ever sustainability standard for clothes washers developed jointly by AHAM, CSA Group and Underwriters Laboratories.
McGuire writes, “The goal of this standard is to provide meaningful environmental performance information to manufacturers, governments, retailers, and consumers about clothes washers and to drive innovation and continual improvement in the sustainability of these products.” This standard follows last year’s release of the first-ever sustainability standard for refrigeration products.
“The standard is intended to be used to evaluate products for six key attributes: materials, manufacturing and operations, energy and water consumption during use, consumables, end of life, and innovation, as a bonus attribute,” notes McGuire. The new standards can be especially helpful to consumers who wish to have additional information when purchasing more environmentally-friendly products. For example, the end-of-life category, consumers can evaluate clothes washers based upon the amount of recyclable materials they contain.
Click here to read more of McGuire’s column. If your company is a supplier to the appliance industry and you wish to purchase either the standard for refrigeration products or clothes washers, you may do so here.