NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With its potential to fuel job creation, bolster energy independence, and fuel the U.S. economy, energy efficiency has been attracting a lot of well-deserved attention in recent years. However, realizing its full promise will require a comprehensive national approach, as well as effective, strategic cooperation between the public and private sectors. To this end, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched the Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC), which will assess the energy efficiency landscape and carry out the development of a standardization roadmap and compendium, identifying gaps in existing standards, codes and conformance programs, and working to support the adoption and implementation of new standards, codes, and conformance activities that will advance energy efficiency.
Click here to view the EESCC Framework document.
ANSI encourages experts on energy efficiency-related issues and members of the greater standardization community to join the EESCC. Broad and varied participation is essential to ensuring that important decisions on the future of energy efficiency are made through consensus and collaboration. To learn more about the benefits of joining the collaborative, as well as other important information, please visit www.ansi.org/eescc.
The EESCC will hold its inaugural plenary meeting on January 22-23, 2013, at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Participation in the January plenary is free for all EESCC members. Register here for the plenary. A block of rooms at the Sheraton is available for Monday, January 21, and Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at a discounted rate of $209 per night, plus tax, for guests who make reservations by Saturday, December 22, 2012; hotel reservations can be made via the EESCC group webpage. Please note that this discounted rate is also available to attendees three days before and after the meeting dates; if you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please contact ANSI's meeting and events manager.
The EESCC has also begun holding regular web meetings of its five Working Groups (WGs), which were created under the leadership of co-chairs from the public and private sectors to oversee areas of particular focus:
- WG 1: Building energy and water assessment standards
(including diagnostic test procedures and health and safety testing)
- WG 2: Systems integration and communications
(encompassing communications between building automation/operation systems, equipment, and the electric grid)
- WG 3: Building energy modeling, rating, and labeling
(including whole building modeling from design to construction and rating and labeling for energy performance)
- WG 4: Evaluation, measurement, and verification
(encompassing EM&V; energy performance metrics; and standardized and portable data collection and reporting)
- WG 5: Workforce credentialing
(including standards for workforce training and certification programs, and workforce skills standards)
Prospective EESCC members may also participate in the EESCC's initial WG web meetings in order to ascertain the benefits of participation in the collaborative. Participation and feedback are welcome. For more information on taking part in the web meetings as a prospective member, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 comprised 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