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AHAM Pioneering and Cooling Standard Receive Recognition
Mar 20, 2003
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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has recognized two AHAM standards as American National Standards. The standards, Connected Home Appliances-Object Modeling (CHA-1-2002), and Household Room Air Conditioners (RAC-1-2002), earned recognition through ANSI's peer review canvass process.

The purpose of the CHA-1-2002 standard is to promote new appliance services and features through networking by describing generic appliance models, objects and high-level messages. The models define standardized elements of appliances that are accessible and controllable remotely by users, service providers, and other devices independently of the underlying communications network. The CHA-1 standard was the first U.S. standard developed to recognize the need for compatibility between appliances. The standard is applicable to the following appliances: clothes washers, refrigerator-freezers, clothes dryers, dishwashers, ranges, ovens and cooktops, microwave ovens, and room air-conditioners.

The RAC-1-2002 standard establishes repeatable procedures and evaluation methods for measuring performance characteristics of room air-conditioners. The standard describes definitions, testing conditions, measurement, and performance tests such as Moisture Removal Capacity, Ventilating and Exhaust Air Quantity Tests and Maximum Operating Conditions Tests.

AHAM is an accredited standards development organization through ANSI.AHAM standards are processed as ANSI standards under the canvass method. All AHAM standards are developed in the best interest of consumers who use the appliances, the industries which provide and service appliances and other interested parties.

Larry Wethje, AHAM's vice president of Engineering Services oversees the process of standards writing and committee involvement. "ANSI approval means that a standard has undergone rigorous peer review by all materially interested parties including consumers, government, manufacturers and other organizations. ANSI consensus standards increase consumer confidence, broaden recognition and foster greater government reliance on industry standards. AHAM is proud of its long legacy of developing ANSI approved consensus standards," said Mr. Wethje.

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