For environmentally-minded builders, retailers and consumers, a new measure of sustainability provides unique insight into a product’s efficiency and green performance.
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) last week announced the publication of its new Sustainability Standard for household cooking products, the first of its kind in the industry.
Developed by a task force of representatives from AHAM, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group and UL Environment and with input from industry experts, the standard covers all major gas and electric cooking appliances, including ranges, ovens and cooktops. The CSA Group is responsible for testing and certification of all qualifying products.
Rather than focusing solely on a product’s energy usage in the home, the AHAM sustainability standard takes a holistic approach evaluating the appliance’s entire lifecycle. Five key performance measures are taken into account: materials; manufacturing and operations; energy consumption during use; end of life management; and technological innovation.
The cooking appliance standard joins three other similar initiatives previously published by AHAM for washers, refrigeration products, and portable and floor-care appliances. Other sustainability standard categories are under development and expected to be published later this year, AHAM reports.
“The four product sustainability standards are part of a forward-thinking life-cycle approach. It helps identify environmentally preferable products based on the materials used to manufacture the product right through to the disposal at the end-of-life, helping give a big picture of the overall environmental impact,” said Gianluca Arcari, executive director, standards and vice president, CSA Group, in a release.
So far, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, and Whirlpool Corporation have announced the availability of home cooking appliances qualified under the new standard. Certified products include the double-oven gas and electric ranges from LG and the slide-in electric range with Flex Duo oven from Samsung; Whirlpool is offering nine certified products across the Whirlpool, Whirlpool Gold, Maytag, and KitchenAid brands, including double and single wall ovens, electric and gas ranges.