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Home > Rebates and Government Money > Testing Agencies  

Rebates and Government Money: Testing Agencies

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      There are many laboratories involved in testing of green products. Here we look at the labs and the standards they have to follow.

 

    Standards:  Dictionary.com defines standard as "something considered by an authority or by general consent as a basis of comparison; an approved model." In our discussion, products that you buy must be an approved model. Therefore, an authority must create the standard model and testing facilities must verify that it is approved.
     Many products (including green ones) must  meet a standard before it is sold. This is accomplished by having a testing facility test the product. If the product meets the standard, it gets a certification from that laboratory. When buy the certified product you know that it has been tested and meets a standard.
    There are many laboratories out there that set standards and test products. Some of these laboratories are run by the government and some are independent. Many labs assess safety, usability and accuracy.
     Green products have to meet standards that all products have to meet. However, these products are further evaluated for pollution emissions, harmful materials, efficiency, durability and other factors.
     Below are links to government and independent laboratories that test products. Many work with each other to help set and maintain standards.
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ENERGYSTAR:
This is a government testing agency made from the Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection agency. Lots of resources here.

NIST:
National Institute of Standards and Technology. This is a massive set of laboratories and standard generators run by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

L.E.E.D.:
The Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization. They set standards for green building construction and remodel.

C.E.:
Which stands for European Conformity. It is a standard set in Europe but many products in the United States have the CE mark.

UL: Underwriters Laboratory.
Independent, not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization. Testing products for public safety for more than a century.

Consumer Reports:
This is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just and safe marketplace. 

RoHS:
Stands for: Restriction of the use of Certain Hazardous Substances. This a European (UK) set of standards coming from the National Measurement Office from the Department of Business Innovation & Skills.

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