Research supporting natural gas end use codes and standards has played a vital role in maintaining the market viability of natural gas in residential and commercial applications and expanding end uses of natural gas. End use codes and standards issues facing natural gas include key technical barriers to continued and expanded use of natural gas in the residential and commercial end use applications, often in core applications such as space conditioning and water heating. Barriers in these markets include code restrictions on new technologies and products and threats to continued use of technologies currently in the marketplace.
Research support of codes and standards core gas applications represent significant opportunities for growth as well as currently contributing to utility bottom lines. Codes and standards research has demonstrated its cost effectiveness based on published analyses. The American Gas Association (AGA), under the auspices of the American Gas Foundation, has implemented the Codes and Standards Research Consortium.
The mission of the Codes and Standards Research Consortium is to fund research and analysis on end use gas technical issues for the mutual benefit of the gas utility industry and its customers. Research issues considered for funding include national model codes and standards support, cost-effective energy efficiency for natural gas appliances, appliance and equipment safety, and associated public health issues. The Consortium operates under the auspices of the American Gas Foundation.
Research on end use codes and standards issues contributes to the safe and economical use of natural gas. Public benefits of natural gas end use are emphasized. Research results are published and disseminated among model code organizations, industry organizations, government agencies, and the general public on a non-discriminatory basis. Broad and unrestricted dissemination of results maximizes benefits of the research for the natural gas industry and it's customers.
Codes and Standards Research Consortium Reports Currently Available
While Consortium activities are sponsor-funded and directed, project results are widely disseminated to support public codes and standards. The following are reports currently available electronically from completed projects:
ANALYSIS OF FLAMMABLE VAPOR RESISTANT WATER HEATER FIELD EXPERIENCE AND SERVICE PROGRAMS
ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH VARIABLE SPEED FANS IN SPACE CONDITIONING SYSTEMS
ASSESSMENT OF ADD-ON H EAT PUMP TECHNOLOGY, OPERATION, ECONOMICS, AND POTENTIAL IMPACTS ON RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER GAS LOAD
REVIEW OF HEALTH EFFECTS LITERATUREFOR SUB-ACUTE CARBON MONOXIDE EXPOSURE AND HEALTH EFFECTS
SOURCE ENERGY AND EMISSION FACTORS FOR BUILDING ENERGY CONSUMPTION (REVISED)
Codes and Standards Research Consortium Seeks Bidders
The Codes and Standards Research Consortium qualified technical organizations to include in its bidders list for contracted research and analysis projects for the 2008-09 project cycle. The Consortium, initiated in 2004, funds research and analysis on end use natural gas technical issues for the mutual benefit of the gas utility industry and its customers. Research and analysis issues considered for funding include national model codes and standards support, cost-effective energy efficiency for natural gas appliances, appliance and equipment safety, and associated public health issues. Funding of projects sponsored by the Consortium typically ranges from $15,000 to $50,000. Cofunding opportunities are encouraged. Awards are made on a competitive basis for most projects. For more information, contact Ted A. Williams, 202-824-7313, or firstname.lastname@example.org.