ISO/TC 209 to develop new cleanroom energy management standard


Technical committee highlights global energy management as a major concern

ISO Technical Committee 209 (ISO/TC 209) Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments is moving forward with the first international standard for improving energy efficiency in cleanrooms and clean air devices.

The US-based Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST), Secretariat of ISO/TC 209, hosted the initial meeting of global experts developing the new standard in December 2014 at IEST headquarters in Arlington Heights, Chicago.

At this meeting, cleanroom experts came together under the ISO/TC 209 Working Group 13 to begin developing the new standard, Cleanroom energy: Code of practice for improving energy efficiency in cleanrooms and clean air devices. The group hopes to complete its document within two years and plans to meet in London, UK; Suzhou, China; and Berlin, Germany this year.

Working Group 13 is chaired by Richard Gibbons of the UK with Project Leader Da Qian Wang of China. During the preliminary discussions that led to the proposal for the new standard, ISO/TC 209 members cited a lack of international guidance on energy management in cleanroom environments and the need to minimise the amount of energy consumed within cleanrooms. Global expansion of manufacturing within cleanroom environments could lead to a strain on resources, they said.

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This new document remains under preliminary development, but will be available for public review and comment at the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage of the ISO Standards development track.