This technical compendium eliminates the need for constant Googling of codes and standards terms! A code is any set of standards set forth and enforced under the law by a local government agency for the protection of public safety and health. A standard is a consensus-driven technical document created by Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), often in coordination with code-making organizations seeking guidance from SDOs on a particular material, product, process, or service.

Use this list of industry-related abbreviations and acronyms to save time and stay up-to-date. 

 

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A

ACORE
American Council on Renewable Energy
AFUE
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency
AGA
American Gas Association
AHRI
Air Conditioning , Heating &Refrigeration Institute (formerly GAMA)
ANSI
American National Standards Institute
ASHRAE
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air- Conditioning Engineers
ASME
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASTM
ASTM International

B

BTU
British Thermal Unit

C

CARB
California Air Resource Board
CCBFC
Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes
CNG
Compressed Natural Gas
CPSC
Consumer Products Safety Commission
CSA -A
Canadian Standards Association America (U.S.)
CSA
Canadian Standards Association
CSIA
Chimney Safety Institute of America

D

DOE
Department of Energy

E

EC
Environment Canada
EERE
Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy (USEDOE)
EPA
Environmental Protection Agency
EROEI
Energy Return on Energy Invested

F

FERC
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
FTC
Federal Trade Commission
FU
Fuel Utilization

G

GBS
Green Building Standard
GHG
Green House Gas

H

HHV
Higher Heating Value
HPBEF
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation
HUD
Department of Housing and Urban Development

I

ICC
International Code Council
IBC
International Building Council
IRC
International Residential Code
IMC
International Mechanical Code
IFGC
International Fuel Gas Code
ISO
International Organization for Standardization

L

LEED
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LHV
Lower Heating Value
LNG
Liquefied Natural Gas
LPG
Liquefied Petroleum Gas

M

MANE-VU
Mid Atlantic/ Northeast Visibility Union
MARAMA
Mid Atlantic Regional Air Managers Association

N

NAECA
National Appliance Energy Conservation Act
NAHB
National Association of Home Builders
NBC
National Building Code (Canada)
NCSG
National Chimney Sweeps Guild
NESCAUM
North East States for Coordinated Air Use Management
NFGC
National Fuel Gas Code
NFI
National Fireplace Institute
NFPA
National Fire Protection Association
NG
Natural Gas
NIST
Natural Resources Canada

O

OAQPS
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
OOFDA
Outdoor Open Flame Decorative Appliance
OWHH
Outdoor Wood-fired Hydronic Heaters

P

PAH
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
PFI
Pellet Fuel Institute
PTPACC
Provincial/ Territorial Policy Advisory Committee on Codes

R

RPO
Regional Planning Organization (Multi-use Air Agencies)

S

SDO
Standards Development Organization
STP
Standards Technical Panel

T

TAG
Technical Advisory Group
TF
Task Force

U

UL
Underwriters Laboratory
USGBC
U.S. Green Building Council

V

VISTAS
Visibility Improvement Association of the Southeast

W

WRAP
Western Regional Air Partnership (An RPO)
WESTAR
Western States Air Resources Council
WETT
Wood Energy Technology Transfer, Inc.