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Jun 2, 2010 12:23 PM

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At InfoComm 2010, a sustainability rating system for AV and electronic systems will be announced. It is the product of work done by the Green AV Task Force and the current AV Sustainability Task Force.

In 2009, the InfoComm board of directors authorized the creation of a Green AV Task Force. The mission of the group was to create a body of green AV knowledge and associated best practices. While a lot of good work was performed, the group was unable to meet its mandate because there was/is no generally accepted definition of what a green AV system is, and there is no clear way to measure or compare a green AV installation against a standard nongreen AV system.

As a result, the InfoComm board of directors has decided to de-emphasize the association’s pursuit of LEED innovation points for green AV and instead create its own AV sustainability rating system. A new AV Sustainability Task Force, made up of representatives from AV manufacturing, integration, consulting, and software programming and the technology manager communities was formed to guide the initiative. It was charged to consider both the sustainability of energy and materials in order to be a comprehensive program.

The task force’s framework seeks to learn from and complement LEED, which focuses on the shell and core of a building, by adding a rating system for the electronic systems that work within that shell and core. The system, now in draft form, invites participation throughout the project—from AV program phase through occupancy from the entire AV value chain. Now AV manufacturers will have a place where their green products, shipping practices, and facilities can count for something. Consultants, integrators, and software programmers will collaborate to share responsibility in the planning, design, integration, and programming of systems to minimize energy consumption while still promoting AV quality. Purchasers of AV goods and services will have a clear way to specify their sustainability goals and measure the ROI of their sustainable AV investments.

The current draft framework of the rating system will be unveiled for input and feedback from the AV community at a free session Friday, June 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at InfoComm 2010 in Las Vegas. The session will take place at Las Vegas Convention Center in room N252.

Representatives of the AV Sustainability Task Force
Scott Walker, Waveguide Consulting, Chair
Clint Childress, Draper
Rick Cooper, Spinitar
Gary Hall, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Brian Huff, Acentech
Raymond Kent, Westlake Reed Leskosky
William Lally, Mode:Green
Howard Nunes, PepperDash Technology Corp.
Byron Tarry, AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions
David Wilts, Crestron Electronics

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