ASHRAE now has authority to designate standards as ANSI standards.

ATLANTA - An "audited designator" designation has been given to ASHRAE by the American National Standards Institute.

Audited designators are those who have demonstrated a "consistent record of successful voluntary standards development," according to ANSI. Only five organizations, including the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, have earned the designation.

The move means that ASHRAE now has the authority to designate its standards as ANSI standards without approval by ANSI's board of standards review. According to ASHRAE, this means that some standards will get published in less time, perhaps four to six weeks, since the society will not have to wait for the letter-ballot process at ANSI.