Abbreviations and Acronyms

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abbreviations and acronyms
ABS acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
AGA American Gas Association
ALA American Lung Association
ANSI American National Standards Institute
APHA American Public Health Association
ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASSE American Society of Structural Engineers
ASTM American Society for Testing Materials
ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
AWG American Wire Gauge
AWWA American Waters Works Association
BTU British thermal unit
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CGA Canadian Gas Association
CO carbon monoxide
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CPSC Consumer Product Safety Commission
CSIA Chimney Safety Institute of America
DDT dichlorodiphenyltrichlorethane
DE diatomaceous earth
DPD N,N-diethyl-p-phenylene diamine
DWV drain, waste, and vent
EIFS exterior insulation and finish system
EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPDM ethylene propylene dieneterpolymer
ETS environmental tobacco smoke
FHA Federal Housing Authority
FM Factory Mutual
GFCI ground fault circuit interrupter
HEPA high-efficiency particulate air
HHS Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of
HSC Home Safety Council
HUD Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of
HVAC heating, ventilating and air conditioning
IAPMO International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
ICC International Code Council
IPM integrated pest management
ISO International Standard Organization
kg kilogram
LPP low-pressure pipe
MPMH Military Pest Management Handbook
MSS Mechanical Standardization Society of the Valve and Fitting Industry
NCEH National Center for Environmental Health
NCI National Cancer Institute
NIA National Institute on Aging
NSF National Science Foundation
NTU nephelometric turbidity unit
ODTS organic dust toxic syndrome
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
PEX cross-formulated polyethylene
POTW publicly owned treatment works
ppm parts per million
psi pound per square inch
PVC polyvinyl chloride
PW potable water
RIFA red imported fire ant
SDWA Safe Drinking Water Act
SEER seasonal energy efficiency ratio
T&P temperature-pressure
TSP trisodium phosphate
UF urea-formaldehyde
UL Underwriters Laboratories
USCB U.S. Census Bureau
USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture
USFA U.S. Fire Administration
USGS U.S. Geological Survey
USHA United States Housing Authority
VA Veteran’s Administration
VOC volatile organic compound
XRF X-ray fluorescence

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