This is one of two related ballot items. This ballot item is to withdraw E1334. The other, related ballot item is a revision to E1679 which incorporates E1334 into E1679 and sets the basis for subsequent revisions to the other standards in this group. It would be untenable if E1334 were to be successfully withdrawn but the revisions to E1679 not approved, and would be irrational and redundant if the revisions to E1679 were approved without E1334 being successfully withdrawn. The two items are there for dependent on one another and one cannot be approved without the other being approved. E1334 and E1679 are foundational elements in a group of 20 ASTM standard classifications that together constitute a method for determining user requirements and associated building serviceability. E1679 describes the process for determining user requirements and E1334 describes the corresponding process for evaluating the serviceability of buildings to meet those requirements. Parts of this set of standard classifications, originally issued in 1995, need to be updated because the ways that office buildings are used, office technology, furnishings and other equipment have all evolved. Furthermore, users of buildings now give greater importance to sustainability than was typical in 1995, resulting in additional user requirements and new building features to satisfy them. There have also been lessons learned from applying the process since 1995, resulting in adjustments to the parsing of details in the scales and its graphical presentation to users that improve effectiveness and economy that need to be incorporated into the standard classifications at the same time. Finally, other standard classifications and standard practices have been established or updated, both by ASTM and other standards organizations such as ISO and IFMA/BOMA, which these classifications should take into account or reference. E1334 and E1679 need to be updated as a step toward keeping the entire group of standard classifications relevant and useable as well as consolidated to eliminate repetition and simplify access to information.
Keywordsbuilding; design (of building); facility; function; facility occupants; office; performance; rating; rating scale; remodel; rehabilitation; requirements; serviceability; use ;
Ballot Item Approved as E1334-1995(2012) and Pending Publication