In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative, ASTM International developed a project proposal aimed at building awareness and promoting participation in developing the technical requirements that will facilitate trade in the sustainable construction of commercial buildings. A further aspect of the project concerned uniformity in measuring claims regarding sustainable products and systems.
Five economies joined the United States as co-sponsors: Canada, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and Peru. The project comprised two parts. The first part consisted of a survey of the 21 APEC economies regarding sustainability policies and regulation, and how technical requirements facilitate trade in sustainable building materials and products among these economies. Seventeen economies responded. A summary of the survey is included below as is the full report. This preliminary stage of the project was funded by the Aluminum Association, the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials and the International Code Council.
The second deliverable for the proposal was the Conference, "Green Buildings and Green Growth - The Enabling Role of Standards and Trade," which occurred on 3-4 March 2011 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. This conference was part of the first Senior Officials Meetings occurring in the United States' APEC year. The program for the conference as well as the report of conference outcomes are provided below.
Two additional deliverables are anticipated in 2011. USAID will sponsor two case studies that address topics identified during the Conference and a second conference will be held in the third or fourth quarter of 2011. A date and location will be identified. Efforts are being made to co-locate the conference with a related event.
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