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APEC-ASEAN Conference on Green Building to Occur in Singapore
ASTM Is a Co-Overseer of September Event
On Sept. 11-13, a joint Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference titled “Green Buildings and Green Growth: Approaches to Encouraging a Positive Green Building Climate,” will take place at the Building and Construction Authority Academy facility in Singapore. Bringing together 24 economies and up to 150 participants from the Asia-Pacific region, this joint APEC-ASEAN effort to promote sustainable building practices illustrates the strength of their partnership.
ASTM International and the U.S. Department of Commerce are project co-overseers for the project. This public/private partnership was responsible for formulating the proposal that received APEC funding for a baseline survey and the March 2011 conference titled “Green Buildings and Green Growth: The Enabling Role of Standards and Trade,” held in Washington, D.C. Due to high interest in the topic and the support of the Building and Construction Authority in Singapore and the U.S. Agency for International Development, the second conference will take place.
APEC and ASEAN members will discuss the future of sustainable building in Southeast Asia at the meeting. The conference will provide a forum for stakeholders to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with green building in the Asia-Pacific region regarding terms and definitions, life cycle assessment, rating systems, labeling, inappropriate or incomplete claims of sustainability, performance evaluation and certification, experiences with the development and implementation of sustainable buildings policies and programs and trade of green products across the entire Asia-Pacific region.
Since the establishment of APEC in 1989 by 12 Pacific Rim economies, five of which were also founding members of ASEAN, the two organizations have worked toward a common goal of sustainable economic growth for the Asia-Pacific region through the promotion of free trade and increased economic integration. In light of the tremendous growth in the region in recent years, APEC and ASEAN have renewed their focus on sustainability by pursuing green building initiatives to ensure the continued prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.
Anthony Quinn (left), director, public policy and international trade, ASTM, and William Miner, director, design and engineering, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, U.S. Department of State, at the recent congressional briefing.
ASTM Co-Sponsors Congressional Briefing on Diplomatic Facilities
William Miner, of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Is Among Speakers
ASTM International co-sponsored a briefing for congressional staff and members of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 29. The purpose of the briefing was to highlight building initiatives for reducing the consumption of resources at diplomatic facilities while enhancing security. As iconic symbols of American diplomacy, U.S. embassies are subject to a range of security and terrorist threats.
One of the several speakers at the briefing was William Miner, director of design and engineering for the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Buildings Operations. Miner is charged with ensuring high-performance facilities that represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, sustainability and craftsmanship.
The briefing was held in conjunction with the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition of the U.S. Congress, which is cochaired by U.S. Representatives Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) and Judy Biggert (R-Ill.).
Bai Xue, director of the standardization department, Zhejiang Province Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision, China, visited ASTM International headquarters on May 20 to discuss opportunities for collaboration and training between the bureau and ASTM International. Pictured, left to right, are James Olshefsky, director, external relations, ASTM; Teresa Cendrowska, vice president, global cooperation, ASTM; Bai Xue; James A. Thomas, ASTM president; and Guo Xiao, interpreter, University of Maine.
A delegation representing the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) visited ASTM International headquarters on April 13 to introduce the work of the administration and discuss potential collaborative activities. The CNCA delegation was led by Liang Jun (fifth from right), deputy director, CNCA. Kenneth Pearson (fourth from right), ASTM senior vice president, led the discussions on ASTM’s behalf, providing information on ASTM’s certification programs. Timothy Brooke (not pictured), ASTM vice president, certification, training and proficiency testing, spoke about ASTM’s proficiency testing programs and interlaboratory study program. Teresa Cendrowska (third from right), ASTM vice president, global cooperation, presented information about ASTM and its work in China.
Meeting in Santiago, Chile, were (left to right): Juan Carlos Gutierrez, manager of administration and services, ICHA; James Olshefsky, ASTM International; and Mariano Nicolas Mayne, executive director, ICHA.
Chile Meetings Focus on Steel Construction, Energy Efficiency
Trip Includes Meeting at Chilean Steel Institute and Seminar Presentation
James Olshefsky, director, external relations, ASTM International, met with officials from the Instituto Chileno del Acero (ICHA) in Santiago, Chile, on May 10. During the meeting, Olshefsky and ICHA staff discussed the memorandum of cooperation signed by ASTM and ICHA in 2003 and the state of steel construction in Chile.
ICHA’s main interests are to develop the steel market in Chile and to remove barriers to the use of technology. Future collaboration is planned between ICHA and members of ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys.
The following day, Olshefsky spoke about ASTM and energy efficiency at a program on the challenges of managing energy, which was held at Chile’s Instituto Nacional de Normalización, also in Santiago. Olshefsky’s presentation, titled “ASTM International: Defining the Attributes of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability,” offered an introduction to ASTM International and detailed how ASTM standards contribute to meeting the need for measuring energy attributes across a variety of industry sectors.
ASTM Chief China Representative Attends CNIS Workshop
Participants at the CNIS Training Workshop on Standards Resources and Services held in Kunming, China.
ASTM’s chief representative in China, Liu Fei, participated in the China National Institute of Standardization Training Workshop on Standards Resources and Services, held May 10-11 in Kunming, China. Liu Fei presented information on:
- Types of ASTM International standards;
- The standards development process, including balloting;
- ASTM membership;
- ASTM International’s China operations; and
- Copyright and patents.
Representatives of CNIS introduced their online standards delivery system and discussed their ability to facilitate access to ASTM standards. There were about 30 participants, including some multinational companies, from the petroleum industry, provincial import and export inspection services, and testing bodies.
ASTM and Adhesive and Sealant Council to Present Sustainability Summit
ASTM International is partnering with the Adhesive and Sealant Council to produce the inaugural “Adhesives and Sealants Sustainability Summit” on July 26-27 in Rosemont, Ill.
The sustainability summit will provide an opportunity for the adhesive and sealant supply chain to discuss all aspects of sustainability as it relates to the industry.
“The trend of sustainability is no longer an emerging trend — it is an important part of the specification process for the industry, yet the market has not collaborated in order to agree on definitions, testing much less standards and measures,” notes Matthew E. Croson, president of ASC. “ASC, in partnership with ASTM and its technical Committees D14 on Adhesives and C24 on Building Seals and Sealants, which support adhesives and sealants, invites all industry stakeholders to attend this first ever event, and make sure their voice is heard when it comes to how green and sustainability impact adhesives and sealants.”
The ASC/ASTM sustainability summit will feature keynote speakers that will outline issues impacting the sector, followed by panels that are focused on important market sectors, including transportation, building/construction and packaging, where participants will discuss issues concerning sustainability within the respective market segments.
“We look forward to working closely with the ASC team as we collaborate to begin the process of agreeing on the various aspects of sustainability that touch the adhesive and sealant sector,” notes Pat Picariello, director, developmental operations, ASTM International. “ASC represents the industry, and ASTM represents the process for discussion; working together we are confident that the industry will begin the necessary conversations it needs in order to agree on what sustainability means to the adhesives and sealants marketplace.”
On June 16, Alvi Shamilev, director of the Standardization, Certification and Metrology Center of the Federal Agency of Technical Regulation and Metrology, Russian Federation, visited ASTM International headquarters. In discussions with Teresa Cendrowska, vice president, global cooperation, ASTM, and James Olshefsky, director of external relations, ASTM, Shamilev discussed the training needs identified for the petroleum and infrastructure construction sectors in Chechnya and other republics, and noted the support of the president and parliament of the Chechnya Republic for this initiative. Pictured here (left to right) are: Sarah Naouri, manager, global cooperation, ASTM; Olshefksy; Shamilev; Cendrowska; Ahmed Ibrahim, interpreter; and Fran Dougherty, administrative assistant, global cooperation, ASTM.
Members of the Rotary International 2011 Group Study Exchange team from Brazil met with Margaret Cassidy, ASTM treasurer, at ASTM International headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa. During the visit, ASTM staff members Teresa Cendrowska, James Olshefsky, Sarah Naouri, Leonard Morrissey and Pat Picariello met with the group and described how ASTM operates in the global marketplace.
Memorandum of Understanding Reports
MOU Partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Grenada and Saudi Arabia Note Progress
Initiated in 2001, ASTM International’s memorandum of understanding program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide, fostering awareness of the standardization systems of all parties involved. The purpose of the program is to increase greater worldwide participation in the ASTM standards development process and facilitate the development of national standards that will aid health, safety, and environmental and economic conditions.
The national standards bodies of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Grenada and Saudi Arabia have recently submitted annual reports detailing their memorandum of understanding relationships with ASTM International.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Institute for Standardization of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BAS) signed an MOU with ASTM International in 2002.
BAS prepares and publishes the national standards of Bosnia and Herzegovina and represents Bosnia and Herzegovina in international, European and other interstate organizations for standardization. It prepares technical regulations, develops and establishes the information system of standards of Bosnia and Herzegovina and educates standards specialists.
This year, BAS adopted 12 ASTM International standards as identical standards, and 34 ASTM standards were referenced in regulations. All of the standards were petroleum standards from ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. The equivalent BAS committee is BAS/TC11 on Petroleum and Petroleum Derivatives.
Dejana Bogdanovic, head of unit at the Institute for Standardization of Bosnia and Herzegovina, says that BAS will continue to adopt ASTM International standards and utilize other benefits of the MOU program in the future.
ASTM International and the Grenada Bureau of Standards signed a memorandum of understanding in 2008.
Established in 1989, GDBS is a corporate body within the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Industry that oversees national standards, provides for the testing and calibration of precision instruments, encourages standardization in commerce and trade, and offers standards-related consultation services to government and industry. The bureau is divided into five divisions: administration and finance, certification, implementation, standardization and materials testing.
Grenada currently has 139 national standards, 39 of which are mandatory by law. GDBS referenced 47 ASTM International standards this year in the preparation of Grenada national standards. The referenced standards were developed by ASTM Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates and were used for Grenada’s building component standards, which cover topics such as Portland cement and ready-mixed concrete.
The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) signed a memorandum of understanding with ASTM International in 2007.
As the sole standardization body in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, SASO is responsible for the development and approval of Saudi national standards for services, facilities, utilities and products.
SASO adopted 314 ASTM standards as identical Saudi standards this year. The majority of these standards are related to petroleum and roofing, and were developed by ASTM Committees D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants and D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing. Since 2007, SASO has adopted nearly 2,000 ASTM standards as Saudi standards and more than 350 ASTM standards for Saudi building codes.
More than 200 technical professionals from Saudi Arabia are participating members on one or more of ASTM International’s 142 technical committees through the MOU program.
H.E. Nabil Ameen Molla, governor of SASO, says the organization has taken advantage of ASTM’s experience to strengthen and develop Saudi standards related to health, safety and the environment through the MOU program. “Significant cooperation between SASO and ASTM contributes to the development of Saudi standards and supports our country’s growth and expectations,” says Molla.
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