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 July 2007
Global Notebook

ANSI Call for Nominations for 2007 Leadership and Service Awards

The American National Standards Institute’s call for nominations for the 2007 Leadership and Service Awards ends July 16. Presented in conjunction with the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, the awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs and have consistently demonstrated a commitment to their industry, their nation and the enhancement of the global standards system. This year’s call for nominations seeks individuals who have dedicated themselves to efforts that will strengthen American competitiveness in the global marketplace and improve the quality of life for workers and consumers around the world. A new award is being introduced to the program this year: the Elihu Thomson Electrotechnology Medal. The award honors an individual who has contributed in an exceptional, dedicated way to the field of electrotechnology standardization, conformity assessment and related activities both at the national and international levels. ANSI will honor the 2007 award recipients on Oct. 17 at a banquet and ceremony in Washington, D.C. Nominations are due by July 16 (5:00 pm EDT).

Indoor Air Quality

Six organizations related to the built environment are partnering to provide indoor air quality design guidance for the building industry. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Building Owners and Managers Association, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association and the American Institute of Architects are developing the Advanced Indoor Air Quality Design Guide for Non-Residential Buildings. The book will assist building professionals in implementing high-performance designs that improve indoor air quality in a broad range of building types. In addition to the design guide, a professional development course will describe an integrated process for achieving improved indoor air quality in all elements of a building. The initiative is funded by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to ASHRAE.

NRMCA Launches Self-Consolidating Concrete Website

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) has launched a new website, to support the growing interest in high-performance, self-consolidating concrete. Self-consolidating concrete, also known as self-compacting concrete, is a highly flowable, non-segregating concrete that can spread into place, fill formwork and encapsulate even the most congested reinforcement, all without any mechanical vibration. It is a concrete mixture that can be placed purely by means of its own weight with little or no vibration. Adjustments to traditional mix designs and the use of superplasticizers creates flowing concrete that meets performance requirements. SCC’s unique properties give it significant economic, constructability, aesthetic and engineering advantages. The site features ASTM International testing for SCC.

New Partnership Offers Iraqi Engineers Fellowship Opportunities

Engineers are crucial in the reconstruction of Iraq’s infrastructure and economic recovery. The Iraq Engineer Enhancement Program is a public-private partnership that will provide Iraqi engineers six- to 12-month fellowships with public and private sector hosts in both U.S. and regional locations. The program is a collaboration between the U.S. Departments of Defense, State and Commerce, and professional societies, universities and private sector companies. The Department of Commerce is administering and supervising the program and the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is supporting the initiative. IEEP fellowships are intended to provide individualized professional development for engineers competitively selected from Iraqi ministries, universities and small businesses. Fellows are expected to receive personalized training in project management, contract development and oversight, and standards. For more information, contact Ivy Estabrooke.

Agreement Between U.S. Green Building Council and International Code Council

The U.S. Green Building Council and the International Code Council (ICC) have signed a memorandum of understanding that forges a stronger relationship between the two organizations in order to further green building practices. ICC’s vision is to protect the health, safety and welfare of people by creating better buildings and safer communities. This vision is congruent with USGBC’s core purpose: to create an environmentally responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. The MOU recognizes the leadership roles of both of the organizations, while laying out areas of mutual interest, such as advocacy and education initiatives, in which USGBC and the Code Council can work cooperatively to advance their missions. The MOU also addresses exploring and implementing joint business opportunities. The initial activities pursuant to the MOU will focus on education for code officials. Both organizations will develop a green building education manual on the subject of building codes and sustainability. //