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International Green Construction Code Public Version 1.0 Now Available for Public Review

ASTM International Is an Original Co-Sponsor of the Code

The first version of the International Green Construction Code initiative, subtitled “Safe and Sustainable by the Book,” is now available for public view and comment.

The IGCC was launched in 2009 by the International Code Council with original co-sponsors ASTM International and the American Institute of Architects. The goal of the initiative was to develop a model code focused on new and existing commercial buildings addressing green building design and performance. ICC and its original co-sponsors have now been joined by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society.

The scope of the IGCC includes the following:

  • Administration;
  • Site development and land use;
  • Material resource conservation and efficiency;
  • Energy conservation, efficiency and atmospheric quality;
  • Water resource conservation and efficiency;
  • Indoor environmental quality and comfort;
  • Commissioning, operation and maintenance and
    Existing buildings.

Learn more about the IGCC and access documents for review and comment.

Legislation to Reduce Cigarette Fires Now Passed in All States

ASTM Fire Safety Performance Standard Provides Basis for Safety Testing

Legislation aimed at reducing the number of cigarette fires and fire fatalities has now been passed in all 50 of the United States. In March, Governor Dave Freudenthal signed a law requiring that all cigarettes sold in Wyoming must meet a specific fire safety standard as of July 2011.

Having such legislation passed in all states has been the goal of the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes since its founding in March 2006. ASTM International is a member of the coalition, which has called on cigarette manufacturers to produce and market cigarettes that adhere to an established fire safety performance standard that is based on ASTM E2187, Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes.

Standards Expert Program Continues at ASTM

Latest Experts Represent Standards Bodies of South Africa and Vietnam

Experts from national standards bodies in South Africa and Vietnam will visit ASTM International headquarters from May 24 to June 18. During their visit, the experts will learn about ASTM International and its standards development process, attend the June committee week, visit both federal government agencies and U.S.-based standards development organizations in Washington, D.C., and share information about their work and their home organizations.

Percy Malatsi is a project leader from the South African Bureau of Standards. His work involves customer liaison, managing committees from various industries, preparing standards in the chemical and mining department at SABS and translating and interpreting technical documentation into user-friendly text.



Nguyen Van Khoi is a senior official in the standards department at the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he has worked for the past 15 years. His responsibilities include developing policy, law and regulations and technical guidance for standards activities in Vietnam. Nguyen Van Khoi holds a master’s degree in international law from Hanoi University.


ASTM hosts delegates from ChinaOn March 30th, ASTM International hosted a two-member delegation from the Special Equipment Safety Supervision Inspection Institute of Jiangsu Province, China. The discussion focused on ASTM’s standards development process, our long-standing partnership with China and the work of Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. Shown, from left to right: Tom Lee, Jiangsu Province; George Luciw, ASTM; Teresa Cendrowska, ASTM; Qiang Tianpeng, Jiangsu Province; Sarah Naouri, ASTM; and James Olshefsky, ASTM.

ASTM Members Visit College Campuses

Stoller, Fields Present to University Classes

Roger Stoller, a nuclear scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and current ASTM chairman of the board, made a presentation about ASTM International and the use of standards to a class at the University of Tennessee on March 3.

The class on nuclear systems design is taught by Martin Grossbeck and is a requirement for all seniors in nuclear and radiological engineering. The class is divided into design teams who all work on the same design project, proposing different solutions.

On March 26, Richard Fields, past chairman of ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials, spoke to a class at the University of Mississippi via a conference call. Fields gave an overview of ASTM and spoke in detail about D30 standards. Ten students participated in the call, which was held during a class on characterization of polymeric composites taught by Ellen Lackey of the mechanical engineering department.

Lackey, who uses ASTM standards in her class through the ASTM Standards on Campus program, said the conference call was “an excellent opportunity for the students to hear about real-world applications of topics that we had discussed in the classroom.”

ASTM staff visits NIST buildings and fire research laboratory

Left to right: Pat Picariello, ASTM; Katharine Morgan, ASTM; Thomas O’Toole, ASTM; William Grosshandler, deputy director, BFRL; Jeffrey Grove, ASTM; Robert Chapman, NIST; and Stephen Mawn, ASTM.

ASTM Staff Visits NIST Buildings and Fire Research Laboratory

ASTM met with the leadership and staff of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Building Fire and Research Laboratory in Gaithersburg, Md., on March 19.

BFRL Director Shyam Sunder and BFRL Deputy Director William Grosshandler hosted the ASTM staff delegation, which included Jeffrey Grove from the ASTM Washington, D.C., office as well as Katharine Morgan, Pat Picariello, Stephen Mawn and Thomas O’Toole, all from ASTM Technical Committee Operations.

The informational exchange included presentations by NIST on BFRL programs, including:

  • Net-zero energy high performance buildings;
  • Advancing infrastructure delivery;
  • Sustainable infrastructure materials;
  • nnovative fire protection; and
  • Disaster-resilient structures and communities.

ASTM staff provided information on standards activities in the areas of buildings, sustainability and sustainable building materials, fire, three-dimensional imaging and the relationship between ASTM standards and the new International Green Construction Code Public Version 1.0.

The relationship between ASTM and the BFRL remains very strong, and numerous technical experts from NIST are actively engaged in ASTM technical committees.

Award Nominations Sought

Frank W. Reinhart Award

Nominations are sought for the 2010 Frank W. Reinhart Award, which honors a technical committee, a subcommittee or an individual ASTM member who has made outstanding and unusual contributions to the organization in the realm of terminology standardization.

The award, established in 1981, honors the late Reinhart, who was active in ASTM terminology work for many years. Reinhart exemplified the intent of the award through his dedication to the use of correct and appropriate technical terminology in ASTM standards.

The Subcommittee on Form and Style of the Committee on Standards administers the Reinhart Award. Nominations documenting the contributions of the candidate must be postmarked by Aug. 1 and forwarded to Barbara Smith, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 (phone: 610-832-9684).

Walter C. Voss Award

Nominations are requested for the 2010 Walter C. Voss Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to advancing knowledge in the building technology field. The award honors longtime member and former chair of Committee C07 on Lime, Walter C. Voss.

Presented to an engineer, scientist or other professional in the trade, both ASTM members and nonmembers are eligible. Nominations should indicate how the nominee has contributed to advancing knowledge in the building technology field. Emphasis should be placed on those using materials that have led to significant advances, innovation or creative efforts that have benefited the entire construction industry and encouraged its fundamental development.

Nominations documenting the contributions of the candidate must be postmarked no later than Aug. 1. Please send nominations to Barbara Smith, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 (phone: 610-832-9684).

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