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Rhode Island Becomes First State to Adopt International Green Construction Code

IGCC Co-Sponsored by ASTM International

Rhode Island has become the first state to adopt the International Green Construction Code. The state’s Green Buildings Act identifies the IGCC as an equivalent standard in compliance with requirements that all public agency major facility projects be designed and constructed as green buildings. The rules and regulations to implement the act took effect in October.

The IGCC, subtitled “Safe and Sustainable by the Book,” addresses green building design and performance and applies to new and existing, traditional and high performance commercial buildings. Launched in 2009 by the International Code Council, the IGCC is co-sponsored by ASTM International, the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the Illuminating Engineering Society and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Olshefsky attends standards workshop and visits university in Rio de Janeiro

James Olshefsky (center), ASTM, met with José Araruna (left) and Maurício Frota (right), professors at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro.

ASTM in Brazil

Olshefsky Attends Standards Workshop and Visits University in Rio de Janeiro

On Aug. 18-20, ASTM International, in collaboration with several U.S.- and Brazilian-based organizations, participated in the U.S. Codes and Standards Workshop: Applications for the Brazilian Oil and Gas and Nuclear Industries, at the Foreign Trade Chambers Federation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The two-day workshop consisted of a review of the successful adoption and use of U.S.-based international codes and standards in the oil and gas sector and how the use of globally accepted U.S.-based nuclear codes and standards could benefit Brazil and its expanding nuclear program.

James Olshefsky, director of external relations, ASTM, delivered two presentations during the program, one focusing on ASTM International standards for the oil and gas industries and one for the nuclear sector. Olshefsky presented information about the relevant technical committees and high quality, market-relevant standards available in these subject areas.

A key theme presented was ASTM’s direct participation model, which offers opportunities for significant technical collaboration. Other speakers addressed the use of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ codes in both the oil/gas and nuclear sectors, and the regulatory environment in the United States and Brazil.

Also while in Brazil, Olshefsky met with José Araruna and Maurício Frota, professors at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro. PUC was the first private university in the country, founded in 1940, now with more than 15,000 full-time students. Professor Frota helped to establish a graduate program in metrology for the university in 1996. The program, which includes a course about standards, aims to train professionals to a high level of technical and scientific competence to cope with the challenges arising from advances and sophistication of metrology.

Olshefsky shared information about the tools and resources available to support standardization education. PUC is a part of CAPES, the Brazilian national electronic library consortium for science and technology, which signed a multiyear renewal with ASTM in 2009.

For more information about ASTM’s academic outreach activities, contact James Olshefsky, ASTM International (Phone: 610-832-9714).

Harvey Voris speaks on sporting goods in China

Harvey Voris speaks on sporting goods in China.

ASTM in China

Recent Events Focus on Medical and Surgical Devices, Sports Equipment

Liu Fei, ASTM International’s chief representative in China, made a presentation at the first annual China International Medical Device Regulatory Forum, which was held Sept. 7-10 in Beijing, China. He spoke about ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, and its standards for cardiovascular and computer-aided orthopaedic surgery. The State Food and Drug Administration of China includes a medical devices standardization administration, which manages standards development for medical devices in China.

Also in China, Harvey C. Voris, chairman of ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities, gave a lecture at the head office of Technical Committee 291 on Sporting Goods, Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China, in Beijing on Sept. 13. TC 291 is the Chinese equivalent to ASTM Committee F08. China is a major trading partner for U.S. manufacturers in the areas of sporting goods and fitness equipment.

Meeting for an overview of ASTM International and its work in Europe, Mexico and Central AmericaU.S. Department of Commerce Standards Attachés William Thorn, who has been posted to the U.S. Mission to the European Union, and Everett Wakai, who is based in Mexico City, Mexico, joined ASTM International staff in late September at ASTM headquarters for an overview of ASTM International and its work in Europe, Mexico and Central America. Pictured, left to right: Jeff Grove, James Olshefsky, William Thorn, Anthony Quinn, Everett Wakai and Teresa Cendrowska.


ASTM Co-Sponsors Congressional Briefing on Water Conservation

Quinn and Devine at a congressional briefing on water

Anthony Quinn (left), ASTM International, with Donald C. Devine (right), CEO, American Standard Brands, at the congressional briefing on water.

Need for Increased Efficiency of Water Use Is Highlighted

On Sept. 13, ASTM International co-sponsored a briefing, “Saving Water in the Interior of a Building,” for congressional staff and members of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill. The briefing highlighted the need for increased efficiency of water use in bathrooms and kitchens.

Programs such as the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency’s WaterSense are geared to help consumers purchase products that increase water efficiency while maintaining performance. According to WaterSense, about eight percent of U.S. energy demand goes to treating, pumping and heating water and is equal to enough electricity to power more than five million homes for an entire year. Heating water accounts for 19 percent of home energy use and 13 percent of the average utility bill.

Donald C. Devine, CEO, American Standard Brands, discussed in detail how their products meet or exceed specifications, some of which are ASTM International standards. Devine stated, “Our goal is to educate consumers that conservation can and does begin at home; by developing water-efficient, low consumption toilets, faucets and shower heads that actually work, we are providing consumers with real choice in creating responsible bathrooms without sacrifice in style or performance.”

ASTM and Other Standards Organizations Commemorate Americans with Disabilities Act

ASTM International joined with the National Fire Protection Association, the American National Standards Institute and other members of the standards community to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 on Capitol Hill on Sept. 24. ADA fundamentally changed and improved the way that many Americans access the built environment, transportation, communications and information technology. The event highlighted various standards and subsequent products that have been manufactured for those with disabilities. One such standard is ASTM F1951, Specification for Determination of Accessibility of Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment, which is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F08.63 on Playground Surfacing Systems, part of ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities. F1951 is referenced by the U.S. Access Board, the organization devoted to providing information on accessible designs and the leading source of technical assistance and training on related issues.

Former ASTM Board Chairman Visits University of Illinois

Fiorato Speaks on Standards to Methods and Materials Class

On Sept. 15, Anthony Fiorato, Ph.D., former chairman of the ASTM International board of directors and current chairman of Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, spoke to a group of students in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Fiorato spoke to a methods and materials class, sharing insights on the importance of codes and standards that he has learned over the course of his career. Fiorato has lectured and published extensively for more than 35 years, and his contributions have been recognized with numerous professional awards.

Professor Gaines Hall, who teaches the methods and materials course, reported that the students learned a great deal from Fiorato’s presentation that will be applicable to their careers as architects.

Nominations Requested for President’s Leadership Award

Nominations are now being sought for ASTM International’s President’s Leadership Award. The award salutes the inspiration and positive contributions of individuals early in their ASTM career who have significantly advanced the society’s mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example and vision.

The President’s Leadership Award was established by the ASTM board of directors in 2007 to recognize outstanding leadership within the first five years of an individual’s association with ASTM International.

The deadline for nominations for the President’s Leadership Award is Feb. 1. For more information, contact Barbara Smith, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9684).

Russian representatives visit ASTMOn Aug. 20th, Alvi Shamilev, of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology, Moscow, Russia, visited ASTM International headquarters to discuss the ASTM standardization process as well as the various technical training courses that ASTM offers. From left to right: Leah Yanushpolsky (interpreter), Alvi Shamilev, Teresa
Cendrowska and Sarah Naouri.


2010 Officers’ Training WorkshopMore than 90 ASTM committee officers gathered at ASTM headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa., on Sept. 14-15 for the 2010 Officers’ Training Workshop. Here, ASTM staff managers Brynn Murphy (left) and Christine Basile (right) present a module on main committee officers’ duties and responsibilities.

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