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 October 2007
Global Notebook

NIST Director Steps Down; ASTM
International Vice Chairman Takes Administrative Position

William Jeffrey, director of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology since 2005, stepped down as of Sept. 3 to become director of the Science and Technology Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses. James Turner, until now the deputy director, has been named acting director. The vice chairman of the ASTM International board of directors, Richard F. Kayser, has been named acting deputy director of NIST, a position he held in 2004. Kayser had been director of NIST’s Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory since 2005.

ASHRAE, DOE Partner to Improve Energy Efficiency

Under a new agreement, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the U.S. Department of Energy will work to increase building energy efficiency standards for the year 2010 by 30 percent over 2004 standards. A new memorandum of understanding commits ASHRAE and DOE to improving the efficient use of energy and the viable and widespread use of renewable energy sources and to minimizing the impact of energy use on the environment. Under the agreement, ASHRAE and the DOE are committed to working together toward several goals, such as:

• Promoting and supporting the continuing development of ASHRAE standards related to energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability.
• Supporting implementation of ANSI/ASHRAE/Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, through training programs.
• Supporting the development of guidance for exceeding the minimum efficiencies set by Standard 90.1, and new performance metrics and protocols for building energy efficiency and environmental impact.
• Cooperating in and supporting research about clean and renewable sources of energy, energy efficiency in buildings and equipment, and environmental impact of energy and material use.

ASM International Celebrates Convergence of “Everything Material”

ASM International, The Materials Information Society, has unveiled a new Web-based ecosystem that aims to bring together tools, information, networking, education and support to maximize the full potential of materials and materials professionals. ASM represents 38,000 members in a variety of markets, including aerospace, automotive, metalworking, industrial design, medical devices, microelectromechanical systems and nanotechnology. The new ASM global community is a project that has been three years in the making. The Web-based materials portal is interactive and customizable.

American Galvanizers Association Announces Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards Competition

The American Galvanizers Association is now accepting applications for its 2008 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. Presented annually, these awards recognize projects that utilize hot-dip galvanizing in an ideal, creative, innovative or monumental fashion. There are a dozen awards categories including artistic, duplex systems, international, bridge and highway, electrical, utility and communication and more. While membership is not required to enter, projects submitted must have been galvanized by an AGA member galvanizer, and construction completed during 2007. This free competition is open to all architects, engineers, fabricators and other members of the specifying community. All entries must be received or postmarked on or before Dec. 21. For project guidelines, rules and applications, contact Jenny Clawson at AGA (phone: 720/554-0900 ext. 15). Forms may also be downloaded here.

Puerto Rico Ready Mix Concrete Producers Association to Receive
ACI Award

The American Concrete Institute’s Distinguished Achievement Award will be presented to the Puerto Rico Ready Mix Concrete Producers Association at the ACI Fall 2007 Convention in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The award is given to nonmembers who have made notable contributions to the advancement of the concrete industry. The Puerto Rican organization had its start in 1972, when six young entrepreneurs created the first association that grouped all the ready mix concrete producers in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Ready Mix Concrete Producers Association works to ensure that its members are updated on the ever-changing demands of the construction industry as new techniques develop. The association offers seminars and certifications, closely watches government actions that affect the industry, intervenes in new specifications that prevail in construction projects, and maintains solid relations with local and international professional organizations related to the industry.

Foundation Releases Study on Crushed Returned Concrete as Aggregates for New Concrete

The Ready Mixed Concrete Research and Education Foundation has announced the release of a study on Crushed Returned Concrete as Aggregates for New Concrete. Performed at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Research Laboratory, the study evaluates the effects of the use of crushed concrete aggregate on fresh and hardened concrete properties by comparing these properties to concretes containing virgin aggregates. The report includes guidance for ready mixed concrete producers on a methodology for the appropriate use of crushed concrete aggregates in concrete. It is estimated that the ready mixed concrete industry could save approximately $300 million annually through the use of crushed returned concrete as aggregates, and solve an important environmental issue at the same time. Use of CCA supports sustainable construction initiatives and adds to the benefits that concrete can provide in this arena. The full text of the study may be downloaded from the foundation’s Web site. //