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 September 2007
From the Editor's Desk
E-mail Maryann Gorman

All in How You Look At It

Most people think their home or office buildings are made of concrete, mortar, nuts and bolts, wood, brick, wire and pipes, metal, gypsum, glass, and roofing material. And that’s a pretty reasonable way
to frame it (no pun intended).

Standards developers frame things a little differently. We know that the structures that hold all that is most dear and valuable to us are made of standards.

I know, not literally — but figuratively it’s as true that a house cannot stand without standards as without brick and mortar. And these standards are made by people who come together despite competitive concerns to ensure that everything from their company’s R&D, production processes and market access, to your own health and safety are secured by consensus standards.

Being in this line of work, it’s actually not far from my mind on a daily basis that the metal, wood, brick and concrete that form my house hold up as well as they do because of standards written by our friends in ASTM International committees such as A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys, D07 on Wood, C16 on Manufactured Masonry Units, and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. The work they do, and that all standards developers around the world do, not only ensures quality, but helps keep economies rolling by ensuring the transfer of new technology into the marketplace.

And that’s what we’re looking at this month: ASTM International standards for new construction technologies that save contractors and buyers money, beautify the urban landscape and help the environment along the way. From its foundation to its roof, your home or office building is made out of ASTM International standards. Take a minute to find out just how with this issue of Standardization News.

Maryann Gorman
Editor in Chief