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Did You Know?

New York, Sep 19, 2008

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

ICC Introduces Standard for Building in Hurricane and High Wind Areas
The International Code Council, a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has developed new construction guidelines for hurricane prone areas.

Designed to help the code officials who check code compliance and administer building safety codes, ICC-600, Standard for Residential Construction in High Wind Regions, uses the latest engineering knowledge to outline construction details for residential buildings.

An update to SSTD 10-99, ICC-600 includes provisions such as prescriptive designs for wind speeds up to 150 miles per hour, plus designs for steel framing and exterior wall coverings for high wind.

Since it can help communities protect their properties and reduce recovery costs in wind-related damage, ICC-600 will be considered as a referenced standard in the 2009 International Residential Code.

DHS Teams with Sesame Street to Teach Preparedness
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Sesame Workshop, the organization behind Sesame Street, have partnered to promote emergency preparedness for families with young children.

Testimonial GroverAs part of the Ready campaign that DHS has led for the past five years, the Sesame Street characters Grover and Rosita will help kids learn about emergency preparedness in a friendly way.

Through its website, DHS has promoted basic preparedness by offering ideas and worksheets on how to make a family plan for emergencies, such as getting emergency kits, or knowing phone numbers and escape routes.

ISO and UNIDO Publish Book on Standardization for Developing and Transitioning Economies
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have published a new book to help developing countries and economies in transition increase and leverage national standardization for economic development, trade, and consumer, social and environmental protection.

Explaining the advantages of standardization, “Fast forward – National Standards Bodies in Developing Countries” was written for professionals working for national standards bodies (NSBs) in developing countries or transition economies.

To download a PDF file of the book, please visit the ISO website.

New ASHRAE/ACCA Standard Outlines Inspection and Maintenance Requirements
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), both ANSI members and accredited standards developers, have introduced a new American National Standard on the inspection and maintenance of HVAC systems.

Addressing the inconsistent management of HVAC systems within the building industry, ANSI/ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 180-2008, Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Building HVAC Systems, introduces a consistent level of inspection and maintenance that will guarantee thermal comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality in commercial buildings.

To learn more, please visit ASHRAE website.

New CEA Survey Shows Strong Growth in Consumer Awareness of the DTV Transition
A recent market research released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, found that consumer awareness of the digital television transition (DTV) has grown 12 percentage points to 86 percent since the beginning of 2008.

The survey also shows that most consumers are satisfied with the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA)’s converter box coupon program.

With five months remaining before the transition date, almost one-third of households using an antenna on at least one television have already applied for their converter box coupon.