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New York, Feb 21, 2014

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

March 19 SES Webinar on Publication of Standards and Related Materials as eBooks and Mobile Apps
ANSI member and accredited standards developer SES – The Society for Standards Professionals will hold a webinar focused on the use of eBooks and mobile apps as avenues for the distribution of voluntary consensus standards. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. eastern, and will be led by Ron Jones, vice president, business development, for IDS America Inc. Mr. Jones will examine methods of structuring standards-related content released as eBooks or mobile apps to include video and audio elements, among other related topics.

The webinar is offered free of charge to all current SES members and all ANSI full member technical contacts. More information on the webinar is available on SES’s website.

NIST Issues Call for Comments on Cryptographic Standards Development Process
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC)’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released a new draft document providing information about its approaches to developing standards related to cryptography. The agency is seeking public feedback on the document, NIST Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines Development Process (NIST IR 7977), which was issued as part of a larger review of NIST’s cryptographic standards process.

In connection with NIST IR 7977, the agency has asked stakeholders to provide feedback in connection with the following questions related to its cryptographic standards development process:

  • Are there other principles that we should use to drive our standards development efforts?
  • What are the most effective processes identified in the draft for engaging the cryptographic community for providing the necessary inclusivity and transparency to develop strong, trustworthy standards? Are there other processes we should consider?
  • Do these processes include appropriate mechanisms to ensure proposed standards are thoroughly reviewed and interested parties’ views are heard? Are there other mechanisms that should be included in our process?
  • What are other communication channels that NIST should consider to effectively communicate with its stakeholders?

The full document is available online. All comments must be submitted to NIST via email to crypto-review@nist.gov by Friday, April 18, 2014.

USGBC Announces 20,000th LEED Certification for a Commercial Project
ANSI member and accredited standards developer the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently announced the certification of a facility operated by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee, under its LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) ratings system. This marks the 20,000th LEED certification given by the council in connection with a commercial project.

The Knoxville plant, which is one of seven LEED-certified facilities operated by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, features water-efficient fixtures and a highly efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and was constructed using building materials that included nearly 25% recycled content. More than 50% of the plant’s electricity is generated using renewable power sources, and efficient lighting controls and fixtures significantly reduce electricity waste associated with lighting needs.

For more information about the USGBC and LEED certification, visit www.usgbc.org.

AAMA Now an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (ExSC) has approved ANSI organizational member the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer under its proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on AAMA-sponsored American National Standards, effective February 19, 2014. For additional information, please contact Andrea Rhodes, AAMA technical operations supervisor, by email at ARhodes@aamanet.org, by phone at 847-303-5859 extension 262, or by mail at 1827 Walden Office Square, Suite 550, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173.

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