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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Irrigation Systems to Durable Housing


New York, May 20, 2014

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Irrigation Systems
Historically, diesel was the primary source used by farmers to power irrigation systems. However, the rising costs of fuel combined with the potential environmental risks of liquid fuel storage near wells and surface water led farmers to seek alternative solutions for power. Increasingly, electric power has become the least expensive source of energy for irrigation and offers many advantages including increased environmental safety, greater energy efficiency, and remote operation capabilities.

To help farming operations seeking to optimize their power irrigation systems, a recently revised American National Standard (ANS) has been released by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). ANSI/ASAE S397.4 NOV2013, Electrical Service and Equipment for Irrigation, provides a common document for use by all those involved in electrical irrigation systems, including electricians, power suppliers, well drillers, irrigation dealers and manufacturers, extension specialists, and irrigators. This ANS applies to three-phase, 240 V, or 480 V service, the most commonly used irrigation service voltages for irrigation pump motors, irrigation machines, and auxiliary equipment, and incorporates numerous updates to normative references and citations which have changed since the standard was last published in 2007.

ASABE, an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, is an educational and scientific membership organization of agricultural, food, and biological engineers seeking to develop efficient and environmentally sensitive methods of producing food, fiber, timber, and renewable energy sources.

Durable Housing
According to United States Census Bureau, there are more than 76 million single-family homes in the U.S. This includes both attached and detached homes: attached defined as a house that shares walls on one or both sides with another home or building; detached defined as a home that sits on its own lot without sharing any walls with another home or building. Whether a home is attached or detached, safety and durability are of prime importance.

A new ANS from ASTM International will ensure new residential, single-family homes keep occupants safe. ANSI/ASTM E2136-2013, Standard Guide for Specifying and Evaluating Performance of Single Family Attached and Detached Dwellings – Durability, provides guidance on performance statements for durable in-place materials, products, components, systems and subsystems, and site planning for single-family attached and detached dwellings, considering the effects of normal degradation factors to which they are anticipated to be subjected over their service lives. ANSI/ASTM E213602-13 is intended to serve managers of housing procurement projects, home builders, designers, product manufacturers, and evaluation services in addressing durability issues related to single family attached and detached dwellings, and can also serve to improve communications between producers and consumers leading to enhanced quality and housing performance.

ASTM International, an ANSI organizational member and audited designator, seeks to develop voluntary consensus standards to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

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