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Did You Know?

New York, Jul 24, 2009

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.

ASIS Offers Course on Organizational Standard Implementation
ASIS International, a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), will be holding a course on the implementation of its organizational standard, ASIS.SPC.1:2009, Organizational Resilience: Security, Preparedness, and Continuity Management Systems. This standard guides organizations in managing risks that could threaten a company’s performance, competitiveness, and sustainability of operations.

The course will be held in San Francisco on July 29-31, 2009. It is open to all interested stakeholders, and is recommended for executives making resilience, security, and funding decisions, security and crisis management managers and directors, risk management professionals, and others.

Click here to register. For more information, visit the ASIS website.

NFPA Report Indicates that Sprinkler Ordinances Do Not Hurt Housing Construction or Prices
A new report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, concluded that sprinkler ordinances to not negatively affect housing construction or home prices.

The study analyzed residential construction in four counties in Maryland and Virginia. Two of the counties have sprinkler requirements, and the other two do not. Results of the comparative study indicated that housing construction and home prices were not affected by the ordinances.

For more information, view the NFPA news item. To review the complete findings of the report, click here.

USDA and NSF Announce 2010 Conference on Food Safety Education
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Safety Foundation (NSF) have announced that they will jointly host their second food safety education conference: Advancements in Food Safety Education: Trends, Tools and Technologies.

The event will educate attendees on communication and education strategies that increase the public’s knowledge of the causes of food-borne illnesses, with the intent of improving consumer food safety practices. Public health professionals, health care providers, medical communicators, food safety educators, and all other interested stakeholders are invited to attend.

The conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 23-26, 2010. For more information, visit the NSF website. To register, click here.

HPBCCC Sponsors Congressional Briefing on High Performance Buildings and Smart Grid
The High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) sponsored a congressional briefing held yesterday on high performance buildings and Smart Grid technology. Presenters addressed how buildings can connect to the Smart Grid, the technologies and equipment necessary for success, and the expectations for what the Smart Grid would look like.

Speakers at the briefing included Steve Bushby of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), who addressed connecting buildings and the Smart Grid; Mary Bell of General Electric and the NEMA Smart Grid Advisory Panel, who outlined the state of technology and equipment for Smart Grid implementation; and Barbara Tyran of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), who spoke on communications within the Grid.

Presentations from the July 23 briefing will be posted to the HPBCCC website.

ICC, ASCE, and Others Release Recommendations for Effective National Mitigation Effort
The International Code Council (ICC), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and fourteen other organizations have released a white paper titled “Recommendations for an Effective National Mitigation Effort.” The document addresses the importance of mitigation efforts aimed at building disaster resiliency nationwide.

With the risk of floods, tornados, and other disasters always present across the country, precautionary measures can prove to be critical for the safety and resilience of communities. The initiative was funded through a cooperative agreement between the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) as part of a continuing effort to foster dialogue and establish relationships between those in the mitigation community.

For more information, view the ICC release. To access the white paper, click here.

TAPPI Seeks Accreditation
ANSI organizational member TAPPI – Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry has submitted an application for accreditation as a developer of American National Standards.

A leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, and converting industries, TAPPI seeks accreditation for its operating procedures for documenting consensus on proposed American National Standards For additional information or to submit comment, please contact: Mr. Charles Bohanan, Director of Standards & Awards, TAPPI, (770.209.7276; 770.446.6947;

Comments to TAPPI should be offered by August 31, 2009, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298;

To view or download a copy of TAPPI’s proposed operating procedures, click here.

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