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Did You Know?

New York, May 16, 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.

NFPA Launches National Electrical Safety Month
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, electrical failures or malfunctions are involved in nearly 150 home fires each day.

Seeking to inform individuals on the measures to protect themselves and their property, NFPA has partnered with the Electrical Safety Foundation International to launch the National Electrical Safety Month, a safety initiative that is supported by a resource toolkit and a cartoon.

A collection of educational materials on electrical safety, Keeping Your Community Safe and Energized, includes the misadventures of Dan Doofus, a newly created animated character.

To view the Dan Doofus video, please click here.

ASHRAE President Testifies on Green Buildings to U.S. House Committee
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, presented its work on energy-efficient buildings in a Congressional testimony this week.

ASHRAE president Kent Peterson spoke at a hearing, Building Green, Saving Green: Constructing Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Buildings, before the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mr. Peterson defined standards as the core of energy-efficient buildings that contribute to reduce the impact of climate change, and observed that ASHRAE is proposing advanced energy design guidance, with the goal of net-zero energy buildings.

To read Mr. Peterson’s speech, please click here.

The Specialty Coffee Association of America Seeks Accreditation to U.S. TAG on Coffee
The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) applied to be accredited for a proposed U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 34/SC 15, Coffee, and requested to be approved as TAG administrator.

The proposed TAG will act in compliance with the Model Operating Procedures for U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ANSI for ISO Activities as contained in Annex A of the ANSI International Procedures.

Representing the specialty coffee industry, including retailers, roasters, producers, exporters and importers, as well as manufacturers, SCAA is a trade association aimed at setting the industry's standards for growing, roasting and brewing.

To receive additional information or to offer comments, please contact: Mr. Joseph Rivera, SCAA’s director of science and technology (telephone: 562.624.4100; fax: 562.624.4101;

Comments to SSCA should be submitted by May 31, 2008, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298;

InfoComm International Gains Accreditation
Effective May 13, 2008, ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of InfoComm International, an ANSI organizational member, as a developer of American National Standards.

InfoComm International is an association serving the professional AV communications industry worldwide, and promoting its members through activities that include market research, tradeshows, education, certification, government relations, outreach and information services.

For additional information, please contact: Dr. Joseph Bocchiaro III (telephone: 716.648.1520; fax: 716.648.2195;

The International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association Applies for Accreditation
ANSI organizational member the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA) has submitted an application for accreditation as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) under proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on proposed American National Standards.

IKECA’s scope of activity will cover standards for the inspection, cleaning and maintenance of commercial kitchen exhaust systems, plus related mechanical components and building materials, for purposes of cleanliness, proper system operation and fire safety.

For additional information or to submit comments, please contact: Mr. Glenn Fellman, IKECA’s executive vice president (telephone: 301.230.0099; fax: 301.231.4871;

Comments to IKECA should be offered by June 16, 2008, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298;

To view or download IKECA’s proposed operating procedures, click here.

ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel