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Did You Know?

New York, Jun 12, 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.

High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus Coalition to Virtually Visit Congress
The High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC), a private sector partnership providing guidance and support to the High-Performance Buildings Caucus of the U.S. Congress, is hosting the first annual Virtual Congressional Visits Days.

Scheduled to take place during the “High-Performance Buildings Week” on June 15-19, 2009, the initiative will encourage HPBCCC participating organizations to contact members of Congress and raise their awareness on the topic.

In the meantime, two co-chairs of the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus, Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL) introduced a Resolution - H.Res.492 - to support the goals and ideals of the High-Performance Building Week.

For more information, please visit HPBCCC online.

GS1 US Celebrates 35th Anniversary of UPC Bar Code
A member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), GS1 US has recently celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Universal Product Code (UPC) at the annual U Connect 09 conference in Orlando.

Developed and administered by GS1 US, the UPC consists of a row of 59 machine-readable black and white bars and twelve human-readable digits. Every code incorporates three elements: the brand owner’s GS1 company prefix, the specific item’s reference number, and a check digit, which is calculated by the combination of the preceding numbers.

Introduced to help supermarkets speed up the checkout process, UPC's extensive use has brought cost savings and productivity gains for shoppers, retailers and manufacturers alike.

GS1 has recently developed GS1 DataBar, a more advanced bar code that can be adapted to fit a smaller label and to carry additional product information.

EU-Sponsored GRIFS Project to Convene Kickoff Forum Meeting
The Global RFID Interoperability Forum for Standards (GRIFS), the EU-funded project addressing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) standards organizations, will convene its inaugurating Forum Meeting on June 30, 2009 in Washington, DC.

After several preparatory workshops, the GRIFS team has released a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that establishes the GRIFS Forum as a framework promoting cooperation among RFID’s standards developers and ensuring that such standards meet the users’ needs.

The next meetings will discuss coordination issues and will address organizational matters, such as how the Forum will operate once the GRIFS project ceases at the end of 2009. The event of June 30th will inform on recent accomplishments and will present perspectives from RFID standardization bodies.

For more information and to see the meeting's agenda, please check GRIFS online.

Association of Millwork Distributors Seeks Accreditation
ANSI organizational member the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) has submitted an application for accreditation as a developer of American National Standards.

The largest U.S. representative of side hinged exterior doors (SHED) distributors, prehangers and component manufacturers, AMD seeks accreditation of its testing method for SHEDs and related components.

For additional information or to submit comment, please contact: Mr. Jeff Burton, director of codes and standards, Association of Millwork Distributors (telephone: 727.372.3665;

Comments to ADM should be offered by July 13, 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 AMD’s proposed operating procedures, click here.

American Fence Association Earns Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the American Fence Association (AFA), an ANSI organizational member in 2009, as a developer of American National Standards.

AFA seeks to develop and maintain standards for the fence, deck and railing industry, covering products, services, as well as security applications.

For additional information, please contact: Mr. Rick Church, executive director, American Fence Association (telephone: 800.822.4342;