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Did You Know?

New York, Aug 30, 2007

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.

Boeing Wins Contract to Support Space Exploration Program
ANSI member The Boeing Company has been selected by NASA to build the upper stage of the Ares I rocket. A key component of NASA’s Constellation Program, Ares I will launch astronauts to the International Space Station and eventually help to carry humans to the moon.

The two-stage rocket will carry to low Earth orbit the crew exploration vehicle Orion, which will succeed the Space Shuttle as NASA’s primary vehicle for human exploration. The new spacecraft will have more volume than the Apollo capsules, and permit travel of up to six crewmembers.

Boeing’s upper stage will provide the navigation, guidance, control and propulsion required for the second stage of the rocket’s ascent. Under the $514.7 million contract, which runs through 2016, Boeing will manufacture a ground test rocket, three flight test units and six production flight units.

CSA America, Green Building Initiative Develop Personnel Certification Program
ANSI members CSA America and the Green Building Initiative (GBI) are partnering to develop a personnel certification program for the Green Globes environmental assessment and rating system.

Green Globes is a web-based, interactive building rating system and design tool for commercial buildings that is currently awaiting approval as an American National Standard. The on-line auditing tool allows designers, building owners and managers to measure the environmental performance of buildings against best practices in areas such as energy, water, hazardous materials, waste management and indoor environment.

Under the agreement, CSA will develop a certification program for assessors using Green Globes to verify achievements in the design and operation of green buildings. The program aims to improve public confidence and assure worker qualification through the development and application of specific competency criteria.

The Green Building Initiative Standards Development Committee (ANSI GBI-01/2005) is the group responsible for maintaining, approving and achieving consensus on the Green Globes standard. GBI supports the use of green building guidelines to foster improvement and innovation in the industry and to expand the use of environmentally progressive practices into mainstream construction.

For more information on CSA’s personnel certification program, contact CSA at 212.524.4990 or

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