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Did You Know?


New York, Nov 14, 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.

ASHRAE Publishes Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Residential Guideline
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has released Guideline 24-2008, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, a companion guideline to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, which is the nationally recognized standard for residences.

Covering topics such as building airflow, humidity control and verification of equipment performance, Guideline 24 will help designers, builders and others looking to go beyond the minimum requirements for high performance construction.

For more information, please visit ASHRAE online.

ISO Guide to Help Reduce Environmental Impacts of Products
Shedding light on the environmental aspects of product standards, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published ISO Guide 64:2008, Guide for addressing environmental issues in product standards.

Primarily intended for product standards writers, this guide is a practical tool for reducing the potential environmental impact of products, as well as a contribution to a sustainable international trade.

The ISO Guide was developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 207, Environmental management, Working Group (WG) 7, Inclusion of environmental aspects in product standards. The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrator for this TC is the American Society for Quality (ASQ), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer.

MIT Wins in the 2008 ASME Innovation Showcase
A student team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) won first place in the 2008 ASME IShow that was held in Boston last month.

Presenting a remotely controlled robot that aids in medical biopsies, MIT prevailed over nine collegiate teams that entered design concepts and prototypes; the University of California, San Francisco finished second, and Johns Hopkins University received the third-place award.

Through its yearly event, ASME, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, seeks to support innovation through undergraduate projects, student programs, and faculty curriculum development.

The Institute of Continuity Management Gains Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of DRI – The Institute of Continuity Management, a new ANSI organizational member, as a developer of American National Standards.

Administering educational and certification programs for the professionals of business continuity planning and management, DRI International seeks to promote a base of common knowledge for the business continuity planning/disaster recovery industry through education, assistance, and publication of the standard resource base.

For additional information, please contact: Mr. Al Berman, executive director of DRI International (telephone: 914.372.1979; aberman@drii.org).

The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association Gains Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), a new ANSI organizational member, as a developer of American National Standards.

ROHVA’s scope of activity involves standards addressing design, configuration and performance aspects of recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).

For additional information, please contact: Mr. Thomas Yager, vice president, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Organization (telephone: 949.255.2560; tyager@svia.org).

The Society for Human Resource Management Applies for Accreditation
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a new ANSI organizational member, has submitted an application for accreditation as an ANSI accredited standards developer.

SHRM seeks to develop standards for effective planning, coordination, and operation of human resource organizations.

For additional information or to submit comment, please contact: Mr. Lee Webster, SHRM’s director for HR standards (telephone: 703.535.6047; fax: 703.258.6047; lwebster@shrm.org).

Comments to SHRM should be offered by December 14, 2008, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298; Jthompso@ansi.org).

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

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