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Did You Know?

New York, May 01, 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.

ASHRAE Funds Research to Improve Comfort in Commercial Kitchens
Addressing more than twelve million employees in the restaurant industry nationwide, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute, is funding research in thermal comfort of commercial kitchens.

Aiming to provide a cooler and more comfortable environment for American kitchen workers, ASHRAE’s research will help engineers and kitchen consultants in the design of HVAC systems and in the operation of restaurants.

Managed by ASHRAE’s technical committee 5.10 on kitchen ventilation, the project research will entail walk-in surveys and on-site data collections.

ASHRAE welcomes proposals on this research project until May 18, 2009. For more information, please visit

AWWA Announces Drinking Water Week 2009
As a reminder of the vital role of water in our daily lives, Drinking Water Week 2009 will be celebrated on May 3-9, 2009.

Promoted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, the initiative will focus on American drinking water and will reinforce the commitment to keeping it safe.

Water utilities and environmental groups will educate communities on how to preserve local water supplies through school events, public presentations and festivals.

Throughout the week, AWWA will also highlight Only Tap Water Delivers, its grassroots and media campaign emphasizing the value of tap water service and the importance of investments in water infrastructure. For more information, please visit AWWA online.

TIA and U.S. Government to Support APEC's Efforts on Toy Safety
The Toy Industry Association (TIA), an ANSI member and standards developer, has joined the U.S. government in sponsoring a Toy Safety Initiative in the context of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

The project will bring together regulators and private sector representatives for a series of events between 2009 and 2010 to discuss regional best practices for toy safety systems.

Aiming to strengthen consumer safety while keeping the significance of toy trade among the APEC’s economies, the Toy Safety Initiative will work to increase transparency, foster alignment of standards and practices, and remove obstacles to trade for the toy industry.

Two upcoming workshops will be part of the initiative: the first — A Regulator Dialogue on Toy Safety — will be held aside of an APEC Officials meeting in Singapore in the summer of 2009; the second one — An Open Dialogue on Toy Safety for All Stakeholders — will be held on the occasion of the Hong Kong Toy Fair in January 2010.

New Book on Private Initiative in Global Standardization
A recently published book, Standardization and Digital Enclosure: The Privatization of Standards, Knowledge, and Policy in the Age of Global Information Technology, attempts to address the public policy issues raised by the increase of standards activities carried out by private entities.

Topics of discussion include: consortia legitimation arguments; structure of standardization; global context of standardization; taxonomy of standards; and the U.S. standardization system.

A seasoned expert in communications and computer engineering, the author, Dr. Timothy Schoechle, has been engaged in standardization since the early 1980s in both expert and leadership roles. Active in various international standards educational and research initiatives, he presently serves as secretariat of ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1, Subcommittee 32 (JTC1/SC32) Data Management and Interchange.

Dr. Schoechle played pioneering roles in such technologies as microprocessors, home networks, barcodes, RFID, VoIP, and energy systems. He served on the University of Colorado, College of Engineering faculty, playing a key role in founding its standards research center.

BOMA International Receives EPA’s 2009 Climate Protection Award
The Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2009 Climate Protection Award.

Typically given to individuals and organizations that show originality, public commitment, and a global perspective in pursuing green initiatives, this year’s award recognizes BOMA’s leadership, innovation, and technical achievements in climate protection.

BOMA has been recognized for its four initiatives fostering sustainability in the real estate industry: the BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP), the 7-Point Challenge, BOMA’s Green Lease Guide, and the BOMA Energy Performance Contract (BEPC) model.

For more information on BOMA’s sustainability initiatives, visit BOMA G.R.E.E.N.

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