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Did You Know?


New York, Sep 21, 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.

ANSI’s NY Office May Welcome a New Neighbor—Al Gore
Former Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore is looking to open a new office for his investment firm, Generation Investment Management, in New York City. But in addition to the usual factors normally taken into consideration in the city’s tight real estate market, Gore has added one more important qualification to the list.

The office space must also meet standards for energy efficiency and environmental friendliness set by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). A member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), USGBC has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard — a voluntary rating system intended to encourage the global adoption of green building practices. The LEED rating system provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction, and credits building projects for meeting performance criteria within specific environmental categories, including water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

Founded in 2004, Generation Investment Management invests in environmentally conscious and sustainable businesses. The group already has offices in London and Washington, DC, and plans to open a base in Melbourne, Australia next year.

EU Proposes to Postpone Metric-only Labeling Directive
In a proposed ruling, the European Commission has given the United Kingdom and Ireland the go-ahead to continue to use imperial measurements such as pints, pounds, miles, and feet.

Since 1995, products sold in the EU have been required to list metric weights and measures, but the use of supplementary imperial measurements has also been permitted. This concession to British tradition is set to expire at the end of 2009 per the EU’s metric-only labeling directive (80/181/EEC).

The commission’s proposal pushes for an indefinite suspension of the ban. The motion awaits ratification by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers before being written into law.

The SI (International System of Units) metric system, used widely in science and commerce, is recognized by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade agreement.

ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel