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IBC | Efficiency Apartments & Personal Toilets

November 6, 2017
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Colleges and universities have stepped up their game in student housing;

owing to the financing opportunities offered by Real Estate Investment Trusts.

There are several noteworthy proposals now under consideration by the ICC Building Code Action Committee (BCAC) that are being prepared for the 2021 International Code Council’s meetings April 15 to 25, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.   These proposals are intended to set safety standards for evolving occupancies and use classes.  See links below:

BCAC_Efficiency Apartments Draft_Progress_Report_171113(2) File 17-318

2018 IBC SECTION 1209 DRAFT TEXT File 17-318

8 clustered single user toilet rooms JULY29 File 17-318

Ahead of these meetings, or information about how to participate, may be directed to Ed Wirtschorek (  We will also place these on tomorrow’s Open Door teleconference, to which everyone is welcomed:


Issue: [17-318]

Contact: Mike Anthony (mike@standards, Richard Robben (

University of Houston | Calhoun Lofts

ASTM | Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces & Facilities

November 3, 2017
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ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces and Facilities meets later this month (November 14 – 17, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta) to prepare revisions to the consensus documents that will determine the methods by which athletic equipment and facilities will support one of the most politically-visible enterprises in the education industry and, in many cases, central to the brand identity of the state or host community.

There are hundreds of ASTM standards that set the standard of care in these enterprises and the accessories to these enterprises.  To identify a few:

ASTM F1703-13 Standard Guide for Skating and Ice Hockey Playing Facilities

ASTM F1953-10 Standard Guide for Construction and Maintenance of Grass Tennis Courts

ASTM F1081-09(2015) Standard Specification for Competition Wrestling Mats

ASTM F2950-14 Standard Safety and Performance Specification for Soccer Goals

ASTM F2461-16e1 Standard Practice for Manufacture, Construction, Operation, and Maintenance of Aquatic Play Equipment

ASTM F2060-00(2011) Standard Guide for Maintaining Cool Season Turfgrasses on Athletic Fields

Some legacy editions are free.  Current editions are available for purchase.  Many of these documents are incorporated by reference into public safety law.

ASTM welcomes subject matter experts on its technical committees (Click here)  We encourage participation by end users from the education industry.   Many committee members from the faculty of academia effectively advocate the point of view of competitor interests (such as manufacturers, insurance, labor and enforcement).  Not all ASTM committees are short on user interests participation, but most are.   The lack of participation by the final fiduciary in these standards is not the failure of ASTM International in seeking user participation, as indicated in the videoclips below:


Contact: Mike Anthony (, Richard Robben (, Chris Ehman (




ISO 37106 | Sustainable development & communities: Strategies for smart cities

November 2, 2017
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The United States Technical Advisory Group (US-TAG), with oversight by the American National Standards Institute and administration by NFPA International, voted in the affirmative to approve an International Organization for Standardization consensus document that will shape policy development for smart cities.  As cities-within-cities, major international research universities are a stakeholder in these discussions because of the town-gown infrastructure interface.  A preview of this document is available in the link below:

Sustainable cities and communities — Guide to establishing strategies for smart cities and communities

As anyone who has followed our collaboration with the US TAG since 2014 (Click here for previous coverage) the ISO 37101 suite of consensus documents is a rapidly evolving constellation of leading policy conceptions.  Many of the #SmartCampus concepts have been spun off to international technology experts in the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee which meets 8 times monthly.

An explanation of the broad contours of parent standard — with the Association Française de Normalisation (AFNOR Groupas the Secretariat — is described in the videoclip below:

As is our custom, we will focus on marking up draft consensus documents that come our way from the ANSI TAG Adminstrator, NFPA International.   A great deal of smart city “zietgeist” involves the events industry which provides broad policy overviews and a forum for coordination but takes time from the more difficult “strike and bold” work needed to give a consensus document life and broad acceptance.

For example, there is a Smart City Word Expo Congress taking place in Barcelona November 15-17; one of several consortia developing around the smart city zietgeist.  There is also another consortium — World Smart Community — which has also has close ties with the IEC, ISO and ITU.

We keep this ISO project on the agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconference which are hosted every Wednesday 11 AM Eastern time.  Anyone is welcomed to join these teleconferences from your computer, tablet or smartphone with the login information below:

You can also dial in using your phone. United States : +1 (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 718-914-669


Issue: [14-101]

IEEE | Substation Communications, Protection, Monitoring & Control Systems

October 28, 2017
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The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has announced the public review stage in its development of a new standard IEEE 2030.100-201x, Recommended Practice for Implementing an IEC 61850-Based Substation Communications, Protection, Monitoring, and Control Systems. This recommended practice outlines the necessary steps and procedures implementers of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61850 in substations should undertake in a multi-vendor equipment environment.  It is not the intent of this recommended practice to change the IEC 61850 standard, but treats the standard as providing a set of tools engineers and integrators could use in substation protection, automation, and control systems.

Comments are due January 2, 2018.  You may communicate directly with Karen Evangelista, (732) 562-3854, to obtain a copy and to submit comments.  Additionally, you are welcomed to join today’s teleconferences of the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee where all global electrotechnical standards are a standing item on the agenda.

We recognize that very few of the business leaders in the education industry have an interest in electrical power issues beyond the campus electric bill but this document is one of many in a constellation of standards developing around #Smart(Grid, City, Campus, etc.) that will provide the technical foundation for system reliability; a consideration that should be at the top of the agenda of any business leader given that the effective cost of campus power system outages run on the order of $100,000 to $1,000,000 per minute.

The interactions among subject matter experts in the IEEE E&H Committee provides anticipatory intelligence to stakeholders.  Admittedly, the complexities of the emergent #SmartCampus are beyond the technical grasp of the sustainability, energy management and information technology workgroups present in most universities.    The IEEE E&H Committee provides a gathering place where the few #SmartCampus electrotechnical strategists in the education industry can interact with subject matter experts and power technology innovators to inform their recommendations to education industry business leaders.

Contact: Mike Anthony (, Jim Harvey (, Christel Hunter (IEEE Standards Association,

University of California Berkeley

NSF 51 | Food Equipment Materials

October 27, 2017
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NSF International develops a suite of standards for the safety of food preparation of delivery enterprises in all industries, including ours.  A partial list is included below:

NSF 2 Food Equipment

NSF 7 Commercial Refrigeration and Freezers

Now comes a revision to a related document — NSF 51 Food Equipment Materials — which establishes minimum public health and sanitation requirements for materials and finishes used in the manufacture of commercial foodservice equipment (such as broilers, beverage dispensers, cutting boards and stock pots) and its components (such as tubing, sealants, gaskets and valves).   Pages 45-46 of this document is the strike and bold draft of changes to NSF 51 (Click here)

Comments are due November 12th.     You may comment directly to Allan Rose, (734) 827-3817, (with copy to  We will keep the NSF International food safety suite of documents on our weekly Open Door teleconferences every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern Time.  Anyone is welcomed to join these teleconferences with the login information below:

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ASHRAE 34P | Energy Guideline for Historical Buildings

October 24, 2017
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There are many historical buildings in the education industry and bringing them into conformity with energy conservation goals is a challenge.  The American Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers (ASHRAE) has released for public review a new consensus document: ASHRAE 34P Energy Guideline for Historical Buildings.  This guideline is directed to the entire Design Team and is not intended to address issues that are the responsibility of one discipline or trade. The studies and/or reports suggested in this document should be accounted for in the contract negotiations for the discipline most qualified to deal with that topic.   As indicated in the ASHRAE announcement:

PURPOSE:  The purpose of this guideline is to provide sound advice to those who plan to undertake energy efficiency and energy conservation improvement projects and programs involving historic structures on the practices, processes, and workflows that should be followed, including procedures:

  1. for energy efficient operation and maintenance,
  2. to improve the efficiency of energy-using building systems and equipment, and
  3. to improve the energy performance of the building’s envelope.

This guideline will provide advice related to implementing projects and programs in historic buildings and structures to achieve improved energy efficiency while minimizing disturbance to the historic character, characteristics, and materials (significance, value, and qualities) of the building, including:  envelope modifications and upgrades to control heat and moisture transfer and limit air infiltration,  adding new HVAC systems or improving existing HVAC systems to improve energy efficiency while maintaining human comfort and providing acceptable indoor environmental quality, and  adding new lighting systems or upgrading existing systems that provide energy efficient solutions while maintaining the historic qualities of the building.

SCOPE:  This guideline applies to those buildings that are defined as historic buildings or which are eligible to be so defined by applicable law in the jurisdiction where the building is located.

The education industry has a significant number of facilities that can be classified as historic and, accordingly, our original engagement with this document dates back to the early releases in 2015.  (See previous comments linked below).  Now comes the Fourth Substantive Revision — incorporating recent public comments– has been released and available in the link below:

Comments are due October 30th.  This document will be on the agenda of tomorrow’s Open Door teleconference — Wednesday, October 25th, 11:00 – 11:30 AM EST.    Anyone is welcomed to join these teleconferences from your computer, tablet or smartphone with the login information below:

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Issue [15-104A]

Category: Mechanical, Energy Conservation

Contact: Richard Robben, Larry Spielvogel


Carnegie-Mellon University

Link to previous comments:

15-104A ASHRAE 34P Energy Guideline for Historic Buildings Public Comment Accepted

Simon Institute

October 15, 2017
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It is difficult to underestimate the contribution an ANSI accredited suite of standards for custodial enterprises will make to our industry’s #TotalCostofOwnership agenda.   In 2013, seeing that there were no accredited consensus standards for the education facilities industry, custodial service experts at the University of Michigan approached two trade associations to create these standards.  (See History of University of Michigan Leadership in Infrastructure Standards).  The Simon Institute responded  and has begun the rollout several of them; a few listed below:

Background information on the professionalization of the custodial industry is covered in the videoclip linked below:



ASHRAE Standard 215P | Determination of Leakage of HVAC Air Distribution Systems

October 9, 2017
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University-affiliated healthcare facilities and research laboratories

have complicated environmental air systems


ASHRAE International has released for public review a new consensus document that will likely be useful in crafting commissioning contracts and setting lifecycle standard of care for the performance of building HVAC systems.   The education facilities industry has many, many workgroups engaged in lowering the #TotalCostofOwnership of environmental air systems.  The entire draft document may be accessed at this link:

BSR/ASHRAE 215: Method of Test to Determine Leakage of Operating HVAC Air Distribution Systems (First Public Review)

From the Foreward:

…HVAC system air leakage significantly increases building energy consumption. For example, a leaky VAV system (e.g., 10% leakage upstream and 10% downstream of terminal box inlet dampers at operating conditions) can use 25 to 35% more fan energy than a tight system (e.g., 2.5% upstream and 2.5% downstream at operating conditions). For an exhaust system with 20% leakage, the fan has to move 25% more air to meet the specified flows at the grilles, which causes fan power to increase up to 95%. Leakage also reduces the system’s ability to control and deliver intended flows and pressures, and to manage the spread of contaminants. As such, there is a need to minimize leakage airflows during air-handling system operation.  

Leakage test procedures currently used by industry focus on determining component airtightness (e.g., for ductwork located upstream of terminal box inlet dampers). Airtightness alone, however, is insufficient to determine leakage airflows. One must also then estimate system pressures during system operation to determine these flows. Determining the location of every leak and the pressure difference across each leak is practically impossible for most systems and can cause significant uncertainty in leakage airflow estimates using this approach. To eliminate the uncertainty associated with estimating pressure differences across leaks, this standard provides a method of test for determining leakage airflows, either for the whole system or for selected parts. Flows into and out of the section being tested are measured at a repeatable reference operating condition: the difference is the leakage flow. The operating condition is not necessarily the design operating condition, but corresponds to the greatest system inlet flow (outlet flow for exhaust systems) possible without being detrimental to the occupants of the building, the building structure, or to the HVAC mechanical components, while maintaining the duct static pressure set point (where applicable) specified in design documents. This standard does not mandate a calibration method for any instrument, nor does it dictate that the user employ a specific flow measurement technique…. 

Comments are due October 16th and may be keyed directly into ASHRAE’s Online Public Input website.  Additionally, we will place this commenting opportunity on the agenda of our Open Door teleconference — every Wednesday, 11:00 – 11:30 AM Eastern Time — during which time we review standards advocacy priorities among the various education industry trade associations whose position reflects the safety and sustainability concern of the user/owner/final fiduciary.   Anyone is welcomed to join these teleconferences from your computer, tablet or smartphone with the login information below:

You can also dial in using your phone. United States : +1 (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 718-914-669


ASME A17.3 | Elevator Safety Code

October 3, 2017
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Many colleges, universities, academic medical research and healthcare delivery campuses have hundreds of elevators essential to their safety and economic mission.   Proposed revisions to A17.3-2015 Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators are now open for public comment. 

This is a performance consensus document.  As such A17.3 guides all parties engaged in the safe installation, inspection, testing, operation, and/or insurance of existing elevators and escalators; thus sparing the major capital expense of all-new equipment.  As an alternative to ASME A17.1 it allows for more flexibility in problem-solving. which is tantamount to saying that it is receptive to innovative building design.

The proposed changes can be found on pages 22-26 in the document linked below:  

ANSI Standards Action SAV4839

The deadline for comments have not been posted yet but we will place this commenting opportunity on the agenda of tomorrow’s Open Door teleconference; 11 AM Eastern Time. Anyone is welcomed to join these teleconferences from your computer, tablet or smartphone with the login information below:

You can also dial in using your phone. United States : +1 (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 718-914-669


Colleague: David Flint (

ASME Consensus Documents Open for Public Review


ASME A17 Elevator Safety Standards

Five Universities Receive Funding to Develop Standards Curricula

September 29, 2017
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The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded five grants totaling more than $350,000 to support standards education in undergraduate and graduate curricula.  Since 2012, NIST’s Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program has awarded 27 grants for more than $1.6 million dollars.

“It’s been gratifying watching the program grow and generate increased interest each year,” said Warren Merkel, chief of Standards Services in NIST’s Standards Coordination Office. “We received a record 49 applications this year, including many multidisciplinary approaches, with topics ranging from forensic science, additive manufacturing, law and engineering to electronic health records, cybersecurity, energy and more. This clearly demonstrates a growing awareness of the value of standards in everything we do and will truly benefit the students and U.S. industry.”

City University of New York, The City College (New York) – $70,000

Drexel University (Philadelphia) – $68,062

Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) – $64,682

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) (Rochester, New York) – $74,938

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – $75,000

More detailed information is available in the link below:



Report of the 10 May 2016 ANSI Committee on Education (CoE) Meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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