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College & University Chapels

The founding of many educational institutions throughout the world was inspired by faith communities.   In many of them the place of worship was the very first building.   College and university chapels are central places of worship for students, staff and faculty, and provide a space for solitude and reflection.

Sep 22, 2019

President Barnes reads Ecclesiastes 9:7-10

Princeton Theological Seminary is a private Presbyterian school of theology in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1812 under the auspices of Archibald Alexander, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, and the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), it is the second-oldest seminary in the United States.

Sep 22, 2019

Cultural Resource Properties

A significant part of the education industry builds and maintains cultural resource properties that are covered by local adaptations of a "fabric" of about twenty accredited consensus standards developers. These documents set the standard of care for the most iconic and most valuable properties owned by any college or university. [Public comments are due November 14th]

Sep 22, 2019

Public Procurement & Private Certification

We always consult one of the principal work products of the education industry -- quantitative, academic research -- to inform the development of our response to ANSI accredited standards developer proposals. Recent research by Boston University on public environmental policy enlightens our response to the expansion of the scope of ASHRAE 90.1 onto entire building sites

Sep 22, 2019

Canadian Parliament Debate on Incorporation by Reference

In administrative law, incorporation by reference is a legislative drafting technique that enables federal agencies to give legal effect to materials that are already published elsewhere. It is most controversially used to incorporate privately authored voluntary consensus standards into health and safety regulations without infringing the standards developers' copyright. We find enlightened debate on the subject in Ottawa.

Sep 22, 2019

2019 Student Paper Winner | Cybersecurity & Ukraine Power Grid Attack

The 2015 attack on Ukraine’s power grid represented the first publically documented cyber incident disrupting electrical utility and power distribution control systems. This paper examines how cybersecurity standards developed or approved by organizations such as NIST, ANSI, ISO, NERC and the IEC could have either mitigated or entirely prevented this attack.

Sep 22, 2019

Theater Safety Standards

Concentrated electrotechnologies that support entertainment enterprises and massive open online educational content is characteristic of the emergent #SmartCampus. One of the first names in consensus standard development in this space has released a number of redliness that propose safety and sustainability concepts. [Comment deadlines run from September 24 through October 8th]

Sep 21, 2019

Lighting Theatre and Auditorium Spaces

The electrotechnical complexity of instructional and information storage spaces is gathering pace with the emergence of massive open online curriculum and the growth of educational campuses as the locus for entertainment. A typical design guideline and construction contract specification will contain requirements that reference IES consensus documents that are part of a fabric of consensus documents that move quickly. #StandardsKentucky

Sep 21, 2019

Places of Assembly, Lecture Halls & Theaters

The standard of care for electrical system safety in dramatic arts facilities in the education, and other industries, is largely established in Articles 518 through Article 540 of the National Electrical Code (NEC). We have identified the safety challenges associated with large gatherings of people ("event safety") and how the NEC supports the goals and coverage of other public safety standards suites.

Sep 21, 2019
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