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NEMA | Cybersecurity for Parking Facility Lighting

March 30, 2018
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The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has released for public review a new standard — C137.2 Standard for Lighting Systems – Cybersecurity Requirements for Lighting Systems for Parking Facilities.  The purpose of this standard is to provide cybersecurity requirements for lighting systems used in parking facilities with public access.  This standard provides specifications for the protection of signals and data to, from and within the lighting system, potentially including those that may initiate, control, or monitor non-lighting functions. This standard is not intended to address parking facilities with enhanced security requirements, such as critical infrastructure sectors. This standard does not apply to cybersecurity for safety-related cybersecurity.

Comments are due May 7th.   You may obtain an electronic copy from Karen Willis, (703) 841-3277,  Send your comments to Karen (with copy to   We will coordinate our response to this commenting opportunity with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee which meets twice today and every other week.

All NEMA consensus documents are on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconferences — every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern time.    Click here for login information.

Issue: [18-86]

Category: Electrical, #SmartCampus

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey

IBC §116 | Unsafe Structures & Equipment

March 27, 2018
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There is a group of proposals now under consideration by the ICC Building Code Action Committee (BCAC) that is being prepared for the International Code Council’s meetings April 15 to 25, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.   The intent of these proposals is a start to improving consistency in Chapter 1 of the 2021 International Building Code.  The definitions in the document linked below are scoped to administrative content across most of the ICC standard suite.   The “Reason” (substantiation) statements — always a required in the ICC process — indicate which codes have the same information and with no proposed changes.  Where there is coordination with the International Residential Codes or the ICC Energy codes, the proposals in the link below show Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 since Chapter 1 of those codes is heard in breakout hearings by those code committees:

BCAC Proposals for Administrative Coordination of Unsafe Structures and Equipment ADM 1-4

Queries about the BCAC committee may be directed to Ed Wirtschorek (  To participate more broadly in International Code Council consensus documents you need only register as a stakeholder in ICC cdpACCESS.  We will also add this item to the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconferences (every Wednesday 11 AM Eastern Time) to which everyone is welcomed:

Issue: [18-73]

Category: Facility Asset Management, Architectural, Public Safety, Risk Management, Space Planning

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

ASCE | Concrete Pavement Standard

March 27, 2018
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University of Nevada

As cities-within-cities, the education industry — especially large research universities — are a large market for concrete manufacturers and installation contractors.   The pathways built from aggregates (“sidewalks”) are central to the character to the campus.   Construction and maintenance of these pathways — the cost of which depends upon the appropriate specification and application of aggregate technologies —  are a significant cost center.  They can also present travel hazards and drainage problems.

The application of permeable pavements in recent years has gathered pace.  Permeable pavements typically consist of pervious concrete, porous asphalt, or interlocking concrete paver units over an open-graded base or subbase layer(s). Permeable pavements are designed to infiltrate stormwater, reduce peak flows, improve stormwater quality, and promote groundwater recharge.  They have become an integral part of low-impact development, sustainable design, green infrastructure, and best management practices for stormwater management. In order to be effective within municipal road networks, permeable pavements must be designed to provide sufficient structural capacity to accommodate the anticipated vehicle loadings while managing stormwater flows into and out of the permeable pavement.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released a redline of one of its standards for the application of these materials — Standard for Design, Construction and Maintenance of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements.   It does not appear to have a number in ASCE suite of standards.    It is a relatively new standard; its first release in 2013.   Now comes the 5-year revision cycle with the redline linked below:

18-51 ASCE Standard for Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement PICP Public Comment Draft

Comments are due April 1st.   Accessing the Public Comment System in order to submit comments will require using or creating an ASCE web user account. For additional questions please contact ASCE’s Codes and Standards Coordinator James Neckelor at (703) 295-6176.  General information about the ASCE suite of standards can be found on its Codes and Standards Page.

Issue: [18-51]

Category: Civil Engineering, Landscaping & Exterior

Colleague: Jack Janveja, Patti Spence


NFPA 70 | 2020 National Electrical Code Balloting

March 23, 2018
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Ballots on First Draft Report

are due today, March 23rd. 

We are now preparing our vote on the First Draft Report for the 2020 revision to NFPA 70 the National Electrical Code (NEC).  All NEC Code-Making Panels met face-to-face in January 2018 and have had time to review the responses to public input of all NEC code making panels.

To develop responses to public input we have been collaborating subject matter experts in the IEEE Standards Association SCC18, the IEEE Industrial Applications Society, the IEEE Power and Energy Society,  the IEEE Technology & Engineering Management Society and the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee (IEEE E&H), academic departments of several educational institutions and several of the many education industry trade associationsOnly IEEE has a user-interest vote on every NEC technical committee; hence our close collaboration.

We will place the First Draft balloting for the 2020 National Electrical Code at the top of today’s  Open Door teleconference which we host every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern Time and to which everyone is welcomed.   Login information is available in the link below:


Link to related posts:

IEEE SCC18 National Electrical Code Teleconferences

Teleconference | March 27th

Issue: Various

Category: Electrical, Energy, Telecommunications, Facility Asset Management, #SmartCampus

Contact:  Jim Harvey (, Mike Anthony (, Rich Robben (, Christel Hunter (

ASSE Z690.2 / ISO 31000 | Risk Management

March 22, 2018
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The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has announced a new standardization project that is essentially adoption into its own suite of standards — of the international standard ISO 31000 – Guidelines.

The proposed ASSE Z690.2 / ISO 31000* is a document for use by people who create and protect value in organizations by managing risks, making decisions, setting and achieving objectives, and improving performance. Managing risk is based on the principles, framework, and process outlined in this document. These components might already exist in full or in part within the organization, however, they might need to be adapted or improved so that managing risk is efficient, effective, and consistent.

Risks affecting organizations can have consequences in terms of economic performance and professional reputation, as well as environmental, safety and societal outcomes. Therefore, managing risk effectively helps organizations to perform well in an environment full of uncertainty.  Risk management enterprises within the education industry may communicate directly with ASSE American Society of Safety Engineers, 520 N. Northwest Hwy, Park Ridge, IL 60068,   Contact: Lauren Bauerschmidt (   All ASSE and ISO standards are on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconference every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern Time.   Anyone may click here to log in.


Issue: [18-70]

Category: Risk Management

* ANSI due process procedures require notification by ANSI-accredited standards developers of the initiation and scope of activities expected to result in new or revised American National Standards (ANS). Early notification of activity intended to reaffirm or withdraw an ANS and in some instances a PINS related to a national adoption is optional. The mechanism by which such notification is given is referred to as the PINS process. For additional information, see clause 2.4 of the ANSI Essential Requirements: Due Process Requirements for American National Standards.  (Link to original ANSI announcement Page 28)


Federal Participation in Consensus Standards

March 20, 2018
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The White House Office of Management and Budget released a revision of OMB Circular No. A-119, Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities.  According to the announcement:

OMB has issued a revision of Circular A-119 in light of changes that have taken place in the world of regulation, standards, and conformity assessment since the Circular was last revised in 1998.  OMB’s revisions are meant to provide more detailed guidance to agencies to take into account several issues, including the Administration’s current work in Open Government, developments in regulatory policy and international trade, and changes in technology.

The revised Circular is available at the link below:

The response by ANSI is available at the link below:

ANSI Response OMB A-119 050614

The degree to which leading practice can be discovered and promoted by industries themselves is a policy issue upon which good minds will disagree.   Few nations disagree that innovation is faster and more enduring from the workpoint (or the point of consumption) up, but markets are not perfect instruments for discovering the greater good.  At a speech given at the University of Michigan in 2014, S. Joe Bhatia, CEO of the American National Standards Institute, expands upon this point in the short videoclip below:


Issue: [16-18]

Contact: Mike Anthony, Christine Fischer, Jack Janveja, Richard Robben

Category: Federal Regulation

UL 1004 | Standard for Electric Generators

March 20, 2018
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Underwriters Laboratory (UL) is changing the scope of its ANSI accredited standard UL 1004 Standard for Electric Generators.  A change of scope in a consensus standard is usually a significant change because it casts new light on the standard of care in product performance, installation, operation and maintenance.  This change will likely be conveyed into NFPA and IEEE standards governing electrotechnology.

The strike and bold (redline) is available at this link: ANSI Standards Action Pages 53-54

Comments are due March 25th.  You may send comments (with copy to to: Jonette Herman, (919) 549-1479,  These proposed changes will also be referred to the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee which meets online 4 times monthly in European and American time zones.

Issue: [11-38]

Category: Electrical, Telecommunications, Public Safety, Risk Management, Facility Asset Management

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Kane Howard

NFPA 150 | Safety in Animal Housing Facilities

March 19, 2018
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NFPA International has released the Second Draft Report of NFPA 150 Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities (which, for commercial reasons, will likely change title to: Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities Code for the 2019 edition).  From the project prospectus:

This standard shall provide the minimum requirements for the design, construction, fire protection, and classification of animal housing facilities.  The requirements of NFPA 150 recognize the following fundamental principles:

(1) Animals are sentient beings with a value greater than that of simple property.

(2) Animals, both domesticated and feral, lack the ability of self-preservation when housed in buildings and other structures.

(3) Current building, fire, and life safety codes do not address the life safety of the animal occupants.

The requirements found in NFPA 150 are written with the intention that animal housing facilities will continue to be designed, constructed, and maintained in accordance with the applicable building, fire, and life safety codes. The requirements herein are not intended to replace or rewrite the basic requirements for the human occupants. Instead, NFPA 150 provides additional minimum requirements for the protection of the animal occupants and the human occupants who interact with those animals in these facilities.

NFPA 150 is open for NITMAM until March 22nd.   This means that the public may respond to the Second Draft Report and challenge any of the technical committee’s decisions in front of the NFPA Standards Council at the NFPA Annual Conference & Expo, June 11-14th, in Las Vegas.

Because many large research universities have significant revenue drivers that involve laboratory animals the original University of Michigan codes and standards advocacy enterprise (collaborating with trade associations and subject matter experts at the Evergreen State University) advocated for practical approaches to ensuring animal life safety without putting the US research industry at risk of being non-competitive with university-affiliated research enterprises in other nations where laboratory animals are treated with a different standard of care.

We supported prevailing arguments against vendor over-reach — i.e. the tendency for well funded stakeholders to build a revenue stream through the standards development process.  We recommended forestalling the expansion of fire safety technologies into a broader classification of laboratory animals and were granted that recommendation until the next NFPA 150 revision cycle.  We were granted that request.

Leadership at US research universities assume that funding participation of compliance, enforcement and risk management professionals fairly represents their cost-control agenda. It does not.  It should be obvious, from the NFPA 159 technical committee roster, which interest groups benefit from participating in the meetings:

NFPA 150 Technical Committee Roster

Not one college or university is participating; despite the size of university-affiliated research enterprises.

Immunology and Regenerative Medicine Research Laboratory – University o

All NFPA consensus documents are on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconference — every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern Time.  Click here to log in.

Issue: [11-1]

Category: Fire Protection, Facility Asset Management, Academic, Risk Management

* Link to previous University of Michigan-led advocacy: Issue [11-1]

ATIS | Battery Enclosure and Rooms/Areas

March 14, 2018
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Indiana University Data Center (Click on image)

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), an ANSI-accredited consensus standards developer, brings together the top global information and communication and technology (ICT) companies to advance the industry’s most pressing business priorities.  ATIS gives its 150 members a strategic view of the future of technology in the industry through access to the insights of the Chief Technology Officers of the leading ICT companies. 

ATIS has announced that it is revising its standard for Battery Enclosure and Rooms/Areas.   Link to original ANSI announcement:

ANSI Standards Action Page 14

The purpose of this standard is to develop industry-wide requirements including methods and procedures for the control of battery room and enclosure environments. This includes adequate ventilation of battery generated gases, the dissipation of battery-generated head, the control of room and enclosure temperature, the management of battery electrolyte spills, and in general the control of any contaminants within the battery room or enclosure.

To participate in its development you will need to obtain a copy from ATIS (  The single copy price is $175.00.  Send comments (with copy to to:

We will coordinate our comments on this standard with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee.  We will also place it on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconference (every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern).  Click here for login information.

Issue: [18-74]

Category: Telecommunications, Electrical

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Robert Arno

ANSI Essential Requirements | Patent Policy

March 11, 2018
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The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA; United States Public Law 104-113) was signed into law March 7, 1996. The Act amended several existing acts and mandated new directions for federal agencies with the purpose of:

  • Bringing technology and industrial innovation to market more quickly
  • Encouraging cooperative research and development between business and the federal government by providing access to federal laboratories
  • Making it easier for businesses to obtain exclusive licenses to technology and inventions that result from cooperative research with the federal government

The NTTAA — along with administrative circular A-119 from the White House Office of Management and Budget — made a direct impact on the development of new industrial and technology standards by requiring that all Federal agencies use privately developed standards, particularly those developed by standards developing organizations accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).   In circular A-119 federal agencies were also encouraged to participate in the development of those standards.   While discussion continues about how well the US non-government sector is doing to advance national technology strategy continues (see January 17, 2012 White House Memo  M-12-08) the US standards system remains the most effective process for advancing national technology and economic priorities for the education university and others.

ANSI is not a standards developing organization itself; it only accredits them according to its Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards.   ANSI reports to the National Institute of Standards and Technology; a division of the US Department of Commerce; which reports to The President of the United States.  Now comes a proposed revision to Section 3.1  of ANSI’s Patent Policy regarding the inclusion of patents in American national standards:

ANSI Standards Action Page 26

Comments are due by March 26th.   You may comment directly to ANSI at this email address:   With respect to our higher priorities, we will not be commenting on this redline, though intellectual property and patent policies are high on the agenda of many research universities.   We have advocated in other parts of the ANSI Essential Requirements document in the past, however — a history we are happy to explain at any of our weekly Open Door teleconferences every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern time.   Anyone is welcomed to join these discussions with the login information in the link below:



Issue: [11-31]

Contact: Mike Anthony, Jack Janveja, Christine Fischer, Rich Robben


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