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September 24, 2021

Fall Syllabus Week 38 | September 20-26

Our daily colloquia are typically doing sessions; with non-USA titles receiving priority until 16:00 UTC and all other titles thereafter.  We assume policy objectives are established (Safer-Simpler-Lower-Cost, Longer-Lasting).   Because we necessarily get into the weeds, and much of the content is time-sensitive and copyright protected, we usually schedule a separate time slot to hammer on technical specifics so that our response to consultations are meaningful and contribute to the goals of the standards developing organization and that part of the education communities responsible for its real assets.

We have been doing it this way every day since 2013 and this way works.  We are, however, reconfiguring the synchronization of our content management system with our tracking algorithm and the original University of Michigan ITCS workspaces that date back nearly 20 years .  The process will likely require patience (and forgiveness) until the fall 2021 semester.

Keep in mind that the American National Standards Institute administers only about 40% of standards-setting in the United States.  A great deal of ANSI resources are devoted to supporting its conformance membership.  The bulk of standards setting globally is done by governments, open-source, and other ad hoc consortia.

We have noted that several national standards setting bodies (ANSI) and the Geneva-based international standards setting bodies (IEC, ISO, ITU) seem to be improving their own public access facilities for use by their member organizations.  That is welcomed news since we have been urging them to get cracking on these facilities for a very, very long time.  In other words, the SDO’s are doing more of what they should have been doing all along so now we can do less.

Like any software change-up, however, the process is continual.  Until those facilities become practical you are always welcomed to click into our daily colloquia at 15:00 UTC.  (Dates in parenthesis indicate consultation close dates)

To wit:

0. Leviathan.

S. 1917: K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021

S.1624 – National Laboratory Biotechnology Research Act of 2021

H.R. 3684 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

H.R. 4442: Green New Deal for Public Schools Act of 2021

H.R. 5103: Quality Higher Education Act of 2021

1.  Nota Bene. (Consultation close dates 30-45 days).  There is only modest similarity in the public consultation platforms of ANSI accredited standards developers.   Many of the links below will not redirect you to a coded commenting form; yet another reason we host daily colloquia — i.e. the domain moves too swiftly.

Open consultations from the World Trade Organization (via NIST):

Standards Coordination Office | USA WTO TBT Enquiry Point    (The above-average tranche of consultations may reflect recovery from the circumstances of the pandemic.  In other words, the proficiency of regulators and standards administrators working from home seems to gather pace. )

Open consultations the next 30-45 days from ANSI Continuous Maintenance Standard Development Organizations.  See Canadian Parliamentary Debate RE: Incorporation by Reference for enlightened discussion about short consultation periods for enforceable public safety titles


2024 National Fuel Gas Code development coordinated with NFPA 54.  Virtual meetings September 13-28

ASABE (All consultations are product-oriented this week) N.B. ASABE is ANSI’s US Technical Advistory Group chair for ISO the Global Secretariat for the ISO/TC 34 Food Products.

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ASHRAE  (Owing to the speed of change in ASHRAE’s catalog, we identify only a selection.  We are happy to examine, and possibly respond to consultations, any day during colloquium)

154 Ventilation for Commercial Cooking Operations (October 17)

-230P Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies (October 25)


ASTM tends to unload relatively stabilized titles in 10-100 batches with consultation periods 30-45 days.  CLICK HERE for this week’s tranche; all of them stabilized with consultation closing October 18th.

Another tranche of about 50 stabilized titles have been released for consultation ending November 1st.  CLICK HERE for this week’s tranche.

ASME  Our priority lies with the elevator, piping and boiler titles. C&S Tools:

A17.1-20XX/B44-XX, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators (September 20)


– 709.10 Web Services for Control Networking Protocol Specification (October 4)

Green Building Initiatives

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IES   We coordinate our response to IES consultations with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee.

LP-13-202x, Lighting Practice: Introduction to Resilient Lighting (October 25)

LS-1-202x, Lighting Science: Nomenclature and Definitions for Illuminating Engineering (October 25)

RP-8-202x, Recommended Practice: Design and Maintenance of Roadway and Parking Facility Lighting (October 25)


As the US TAG to several IEC technical committees INCITS is charged with harvesting comments on (generally) stabilized IEC titles.   Consultations are released by the dozens (because of the way IEC slices its literature) and nearly impossible to review in detail.  The good news is that the titles are generally stabilized; meaning that the changes are largely administrative.  CLICK HERE to access this week’s tranche.

Stakeholders have an opportunity to participate in the development in these titles farther upstream the IEC public consultation process.  We work close coupled with several IEEE Societies on technical issues and sweep through them 4 times monthly with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee.

(September 10) INCITS released another large tranche of redlines on ANSI Standards Action

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50 – Equipment and Chemicals for Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Other Recreational Water Facilities (October 10) RE: Instructions shall include guidance on how to read the device.

SAE International – Lorem ipsum


The bulk of the TIA catalog for information and communications technology is product oriented.  We collaborate with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Committee on interoperability issues.

UL  Since UL is primarily a conformance organization, much of its catalog is dominated by product standards.

– 60947 Standard for Safety for Low-Voltage Switchgear and Controlgear (September 27)

– Several titles harmonizing with IEC titles (October 25).  Referred to E&H

347A Standard for Safety for Medium Voltage Power Conversion Equipment (October 17)

2. ANSI ISO and USNC/IEC Consultations

– ANSI seeks comments on AFNOR proposal for a new ISO project: Guidelines for the Promotion and Implementation of Gender Equality.   Query Steve Cornish ( for the prospectus.
– ISO/TC 304 Healthcare organization management – American National Requirements for Patient-Centered Staffing
– New Work Item Proposal for ISO 9001 Policing Organizations by the Standards Council of Canada.   Query Steve Cornish ( for the prospectus.
ISO 304 Healthcare Management July 2021 Update
– ISO/DIS 5472 Pandemic response (respiratory) (October 12)
ISO_DIS_5472_(E) Pandemic Response (Respiratory_ – Walkthrough Screening Station (October 12)

3. USNC/IEC Consultations

– USNC/IEC Strategic Group (SG) 12: Digital Transformation and Systems Approach needs experts.
– IEC TC65/SC  Industrial Communications Networks (2021-09-24)
– IEC TC 13 Electricity metering equipment (2021-09-24)
– IEC TC 82 Terrestrial photovoltaic modules (2021-09-24)

4. Log of Proposals and Comments on Public Consultations and Federal Regulations

117th United States Congress

5. N.B. We are in the process of converting legacy University of Michigan workspaces that were built from Classic Google Sites to the upgraded Google Sites.  Some links may be broken during the conversion.

6. Fast Forward (Accredited, Open-Source and Consortia Consultations with close dates beyond 30-45 days)

American Water Works Association

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American Welding Society.   We follow but do not participate in marking up redlines at this time.   Much of the AWS catalog lie at the foundation of the curricula of many community colleges and other trade schools.  Many large research universities also have full-time welding staff.  Comments on AWA C3.7 Specification for Aluminum Brazing are due September 27th

–  ASSP  Lorem ipsum


Four titles covering energy efficiency of telecommunication equipment (November 1st)

Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association.  Lorem ipsum

Entertainment Services and Technology Association (October 5-18)

– NEMA.  20+ relatively stable titles for electric lamping released for review.  Pages 19-24 in ANSI Standards Action (August 23)

2023 National Electrical Code Second Draft Meetings (October-ish)

– Acoustical Society of America consultations will be on Thursday’s Interiors colloquium agenda (August 16)

– FASB stakeholders invited to share their views on future agenda priorities (September 22)

–  ICC Healthcare Public Comments

Licensing Executives Society: Intellectual Capital in the Boardroom (August 31)

Laser Institute of America (October 4)

Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association.  Lorem ipsum

– NETA Standard for Certification of Electrical Testing Technicians

– NFPA Research Foundation Study on Electrical Circuit Data Collection for patient care areas of healthcare facilities.  Interim Report presentation TBD.

– Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers (consultations referred to IEEE E&H).  Several redlines have been released with closing date September 11th.

7. ASHRAE Consultations (close dates longer than 45 days)  N.B. NEW ASHRAE WORKSPACE 

Minimum efficiency requirements for low-voltage dry-type transformers

– Minimum thermal efficiency (Et) requirements for high-capacity gas-fired water heaters in new buildings.

– Standard Representation of Performance Simulation Data for HVAC&R and Other Facility Equipment

135 BACNet Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks (October 4)

8. Underwriters Laboratories Consultations

– 202 Standard for Electric Duct Heaters (September 12)

– 2238 Standard for Cable Assemblies and Fittings for Industrial Control and Signal Distribution (September 12)

9.  The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) invites its members, stakeholders, and all users to provide feedback to help inform its ongoing enhancement of and related digital resources.  ANSI already knows what Standards Michigan has suggested and no organization can afford it.  See our ABOUT.

10. Rewind

ICT for Healthcare Institutions


11. Noteworthy Federal and State Legislative Action

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S.2596 – LOAN Act of 2021

S.2625 – CCAMPIS Reauthorization Act

12. Corrigenda


International Standardization Organization Week Date


University of Utah


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