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Open for Comment


Open for Comment

March 30, 2020
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This post is in the process of being re-coded to synchronize with our public commenting tracking algorithm. The technical substance is here but we are working to make it easier for our colleagues to keep pace and interact with it.


Our algorithm slices horizontally through the “silos” of the better part of one thousand consensus products developed by accredited and open source standards developers every day.  About $300 billion US education facility industry spend is in play.

We understand that by doing so we risk “stepping on the toes” of several hundred organizations that have been running the silos for decades.   It is not our intent to disrupt their business model; but to fill a canyon-like gap in the global standards system by offering curated content to the user-interest (typically the source of incumbent stakeholder revenue stream) in a manner that enlightens a path toward increased safety and reduced cost.

One of the reasons we host daily “open door” teleconferences is that much of the content we curate is politically, economically and time sensitive.   Much of the content we curate moves so fast there is scant time to nail it in place in a document or blog post.

Links to proposed changes to them with deadlines that can practically be met within the next 90 days are grouped according to topics on the agenda of our daily teleconferences.  See our CALENDAR

Keep in mind that even though a commenting opportunity deadline has past, every ANSI-accredited standards developer welcomes public input from any interest category at any time.   Even more welcome is data.  Two good things can happen:

a) A member of the committee, sometimes even the leader of the committee, can place the late public comment on the forthcoming committee meeting agenda as a late item worthy of discussion and use.

b) The late public comment is automatically entered as new public input at the front end of the following revision cycle.  That could be 3 years or 5 years but the idea itself is generally not lost.

For this reason, based upon our 25+ year experience with most accredited standards developers; we will maintain an item on this scan a few days beyond the deadline.  Note that in the links below; some consensus products fall into more than one category.


March 30, 2020

Open for Comment / Transportation & Parking


March 31, 2020

Open for Comment / Finance & Management


Open for Comment / Campus Security

Open for Comment / Planning, Architectural

Open for Comment / Information & Communications Technology

Open for Comment / Electrical Power

Open for Comment / Mechanical & Plumbing


Energy Standard for Data Centers

Energy Efficiency Improvements



IAPMO Z1002 Rainwater Harvesting Tanks [Comments due April 6th]

NSF 350, Onsite Residential and Commercial Water Reuse Treatment Systems [Comments due April 6th]

Occupational Safety & Security/Laboratory Safety & Sustainability/Risk Management

Emergency Shower & Eyewash Testing

Active Shooter & Hostile Event Response Program

Drone Safety

Sports & Recreation


Pool, Spa and Recreational Water Standards / Comments Due April 26th

Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces & Facilities


Fire Safety

Portable Fire Extinguishers


Arts & Entertainment


Theater Safety Standards



AAMI ST79-2017/A.3 and 4-202X, Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities [Comments due March 22nd]

Medical Instrumentation

Real-Time Prescription Benefit Standard

Medical Practice Electrical equipment



Federal Food Code

3-A Sanitary




NSF International




Human Resources / Management


Facilities Fire & Life Safety Director Professional Qualifications

5G Technology Workshop with ASEAN countries


Not all public commenting opportunities relevant to the safety and sustainability agenda of the education facility industry appear in “ANSI Standards Action”. Many standards of best practice show up in open-source platforms; particularly ICT and IoT standards. In many economic spaces, privately-developed consensus products compete with local, state and federal legislative proposals.

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