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Open for Comment

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.


Open for Comment

January 17, 2020
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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.   Two good things can happen:

a) The 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 20+ 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.


Active Shooter and/or Hostile Event Response Program

Planning & Architectural

Life Safety for Dormitories, Classrooms & Assembly

Information & Communications Technology

Interconnection of information technology equipment

Effective IoT Communication to Protect 3GPP Networks

Automated infrastructure management systems

Intelligent Buildings & Premises


Electrical Power & Telecommunications

Installing and Maintaining Motor Control Centers

Energy Monitoring Equipment

Automated infrastructure management systems

National Electrical Safety Code

Alarm & Electronic Security Systems

Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Marina & Boatyard Electrical Safety


Mechanical & Plumbing

Steam Traps

Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels


Sequences of Operation for HVAC Systems

Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy

Energy Storage Systems & Equipment


Guideline 36- 2018, High-Performance Sequences of Operation for HVAC Systems [Comments due January 13th on four addenda]


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

(Lockout/Tagout) for Construction and Demolition Operations

Safe Use of Lasers in Research

Active Shooter and/or Hostile Event Response Program

Drone Safety

Biosafety Cabinetry

Sports & Recreation

No draft standards with comment deadlines within the next 90 days have been found by our algorithm at this time.  To hold position we post a link to the ASTM F08 committee which, like other ASTM committees, depends heavily on face-to-face meetings.

Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces & Facilities


Fire Safety

Life Safety for Dormitories, Classrooms & Assembly

Fire Code


Transportation & Parking

Emerging Transportation Technology

Personal e-Transporters

Arts & Entertainment

Audio Standards


Medical Practice Electrical equipment

Healthcare Facilities Code



Our algorithm is not programmed to pick up commenting opportunities in this space at the moment.  Refer to the Food Code, linked below, until it does.

Food Code 2017



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