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ASC Comments on USGBC's LEED draft.

December 20, 2012

Focusing on areas of materials ingredient reporting, ratings systems, Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), and LEED review process, Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) provided input to United State Green Building Council's (USGBC) latest revision of their new building construction rating system, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v4). ASC president Matthew E. Croson expressed gratitude for opportunity to share Council's concerns despite that it is not a USGBC member. Read More

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ANSI-NSP Meeting rescheduled for February 2013.

December 20, 2012

Originally scheduled for October 30, 2012, ANSI's Nanotechnology Standards Panel meeting was postponed as a result of Hurricane Sandy and will now be held on February 4, 2013. Meeting will examine how current nanotechnology standards are being utilized and how standards activities meet existing stakeholder needs. Benefits of participating in nanotechnology standardization and the possibilities for greater collaboration between stakeholders in this area will also be discussed. Read More

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ANSI Members receive NIST Education Challenge Grants.

December 20, 2012

Standards Services division of NIST awarded 6 Education Challenge Grants to help improve integration of standardization into formal curriculum of business and engineering programs at U.S. colleges and universities. Two grants were awarded to projects overseen by partnership between Purdue University and SES (Society for Standards Professionals), an ANSI organizational member, and other grants went to ANSI organizational members Georgetown University and San Jose State University. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices fall 1.1% in November.

December 19, 2012

In a sign of a weak global economy, nation's construction materials prices fell 1.1% in November—the largest monthly decrease since February 2009—according to producer price index report by U.S. Department of Labor. However, prices are 1% higher than the same time last year. ABC Chief Economist, Anirban Basu, stated that investors may be reducing their positions in economically sensitive commodities in response to fears regarding America's fiscal cliff. Read More

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Clean Air Standards help reduce harmful soot pollution.

December 19, 2012

In response to court order, EPA finalized update to national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution, including soot, setting annual health standard at 12 µg/cubic meter. Fine particle pollution can penetrate deep into lungs and has been linked to premature death, heart attacks, and strokes, as well as acute bronchitis and aggravated asthma among children. By 2020, 99% of U.S. counties are projected to meet revised health standard without any additional actions. Read More

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NREL, Johnson Matthey announce collaboration on biofuels.

December 19, 2012

NREL will partner with global specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey in 5-year, $7 million effort to produce drop-in gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from non-food biomass feedstocks. Work is to be conducted under Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) and is, according to NREL's Rich Bolin, "a way of leveraging the expertise of two organizations to solve a pressing national and international problem" and improve vapor phase upgrading during biomass pyrolysis process. Read More

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ASTM-Sponsored Workshop looks at total joint replacement devices.

December 19, 2012

Modularity and Tapers in Total Joint Replacement Devices workshop (November 12, 2013 – Jacksonville, FL) will offer forum for consensus development and scientific exchange on needs for related characterization and standardized testing. Primary focus is to address unmet standardization needs and help establish best testing practices in 4 areas. Each topic of interest, introduced by keynote, will be followed by invited speakers and discussion of elements. Read More

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Legislation will increase access to Russia's growing market.

December 19, 2012

President Obama signed the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act to grant the U.S. Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia. As the ninth-largest economy in the world, the Russian market presents a great opportunity to grow exports and create American jobs. NAM worked extensively to educate members of Congress of the importance of PNTR legislation to manufacturers, holding countless meetings in both House and Senate. Additionally, NAM Key Voted H.R. 6156 in both chambers. Read More