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July 6, 2011 - Once approved, proposed standard ASTM WK32076 will provide Insulating Concrete Form contractors with basic requirements to ensure that products are installed properly so that the end result is a structurally sound concrete wall assembly. For measuring floor flatness and pavement smoothness, proposed standard ASTM WK32398 will combine traditional manual straightedge approach with more recent data collection techniques such as F-numbers and the Waviness Index.

Insulating Concrete Forms and Flatness of Floors Are Among Topics of Proposed New Standards for ASTM Subcommittee on Serviceability


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Press release date: June 29, 2011

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., - Subcommittee E06.21 on Serviceability, part of ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, is currently working on several proposed new standards. These include ASTM WK32076, Guide for Installation of Insulating Concrete Forms, and ASTM WK32398, Test Method for Measuring Floor Flatness and Pavement Smoothness Using a Straightedge. Installation of Insulating Concrete Forms
While ASTM E2634, Specification for Flat Wall Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) Systems, serves the function for material compliance in the ICF industry, the next most critical function is proper installation of ICF systems. In order to facilitate the installation function, E06.21 is developing ASTM WK32076, Guide for Installation of Insulating Concrete Forms. "Once approved, ASTM WK32076 will provide ICF contractors with the basic requirements to ensure that products are installed properly so that the end result is a structurally sound concrete wall assembly," says Sheldon Warman, vice president, engineering and technical solutions, ARXX Corp. Warman notes that most participants in the development of ASTM WK32076 have so far been representatives of ICF manufacturers, but Subcommittee E06.21 hopes to generate wider involvement in the proposed standard's development, particularly from building officials, contractors, architects and structural engineers. Flatness of Floors/Smoothness of Pavements
A proposed new standard for measuring floor flatness will combine the traditional manual straightedge approach with more recent data collection techniques such as F-numbers (ASTM E1155, Test Method for Determining FF Floor Flatness and FL Floor Levelness Number) and the Waviness Index (ASTM E1486, Test Method for Determining Floor Tolerances Using Waviness, Wheel Path and Levelness Criteria). According to Carl Ytterberg, the proposed new standard, ASTM WK32398, Test Method for Measuring Floor Flatness and Pavement Smoothness Using a Straightedge, marries the simplicity of original straightedge approaches with efficient data gathering and handling techniques. Users will be able to produce straightedge values from the same data they use to produce F-number and Waviness indices. Participation is welcome in the continuing development of ASTM WK32398. "The task group is particularly interested in participants who are regularly involved with straightedge flatness standards," says Ytterberg. "Additionally, there are other flatness and profile applications that we hope to pursue, including the ongoing refinement of those standards already in place." To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org). ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions. ASTM Committee E06 Next Meeting: Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2011, October Committee Week, Tampa, Fla.
Technical Contact: (WK32076) Sheldon Warman, ARXX Corp., Oakville, Ontario, Canada, Phone: 905-407-3262; swarman@sympatico.ca; (WK32398) Carl Ytterberg, Ytterberg Scientific Inc., Evergreen, Colo., Phone: 303-565-1780; cny@flatfloors.com
ASTM Staff Contact: Stephen Mawn, Phone: 610-832-9726; smawn@astm.org
ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org
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