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May 10, 2012 - Standard ASTM E2813, developed by Subcommittee E06.55 on Exterior Building Wall Systems, will serve as complete and authoritative practice for building enclosure commissioning. According to E06.55 Chairman Dan Lemieux, this outcomes-based tool "establishes two levels of Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) - fundamental and enhanced - that can be readily applied to any project depending upon the performance expectations of the owner."

ASTM Wall Systems Subcommittee Approves Building Enclosure Standard


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Press release date: May 8, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-The term building enclosure refers to the materials, components, systems and assemblies intended to provide shelter and environmental separation between the interior and exterior of a building. A new ASTM standard will serve as a complete and authoritative practice for building enclosure commissioning.

The new standard, ASTM E2813, Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning, was developed by Subcommittee E06.55 on Exterior Building Wall Systems, part of ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings.

"ASTM E2813 establishes two levels of Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) - fundamental and enhanced - that can be readily applied to any project depending upon the performance expectations of the owner," says Dan Lemieux, recently elected Chairman of E06.55, licensed architect and principal of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates. "It is an 'outcomes-based' tool that provides guidance to an owner during the development of the Owner Project Requirements (OPR) at either the Pre-Design or Design stages of the Building Enclosure Commissioning process. The standard then relies, in part, on ASHRAE Guideline 0 (The Commissioning Process) and NIBS Guideline 3 (Exterior Enclosure Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process) to establish a 'roadmap' for the design and construction team to follow during all phases of the project delivery process to further mitigate the risks associated with improperly managed heat/air/moisture transfer across a building enclosure."

According to Lemieux, testing to quantifiably evaluate building enclosure durability and performance, in addition to the establishment of minimum required Core Competencies of the BECx service-providers are at the heart of E2813, and will be further reinforced through the recently signed Memorandum of Agreement between ASTM and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to jointly develop a family of fully aligned and complementary BECx guidelines, standards, and certification requirements. Publication of a new ASTM Standard Guide for BECx to replace NIBS Guideline 3 will be a critical step in that process, in addition to continued collaboration with ASHRAE and other stakeholders in BECx

All parties interested in the continuing development of ASTM E2813, as well as future standards related to Building Enclosure Commissioning are encouraged to join in the activities of E06.55 and the following Task Groups:

  • ASTM E06.55.09, Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx);
  • ASTM E06.55.10, BECx Certification and Training; and
  • ASTM E06.55.11, Standard Guide for BECx.

    To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 877-909-ASTM; sales@astm.org). ASTM International welcomes participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

    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.

    For more news in this sector, visit astm.org/sn-construction or follow us on Twitter @ASTMBuildings.

    ASTM Committee E06 Next Meeting: Oct. 21-24, 2012, October committee week, Atlanta, Ga. Technical Contact: Daniel J. Lemieux, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Fairfax, Va., Phone: 703-641-4601; dlemieux@wje.com

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