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October 24, 2011 - ASTM E1557, Classification of Building Elements and Related Sitework - UNIFORMAT II, is due for its 5-year re-ballot in 2014. UNIFORMAT II Task Group is seeking input from users regarding their use, and suggestions for revision, to be considered for development and inclusion in re-ballot. Group is especially interested in comments from frequent users of ASTM E1557, as they are more likely to provide meaningful input by identifying difficulties they have experienced when using classification.

ASTM Task Group on UNIFORMAT II Standard Seeks Input on Upcoming Revision


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Press release date: October 21, 2011

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., - The present edition of the ASTM E1557, Classification of Building Elements and Related Sitework - UNIFORMAT II, is due for its next five-yearly re-ballot in 2014. In advance of that date, the UNIFORMAT II Task Group, part of Subcommittee E06.81 on Building Economics, is seeking input from users regarding their use, and suggestions for revision, to be considered for development and inclusion in the 2014 re-ballot. ASTM E1557 is under the jurisdiction of ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings.

Succinct suggestions for revision or change are currently being sought. The task group is especially interested in comments from frequent users of ASTM E1557, as they are more likely to provide meaningful input by identifying if there are difficulties or 'work-arounds' they may have personally experienced or employed, when using the existing classification. There is a wide range of uses to which ASTM E1557 is put and so, to better understand any response, the task group requests that any user input includes an indication of the primary purpose for which the user is employing ASTM E1557.

"Due to its longevity and the many vested interests now using ASTM E1557, any revision of this standard is not to be taken lightly but, after more than 30 years in use (in essentially similar versions), this form of elemental classification is ripe for a revision that reflects changing technology and the needs of several stakeholders," says Anthony Huxley, the E06.81 task group chairman for UNIFORMAT II and E1557. "The world environment has changed too, prompting an increased emphasis on items and functions that were hitherto of lesser importance."

ASTM E1557 is a very carefully nuanced elemental classification that suits the needs of a range of users and, by giving them all a common elemental hierarchy, allows for a high degree of interoperability with each other. To maintain this consistent approach members of ASTM Committee E06 - Performance of Buildings have access to a "UNIFORMATII Guidelines" document that provides a basic explanation of this common approach. This document gives guidance to the UNIFORMAT II Task Group, and to the writers of new elemental classifications as well as revisers of the old.

Please send individual input to E1557ReBallot@Gmail.com, which is now accepting contributions for consideration by the UNIFORMAT II Task Group.

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 welcomes and encourages 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.

ASTM Committee E06 Next Meeting: Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2011, October Committee Week, Tampa, Fla.

Technical Contact: Anthony Huxley, Phone: 613-258-9324; E1557ReBallot@gmail.com

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