ASTM Standard addresses agricultural raw materials in construction.
Press Release Summary:
April 1, 2011 - Proposed ASTM WK30419 standard may foster greater use of agricultural raw materials, which consist of ligno-cellulosic fibers, similar to wood fibers and particles. With standard, companies that want to bring agricultural fiber products to market will have a way of documenting performance and reliability. Alternative building industries will use standard to improve quality and distribution, and regulators can use standard to help with approvals and safety of alternative materials.
Original Press Release
Use of Agricultural Raw Materials in Construction Is Subject of Proposed New ASTM Standard
Press release date: March 29, 2011
o Companies that want to bring agricultural fiber products to market will have a way of documenting performance and reliability;
o Alternative building industries will use the proposed standard, once it has been approved, to improve quality and distribution; and
o Regulators will be able to use it to help with approvals and safety of alternative materials. In 2011, the Biobased Product Labeling Program will be implemented for consumer products; it will display the certified percentage of farm-based materials (ARM and 'farm based materials' are synonymous). This program was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to a mandate in the 2008 Farm Bill to create new markets for commodity crops and agricultural waste. ASTM International has been selected to provide certification for the U.S. Department of Agriculture biobased labeling program. Ozeryansky says that all interested parties, particularly those involved with technologies related to agricultural raw materials, are welcome to join in the ongoing development of ASTM WK30419. 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. View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org. ASTM Committee E60 Next Meeting: April 11-14, 2011, April Committee Week, Anaheim, Calif.
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