Original Press Release
ASTM International Sponsors Workshop on Conducting Periodic Facade Inspections
Press release date: February 8, 2011
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-A Workshop on Conducting Periodic Facade Inspections: A Discussion of the "How To," will be held on April 29 at ASTM International headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa. The workshop is being sponsored by ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings.
Facade ordinances currently exist in nine U.S. cities. Philadelphia is the latest city to adopt a facade ordinance, which mandates the periodic inspection of building facades for unsafe conditions. The objective of this workshop is to provide a baseline benchmark for facade inspectors to utilize as they perform the mandated inspections and to share tips and techniques in performing the inspection. It is anticipated that this workshop will also help in the development of ASTM WK26028, Proposed Standard Guide for Conducting Facade Inspections for Unsafe Conditions, and WK25709, Proposed Standard Terminology for Describing Conditions Observed While Conducting Facade Inspections.
The workshop will also include technical presentations and discussions elaborating on papers from ASTM STP 1444, Building Facade Maintenance, Repair, and Inspection. Anticipated topics include: the Philadelphia facade ordinance; purpose and background to facade ordinances; identifying and responding to unsafe conditions; differentiating between "unsafe" and "safe with repair" conditions; addressing historic facades; investigation and data collection techniques; and close-up/hands-on inspection methods, including rope access techniques as promulgated in ASTM E2505, Standard Practice for Industrial Rope Access. This workshop is timed to coincide with the first set of Philadelphia facade inspections, which are due in June 2011.
Online registration opens approximately eight weeks before the workshop and closes April 22. The fees to attend the workshop are: ASTM members: $120 USD for online registration and $125 USD for onsite registration; and non-ASTM members: $125 USD for online registration and $150 USD for onsite registration. There is no fee for students with a valid ID.
For more information, visit www.astm.org/e06work0411.htm.
Additional technical information is available from workshop chairman Michael A. Petermann, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Assoc., New York, N.Y. (phone: 212-760-2540; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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