Sustainability E-News Vol 10 #5 Code Improvements


While this newsletter often focuses on activities that go beyond the minimum building code, the articles below demonstrate how improving the minimum codes can have beneficial effects. ~Tina


ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016 Saves Energy

On February 21, 2018, DOE issued a  pre-publication notice of determination that Standard 90.1-2016 would achieve greater energy efficiency in buildings subject to the code. DOE estimates national savings in commercial buildings of approximately 8.3% energy cost savings, 7.9% source energy savings and 6.8% site energy savings. Additional information related to this action, including the official Federal Register publication and docket containing public comments received, is available at DOE conducted a technical analysis (download) in support of its determination. 


Stronger Codes Helped in 2017 Hurricanes

Presenters at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Southeast Region meeting in Orlando, Fla., said stronger building codes prevented greater damaged from the 2017 hurricanes in Florida and the Caribbean. The findings came from a post-hurricane study by the Florida Building Commission. Read more here.




If you are a manufacturer, you may not be aware of the many tools available to help you improve your environmental footprint. The links below are just a few. ~Tina


Better Plants Program


The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Plants Program is working with manufacturers to boost their competitiveness through improvements in energy efficiency. Driving energy savings can have a broad impact, leading to cost savings and improved global competitiveness. The Better Plants Program offers several tools to help companies set and achieve their energy goals.


New Standard Helps Manufacturers Classify Discarded Materials

A new ASTM International standard will help manufacturers classify discarded materials from their factories and facilities. This will help meet an important need for companies that value corporate responsibility and the environment. "This standard provides a system based on classification, location, disposition, and treatment," says ASTM International member Amy Costello, a sustainability manager at Armstrong Flooring, in this article. "It will provide manufacturers a common way to classify waste materials generated at their facilities." Costello says that many manufacturers - especially global companies and companies with many facilities - find it difficult to determine how much waste they generate because of different requirements related to waste. Read more


Responsible Business Conduct

Private sector companies have learned the hard way that violations like child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking can be hard to detect, especially when sourcing goods internationally. GSA has created awebsite on responsible business conduct that provides best practices and resources for incorporating responsible business conduct into procurement.  





Several educational opportunities to present at industry conferences are listed below. ~Tina


TMS Annual Meeting Presentations Sought 

TMS is seeking excellent presentations for its Annual Meeting that will be held October 3-6 in Cleveland Ohio. Presentations will be presented on Thursday (new this year) October 4th and are to be 20 minutes in length and must comply with TMS and AIA requirements that can be downloaded here. If you have a technical presentation you would like considered, please email a Title, a one paragraph description, and a 1 paragraph speaker bio to Phillip Samblanet no later than March 30, 2018. Notification of selected topics will be made later this Spring. 


Call for Abstracts: 13th North American Masonry Conference

The 13th North American Masonry Conference will be held June 16-19, 2019, at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT. The Conference is hosted by Brigham Young University and is the latest in the series of quadrennial conferences sponsored by The Masonry Society (TMS). The conference will be held in conjunction with the TMS spring meetings. The conference seeks to provide a forum to professionals from around the world for networking and sharing the latest advances in masonry knowledge and practice. The conference will feature tracks of interest to masonry researchers, designers, practitioners, educators, and building managers. Authors are invited to submit abstracts describing proposed papers no later than July 31, 2018. Instructions and requirements for abstract and manuscript submissions are available at


Call for Abstracts: Integrated Building

The Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI), in partnership with The Pennsylvania State University (PSU), is pleased to announce the 8th Biennial Professional Conference for 2019. The theme of the conference is the "The Integrated Building: A National Agenda." The 2019 AEI Conference offers an opportunity for members of the building industry - structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers, construction management professionals, owners, and architects - to engage in conversations on advanced strategies and state-of-the-art practices of integrated building solutions. Abstracts/proposals, a maximum of 300-400 words, should be submitted online through our abstract submissions site at by April 2, 2018.


Masonry 2018 Symposium: Innovations in Collaborative Research, Development and Applications

The Masonry 2018 ASTM Symposium will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. The Symposium is co-Sponsored by ASTM Committees C01 on Cement, C07 on Lime, C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry, and C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units. The Symposium will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, CA, USA in conjunction with the standards development meetings of Committees C01, C07, C12 and C15. The objective of Masonry 2018 Symposium is to gather and disseminate the latest information on all aspects of the innovations in masonry materials, design, specification, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation. It will emphasize the application of ASTM standards to those areas, and their coordination with building codes, project specifications, and international standards. Topics include sustainability, manufacturing, water resistance and much more.  For more information, please visit



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