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Training in Building/Construction Products Evaluation
and Certification System and its Standards
April 2-3, 2002

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), co-sponsored with the Construction Planning and Research Unit (CPRU) of the Ministry of Development (MOD) of Brunei Darussalam a training session on building and construction from April 2-3, 2002 in Bandar Seri Begawan. Seven U.S. representatives and six individuals from ASEAN member countries participated in training more than 35 representatives from public and private sector organizations in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam. U.S. participant organizations were the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), the International Code Council, Inc. (ICC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The two-day program was carried out under the U.S. DOC Dialogue with the ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ). The presentations covered building codes and standards, model code organizations, standards development processes, building regulatory systems, the code review and permitting process, the use of performance-based standards in building materials, and testing and certification. Participants noted the basic differences between the U.S. and ASEAN standards systems and building regulatory processes and indicated their desire to have similar future exchanges of information. The training also provided opportunities for questions and answers and networking.

The participants recommended:

  1. Continuing exchange of information in the building and construction area between the United States and ASEAN member countries;
  2. Supporting placement of sector-specific and general U.S. standards experts in the Asia-Pacific region;
  3. Placing all training materials on the NIST website;
  4. Continuing cooperation between the United States and ASEAN member countries in additional workshops, trainings, and seminars in the building and construction area; and
  5. Exchanging information between representatives of U.S. building and construction organizations and members of the ACCSQ on the margins of a future U.S. DOC-ACCSQ Dialogue meetings.

Contact:  christine.devaux@nist.gov

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Date created: April 08, 2002
Last updated: January 22, 2003

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