Standards in Trade:
July 19-21, 2000
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NIST and the Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ) in Vietnam co-sponsored
a workshop on building and construction from July 19-21, 2000 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The workshop was supported by the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) in
Hanoi and the Institute for Building Science and Technology of Vietnam's Ministry
of Construction. Six U.S. representatives
and sixteen from Southeast Asia and the ASEAN Secretariat participated in
the workshop, which was attended by more
than two hundred people from Vietnamese agencies with interests in building
and construction. Attendees came from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam. In addition
to NIST and USFCS, U.S. organizations included: International
Code Council, Inc. (ICC); International
Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO); National
Fire Protection Association (NFPA); and, Underwriters
Laboratories, Inc. (UL).
The three-day program featured presentations
by representatives from the United States and from throughout the Southeast
Asia region. They covered building codes and standards, model code organizations,
standards development processes, market access requirements for building products
and materials, building regulatory systems, the code review and permitting process,
and building design and regulatory interfaces. Ample opportunities were available
for questions and answers and networking. Participants expressed great satisfaction
at the extensive amount of information on the U.S. and Southeast Asian systems
exchanged during the program, and expressed the hope that this exchange would
The workshop concluded with recommendations to
create a building and construction working group within the Southeast Asia region;
to place a NIST standards expert in Southeast Asia; and to continue cooperation
in the building design and construction area.
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