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ASTM International E60 on Sustainability

Updated 05/13/2015

General: ASTM E60 on Sustainability is focused primarily on the acquisition, promotion, and dissemination of knowledge, stimulation of research and the development of standards relating to sustainability and sustainable development. The committee addresses environmental, social, economic, and other issues relating to sustainability while also serving as a resource for other ASTM committees in their activities that include sustainability issues. The scope of E60 is broad, addressing: construction, manufacturing, the hospitality industry, and even sustainable dentistry.

PCA Engagement: The primary role of the PCA Codes and Standards is related to the development of standards that are intended to be referenced in national model building codes such as the International Code Council (ICC) International Green Construction Code  (IGCC) and referenced standards such as the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (ASHRAE 189.1). The standards developed may also be used in voluntary programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Information on recent reports by the PCA Codes and Standards Department regarding this standards development venue can be viewed as pdfs:

  • April 27 – May 1 2015, Anaheim, California Meetings: ASTM E60 Update 150501 
  • October 27 - October 29, 2015, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel; Tampa, Florida  - Future Link
  • April 12- April 14, 2016,  Grand Hyatt San Antonio; San Antonio, Texas  - Future Link
  • October 24 - October 27, 2016, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld; Orlando, Florida - Future Link
  • April 4 - April 6, 2017, Sheraton Toronto; Toronto, Ontario – Future Link

Standards Development:  There are four subcommittees currently involved in the development of standards.  Their standards development activities may be found on the respective ASTM International web pages provided with links below.

  1. ASTM E60.01 Buildings and Construction Subcommittee: This subcommittee primarily addresses sustainability criteria related to design and construction. PCA codes and Standards Department is actively engaged in the development of standards within this subcommittee.

  2. ASTM E60.02 Hospitality Subcommittee: This subcommittee addresses sustainability practices for the hospitality industry. It does not address design and construction criteria related to concrete and masonry and therefore do not warrant active engagement by PCA Codes and Standards.

  3. ASTM E60.13 Sustainable Manufacturing Subcommittee: This subcommittee addresses sustainable manufacturing and therefore may be of interest to the concrete and masonry industries and individual product manufacturer. However, since there is no indication that the criteria of the work items will be integrated into national model building codes or referenced standards, these efforts are not a priority for PCA Codes and Standards.

  4. E60.80 General Sustainability Standards Subcommittee: This subcommittee developed standards for overall sustainability efforts and criteria and concepts may have a direct or indirect impact on design and construction criteria.

ASTM E60 meets a twice a year, typically in April and October. For information on recent PCA Codes and Standards Department actions influencing ASTM E60 sustainability standardization click here

Leadership: The PCA Codes and Standards program also involved participation in the leadership subcommittees of ASTM E60 in efforts to influence the direction and scope of ASTM E60 and overall involvement in ASTM International sustainability programs such as the sustainability database, and product category rules (PCR) certification program. These subcommittees are:

  1. E60.90 Executive Subcommittee and

  2. E60.91 Strategic Planning Subcommittee
Click here for specific information on the activities of these leadership subcommittees identified as priorities for the concrete and masonry industries.  

International Coordination:  Influencing the development of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is not a priority for the Portland Cement Association Codes and Standards Department, although many concepts and criteria related to sustainability standards addressed by ASTM International are founded on criteria established in ISO documents.  ASTM E60 has two United States Technical Activities Groups (TAG) related to ISO sustainable development:

  1. E60.92.17 US TAG to ISO Technical Committee 59, Subcommittee 17 (ISO/TC59/SC17) on Sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works and
  2. E60.92.27 US TAG to ISO Project Committee 277 (ISO PC 277) on Sustainable procurement.

Student Affairs:  ASTM E60.95 on Student Liaison and Affairs focuses on outreach to students regarding sustainability, especially as related to ASTM sustainability standards. These activities are not a priority for the PCA Codes and Standards Department.