ASTM International is partnering with the International Code Council to support the use of codes and standards in sustainable construction in the Middle East. The partnership is a component of the Standards and Codes for Sustainable Construction project and is funded in part through the Market Development Cooperator Program at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. The goal is to enhance the Gulf region’s efforts in areas such as energy efficiency, water conservation, materials management, building safety and overall economic growth.
On May 6, ICC and ASTM will hold a workshop in Doha, Qatar, in conjunction with the International Construction Technology and Building Materials Exhibition. The purpose of the workshop is to provide information about codes and standards, build support for sustainable construction, and show the relationship between manufactured products and codes and standards.
In November, ICC and ASTM will host a delegation from the Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization; they will be attending GreenBuild 2015 in Washington, D.C.
Through 2017, ICC and ASTM will conduct technical seminars and training programs about sustainable codes and standards, disseminate information at exhibits and trade shows, and accompany industry officials to standards development and green construction code meetings.