Standards can resemble alphabet soup – almost literally. Association members regularly gather together to chew on product qualities, installation concerns, terminology, and methods to determine and define all of the above. After due consideration, they proceed to put field tests and laboratory results into the “soup mix.” With this comes the opinions on where and how to set standards and methods to measure the agreed-upon values and standards.
ASTM – The American Society for Testing and Methods – is a non-profit organization that has been in existence for more than 100 years. ASTM is a voluntary organization that anyone may join, and is not a regulatory agency. The value of ASTM has long been recognized, and it has become an extremely valuable source of architectural specifications and reference points for manufacturers, laboratories, consultants, and last but not least, litigators.