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ASC & ASTM Add Sustainability Terms in ASTM C1193 Guide for Sealants

Published on 2016-03-15. Author : SpecialChem

Bethesda, MD -- The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that terminology and definitions supportive of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and life cycle thinking have been added to a new version of ASTM C1193, “Standard Guide for Use of Joint Sealants.” The effort was collaboration between ASC and ASTM, and was a result of work started in 2011, following the ASC Sustainability Forum held in Chicago, IL.

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“ASC initiated efforts focused on sustainability resulting in language that defines sustainability terms for sealants, including adding important considerations such as service life prediction and environmental impacts,” reports Steve Duren, Senior Director of Member Services at ASC, and 15-year member of ASTM C24. “ASC and ASTM C24 committee members worked collectively and diligently since 2011 to include new language, and we are pleased to have the effort pay off with the published ASTM C1193 document.”

ASC thanks all of its members and the ASTM C24committee for working through multiple drafts as we revised the guide for joint sealants. A special thank you to efforts from Dow Corning, Tremco, Sika, NIST and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc, who participated actively from the very beginning.

“Although these efforts have taken some time to publish, the revised guide provides framework for future discussions with service life prediction and sustainability,” adds Duren. “Part of ASC’s long range plan is to integrate community knowledge for the benefit of the industry as large, and this is a great example of the power of association. ASC will continue to help fuel standard development in ASTM C24 for Seals and Sealants.”

About Adhesive and Sealant Council

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 138 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users.

Source: Adhesive and Sealant Council

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