A new standard from West Conshohocken, Pa.-based ASTM International, ASTM A1068, Practice for Life-Cycle Cost Analysis of Corrosion Protection Systems on Iron and Steel Products, is aimed primarily at owners and specifiers of steel building projects. The new standard was developed by Subcommittee A05.13 on Structural Shapes and Hardware Specifications, part of ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products. Thomas Langill, technical director of the Centennial, Colo.-based American Galvanizers Association, says that the new standard was developed in response to increased interest by public officials and state departments of transportation in sustainability and life-cycle costs. “The practical application of ASTM A1068 is to calculate the life-cycle costs of different corrosion protection systems and compare them when making decisions on how to specify the system to be used on a particular project,” Langill says. “Users can then see what maintenance costs will be needed to support their choice of corrosion protection systems over the service life of a steel project.”
All interested parties are invited to join A05.13. “A05.13 is always looking for participation in its standards development efforts from users and specifiers of steel corrosion protection systems to develop the tools and requirements that are needed for steel building projects,” Langill adds. The subcommittee currently has two proposed standards in the works: ASTM WK28445, Specification for Zinc-Aluminum (Hot-Dip) Coatings on Iron and Steel Products; and ASTM WK32468, Specification for Hot Tin and Hot Tin/Lead Dip on Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals. To learn more, visit the ASTM International website at www.astm.org.