The fluid-applied air barrier (FAAB) concept was originally a Canadian-developed technology from more than 40 years ago. Back in the early 1970s, the genesis was an adhesive combining air- and vapor-retarding characteristics—eventually, this material would find its way into building codes.
A proposed ASTM standard will provide building officials and fire marshals with better ways to inspect spray-applied (SFRM) and intumescent (IFRM) fire-resistive materials, commonly used on structural steel and other substrates to maintain veracity and safe conditions when a fire occurs.
A new standard will help those using wires in prestressed reinforced concrete ensure bonding quality. The soon-to-be published ASTM A1096, Test Method for Evaluating the Bond Quality of Steel Wire for Concrete Reinforcement was inspired by the assessment of concrete railroad ties that used indented prestressing wires, which had possible bond-related cracking problems.
The ASTM task group on façade inspections introduced E3036, Guide for Notating Façade Conditions in the Field, and proposed WK52572, Guide for Visual Inspection of Building Facades Using Drones to better building façade inspections. E3036 provides standard notation, syntax, and symbols for façade inspections.
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Subcommittee E06.21 has suggested a new test method to help minimize the confusion in quantifying texture value at the concrete surface. WK49335, Test Method for Concrete Micro Surface Texture will be used to measure concrete surfaces with a contact stylus instrument—a profilometer.