American Society for Testing and Materials

Organized in 1898, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is a not-for-profit organization and one of the largest vol­untary standards development organizations in the world. More than 32,000 members representing producers, users, ultimate con­sumers, and representatives of government and academia from over 100 countries develop documents that serve as a basis for manufacturing, procurement, and regulatory activities.

ASTM provides a forum for the development and publication of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems, and services. These standards are documents that have been devel­oped and established within the consensus principles of the society and meet the approval requirements of ASTM procedures and reg­ulations. ASTM standards are developed and used voluntarily. They become legally binding only when a government body makes them so or when they are cited in a contract. ASTM headquarters has no technical research or testing facilities; such work is done voluntarily by the ASTM members located throughout the world.

The following is a list of many of the ASTM standards that are referenced in many of the building and energy codes with respect to building insulation:

C208-95, “Standard Specification for Cellulosic Fiber Insulating Board”

C209-98, “Standard Test Methods for Cellulosic Fiber Insulating Board”

C665-98, “Standard Specification for Mineral-Fiber Blanket Thermal Insulation for Light Frame Construction and Manufactured Housing”

C687-96, “Standard Practice for Determination of Thermal Resistance of Loose-Fill Building Insulation”

C727-90(1996)el, “Standard Practice for Installation and Use of Reflective Insulation in Building Constructions”

C755-97, “Standard Practice for Selection of Vapor Retarders for Thermal Insulation”

C976-90(1996)e, “Standard Test Method for Thermal Performance of Building Assemblies by Means of a Calibrated Hot Box”

C1015-84(1995)el, “Standard Practice for Installation of Cellulosic and Mineral Fiber Loose-Fill Thermal Insulation”

C1049-85(1995)el, “Standard Practice for Installation of Granular Loose-Fill Thermal Insulation”

C1058-97, “Standard Practice for Selecting Temperatures for Evaluating and Reporting Thermal Properties of Thermal Insulation”

C1224-99, “Standard Specification for Reflective Insulation for Building Applications”

C1373-98, “Standard Practice for Determination of Thermal Resistance of Attic Insulation Systems under Simulated Winter Conditions”

C1374-97, “Standard Test Method for Determination of Installed Thickness of Pneumatically Applied Loose-Fill Building Insulation”

E84-99, “Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials”

E1574-98, “Standard Test Method for Measurement of Sound in Residential Spaces”