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ASC IDENTIFIES REGULATORY ISSUES FOCUS FOR 2013

Posted By ASC, Monday, December 17, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Media Contact:


Mark Collatz

Director of Regulatory Affairs
(301) 986-9700 ext. 112
Mark.Collatz@ascouncil.org

SCAQMD and USGBC Rating System are Priority Issues; Committee Adjusts Name to Align with Focus



December 17, 2012 – Bethesda, MD – The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) plan to reopen Rule 1168 and the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) efforts to revise their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system will be the Adhesive and Sealant Council’s (ASC) regulatory affairs focus in 2013.

 

“With SCAQMD delaying the re-opening of Rule 1168 in 2012, we are confident that that regulation will be a priority for this district in 2013,” said Mark Collatz, ASC Director of Regulatory Affairs.

 

The regulation sets volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions for commercial adhesive and sealant product categories throughout the largest and most populated counties of the Los Angeles basin and could have a major impact on how members formulate their products

“Should the District decide to add new categories to the rule, companies that may never have had to deal with the rule could now be thrown into the mix.  In addition, South Coast can be a bellwether for other California air districts which might follow suit in revisiting their rules,” added Collatz.  “This issue will impact nearly all of ASC’s member companies, and is an important issue facing the entire industry.”

 

USGBC LEED v.4

 

ASC continues to voice its concerns with USGBC’s  latest revised LEED v.4 rating system proposal that offers credits based on the improper characterization of finished goods that could result in regrettable decisions in the material selection process.

 

“This latest draft includes tools that do not take into account how products are used and the importance of exposure information,” reports Collatz. “If USGBC continues this approach, it will only lead to confusion throughout the downstream community from architects to building owners.”

 

The USGBC LEED process impacts all ASC member companies that sell high performance adhesives and sealants into the building construction industry.

 

Other issues the Council will be closely monitoring this coming year include:



  • California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) continued work on a final rule aimed at reducing toxic chemicals from consumer products;

  • U.S. EPA’s TSCA Chemical Work Plan activities;

  • Environment Canada’s second phase of Chemical Management Plan activities; and,

  • TSCA modernization legislation.



NEW NAME FOR COMMITTEE

 

To align its actual activities with the name of the committee, the Council is changing from the Government Relations Committee to the Regulatory Affairs Committee. 

 

“This important nuance is a clear signal that the Council will focus its efforts on the regulatory side of things as it relates to Federal, state and local issues,” said Collatz.  “ASC does not lobby, does not operate a Political Action Committee or generally provide services that traditionally fall under a Government Affairs entity.  Instead, we focus on issues that directly impact member companies, and collaborate in order to provide the science and informative data that regulatory agencies need to oversee our industry.”

 

ASC will continue to work closely with allied organizations such as the American Chemistry Council, the National Associations of Manufacturers, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce by supporting the information needs of these strong lobbying oriented organizations, while focusing its internal resources on regulatory matters.

 

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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 124 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.

 

For more information about ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org.

 

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ASC PROVIDES COMMENTS ON USGBC’S LEED DRAFT

Posted By ASC, Monday, December 17, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Media Contact:


Mark Collatz

Director of Regulatory Affairs
(301) 986-9700 ext. 112
Mark.Collatz@ascouncil.org


Council Focuses on Material Ingredient Reporting, Rating Systems, EPD Inclusion, and Process

December 17, 2012 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) provided significant input to the United State Green Building Council’s (USGBC) latest revision of their new building construction rating system, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v.4.).

The Council focused its commentary in four areas:  Materials Ingredient Reporting, Ratings Systems, Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and the LEED review process.

“ASC appreciated the opportunity to share its concerns, even though the Council is not a member and therefore not a part of the members-only process the USGBC follows,” stated Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “With USGBC’s LEED program becoming a de facto code throughout the United States with zoning boards consistently adopting the program as part of their local code, it’s critically important that input into the draft is considered from the entire supply chain, including non-members.”

 

Material Ingredient Reporting

 

With regard to the Material Ingredient Reporting credit, ASC pointed out that the USGBC is suggesting that industry uses a tool for material reporting that was developed to support the research and development efforts of a formulator.  The inclusion of the Clean Production Action Network’s GreenScreen Tool as a means for identifying hazards within finished building products is not how the product was envisioned. 

 

“That tool characterizes individual raw material components but does not evaluate the fully reacted ‘finished product’ which is a critical element of building construction,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.  “Any reference to the GreenScreen Tool should be deleted from the Material Ingredient Reporting credit, or industry should come together and further develop the GreenScreen tool to address building construction materials in their finished form.”

 

Rating Systems

 

ASC also noted that the USGBC is relying on the “Cradle to Cradle” program as a certification tool for establishing the safety of a given building product.

 

The concern ASC has with the Cradle to Cradle program is that it is administered by a private organization, and has not been vetted by any standards organizations such as ANSI or ASHRAE.

 

“Like LEED, the ‘Cradle to Cradle’ system is well known, and there is value within the program as it was developed by engineers and visionaries,” said Collatz.  “The problem is that not all industry supply chain participants were included in the process and there are disagreements on definitions, guidelines and practices.”

 

Environmental Product Declaration Credit

 

Responding to the proposed Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) credit, ASC offered cautionary support.  The desire to leverage EPD’s within the design community is a positive step, but there is no agreed upon product category rule (PCR) established for adhesives and sealants, much less an agreed upon EPD. 

 

“This is a clear example of putting the cart before the horse,” adds Collatz.  “An EPD needs PCR information, criteria and boundary conditions in order to be of value to the downstream stakeholders, the design community and building owners, and none of this is spelled out or explained in the draft, and can’t be spelled out without considerable input and consideration from stakeholders.”

 

Process

 

ASC also noted that the USGBC should consider a ANSI process for future draft reviews to ensure a broader input of data and information in order for an even stronger, more credible product. 

 

“Everyone knows how powerful a tool like LEED is, with zoning boards across America making LEED the code of choice for new construction with local developers,” said  Croson.  “But without a true consensus program, the LEED tool will only reflect opinions, and not science or fact, in some of the key areas such as material selection.”

 

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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 124 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.

 

For more information about ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org.

 

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ASC REVAMPS ASCOUNCIL.ORG

Posted By ASC, Thursday, December 13, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Media Contact:


Matt Croson

President
(301) 986-9700 ext. 111
Matt.Croson@ascouncil.org



Updated Site Offers Regulatory News, Training Access, Jobs Board, Newsletter Subscriptions and Event Access



Bethesda, MD – December 13, 2012 – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) recently revamped itswww.ascouncil.org website to focus on providing information and services to its members that are action oriented and supportive of its member companies. 



“The site has completely transformed into an information oriented site where members can find the latest regulatory information, fill positions within their operations, read news from industry, and generally keep up to speed on the changes happening within our sector,” notes Matthew E. Croson, ASC’s President.  “What was once predominately an events registration website has now expanded to include information, news and alerts that can be leveraged by ASC members on a regular basis.”



The new site features a number of new tools, including:



VOC Regulation Map – The United States map includes hyperlinks to all of the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) regulations that impact the industry. 



ASC Industry Updates – Information updates that are linked to either “events, news, jobs or advocacy” and that can be subscribed to by members to keep up to date with changes happening in the industry.



Industry Intelligence – links to ASC’s market reports, press releases, newsletters, standards, and the ASC Vendor Select Tool.



Job Board – free to members, the job board can be utilized to attract students and professionals to open positions within their companies.



ASC Store – a streamlined store that allows members to purchase ASC market reports, sponsorships, past proceedings, exhibit space and other programs offered by ASC. 



Training – Access to ASC Training Programs, such as the ASC Training Academy and other industry webinars.

Advocacy—Includes Regulatory Affairs issues deemed critical by the Regulatory Affairs Committee.  Will include blogs from time to time that came be commented on by members.



“Ascouncil.org will be the place that members want to visit regularly in order to become aware of issues facing the industry, before they are actual issues for a member company,” adds Croson.  “In 2013, Council members will see an increase in blogs, information sharing and posting of news, data and trends that we know members will be able to use in their businesses, whether they are simply keeping up to speed, or needing critical information in order to respond to an issue.”



The new site was developed in collaboration with the Council’s Web Advisory Board, which provided input and direction on what members may find of value.  WAB members are:



  • Traci Jensen—Vice President, Americas Adhesives –HB Fuller 

  • Stephanie Laurio –Web Developer—RS Industrial

  • Elise Cruel— Market Manager - Industrial Emulsions, Americas —Celanese

  • Stacey Wagner—Marketing Communications Administrator—3M Industrial Adhesives & Tapes

  • Ernie Ballester—Field Marketing Manager, Americas—Honeywell

  • Chris White—Research Chemist—NIST

  • Jessica Carter, Online Communications Manager, ASC

“As they did with the new adhesives.org 2.0 launch in April, the WAB really played a strong role in making sure the site was member focused and highlighted issues that are truly of interest to Council members,” notes Jessica Carter, ASC’s Online Communications Manager.  “The new ascouncil.org focuses less on simply promoting events, and much more on offering valuable data and content.”



You can visit the revamped site at www.ascouncil.org



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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 124 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.

 

For more information about ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org.

 

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ADHESIVES.ORG GARNERS SIX AWARDS FOR THE ADHESIVE AND SEALANT COUNCIL IN MARCOM AWARDS PROGRAM

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Adhesives.org, ASCTV & the Adhesives.org Home Page win Two Platinum & Four Gold Awards
in One of the Largest and Most Respected Competitions Sponsored by the Association of
Marketing and Communications Professionals

 

November 6, 2012, Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that
it has won six awards for its adhesives.org website in the well-respected 2012 MarCom
competition, sponsored by the Association for Marketing and Communications Professionals
(AMCP).

 

Adhesvies.org won the following awards:

Platinum– Adhesives.org website in the category of Website/Association
Platinum– ASC TV in the category of Web Video Element/Multi-Media
Gold – ASC TV in the category of Web Video/Educational
Gold – Adhesives.org website in the category of Design (Web)
Gold – Adhesives.org home page in the category of Design (Web)/Website Home Page
Gold – Adhesives.org home page in the category of Specialty Web/Home Page

 

“ASC is pleased to be recognized for the significant changes made to adhesives.org as we
transitioned from a static, one-way information library, to a dynamic, two-way engagement
platform that allows for dialogue, education and connections,” notes Matthew E. Croson, ASC’s President. “It took a team of professionals to make this happen. Kudos and thank you go out to
ASC’s Web Advisory Board, our technology partner—NonProfitCMS—and our online
communications professional, Jessica Carter.”

 

ASC’s Web Advisory Board Members are:

 

Traci Jensen—Vice President, Americas Adhesives –HB Fuller
Stephanie Laurio –Web Developer—RS Industrial
Elise Cruel— Market Manager - Industrial Emulsions, Americas —Celanese
Stacey Wagner—Marketing Communications Administrator—3M Industrial Adhesives &
Tapes
Ernie Ballester—Field Marketing Manager, Americas—Honeywell
Chris White—Research Chemist—NIST
Jessica Carter, Online Communications Manager, ASC

 

Over 6,000 entries spanning seven categories are submitted to MarCom each year—marketing,
publications, marketing/promotion, public service/pro bono, creativity and electronic/interactive.
A panel of senior-level marketing and communications industry professionals serve as judges,
reviewing each entry for “its quality, creativity, and resourcefulness.” Winners are chosen if their
talent exceeds “a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the
industry.”

 

In looking at the winners of this year’s competition, well-known individuals, media houses, and
Fortune 500 companies are all represented.

 

 “As an association, ASC’s entries were scored based on design in general, and also design
and development of websites within the nonprofit sector,” notes Jessica Carter, ASC’s Online
Communications Manager. “ASC’s adhesives.org website was found to be a benchmark of
industry excellence, and as a small trade association that had limited resources to redesign the
website, we’re incredibly proud to be affiliated with recognized marketing leaders including
Lockheed Martin, American Airlines and Bloomberg.”

 

ASC is currently re-developing its member-oriented website at www.ascouncil.org, transitioning
the site to a stronger information exchange and member program access platform.
In 2013, the Council will also focus its energies on creating mobile versions of both
adhesives.org and ascouncil.org to allow for user friendly viewing on small screens, like the
iphone and android.

 

“ASC is continuing to innovate as we work to fulfill our vision of becoming the ‘essential center
of knowledge and catalyst for growth’ within our industry,” adds Croson. “Standing together with
the leading adhesive and sealant suppliers and manufacturers in the world, we are on the path
towards meeting this vision. We urge that any company involved in this sector join the Council
and be a part of the curiosity and innovation that drives our industry forward.”

 

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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 119 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. For more information about ASC, visit
www.ascouncil.org.

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ASC ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES FOR 2013

Posted By ASC, Monday, November 5, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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ASC Questions Latest CA DTSC Consumer Products Proposal

Posted By ASC, Friday, October 12, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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ASC WELCOMES FIVE NEW MEMBERS IN THIRD QUARTER OF 2012

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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ADHESIVES AND SEALANTS CLASSIFICATION MANUAL PUBLISHED

Posted By ASC, Thursday, October 4, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Canada to Host Webinar Related to MDI/MDA Section 71 Notice

Posted By ASC, Thursday, August 30, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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AUTOMOTIVE ADHESIVES LEADER NIKS JOINS ASC AS CONTENT PROVIDER FOR ADHESIVES.ORG

Posted By ASC, Monday, August 27, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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