A new ASTM International standard will help architects who are designing mockup structures used to prepare for the construction of a new building. ASTM’s Committee on Performance of Buildings developed the standard, which will soon be approved as E3223. ASTM International member Eric Peterson notes that when new buildings are constructed, especially large complex buildings with intricate façades, architects will build a mockup that simulates a portion of the façade and components for the new building.
The new standard will be primarily useful to architects, but that it will also contain information that will be valuable for entire construction teams, including owners, constructors, and testing agencies. This effort directly relates to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #13 on climate action since the standard helps in the creation of energy-efficient and high-performing envelopes that can reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases. The committee invites interested parties to participate in the development of future revisions to the new standard, since there is a wide variety of experiences with mockup construction.