[4:06] Game time - John introduces a new game to Brent.
[6:35] A conversation about standards - John leads off with a fun example from Lego Movie.
There are standards all around us! They make our lives better and more secure.
Most standards created are voluntary. For example, being able to plug into a wall.
If you travel internationally, you realize how frustrating it is not to have a standard.
[9:18] How are standards set? - Standards are created by a group of people with diverse interest. They work to come to a consensus based on science and input from stakeholders.
We now have international standards organizations so products can work better in all countries.
[11:45] Water standards - Most of the standards relate to how faucets are hooked to the plumbing.
Another standard is about faucets is in relation to health and that they to be lead free. This is also an example of how a standard may be put into the plumbing code or other laws.
[15:12] LEED Buildings - LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. These buildings must be higher performing or greener buildings.
LEED has been marketed well but it is not a government program. However, the government has adopted LEED for new buildings.
LEED is truly a voluntary program and does not go through the consensus, standard-building process. LEED creates requirements and for those that want to be LEED certified they must meet certain criteria.
LEED's goal was to incentive the marketplace to do things better without it being mandatory.
[21:15] Codes - People are familiar with fire codes, buildings code and plumbing codes.
Codes are about protecting like and health and are mandatory.
[27:00] What was all the white on National Mall during Inauguration? - This was a covering to protect the grass and make a better viewing surface.
National Mall recently went through a big turfgrass restoration process. The white coverings helped protect this.
[13:05] Brent's tip of the week - be focused on our goals and don't worry about the distractions.