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Technical Standards: U.S. Standards

Last Updated: May 4, 2022 1:20 PM

This page covers U.S. industry standards.

  • U.S. industry standards are listed alphabetically below by the acronym of the standards-issuing body. 
    • Major standards sets that we have access to include ASTM, IEEE, and SAE; see each tab for a full listing with details. We do have some select standards available electronically (like AWWA) or in print (ASCE). 
  • See the section on the right for databases that allow full electronic access to standards (ASTM, IEEE, SAE, and more).

U.S. Industry Standards

Standards developing organizations (SDOs) often identify their standards using acronyms. Many different organizations are mentioned in this section of the Research Guide. Use the tabs above to learn about what the various U.S. Industry Standards we have available here at UB.

A full list of names with their acronyms is included below for reference:

  • AA - Aluminum Association
  • AASHTO - American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials
  • ACI - American Concrete Institute
  • AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction
  • ANSI - American National Standards Institute
  • AOAC - Association of Official Analytical Chemists
  • ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
  • ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • ASTM - ASTM International (formerly American Society for Testing & Materials)
  • AWWA - American Water Works Association
  • HFES - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • IEEE - Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
  • NFPA - National Fire Protection Association
  • NISO - National Information Standards Organization
  • NOCSAE - National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment
  • SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers
  • TEMA - Tubular Exchanger Manufacturers Association
  • UL - Underwriters Laboratories

AA - Aluminum Association

We have a few AA standards, listed below. Information about other AA standards is available via the Aluminum Association website.

  • Aluminum Standards and Data (2013)
    Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection TA 480 .A6 A77
  • Aluminum Design Manual (2015)
    Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection TA 690 .A45

AASHTO - American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

We have access to certain selected AASHTO books, standards, and specifications, which are listed below. Some of these items may also be available in print (however, they are often an older edition; to check for print copies, search the UB Libraries Everything Search).

Information about other AASHTO standards is available online from the AASHTO website.

Please note, the links below will require UBIT login credentials unless otherwise noted.

ACI - American Concrete Institute

  • ACI Manual of Concrete Practice (2016 edition)
    Lockwood Library Sc & Engr Reference Collection TA 439 .A358

    This multi-volume set (issued annually) contains all of the widely used ACI concrete and masonry code requirements, specifications, guides, and reports. The most recent edition is shelved in Reference. Older editions are shelved in the Lockwood Book Collection or in the Annex under the same call number.  Please Note: Since ACI does not print the full text of every standard and guide annually, you may find only a single-page synopsis for the desired standard or guide in the most current edition. If you find such a synopsis page, you will need to go to the older editions and work your way back chronologically until you find the latest year that provides the full text.

See the ACI website for additional information about ACI standards and standards-related activities.

AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction

  • Seismic Design Manual (2nd edition, 2012)
    Lockwood Library Book Collection TA 658.44 .S399 2012
  • Selected AISC standards are available for free from the AISC website.  These include the following:

ANSI - American National Standards Institute

  • We do not in general collect standards developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). We do, however, have in our collections a limited number of ANSI-approved standards, including those listed above developed by other organizations such as IEEE that have been adopted/approved by ANSI.
  • The downtown Buffalo & Erie County Public Library may own or have access to ANSI and ANSI-approved standards. In addition, the Erie Community College North Campus Library has a selected collection of current and historical ANSI and ANSI-approved standards. We encourage you to call BECPL or ECC North to determine which ANSI standards they have in their collections.

ANSI Online provides access to information about ANSI and national and international standards-related activities.

AOAC - Association of Official Analytical Chemists

  • Official Methods of Analysis of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists (16th ed., 1998)
    Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection QD75 .A8

ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers

  • We have most current ASCE standards in print. These are shelved either in the Lockwood Science & Engineering Reference Collection on the 1st floor of Lockwood Library or in the Lockwood Book Collection. To locate them in the UB Libraries' collections, use the listing on the ASCE standards webpage to get the full title and then search by the title in the UB Libraries Catalog to get the library location and call number information or contact the Engineering Librarian at epautler@buffalo.edu.

ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

UB does not currently have access to current versions of ASHRAE standards. However, ASHRAE does make some standards available to view for free from their website: https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/standards-and-guidelines.

In addition, UB does have access to several ASHRAE handbooks:

Please note, older versions of some of these handbooks may also be able through the Knovel platform. You can search the title of the handbook needed in Knovel to see all available editions/versions.

ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers

We do not collect ASME standards.  We do have older editions of the Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code - see below.

  • ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code (older editions only: 1962, 1965-1966, 1974, 1980) Libraries Annex TJ290 .A7
    The most recent complete print edition in our collections is the 1980 edition. Please Note: The downtown Buffalo & Erie County Public Library may own or have access to more current complete editions of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code.

Detailed information on ASME codes and standards is available from the ASME website.

ASTM International (formerly, American Society for Testing & Materials)

  • UB currently full-text electronic access to ASTM standards via the ASTM Compass database (see link below). Connect to the database using the link below.

  • We also have ASTM standards in print. The 2018 and 2017 editions of the Annual Book of ASTM Standards are kept in Reference.
    Lockwood Science & Engineering Reference Collection TA 401 .A64

  • For mandatory ASTM standards, meaning those standards specifically named in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), you can read the full text of these documents, for free at the ASTM Reading Room. Please be aware, standards cannot be downloaded or printed, but the full text can be read in the browser. Also important to note, is the most recent version (year) of the ASTM standard is not always the mandatory version. Only the version that is currently mandatory can be viewed through the ASTM Reading Room.

AWWA, or the American Water Works Association, is an international, nonprofit, scientific, and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water. Founded in 1881, the Association is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world. A complete listing of AWWA standards can be found by clicking here.

UB has electronic access to the following AWWA standards; access them by clicking on each standard title below (access is restricted to UB faculty, students, and staff; UBIT login credentials are required for access):

UB also owns one AWWA standard in print that was published jointly with APHA (American Public Health Association) and WPCF (the Water Pollution Control Federation). 

  • Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater (22nd ed., 2012)
    Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection QD142 .A5

Additionally, UB has electronic access to several AWWA operational guides and other manuals. Click here to run a search to see available electronic titles from AWWA.

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) has participated in the development of American national standards since the early 1980s. 

UB Libraries has access to HFES 100-2007, Human Factors Engineering of Computer Workstations via the Techstreet Enterprise platform. To access it, click here or click on the Techstreet Enterprise link to the right in the Full Text Access to Standards box.

For additional information regarding HFES standards, visit their website by clicking here.

IEEE - Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

We have access to all current IEEE standards through our subscription to IEEE Xplore:

  • IEEE Standards (Current) - Members of the UB community have access to the full text of current IEEE standards via IEEE Xplore (PDP). Once connected, select "Standards" from the left-hand search menu.
  • IEEE 802 Standards - Through its Get IEEE 802 program, IEEE makes IEEE 802 standards available to the public for free in PDF formats. These standards relate to local and metropolitan area networks. New standards are included in the program six months after they have been published. Drafts are not part of the program. To read about the program, go to http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/browse/standards/get-program/page/. To download the standards, go to http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/browse/standards/get-program/page/series?id=68.
  • National Electrical Safety Code - The full text of the NESC 2012 edition is available to UB staff, faculty, and students via IEEE Xplore (PDP). Once connected, from under Browse, select Standards, and then in the keyword search box type in "National Electrical Safety Code" or try directly linking via http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/5967877/ .
  • AIEE Standards (1923-1962; incomplete) - Historical standards developed by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, the forerunner of IEEE, are kept in storage in the UB Libraries Annex (call number TK 275 .A63). For information on how to retrieve these materials, see the UB Libraries Annex Services web page.

The IEEE Standards website provides information about IEEE's standards and standard-related activities.

NFPA - National Fire Protection Association

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides free, read-only access to codes and standards, including the National Fire Code (NFPA-1) and the National Electrical Code (NFPA-70). To access codes and standards for free, click the link to access the NFPA database below and follow these steps:

  • Select the link of the code/standard # (first column).
  • Once on the specific page, click the "Free Access" button located under the title.
  • Use the pull-down feature to select the Free Access edition available.
  • Select "View"
  • Review the agreement terms.
  • Use the "Table of Contents" or the "Next" button (bottom of page) to view the chapters/sections.

Please note:  You will be asked to "sign-in" or create a profile to access the code/standard in read-only format.

In addition, we have the latest edition (2017) of the National Electrical Code in print in the Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection TK223 .N27. We have a standing order to receive the latest edition in print when a new edition is published.  Older editions in print (incomplete, 1978-2014) are shelved in the Lockwood Library Book Collection under the same call number.

NISO - National Information Standards Organization

  • Standards  Lockwood Library, Call Number:  Z665 .A7-[standard number]
    NISO develops (often in association with ANSI, the American National Standards Institute) technical standards used by information services, libraries, and publishing. These standards are shelved either in the Lockwood Library Reference Collection or the Lockwood Book Collection under the call number given above. Check the UB Libraries Catalog for the location of the particular standard you need. The NISO website provides detailed information about its standards and standard development process.

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) develops performance standards for protective equipment used in a variety of sports. There are two types of standards; General and Sport-specific. The General standards apply to multiple different sport-specific standards and should be referred to in addition to the sport-specific standards.

All NOCSAE standards, proposed standards, and laboratory guides are freely available for download in PDF format by clicking here.

SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers

UB now has electronic access to all SAE aerospace, aerospace materials, and ground vehicle standards through the SAE Mobilus database (use link below to connect). 

We also have some SAE standards content available in print. The last edition of the SAE Handbook (which contains the "J" standards; but not the "AMS" or "AS" standards) that we have is the 2010 edition.

  • SAE Handbook (2010 edition)
    Silverman Multimedia Audio Visual Collection CD 5341

    This multi-volume handbook was discontinued by SAE. The last edition we have is the 2010 edition on CD, which contains the full text of all SAE automotive "J" (Ground Vehicle) standards current as of that date. You can ask for it at the Service Desk on the 3rd floor of Silverman Library in Capen Hall by the CD number given above. Older, print editions are shelved in the Lockwood Book Collection on the 3rd floor under the call number TL159 .S62 or in the UB Libraries Annex.

TEMA - Tubular Exchanger Manufacturers Association

  • Standards of the Tubular Exchanger Manufacturers Association (8th edition, 1999)
    Lockwood Library Sci & Engr Reference Collection TJ 263 .T8 1999
  • Standards of the Tubular Exchanger Manufacturers Association (7th edition, 1988)
    Lockwood Library General Collection TJ 263 .T8 1988

More information about TEMA standards is available on the TEMA website.

UL - Underwriters Laboratories

  • We do not collect Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standards. However, the downtown Buffalo & Erie County Public Library may own or have access to some of these standards.
  • The Underwriters Laboratories website offers access to the UL Catalog of Standards, which provides a numerical as well as an alphabetical listing by keyword of its published and proposed standards. You can purchase UL standards online at https://www.shopulstandards.com/
    • You can view UL standards for free (no download or print access) on their website by creating a free account and then clicking on the "Digital View" button on the webpage for the individual standard. 

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