How the Standards are Developed and Written

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How the Standards are Developed and Written

Postby johnleeke » April 19th, 2011, 8:08 pm

(Update: 12.4.11)

The purpose of the standards is to document the “means and methods” that are used to arrive at a known and recognizable result. We envision a book of about 100 to 150 pages that catalogs specific methods for the preservation and weatherization of older and historic windows. Detailed methods, procedures and materials will be included.

To maintain objective guidance for users of the standards we will not include specific brand names or products.

Topics will include:

- How to use the standards
- How these standards fit in with other common standards in construction and preservation
- Standards for assessing window conditions
- A few general approaches for window work
- Many specific methods including step-by-step procedures and materials

Development and Writing:

The standards will be developed and written entirely by practicing tradespeople so that the standards reflect what is actually being done up on the scaffold and out in the workshop.

To get the ball rolling quickly the Collaborative Founders, John Leeke, Duffy Hoffman, David Gibney, Jim Turner and Bob Yapp will write the first draft of the standards. As each Founder writes his sections, topics and standards he will post them here at the Forum for your review and comment.

The Collaborative Advisers will give their advice and comments here at the Forum and at the Summit. There will be about 30 Advisers.

The Collaborative Stakeholders can also review and comment on the drafts of the standards here at the Forum. There will be about 100 to 200 Stakeholders.

Advisers and Stakeholders will be able to submit topics and standards for consideration.

Before the Summit parts of the first draft will be available for review and comment here at the Forum.

During the Summit the Founders and Advisers will continue to develop and revise the standards.

After the Summit the first full draft of the standards will be available here at the Forum for at least two months for review and comment by the Founders, Advisers and Stakeholders.

About one month after the full draft the content of the standards will be finalized and the document will be edited and formatted for publication.

About one month after the final version the standards document will be published and available for purchase via a Print-on-Demand publishing service.

Of course, the Founders don't know everything about windows that needs to be in the standards. That's why your participation is needed. Your window knowledge, experience, ideas, comments and contributions are an important part of the standards project. Together we will collaborate to create effective standards that can actually be used to promote and guide the care and maintenance of older and historic windows.

Procedure to Develop a Standard:

1. One or more practicing tradespeople submit a treatment on a standard form. A "treatment" is any method they actually use in their work on windows. Usually submissions are made by posting a message here at the Forum. (learn how to submit a treatment here:

2. A draft of the standard will be written by the standards editor based on the treatments submitted.

3. Any Founder, Adviser or Stakeholder can comment on the draft. As a discussion develops the draft is revised by the editor based on the discussion.

5. The draft is formalized into a standard for the published Standards.

(Please feel free to click on "Post Reply" anywhere here in the standards Forum to let us know what you are thinking.)

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