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Webster Bill Provides Standards for Innovative Infrastructure

Washington, DC – Florida Congressman Daniel Webster, along with Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Bill Posey (R-FL), has introduced H.R. 2393, the NIST Creation of Composite Standards Act. This bipartisan bill creates a data clearinghouse for composite building materials within the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

“Infrastructure is critical to Florida’s economy, which is dependent on moving goods and people efficiency and effectively," said Rep. Webster.  “Composites can help reduce construction costs and timeline and decrease the overall lifecycle costs associated with maintenance and repair. This helps maximize the value of every infrastructure dollar. Allowing NIST to conduct this vital research and establish nationally accepted composite standards will permit contractors and businesses to make the best decision for Americans and our country.”

Composite materials are currently used for everyday purposes such as constructing bridges, watercraft, airplanes, sea walls, buildings, and much more. Use of these materials allow us to build more resilient products that maintain a higher resistance to many of the environmental factors that deteriorate traditional building materials. This bill will provide the standards needed to guide future composite material projects. NIST presently defines composite materials as, “polymers strengthened with fibers or other additives.”