USDA – Abbreviations

AA          Aluminum Association

AAMA          American Architectural Manufacturers Association

ACI          American Concrete Institute

AFPA          American Forest and Paper Association

AHA          American Hardboard Association

AIA          American Institute of Architects

ANSI          American National Standards Institute

ARMA          Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association

ASCE          American Society of Civil Engineers

ASHRAE          American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineering

ASME          American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ASTM          American Society for Testing Materials

AWS          American Welding Society

BOCA          Building Officials and Code Administration

Btuh          British thermal units per hour

CABO          Council of American Building Officials

cfm          Cubic feet per minute

CFR          Code of Federal Regulations

CPSC          Consumer Product Safety Commission

CRI          Carpet and Rug Institute

CS          Commercial Standard

DOT          Department of Transportation

EO          Executive Order

EPA          Environmental Protection Agency

ext.          Exterior

F          Fahrenheit (degrees)

FHA          Federal Housing Administration

FGMA          Flat Glass Marketing Association

FHDA          Fir and Hemlock Door Association

FS          Federal Specification

ft.          Feet

gals          Gallons

hr          Hour

HUD          Department of Housing and Urban Development

in.          Inches

int.          Interior

ISWA          Insect Screening Weavers Association

lb          Pounds

max          Maximum

min.          Minimum

mph          Miles per hour

MPS          Minimum Property Standards

MR          Materials Release

MS          Manual Series

NAHB-RF          National Association of Home Builders – Research Foundation

NAIMA          North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

NAS          National Academy of Sciences

NIBS          National Institute of Building Sciences

NIST         National Institute of Standards and Technology

NCDC          National Climatic and Data Center

NFPA          National Fire Protection Association

NOFMA-OFGR          National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association – Official Flooring Grading Rules

NRCA          National Roofing Contractors Association

NSDJA          National Sash and Door Jobbers Association

NSPI          National Spa and Pool Institute

NTMA          National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association

NWMA          National Woodwork Manufacturers Association

oz          Ounces

PHCC          National Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors

PCI          Prestressed Concrete Institute

PTI          Post-Tensioning Institute

psf          Pounds per square foot

PVC          Polyvinyl chloride

RFCI          Resilient Flooring Covering Institute

SCACM           Southern California Association of Cabinet Manufacturers

SGCC          Safety Glazing Certification Council

Sq.          Square

SI          International Standard (Metric)

TCA          Tile Contractors of America

t&g or T&G          Tongue and Groove

U          Coefficient or thermal transmission Btu/(hour) x (square foot) x (F {Sub(inside)})

UL          Underwriters Laboratories

UM          Use of Materials Bulletin

USDA          United States Department of Agriculture

WM          Wood Moulding and Millwork Producers

WQA          Water Quality Association (Formerly Water Conditioning Foundation)