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Building Construction Standards by ISO

Building systems contribute as much as 30% of the world's emissions that affect climate. Standards in design, construction and maintenance of building can make a significant contribution to sustainability of communities. ISO provides a respected platform of global standards for building, development and construction.

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ISO, as the principal developer of international standards, makes a major contribution to the many specific industries, including the building construction industry.

ISO standards for the building sector incorporates technical advice from hundreds of experts participating in global ISO technical committees.

International Environmental Standards for Building

In addition, ISO respects the international agreements drafted on environmental protection, such as the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Sustainable Construction

Building construction should be associated with the term "sustainable construction". The construction industry has such a great impact on our planet’s natural resources, that the environmental issues touched by the increasing building activities as the world’s population continues to grow cannot be ignored.

ISO has published standards for all stages of development: planning phase, laying of foundations, and the end product.

Social and Economic benefits of ISO/TC 59

The Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) estimates that for every dollar spent on construction, three dollars are generated in other sectors.

The scope of ISO/TC 59 is the standardization of terminology, organization of information in building and civil engineering processes, geometric requirements for building, building elements and components including modular coordination, general rules for joints, tolereances and fits; performance requirements of buildings and building elements.

ISO's globally relevant standards for building include:

  • Fire protection and fire safety, see ISO/TC 21 and ISO/TC 92;
  • Concrete and binders, see ISO/TC 71 and ISO/TC 74;
  • Installations, see ISO/TC 86, ISO/TC 116, ISO/TC 128, ISO/TC 138, ISO/TC 161, ISO/TC 178;
  • Building products, see ISO/TC 160 (glass in building), ISO/TC 162 (doors and windows), ISO/TC 77 (fibre reinforced concrete), ISO/TC 89, ISO/TC 179, ISO/TC 189;
  • Thermal insulation and internal environment design, see ISO/TC 163 and ISO/TC 205
Learn the details of ISO standards for buildings at ISO's website.

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