Solutions to manage the environmental impacts of concrete - new ISO Standard

22/07/2012

A new ISO Standard, ISO 13315-1:2012 Environmental management for concrete and concrete structures – Part 1: General principles, will help the construction industry better manage the environmental impacts of concrete.

Concrete is widely used for constructing infrastructures such as buildings, bridges, dams, and tunnels, and its consumption as a resource is the second largest on the planet after water, with potential strongly negative impacts on the environment. ISO 13315-1 aims to provide the basic rules on environmental management for concrete and concrete structures. It will help owners, designers, manufacturers, constructors, users, certification bodies, and environmental standard developers.

Prof. Koji Sakai, Chair of ISO/TC 71/SC8, comments: 'Today, the concept of sustainability is required in every aspect of social, economic, and cultural activities. ISO 13315-1 will help the construction industry answer the need for sustainability and will provide a strong support at all phases of the life cycle of concrete structures.' Read more.

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