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A proposal to create a new Technical Committee “Roofing and waterproofing building materials” at ISO

ISO Central Secretariat received a proposal from GOST for the creation of a ISO Technical Committee in the area of roofing and waterproofing building materials. GOST is willing to undertake the duties of secretariat of the new Technical Committee.

Scope: Standardization of materials and components used for roofs design and construction processes, as well as materials used for waterproofing in construction.

Infrastructure is the vehicle for transforming low- and middle-income countries into emerging or developing ones. Rapid urbanization in emerging economies and continued urbanization in advanced economies are the major drivers of infrastructure spending. A rise in infrastructure spending includes the creation of a huge demand for private and public sector infrastructural developments, such as power stations, electricity grids, water supply and treatment plants, roads, railways, airports, bridges, telecommunications networks, schools, and hospitals. The building & construction industry requires high-performance materials that are strong, lightweight, high-performance, durable, and versatile. The quality and performance of building materials need to be extremely consistent; as a result, the demand for roofing and waterproofing building materials is increasing for infrastructural development. The increasing population in emerging regions, especially in Asia-Pacific area, and the need for improved infrastructure, are expected to drive the global consumption of roofing and waterproofing building materials. The global population was around 7.7 billion in 2019, with Asia-Pacific area having approximately 60% of the total population. Close to 80% of the global population resides in developing countries where there is an increasing demand for residential housing and urban infrastructure. According to the United Nations, the global population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion by 2050, which will further necessitate the construction of housing, commercial hubs, roads, and waste & water management facilities. There is a huge scope for developing and improving the quality of infrastructure in Russia, China, Brazil, India, Southeast Asia and other developing economies. The consumption of roofing and waterproofing building materials is expected to increase as these materials play a key role in improving the overall quality and durability of infrastructure. Thus, this area of standardization is intended to involve all ISO members.

Creation of a new ISO/TC “Roofing and waterproofing building materials” will allow to intensity the standardization in the field of materials and products for roof construction building. Currently, ISO standards for this aspect of construction materials have not been developed yet. The variety of standards for roofing materials exist on regional, national and industry specific levels, while the consensus-based international requirement are absent. An integrated approach to standardization of roofing and waterproofing products will allow to build the engagement of all parties – consumers, designers, builders and manufacturers of building materials that will provide high quality documents. The creation of a new technical committee will make it possible to develop a set of new ISO standards over the next years, whilst the current mode is slowing down its development. It will also allow to increase the value of global trade in roofing and waterproofing materials.

If interested, Bulgaria can support the creation of this new technical committee. If approved by the national standardization bodies, the BIS may participate in the work of the newly created ISO Committee as an active member or observer.

Anyone interested can submit an opinion on the proposal by 20.04.2021 via e-mail to eng. Kalin Bikov: kalin.bikov@bds-bg.org, phone: 02/81 74 595.

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