A new ISO standard 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 strong negative
impacts on the environment.
ISO 13315-1:2012, Environmental management for concrete and concrete structures – Part 1:General Principles, 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.
The standard is intended to contribute to continual
improvement of the environmental impacts resulting from concrete-related
activities. It ensures consistency with the ISO 14000 series on environmental
ISO 13315-1:2012 covers the secondary effects of the
production of concrete and of concrete structures which consume large amounts
of resources, such as water, energy, cement and steel and emit large amounts of
CO2 in their production processes.
The standard provides a framework and basic rules on
environmental management related to concrete and concrete structures. This
includes the assessment of environmental impacts and methods of implementing
environmental improvement. It addresses the entire life cycle of concrete
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 of sustainability and will provide a strong support at
all phases of the life cycle of concrete structures.”
ISO 13315‑1:2012 was developed by ISO technical
committee ISO/TC 71, Concrete, reinforced concrete and pre-stressed
concrete, subcommittee SC 8, Environmental management for concrete
and concrete structures.
ISO 13315-1:2012, Environmental management
for concrete and concrete structures – Part 1: General
Principles, is available from ISO national member institutes (see thecomplete list with contact
details). It may also be obtained directly from the ISO Central Secretariat,
price 80 Swiss francs, through the ISO
Store or by contacting the Marketing, Communication & Information
department (see right-hand column).
14 June, 2012.