Between the rising cost of living and concerns about protecting the environment, homeowners have become increasingly interested in finding ways to cut down on energy use. A new ISO International Standard gives a framework for taking into consideration the design process in buildings that will lead to greater energy efficiency – and lower energy bills.
The South African economy is largely based on minerals’ extraction and processing, which is very energy intensive. The country’s unique energy mix and challenges have required a multi-pronged public and private sector response. The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), ISO member for the country, plays a pivotal role in developing relevant standards to enable the implementation of energy efficiency.
The International Organization for Standardization has recently published the survey of certificates providing information about number of ISO certificates worldwide in 2010. The survey includes numbers on the following standards: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO 13485, ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO 22000. The full survey can be ordered and principal findings downloaded for free from ISO website.