More than 5,500 UNE standards are related to the construction sector, which represents 17% of the overall catalogue of standards of the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE. This has been announced by the Spanish standardisation body in its communication campaign Firm stepswith a view to highlighting the benefits of technical standards for the economic, business and consumer sectors.
The construction industry is one of the sectors most familiar with the benefits of technical standards. These promote the legality, safety and quality of processes, systems, services and products linked to construction. Of this figure, more than 2,000 UNE standards are cited in the construction legislation, enabling the Administrations to deploy public policies and draft specifications, and companies to comply with legal requirements. In fact, standards are recognised by the Administrations and the market as a means of demonstrating compliance with legal obligations.
Technical standards are the language spoken by international markets, facilitating exports by Spanish construction companies and boosting their internationalization.
Technical standards benefit organizations financially, and account for up to 5% of their revenue in sales, while reducing business costs by 7%. Standards now represent 1% of the GDP in Spain.
Help for the SDGs
Rules or standards help organisations achieve one or more Sustainable Development Goals, as they provide a common language and measurable criteria that are based on the knowledge, consensus and collaboration that this global challenge requires.