Standardization in the field of buildings and civil engineering works, of:

  • general terminology;
  • organization of information in the processes of design, manufacture and construction;
  • general geometric requirements for buildings, building elements and components including modular coordination and its basic principles, general rules for joints, tolerances and fits, performance and test standards for sealants;
  • general rules for other performance requirements, including functional and user requirements related to service life, sustainability, accessibility and usability;
  • general rules and guidelines for addressing the economic, environmental and social impacts and aspects related to sustainable development;
  • geometric and performance requirements for components that are not in the scope of separate ISO technical committees;
  • procurement processes, methods and procedures.


  • standardization and coordination of technical product documentation (ISO/TC 10);
  • acoustic requirements (ISO / TC 43);
  • bases for design of concrete structures (ISO/TC 71/SC 4);
  • fire tests and fire safety engineering related to building materials, components and structures (ISO/TC 92);
  • bases for design of structures (ISO / TC 98);
  • construction machinery (ISO/TC 127 and ISO/TC 195);
  • performance requirements for glass in buildings (ISO/TC 160);
  • performance requirements for doors, doorsets and windows (ISO/TC 162);
  • calculation of thermal properties (ISO / TC 163);
  • bases for design of timber structures (ISO/TC 165);
  • bases for design of steel and aluminium structures (ISO/TC 167);
  • geotechnical aspects and soil quality (ISO/TC 182 and ISO/TC 190);
  • standardization in the design and retrofit buildings regarding acceptable indoor environment and practicable energy use (ISO/TC 205).


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published ISO standards *

related to the TC and its SCs

of which 33 under the direct responsibility of ISO/TC 59


ISO standards under development *

related to the TC and its SCs

of which 1 under the direct responsibility of ISO/TC 59


Participating members


Observing members

* number includes updates

Reference Title Type
ISO/TC 59/SC 2 Terminology and harmonization of languages Sub committee
ISO/TC 59/SC 8 Sealants Sub committee
ISO/TC 59/SC 13 Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM) Sub committee
ISO/TC 59/SC 14 Design life Sub committee
ISO/TC 59/SC 15 Framework for the description of housing performance Sub committee
ISO/TC 59/SC 16 Accessibility and usability of the built environment Sub committee
ISO/TC 59/SC 17 Sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works Sub committee
ISO/TC 59/SC 18 Construction procurement Sub committee
ISO/TC 59/SC 19 Prefabricated building Sub committee
ISO/TC 59/AG 1 Advisory Group Working group
ISO/TC 59/AG 2 Climate change adaptation Working group
ISO/TC 59/WG 4 Resilience of buildings and civil engineering works Working group

Liaison Committees to ISO/TC 59

The committees below can access the documents of ISO/TC 59:

Reference Title ISO/IEC
ISO/TC 10 Technical product documentation ISO
ISO/TC 77 Products in fibre reinforced cement [STANDBY] ISO
ISO/TC 92 Fire safety ISO
ISO/TC 105 Steel wire ropes ISO
ISO/TC 136 Furniture ISO
ISO/TC 173 Assistive products ISO
ISO/TC 178 Lifts, escalators and moving walks ISO
ISO/TC 180 Solar energy ISO
ISO/TC 184/SC 4 Industrial data ISO
ISO/TC 205 Building environment design ISO
ISO/TC 262 Risk management ISO
ISO/TC 267 Facility management ISO
ISO/TC 268/SC 1 Smart community infrastructures ISO


Liaison Committees from ISO/TC 59

ISO/TC 59 can access the documents of the committees below:

Reference Title ISO/IEC
ISO/TC 267 Facility management ISO
ISO/TC 268/SC 1 Smart community infrastructures ISO


Organizations in liaison (Category A and B)

Acronym Title Category
ANEC European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardization A
buildingSMART International buildingSMART International A
CEI-Bois European Confederation of Woodworking Industries A
CIB International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction A
FIEC European Construction Industry Federation A
RI Rehabilitation International A
UIA International Union of Architects A

Date Month Location TC/SC Note
29 September 2021 Virtual ISO/TC 59/SC 8  
7 October 2021 Virtual ISO/TC 59/SC 17  
26 October 2021 Virtual ISO/TC 59/SC 2  
27 October 2021 Virtual ISO/TC 59/SC 13  
1 November 2021 Virtual ISO/TC 59/SC 18 **

* Information definite but meeting not yet formally convened
** Provisional

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