Voluntary industry standards
Various industry, interest and consumer organisations issue their own standards that are not linked to standardisation at a national, European or global level. Industry standards help create procedures for how to work in a certain industry. Sometimes, regulations refer to industry standards.
Standardisation means that different parties prepare common solutions to recurring problems. These parties can be sole businesses, trade, interest and consumer organisations, authorities or universities. Standards facilitate handling and create cost-effective solutions.
Industry standards are developed in limited fora and do not need to follow the same requirements for openness, impartiality and consensus in the process that apply to the national, European and global standardisation bodies. Industry standards help create procedures for how to work in a certain industry. Sometimes, regulations refer to industry standards.
In order for industry standards to apply, they must be agreed in the contract between client and contractor.
Below is a selection of the industry standards that often occur in the construction of a building.
Roof safety is a collective term for example for various step devices, roof walkways and anti-skid protection that are intended to be placed on roofs and be permanently installed. The term also includes safe working methods for roof work. The industry standard contains descriptions of working methods, risk inventories and recommended roof safety devices and references. The industry standard was developed by the Swedish Roof Safety Committee, TSK.
ByggaF presents a systematic method to ensure, document and communicate moisture protection throughout the entire building process. There are aids in the form of instructions, inspection plans and checklists.
ByggaL presents a method to ensure, document and communicate airtightness issues throughout the entire building process. The method entails a working method to meet society's and the developer's requirements on airtightness.
AMA AF is used as a basis in the establishment of administrative instructions (AF) for contracts. It is common to all technical trade areas and simplifies the work of formulating the client's requirements.
AMA (Building, Plumbing & HVAC, Electricity, Civil works)
AMA provides a reference material that is used to make technical descriptions and to interpret the description when the work is to be done. Issued as a new version every three years.
MER (Building, Civil works)
MER provides measurement and compensation rules for building construction and civil engineering works, adapted to AMA. Intended to create uniform rules for measurement and compensation of work.
The industry rules Safe Wet Rooms and the Construction Ceramic Council's industry rules for wet rooms, BBV, provide tradesmen and clients with practical instructions for how wet rooms can be built professionally.
Safe Water Installation is issued by Säker Vatten AB and contains expertise and implementation requirements for plumbing installations.