Standards & Technical
Emmanuel Bourdin, Built Environment Advisory Unit, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government speaking at ICF Seminar 2019.
The development of product standards and their associated guidance is of critical importance to the ICF. The Federation is an active participant in the development and revision of standards related to the aggregates and concrete products industry. ICF staff and representatives from our member companies are highly involved in expert committees within the National Standards Authority of Ireland where they contribute positively to standards development. In addition, ICF representatives participate on committees within CEN, the European Standards Agency.
ICF is also highly involved in the dissemination of information on standards development. ICF regularly updates members on changes to standards and associated guidance. ICF has produced a suite of guidance documents on some of the key standards applicable to products produced by the industry. The Federation holds technical workshops for members on a periodic basis and participates in workshops hosted by other construction related organisations. As national building regulations call up many of these product standards it is essential that members are aware of the most up to date standards, thereby enhancing the integrity of the construction supply chain and ultimately, safeguarding consumers and end-users.
ICF policy on standards is developed by the Federations Technical Committee which meets quarterly.
In 2015, Minister Paudie Coffey launched the ICF certification and traceability initiative. This certification initiative is built on the experience of ICF members in supplying grant-assisted farm building projects and takes into account the requirements of the revised Building Control Regulations and the ongoing improvement in standards allied to the introduction of CE marking in July 2013. The initiative was welcomed by all of the representative bodies in the construction sector including the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland, Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Construction Industry Federation, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Engineers Ireland, Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, Irish Home Builders Association, National Standards Authority of Ireland, Housing Agency, Pyrite Resolution Board, and HomeBond. The initiative will assist in ensuring that the products that are supplied and used in our built infrastructure comply with the required product standards.
In 2016, ICF held a major technical seminar from members on a range of standards and guidance relevant to the industry. Speakers at the seminar included representatives of industry, the Department of the Environment, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and HomeBond.