Standards and codes are the technical foundations of quality, safety and sustainability in the construction field. Codes and standards also provide a common scientific language used in trade and commerce within this industry. This is evident by the fact that more than 80 percent of global commodity trade is impacted by standards. All GSO member nations and GSO itself have signed memorandums of understanding with ASTM International, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Collectively, they cite more than 3,700 ASTM standards, many of which - from paint and piping to steel and roofing - are construction related.
Over the past five years, ASTM International has partnered with the International Code Council to support the use of codes and standards in sustainable construction in the Middle East. The partnership is a component of the Standards and Codes for Sustainable Construction project and is funded in part through the Market Development Cooperator Program at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. This Workshop marks the end of the five-year program, but the work and collaboration will continue with the goal of enhancing the Gulf region's efforts in areas such as energy efficiency, water conservation, materials management, building safety and overall economic growth.
The event is hosted by the Kuwait Municipality and organized in partnership and cooperation with ASTM International, International Code Council (ICC), and with the International Trade Administration (ITA).