Standards in the construction industry

The construction industry makes a large contribution to the competitiveness and growth of the UK economy. Total construction output growth is now projected to average more than 4% a year for 2014 and 2015*. A modern, efficient infrastructure is a key driver of productivity, and the construction industry has a major role in delivering built infrastructure in an innovative and cost effective way. BSI publishes a wealth of information to help you achieve industry compliance and best practice.

*Source Experian: Construction forecasting and research: Winter 2013/14 Edition Volume 20: Issue 1 

Key standards & European directives

With BSOL, understand complex Building & Construction matters through our range of standards and publications. Get all the information you need to comply with European directives and UK regulations including:

  • REGULATION (EU) No 305/2011 Construction Products
  • 95/16/EC Lifts
  • 2006/42/EC on Machinery 
  • 89/686/EEC: Personal Protective Equipment
  • Building Act 1984
  • 210/31/EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive recast
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Town and Country Planning Act 1990

A few of the key standards and regulations covered by BSOL:


  • BS 5839: Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings. Code of practice for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic premise
  • BS 9990: Code of practice for non-automatic fire-fighting systems in buildings
  • BS 9991: Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings. Code of practice
  • BS 9999: Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings
  • BS EN 45545-1: Railway applications. Fire protection on railway vehicles. General
  • BS EN 13501-6: Fire classification of construction products and building elements. Classification using data from reaction to fire tests on electric cables 

Sustainable Construction

  • BS EN 15804: Sustainability of construction works. Environmental product declarations. Core rules for the product category of construction products

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

  • BS 1192: Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information. Code of practice
  • PAS 1192-2: Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling
  • PAS 1192-3: Specification for information management for the operational phase of assets using building information modelling


The construction industry is being transformed to meet the new demands of the twenty-first century. Project delivery concepts are changing to become more efficient when it comes to both time and money. British Standards Online (BSOL) is your solution. 

Construction companies using BSOL

  • Atkins
  • Arup
  • Al Reyami Group
  • Bechtel
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Chicago Bridge and Iron
  • Daewoo Engineering and Construction
  • Gammon Construction
  • GE Infrastructure
  • Halcrow Group Ltd

  • Hyundai Engineering and Construction
  • Korean Institute of Construction Technology
  • Kentz Group
  • Larson and Toubro
  • Mott McDonald
  • Oceaneering Ltd
  • Penta Ocean Construction
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • SSHIC International