July 2017

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Early detection of fire and smoke are essential to save lives, property and the environment. Modern technology such as video fire detectors, especially in some high-risk places like tunnels, oil and gas environments, public buildings or storage areas, enable a fast response to a potential fire. A new...
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We all know the frustration of phoning a call centre, only to be put on hold for an interminable amount of time or taken through a long and complex series of options before arriving at a dead end. And when we finally get hold of someone, it is usually to battle with the language barrier or be told to...
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The social responsibility movement started with debates about corporations having a responsibility to society – it is now recognized that people, planet and profit are mutually inclusive. Since these early discussions, the concept has seen many transformative moments, including the launch of ISO 26000,...
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Over the course of its seventy-year history, ISO has undergone a remarkable transformation, keeping pace with, and redefining its role in, a fast-changing world. But how have personal attitudes and responsibilities changed over the same time? We go family-style on a big platter of environmental issues.
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We can no longer envision a world without computers or the Internet, but in 2017 this is old news.  Much more exciting developments are in the pipeline. From virtual reality to artificial intelligence,  if we are to be ready for what is to come, we must first understand how we got here, and acknowledge...
L'Hemisfèric builing in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain.
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A quick glance at the accelerating technological change over recent years, and the subsequent upheavals, could be enough to make us all fear for the future of the global economy. However, there are good reasons to be hopeful: the rapid changes in today’s interconnected world call for a renewed interest...
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ISOfocus sat down with renowned economist and economics consultant Simon Baptist to discuss the state of our global economy. What he says seems to very much support – encourage, even – the widespread use of International Standards to help meet the challenges of new technologies and benefit the global economy.
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“Bringing more countries and sectors into widespread use of International Standards will be useful,” says Global Chief Economist at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Simon Baptist in the latest issue of ISOfocus magazine.
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There are hundreds of millions of individual buildings in the world, each presenting multiple and diverse energy needs. Even though most countries have introduced policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in buildings through measures to improve energy efficiency, these policies have not resulted...

June 2017

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If you want to find major emitters of global carbon dioxide, look no further than your city’s skyline. Buildings account for more than one-third of all final energy consumption and half of global electricity use. And they’re responsible for approximately one-third of global carbon emissions.