Per Jæger retires as Chairperson of ISO/TC 59
After nine years as Chairperson of ISO’s Building and Civil Engineering Works Committee, Per Jæger is stepping down. His last meeting in the chair took place in Longyearbyen in Svalbard.
«This committee draws up important standards for the Norwegian construction industry,» says Per Jæger, CEO of the Norwegian Home Builders’ Association, who has chaired the committee for nine years. His successor, Øyvind Skarholt of Norsk Byggtjeneste AS, will take over with effect from 2020.
Per Jæger is stepping down as chairperson of ISO/TC 59.
Several of the ISO/TC 59 Committee’s subcommittees and working groups held meetings in Svalbard.
«We also had a presentation from Longyearbyen’s local authority, which stated that Svalbard will be emission free by 2030. To achieve that, they will need a lot of good standards,” says Jæger with a chuckle.
A unifying leader
The ISO/TC 59 Committee Manager, Kari Borgos from Standards Norway, has worked closely with Jæger for eight of his nine years at the helm.
«In such a large committee as this, with eight subcommittees, Per has been a unifying leader who has worked actively for increased collaboration across the subcommittees,» she says.
ISO/TC 59 was established in 1947 and has so far developed 115 international standards on matters ranging from terminology, the organisation of information technology in building and civil engineering processes and geometric requirements for buildings, building elements and components, including modular coordination, to general rules for joins, tolerances and fit, and performance requirements. The committee’s standards also address important and highly topical issues such as sustainability, accessibility and lifespan.
New project on climate-related disasters
The meetings in Svalbard brought together 40 representatives from ten countries. A new cross-sectoral project, which received overwhelming support at the meeting, will look at how buildings, civil engineering and infrastructure works tackle climate-related disasters.
«What happens when sea levels rise, the temperature rises or falls dramatically, or when forest fires, earthquakes, typhoons and flooding occur with increasing frequency? Climate change is here, so we must change the way we think when we design and construct our buildings for the future,» says Committee Manager Kari Borgos.
Per Jæger and Kari Borgos (front center) together with representantives from ten countries on Svalbard.