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Approval of a New International Standard Proposed by Japan through the Top Standard Scheme-For globally standardizing vacuum glass-

On April 12, 2014, the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC), with the secretariat operated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), proposed to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) a new international standard for vacuum glass. Following the ISO’s voting period on the proposal, on July 15, 2014, the proposal was approved by the organization as an official proposal for a new international standard. The proposal will be examined in the ISO.

The proposal was examined by the JISC and submitted to the ISO through the Top Standard Scheme in response to a request from Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd.

  1. The proposal aims to globally standardize vacuum glass for buildings, which was developed by the Japanese manufacturer. Vacuum glass is a product in which an outstanding heat-insulation property, a characteristic of vacuum performance, is applied to window glass, and its global dissemination is expected as it will contribute to promoting energy conservation and curbing global warming.
  2. Currently, there is no international standard for this glass product. To address this situation, Japan will lead and proactively advance standard setting efforts in order to ensure that Japanese manufacturers win appropriate evaluations of their products in the global market and to encourage them to succeed in obtaining such markets.
  3. In February 2014, Nippon Sheet Glass submitted to the JISC a request for setting a new international standard for vacuum glass, making use of the Top Standard Scheme. Following the examination and the approval of the proposal in the JISC, on April 12, 2014, the proposal was submitted to the ISO. After the ISO’s voting period of three months for selecting new proposals, on July 15, 2014, the proposal was approved by the organization as an official new proposal. It will be further examined by ISO Technical Committee 160, which is in charge of glass in construction, and will be issued as a new international standard if the ISO members reach a consensus.
  4. The proposal was submitted by the company through the Top Standard Scheme, a new system launched in June 2012, allowing a party to swiftly propose a new international standard. In addition, METI has been more broadly addressing companies’ needs through promotion of standard setting for new technology with an aim to cultivate new markets.

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release Date

July 17, 2014

Division in Charge

International Standardization Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

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