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Why Standards Matter


Standards are published documents that establish specifications and procedures designed to ensure the reliability of the materials, products, methods, and/or services people use every day.

Standards can help us:

  • better understand the required specifications for products
  • ensure products, systems, services behave reliably and safely
  • learn how something works (treat standards as “how-to” instructions)
  • meet safety criteria required by law

Where to Find Standards


PolyU eligible users can access the full text of standards from the following databases:


More details about coverage of standards on each platform, no. of concurrent users, and specific requirements for opening the downloaded files. Navigate to individual pages to learn how to find standards in each database.

Database Standards Coverage
(in PolyU's Subscription)
No. of
Concurrent Users
Protected PDF files
(FileOpen plug-in required)
ASTM Compass
  • ASTM
Unlimited  
British Standards Online (BSOL)
  • BS
  • ISO
  • IEC*
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited


IEEE Xplore Digital Library
  • IEEE
Unlimited  
IHS Engineering Workbench
  • AATCC
  • ANSI
  • ASME
  • JIS(JSA)
  • NFPA
3
1
1
3
3
 
Techstreet Enterprise
  • ASHRAE
  • CIE
  • UL
Unlimited
Unlimited
3



*Only those that have been adopted as British Standards

Find Local Standards & Specifications

Standards, Specifications, Code of Practice documents published by departments of Hong Kong Government:

Department Website
Architectural Services Department (ASD) General Specification
Building Department (BD) Codes, Design Manuals and Guidelines
Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) Standards, BIM Objects, Specifications, Handbooks, Tender Price and Cost Indices
Development Bureau (DEVB) Standard Contract Documents
Standard Consultancy Document
Environmental Protection Department (EPD) Guidelines and Reference Materials
Hong Kong Housing Authority (HKHA) Specification Library