23 Mar 2022

ISO-certification for SME housebuilders

Benefits of ISO accreditation include:

  • ISO certification is often a minimum requirement when bidding for work
  • Giving a structure to your business that promotes leadership and credibility
  • Providing a process-based approach to improve efficiency while reducing duplication errors and lost time
  • Ensuring that your standards extend to your wider team and subcontractors.

How can I get started with ISO accreditation?

Bell says to break down the process into simple steps:

  1. Obtain a copy of the standard from the BSI and read it thoroughly before embarking on implementation
  2. Engage a consultant to translate ‘ISO speak’ into practical procedures
  3. Deal only with a UKAS-accredited certification body
  4. Undertake a gap analysis to determine what you have in place already
  5. Communicate with your team so they come on the journey with you
  6. Carry out an internal audit to see where you can improve
  7. Conduct a management review to draw conclusions about your current operations and how to improve them
  8. Begin the stage 1 assessment with your chosen certification body to confirm the management the system framework is ready for a full assessment
  9. Move onto stage 2 assessment to demonstrate the management system is working, along with the necessary evidence required


ISO certifications relevant to SME construction companies

  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality management systems (frequent tender requirement)
  • ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management systems (frequent tender requirement)
  • ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems (frequent tender
  • ISO 37001:2014 Anti-bribery management systems
  • PAS 91:2013 Construction prequalification questionnaires
  • ISO 10005:2018 Quality management, guidelines for quality
  • ISO 27001:2017 Information security management
  • BS 99001 Quality management systems (specific requirements for the built environment sector)

ISO certification with a UKAS-accredited certification body can provide access to tenders and opportunities to undertake work for public sector bodies such as government buildings, schools and hospitals, as well as to win subcontracting work from larger construction firms.

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