With the current pandemic pointing the finger at enclosed public areas, the built environment has never had so much flack. Yet we can’t live without them, so ensuring buildings are safe, accessible, environmentally friendly and just nice places to be is the best we can do. It is also the objective of a large number of ISO standards, with some recent additions. Here is a selection: SAFE AND SECURE Protecting against nasty intruders while ensuring the building is both functional and pleasant to be in is the aim of the freshly published ISO 23234, Buildings and civil engineering works – Security – Planning of security measures in the built environment. The new standard describes which methods and routines need to be implemented in various stages of a building or civil engineering works project, as well as the competencies needed to achieve a good result.