On Wednesday, 14 January 2015, the New Year's reception provided the setting for the first presentation of the Living Standards Awards to organizations and enterprises which use the standards they need in an exemplary manner and optimally input strategic considerations in the development of standards - wherever the biggest benefits can be reaped for business, administration, society and the environment.
More than 100 guests attended the reception hosted by Austrian Standards, including Michael Ludwig, Executive City Councillor for Housing Construction, who emphasized that "during the development of standards, a balance already has to be struck between quality, safety and innovation on the one hand and economy, efficiency and effectiveness on the other hand."
City of Vienna
Vienna's administration needs almost all the 23,500 standards currently in effect - in its functions as a developer, client and authority, e.g. Vienna's Research Centre, Laboratory and Certification Services (Municipal Department 39). The newly established strategic standardization management system aims at networking all spheres of life, "co-ordinate interests across sectors and then input them into the relevant standardization committee," says Hermann Wedenig who chairs the steering group "Standardization Management". Austrian Standards' Managing Director Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha stressed in her presentation speech that Vienna "has systematically and professionally positioned itself in the field of standardization through a project launched in 2012."
Province of Lower Austria
Like Vienna, the Province of Lower Austria aims at applying standards to the benefit of the province, for example, so that costs are as comparable and transparent as possible before construction contracts are awarded. Through effects 2.0, the Province of Lower Austria uses a professional standards management system and, in 2014, established clear rules for those employees who are involved in developing standards together with other users from the fields of business and science.
Teufelberger Holding AG
Being a leading developer and manufacturer of steel ropes and synthetic fibres, the Upper Austrian enterprise Teufelberger uses numerous standardized test methods that ensure the safety of cableways or harnesses on construction sites. With exports accounting for 90% of sales, it is a must for Teufelberger to meet the requirements laid down in standards. Teufelberger operates production sites in Austria, the Czech Republic, Sweden and the US.
By means of effects 2.0 premium, all the necessary updated standards in German and English have been loaded at all the sites exactly where they are needed on a fortnightly basis since one year. CEO Florian Teufelberger: "Due to the broad spectrum that our company covers in twelve different business segments, it is relatively challenging to have a good overview at all times, and for this reason, this tool resulted in essential and important improvements."