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Security Design Standards

The security design process involves reference to several standards and best practices that can positively influence the overall safety and security of the project through a secure-by-design approach.


Below are some of the standards considered.:



1. American Institute of Architects (AIA) guidelines.

2. American National Standards Institute (ANSI) guidelines.

3. American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

4. American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) guidelines.

5. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

6. American Society of Chemical Engineers (ASCE) guidelines.

7. ANSI/NASPO-SA-2008 : Security Assurance standards for the Document and Product Security Industries.

8. ANZCTC Hostile vehicle guidelines for crowded spaces.

9. APTA SS-SEM-RP-001-08 : Recommended Practice for a Continuity of Operations Plan.

10. APTA SS-SEM-RP-012-09 : Recommended Practice for Responding to Threat Condition Levels.

11. Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA).

12. AS/NZ Handbook 167 - Security Risk Management.

13. AS/NZS 4360:2004 : Risk Management Kit for Terrorism.

14. ASIS GDL, FPSM-2009 : Facilities Physical Security Measures Guideline.

15. ASIS International - Facilities Physical Security Measures Guideline.

16. ASIS International - Protection of Assets Manual.

17. ASIS International: Risk Assessment Standard.

18. ASTM F 1553 : The Standard Guide for Specifying Chain-Link Fence.

19. Australian Standards Handbook, HB 167:2006 : Security Risk Management.

20. Barrier Technology Handbook, 77-0777 Albuquerque NM : Sandia Laboratories.

21. British Standards Institution (BSI) guidelines.

22. BS 5357:2007 Code of practice for the installation and application of security glazing.

23.BS 5979:2007 Remote centres receiving signals from fire and security systems. Code of practice.

24. BS 7671:2018 Regulations for Electrical Installations IEE 18th Edition.

25. BS 7958:2015 CCTV Management and operation - code of practice.

26. BS 8418:2015+A1:2017 Installation and remote monitoring of detector activated CCTV. Code of practice.

27. BS 8549:2016 Security Consultancy code of practice.

28. BS 8591:2014 Remote centres receiving signals from alarm systems. Code of practice.

29. BS EN 12320:2012 Building hardware. Padlocks and padlock fittings. Requirements and test methods.

30. BS EN 50131-1:2006+A3:2020 Alarm systems. Intrusion and hold-up systems. System requirements.

31. BS EN 50131-2-2:2017 Alarm, intrusion systems. Requirements for passive infrared detectors.

32. BS EN 50131-2-3:2008 Alarm systems. Intrusion systems. Requirements for microwave detectors.

33. BS EN 50131-2-4:2020 Alarm systems. Intrusion systems. Combined passive infrared/microwave detectors.

34. BS EN 50131-2-5:2008 Alarm. Intrusion systems. Combined passive infrared and ultrasonic detectors.

35. BS EN 50131-2-6:2008 Alarm systems. Intrusion systems. Requirements for opening contacts.

36. BS EN 50131-3:2009 Alarm systems. Intrusion systems. Control and indicating equipment.

37. BS EN 50131-4:2019 Alarm systems. Intrusion and hold-up systems. Warning devices.

38. BS EN 50131-5-3:2017 Intrusion systems. Interconnection equipment using radio frequency techniques.

39. BS EN 50131-6:2017+A1:2021 Alarm systems. Intrusion systems. Power supplies.

40. BS EN 50131-7:2016 Alarm systems. Intrusion systems. Application guidelines.

41 BS EN 50518-1:2013 Monitoring and alarm receiving centre. Location and construction requirements.

42. BS EN 62305-2:2012 Protection of structures against lightning.

43. BS EN 62676-1-2:2014 Video surveillance systems for use in security applications.

44. BS EN 62676-4:2015 Alarm systems. CCTV surveillance systems for use in security applications.

45. BS EN ISO 11064-1: 2001 Ergonomic design control centres. Principle for design of control centres.

46. BS EN ISO 11064-2:2001 Ergonomic design of control centres. Principle for arrangement of control suites.

47. BS EN ISO 11064-3: 2000 Ergonomic design of control centres. Control room layout.

48. BS EN ISO 11064-4: 2013 Ergonomic design of control centres. Layout and dimensions of works.

49. BS EN ISO 11064-6: 2005 Ergonomic design control centres. Environmental requirements control centres.

50. BS EN ISO 11064-7: 2006 Ergonomic design of control centres. Principle for the evaluation control centres.

51. BSI PAS 68 / 69 – Performance criteria and design guidance for vehicle security. barriers.

52. Building Construction and Safety Code.

53. Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) guidelines.

54. Building Seismic Safety Council (B.S.S.C.).

55. CAN/CSA-Q850-97 : Risk Management Guideline for Decision Makers.

56. Client’s recognised local, national and international Standards & Codes of Practice.

57. CPNI-integrated security - 2nd edition Integrated Design.

58. DCCA Dubai creative cluster authority accessibility code standard.

59. DD 243:2004 Installation configuration of intruder alarm designed to generate confirmed alarm conditions.

60. Dubai SIRA LAWS : Law No. (24) of 2008 Concerning Security Service Providers and Users & various additional guidelines.

61. EMAAR STANDARDS VOLUME 4 - HOSPITALITY DEVELOPMENTS , REV. 4,10 JULY 2016.

62. EN 1063:2000 – Glass in building. Security glazing. Testing, classification of resistance against bullet attack.

63. ESG (Emaar Security Group) Compliance Guidelines for Security Design V 2, 25 JAN 2016.

64. ESG (Emaar Security Group) Compliance Guidelines for Security Systems Project V1, 28 OCT 2016.

65. FEMA 425 : "A How-To Guide to Mitigate Potential Terrorist Attacks Against Buildings.

66. FEMA 426 : Reference Manual to Mitigate Potential Terrorist Attacks Against Buildings.

67. FEMA 427 : Primer For Design of Commercial Buildings to Mitigate Terrorist Attacks. 68. FEMA 430 : Site and Urban Design for Security : Guidance Against Potential Terrorist Attacks.

69. FEMA 453 : Safe Rooms and Shelters - Protecting People Against Terrorist Attacks.

70. FEMA E155 and L156 : Building Design for Homeland Security - assessment. Methodologies to identify relative risk levels for various threats, including explosive blast, Chemical, Biological, or Radiological agents.

71. FEMA430 Site and urban design.

72. IEC-Standards issue by the International Electro-technical Commission.

73. Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

74. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

75. International Building Code (IBC) guidelines.

76. International Code Council (ICC) guidelines.

77. International Standard ISO 11064 - Ergonomic design of control centres.

78. International Standards Organization (ISO) 31000.

79. ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management Guidelines.

80. ISO- International organisation for standardisation.

81. IWA 14-1:2013 Part 1: Performance requirement, vehicle impact test method and performance rating.

82. LPS 1175 Issue 8.0 January 2019– Loss Prevention Standard.

83. MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) Guidelines for Enhancing Building Security in Singapore 2018.

84. Ministry of Interior – MOI agency for security capabilities – technical specifications for the CCTV system.

85. NACP 20 (NACOSS) Code of Practice for planning, installation and maintenance of CCTV systems.

86. National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA).

87. National Counter Terrorism Security Office - protecting crowded places: design and technical issues.

88. National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 5000 guidelines.

89. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

90. National Lighting Bureau guidelines.

91. NEMA- National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

92. North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) guidelines.

93. NUREG-0700 r3 – Human system interface design guide.

94. PAS 68:2013 - Impact Testing Specification for Vehicle Security Barriers.

95. PAS 69:2013 - Guidance for the selection, installation and use of vehicle security barrier systems.

96. PD 6662:2010 for the application of European standards for intruder and hold-up alarm systems.

97. U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines.

98. U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.

99. UAE FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY CODE OF PRACTICE - CHAPTER 3. MEANS OF EGRESS 3.9 Access Controlled Doors.

100. UL 634 – Standard for connectors and switches for use with burglar alarm systems.

101. UL 681 - Installation and Classification of Burglar and Holdup-Alarm System

102. US Department of Defence UFC 4-022-03 1 Oct 2013 Unified facilities criteria security fences and gates.

103. US Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) Risk Management Series.

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