Monday, November 17, 2008

National Security Standards for Residential Quarters

Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of ChinaChina's first national standards for the security of residential quarters will be brought into effect on December 1 this year.

The new standard have made provisions for the buildings' entrance, control centers, security fence, video surveillance systems and so on. For example, the buildings should be equipped with visual intercom system. In the entrances of the residential quarters and the parking garage, the video surveillance system should be installed. Residential quarters should be set up perimeter walls, fences, and other barriers closed for protection, not less than 1.8 meters high. The vertical distance of fences should not be greater than 15cm. Residential quarters should be set up monitoring centers, and connected with city security monitoring system.

The Ministry of Construction has issued a similar mandatory national standard, including the security of the residential quarters. The new standard is designed for residential quarters. Compared with the mandatory standard issued by Ministry of Construction, the new standard is only recommended, does not have enforcement power.

Originally Posted: China Business Daily
Author: Angulo Fu