Cobuilder and IBM join Construction Products Europe

Modified on August 14, 2020

Construction Products Europe (CPE), the European Association that represents the interests of all construction products manufacturers across Europe, acknowledged Cobuilder and IBM as their first affiliate members that operate in the Information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

Cobuilder will provide expertise in defining and structuring the manufacturers’ product data by applying the European harmonised standards and thus helping the adoption of a common technical language that would facilitate the automated digital data exchange across the value chain.

In the official statement by CPE, President Cédric de Meeûs, comments:

“Our project Smart CE marking is the perfect proof of the successful collaboration with these leading digital construction players. By welcoming them as affiliate members, we look forward to stepping up our game and to leading the debate on such topics as Data Templates and digital tools at the EU-level.

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To be compliant with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) that is in operation today, the manufacturers in Europe must deliver a Declaration of Performance (DoP) to the market according to harmonized standards (hENs). At present the DoP-s are only available in formats, that cannot be processed electronically in BIM tools. This is why Smart CE marking project has been initiated. This marking represents a Data template in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation. It incorporates not only the properties defining the construction product, but also essential characteristics for the establishment of DoP in electronic format as well as legal requirements.

To this end, in partnership with CPE and its experts, Cobuilder has contributed to the development of the data structure and content necessary for Smart CE marking. Using the Cobuilder platform, the main members of the association will agree and create common Data Templates approved by the association – according to EN ISO 23386 and EN ISO 23387 setting out the properties and the general structure of data templates for construction products. Each manufacturer will be able to use them to easily structure its product information into BIM compatible format.

This collaborative approach would help the European manufacturers to easily comply with their documentation duties, reduce the accompanying administration, and would make their product data machine-readable across multiple software systems, and thus their products – more accessible to the market. More importantly, this would bring countless benefits across the value chain, facilitating the sustainable competitive growth of the European construction industry by improving the overall collaboration in the sector.

Lars Christian Fredenlund, Cobuilder CEO, comments:

“As digitalisation will transform the whole construction industry, the main actors need to act together. I strongly believe that our central European strategy should be based on two main pillars: standardisation and interoperability. We share this common vision with CPE, and we are committed to achieving this synergy. We at Cobuilder are honored to become a member of the Association.”

For more information, please visit CPE and Cobuilder official websites.