All actors within the construction supply chain need product data to comply with growing legal requirements and to meet the demand for green building;
There is a tremendous demand for construction product technical- and environmental data in general;
The construction industry, one of the biggest business-to-business segments in any part of the world, is going through a rapid and deep digital revolution;
The current situation in the industry at the moment presupposes storing product information in files and documents such as testing certificates, Eco label certification, EPDs (Environmental Product Declaration), DoPs (Declaration of Performance) etc.;
This is no longer satisfying as the industry requires product information in digital formats and ready for exchange across software and project members;
The increasing demand of BIM technologies and the exchange of structured, accurate and updated product data applies to the environmental information as well;
All required properties relevant for a construction product, system, assembly or element have to be openBIM enabled in order to be attributed to models across different software tools for design and building services (Revit, ArchiCAD Bentley);
This puts the industry in a position of an immediate development as the ecological requirements are to be met by digitising the product information flow to a very large extent;
In order to gain competitive advantage a lot of manufacturers and suppliers of building materials and components continuously enhance their product information with additional descriptions (e.g. relative to usage, environmental information, performance, construction details).
However, one of the challenges today is that this information comes in the form of a wide specter of documents. There is a pressing need for the development of a green database with product data attributes based on harmonised technical specifications and environmental requirements such as CPR, LVL, MD and REACH showing compliance with the regulations and enabling the selection of environmentally friendly products.
Today there is an enormous loss of data when contractors start building; they invite partners that install components, products or other elements that are very difficult to track. There is weak knowledge of what is installed, and if installed elements meet the technical-, environmental- or legal standards defined (described by architects, engineers etc. on behalf of a client). We aim to solve this problem.
Identifying these trends within the construction sector, the main objective of Cobuilder’s project “Green Construction Products into BIM”
is to develop software functionalities helping the architects and designers, materials and components suppliers, wholesalers, contractors, sub-contractors and building owners to comply with both legal requirements such as Construction Products Regulation (Regulation (EU) No. 305/2011)
and green market requirements e.g. BREEAM
(The world`s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings).
Our project seeks to solve the construction industry’s challenges that encompass the collection and use of the environmental information on all products, elements and assemblies in a construction project, taking advantage of the new standards within the Building Information Modeling (BIM) such as IFC, bSDD and IDM, and their implementation in our processes of collecting product data.