ProductInfoX – providing necessary information related to construction

Research for SME Associations under the 7th Framework Programme

Research for SME Associations (formerly Collective Research) is a funding scheme under the 7th European Framework Programme.

Research for SME Associations funds projects, initiated and driven by the European SME Associations, with the main purpose to develop technologies, which solve problems common to a large number of SMEs in a specific industrial sector or segment.

The SME associations and their members are the direct beneficiaries of the projects. They invest in Research and Technical Development (RTD) and subcontract most of the research and demonstration activities to RTD performers in order to acquire the technological knowledge they need.

The ProductInfoX, initiated by The Norwegian Contractors Association (EBA), and funded by Research for SME Associations, was officially introduced on June 1, 2013. The project aims at developing technical solutions for SMEs to conform to European norms and standards, and to meet regulatory requirements related to Environmental protection, Health and Safety (EHS). ProductInfoX is expected to be finished May 31, 2016.

ProductInfoX addresses the common challenge faced by the SMEs in the construction sector of collecting and using information on products and equipment. The project helps clients, designers, manufacturers and contractors to collect and distribute relevant data associated with the free flow of construction products throughout the design-build-operate life cycle of construction assets. It also aims at supporting all supply chain actors to comply with the European and National regulatory requirements.


ProductInfoX aims at distributing accurate, reliable and accessible product data using the buildingSMART Data Dictionary. This is possible via input of various essential characteristics (including geometrical, technical, chemical and environmental properties) defined in European harmonised technical specifications.

The buildingSMART Data Dictionary

The bSDD is buildingSMART‘s implementation of ISO 12006-3 – Organization of information about construction works — Part 3: Framework for object-oriented information (known as the IFD standard). The bSDD is a semantic mapping tool for the construction industry. It allows all types of construction (product) information to be shared among clients, designers, consultants, manufacturers and contractors. bSDD is a detailed language-independent framework that can be used by third-party software providers to create their own libraries for storing construction information. Through the ProductInfoX project the content development in bSDD was greatly improved in 2014 and 2015 by adding the IFC4 entities and a significant number of product types together with the related product information.

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Understanding the Construction Product Regulation

In July 2013 the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) fully replaced the Construction Products Directive (CPD). The CPR laid down a new legal framework including a number of provisions that regulate the free flow of construction products on the European market. When the CPR came into force it became mandatory for manufacturers of construction products to declare their products’ performance characteristics and values by issuing a declaration of performance and affixing the CE mark to the products.
Handling product information related to those performance characteristics and values is an integral part of the project. ProductInfoX has a special focus on this data and helps the user easily understand and declare product performances.
This is possible thanks to our the in-depth research of relevant European harmonisation legislation as well as national regulatory provisions applying to products used in construction works and raising the demand for accurate technical specifications and approvals.

Continuous improvement

Moreover, coBuilder‘s team has undertaken several further surveys in order to define and evaluate which kind of product information with regards to products’ properties are required for sustainable construction. We are constantly improving our knowledge by also identifying ISO standards and further governmental regulations and non-governmental provisions that are influencing the description and identification of products during their free flow in the market. In order to make product information easily exchangeable the construction industry needs to embrace common standards determining the use of unique IDs. These IDs are ascribed to products as well as a common technical terminology in order to seamlessly communicate product information in different languages.

ProductInfoX and Cobuilder Collaborate

The ProductInfoX project is intended to support Cobuilder Collaborate – a system, which is designed to provide all necessary information related to construction products. One of the outcomes of the project is to establish centralized data collection and quality verification with full distribution capabilities between all registered projects in Cobuilder Collaborate. A further goal is to develop a functionality for informing the users about relevant regulatory requirements, harmonised European standards and related documents, with full filtering functionality and including the option to identify problematic products, issues and substances timely and reliably. This helps the end user optimize the intended use of products in construction projects and make informed choices.

Don’t forget about the hazardous chemicals

The project will also scrutinize issues associated with hazardous chemicals and substances that are used in construction products, where the main goal is to ensure the human health and safety on construction site and prevent harmful environmental impact. This is a result from the previous ChemXchange project that was mainly focused on REACH.

Information made available to all

The product information will be distributed in common data formats such as IFC4, which makes it easily accessible and exchangeable. The information will be available in bSDD as well as in various European languages as part of the ProductInfoX project aiming at making the data easily understandable for workers and end users from different countries.

Thinking about the industry

In summary, ProductInfoX is sector-driven project that covers some of the most crucial needs of companies of all-sizes participating in the European construction business. The project development is focusing on meeting a significant number of regulatory and market-specific demands through the exchange of structured digital data in accordance with the standards established and promoted by buildingSMART International.

Scientific and Technological objectives
Key functionalities
Dissemination Objectives

Below you will find a list of our partners involved with the ProductInfoX project.


UNIEP – The International Union of Painting Contractors has 15 national members from 65.000 companies with over 260.000 employees.


They promote the interests of painting contractors in Europe by informing them of legislative developments in the EU and encouraging them to exchange experiences and best practices. A special objective is to facilitate progress of product technology and environment issues in all member countries.

Purpose of the partnership

In order to ensure that the Cobuilder Collaborate system is developed according to the needs of painting companies throughout Europe, Cobuilder AS has built a long-term partnership with UNIEP. Painting companies are very often Micro, Small and Medium-sized companies (SMEs), which a strong need of a software platform that fully accommodates their needs. UNIEP plays a central role in the promotion of Cobuilder Collaborate.


Cobuilder Collaborate has provided significant benefits to UNIEP members throughout the European construction industry. The focus was on providing them with identical framework conditions for complying with the European regulations on construction products, regulating the use of chemicals and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment (REACH). Our partnership aim to increase the competitive strength of the Small and Medium Enterprises in the construction field by providing them with a powerful tool enabling them to comply with rules and regulations.


Rue Jacques de Lalaing 4
1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 2850 724 Fax: + 32 2 230 7861 email:


The European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) is representing construction enterprises of all sizes, via its 34 national Member Federations in 29 countries (28 EU members, the EEA countries and Turkey).

They promote cooperation and facilitate the exchange of experience between its members and encourage innovation. A specific aim for FIEC is to promote interest in sustainable development in construction enterprises and serve as a prime source for innovations in the field

Purpose of the partnership

Together with FIEC, Cobuilder AS works on the development and promotion of a training program for the Cobuilder Collaborate platform. In addition, the partners ensure that the Cobuilder Collaborate system is developed according to the needs of FIEC members who represent the construction industry.


Cobuilder Collaborate has provided significant benefits to FIEC members throughout the European construction industry. The focus was on providing them with identical framework conditions for complying with the European regulations on construction products, regulating the use of chemicals and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment (REACH). Our partnership aim to increase the competitive strength of the Small and Medium Enterprises in the construction field by providing them with a powerful tool enabling them to comply with rules and regulations.


FIEC – Fédération de l`Industrie Européenne de la Construction
Avenue Louise 225
B- 1050 Brussels Belgium
Tel : +32 2 514 55 35 Fax : +32 2 511 02 76 e-mail :


The Norwegian Contractors Association (EBA) is an association for Norwegian contractors, representing more than 200 companies with over 25 000 employees and a total turnover of over 50 billion NOK. The member companies range from the largest national contractors to specialized craft industry micro SMEs. EBA aims at safeguarding and promoting the common interests of the contractors in front of other institutions, organizations, authorities and the society in general. EBA is strongly involved at a European level through participation in FIEC.


EBA – Entreprenørforeningen – Bygg og Anlegg
Middelthunsgate 27, Postboks 5485 Majorstuen
0305 Oslo Norway
Tel: 2308 7500 email:


The Bulgarian Construction Chamber (BCC) is a legal entity established on the grounds of the Chamber of Builders Act (publ. SG, issue 108/December 29, 2006). The BCC is an independent, voluntary professional association and an official representative of the builders in Bulgaria. It consists of 1600 member companies, mainly construction SMEs in 27 regional offices all over the country. Their mission is to represent and defend the interests of the member companies in: lobbying, social dialogue commitment, increase the qualifications of the member companies, maintain a central register of professional builders, to assist in the development of national health and safety standards and others.


Bulgarian Construction Chamber BCC (Bulgaria)
6, Mihail Tenev Str.
Sofia 1784 Bulgaria
Tel: +359 2 806 29 11 Fax: +359 2 9632425
www. E-mail:


CoBuilder AS is the technical and commercial operator of the feasibility study, BASS and has broad experience in operating sector driven information exchange systems for the construction industry. The company was established in 1991 and has a 10 years history of offering information exchange systems for the Norwegian construction industry.


CoBuilder AS (Norway)
Vollsveien 9-11, Postboks 426
1327 Lysaker Norway
Tel: +47 67516100 Fax: +47 67516101 email:


The company Catenda was established in 2009. They offer the construction sector products through combing knowledge, processes and people. Their business model includes quality assurance and analysis of BIM as well as the technology linked to IFD in buildings in the construction sector.


Forskningsveien 3B, Postboks 124, Blindern
0314 Oslo Norway
Telefon +47 403 30 101 email:

154 Maritza Blvd. A1
4004 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
+359 898 670 056


Interconsult Bulgaria Ltd. (ICB) is a private Bulgarian company with a very high technological expertise in a wide number of areas, allowing it to grow into one of the top software development companies in the country, . The company offers high quality services in the fields of management, IT consulting, software design and development, maintenance, support and customer training. ICB has more than 250 successfully delivered projects for local companies and technological giants abroad.


LABOR S.r.l. is a contract research organization. Company’s mission is to carry out R&D activities and projects in close cooperation with industry and public research bodies, The company establishes long term research and cooperation agreements for accessing research structures and the employment of research personnel. LABOR offers the competence of a number of professionals creating a fertile and flexible environment aimed at the development of highly innovative projects.


The National Institute of Technology, Norway (TI) is a privately founded RTD organization that has grown from a governmental institute into a highly competent organization with high levels of skills and expertise in a great number of areas. It’s competence areas include developing technological solutions and transferring new technology to SMEs for the construction industry.


Teknologisk Institutt AS
Kabelgaten 2, Pb. 141 Økern
NO-0509 Oslo Norway
Tel: +47 22 86 50 00 Fax: +47 22 72 45 02
www email: