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Dan’s Top Three for 2024
As the UK’s national standards body, BSI publishes a plethora of standards to support those who operate within the built environment. Here, Dan Rossiter FCIAT, sector lead at BSI as well as vice-president technical at the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, highlights three in particular.
The UK BIM Framework and Building Safety
Recently, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has published several further regulations under the Building Safety Act 2022. Reading through these new statutory instruments it is interesting to see how important the generation, structuring, and classifying of information is to support building safety. However, it is worth noting that the regulatory duty to provide information is nothing new. Historically, there has always been a duty to provide information.
As the built environment undergoes its digital transformation, there are several concepts which underpin this transformation. Whilst BIM and information management (via the UK BIM Framework) and interoperability (via the GIIG) have been explored in detail, metadata has remained a relatively unexplored topic.
A digital hammer for the built environment
When it comes to sharing information, no tool is as widely used as Portable Document Format (PDF). As a data format PDF is incredibly durable. This is likely due to its adoption within widely used software; making the creation and viewing of PDFs almost frictionless. PDF is also one of the few digital formats which has persisted across its decades of use.
Digitalization - The Choice is Ours
It’s hard to overstate the significance of the new and emerging legislation and the effect it should have on every entity involved in the conception, design, creation, use and decommissioning of existing and new buildings and infrastructure work in the United Kingdom. As always, it’s beneficial to step back and widen our gaze to other sectors. Let’s look at how they have responded to comparable changes.
''Testing for a safer future'' report highlights product traceability as key to improved building standards
A new government report has called for the introduction of a consistent labelling and traceability system to improve the way products used in the built environment sector are marketed pre-installation. ‘Testing for a Safer Future: An Independent Review of the Construction Product Testing Regime’ outlines 20 detailed recommendations as part of a review of the whole system of construction product regulation.
Building a strong foundation: the crucial role of product identification and traceability in the built environment
In the built environment sector, having accurate and comprehensive product information is essential for the success of any project. The lack of complete and reliable product information, including specifications, certifications, materials passport and installation guidelines, can have wide-ranging consequences.
Circularity as a waste management strategy for the built environment
Circular construction is an emerging business strategy that promotes the reuse and recycling of as many raw materials as possible in a bid to minimise CO2 emissions and waste to landfill. Circular construction, as an important component of sustainable development, is focused on promotion of the maximum reuse and recycling of raw materials and products to reduce waste and CO2 emissions.
Digital ID technology crucial to addressing poor building data issue
Poor building data is one of the biggest issues currently facing the construction industry. It results in costly delays, miscommunication and inefficiencies, resulting in a decrease in productivity and an increase in costs. Fortunately, digital ID technology’s use in furthering product traceability can provide a solution to this ongoing problem.
Building better: A new era for the built environment sector – How transformative technologies are forcing this sector to change?
The built environment is transforming the way buildings are designed, constructed, monitored, maintained, and managed. However, one persistent challenge that continues to plague the sector is poor traceability and visibility, as well as the lack of correct/useful product information.
Calls for industrywide adoption of product traceability policy growing too loud to ignore
Dame Judith Hackitt has once again called for product traceability to form part of regulatory measures to increase building standards and safety.
Can “key building information” unlock Building Safety?
Whilst many innovations are being suggested to realize building safety, there is no doubt that good quality product information will be key.