We need to build better
A global market, new business models, and the pressure to become sustainable are presenting the construction industry with new risks and opportunities.
We need to find new sources of value. We need to manage risks better.
We need a level playing field. It's about finding a balance between the natural and built environments.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to the same thing. Information.
So that we can all build better.
BuildFit: Making it Easier to Build Better
Every time we make a decision to build we are balancing costs and benefits, risks and opportunities, values and information.
Urbanisation, environment loss, and increasing consumption are putting pressure on natural resources. Digitisation, changing demographics and shifts in the global economy mean that we, in Australia, won't find prosperity in the ways that we used to.
So, we need to find new ways. That's why we came up with BuildFit, because making decisions is hard. We want to make it easier.
What Does it Mean to be Sustainable?
The United Nations' sustainable development goals aim to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. These 17 goals recognise that growth, human well-being and protecting the environment go hand in hand. They are the goals needed to meet out commitments and support a circular economy.
BuildFit makes it easier to achieve those goals in our built environment, here in Australia.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
WHAT IS BUILDFIT?
BUILDFIT IS AN INDEPENDENT SOURCE OF INFORMATION ABOUT PRODUCTS THAT HAVE DEMONSTRATED THEIR COMPLIANCE, PROVENANCE AND IMPACTS
With BuildFit you can log in through your browser, filter products according to design criteria and get information about what is available in the Australian market including:
COMPLIANCE WITH AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS
THE AMOUNT OF AUSTRALIAN CONTENT
Producers and suppliers can enter information about their products into BuildFit, together with details about how it meets design and sustainability criteria,
BuildFIt's logic database automatically checks compliance and the supplier's claim before making the information available to user.
Every producer or supplier will have the opportunity within the system to demonstrate that their products are compliant with regulation, design criteria and intended purpose. This will reduce the regulatory burden and risks to stakeholders in meeting;
NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CODE
CHAIN OF RESPONSIBILITY LEGISLATION
SOCIAL PROCUREMENT FRAMEWORK
COMMONWEALTH PROCUREMENT RULES
HOW DOES BUILDFIT HELP?
BuildFit reduces uncertainty. For everyone. At every point in the
decision-making cycle as we make, build and use. It also improves visibility
over the whole product life-cycle.
This is great for two reasons.
BuildFit raises the transparency across the supply chain for all stakeholders. Managers in charge of making decisions about procurement, sustainability and operation can support their decisions with more confidence and independent information. Investors and insurers can assess risk, architects can show value for money to their clients, consumers can check the claims businesses make and communities can take more responsibility and hold their governments to account.
This transparency is also good for innovators. With comprehensive information about products and the wider market, businesses will be able to identify gaps in the market, see where value can be added and extract more value from materials and assets, at every point in the construction cycle. It will also give policy specialists the information they need to design effective compliance frameworks.
How can YOU help?
So far, we have drawn on the expertise and support of several companies to design and test the BuildFit concept and business model. We have a proof of concept, plenty of research and a pilot of the technology. A number of research and industry organisations have committed funds to kick-start the product.
But this is a big change and we all need to be moving in the same direction. After all, everyone lives in a building.
We'll be releasing information soon about how you can be part of bringing about sustainable change in our building environment.
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