Automating the exchange of product information for a digital future

Automating for a digital future
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Knauf Insulation is automating the way that product data is exchanged for use in construction.

The exciting initiative, Digital Supply Chain in Built Environment (DSCiBE), is being rolled out between construction sector stakeholders, including contractors and architects, and manufacturers. It involves the development of innovative new tools and processes to code information in a way that is useful to each stakeholder.

The processes and tools being developed by the DSCiBE working group and coordinated by Knauf Insulation bring together knowledge from around the world to digitalise activities and help construction projects operate more efficiently. Different types of standards are being tested to exchange this data.

“Our objective is to digitalise these processes,” explains Magdalena Pyszkowski, our Global Head of Market Management. “We want to help the economy of the processes themselves, avoid duplicating the processing of data and provide all the information that’s needed to help create better buildings.”

“To serve customers better, you need to provide high quality data directly to the customers.”

By using the right information, we build the applications which help architects and specifiers to propose a solution that truly fits the market and will be helpful to end users.

Future development of tools is ongoing, with further research being performed by the working group on a continuous basis.

“We presented our findings at the BIM World exhibition in Munich,” says Magdalena. “By the end of the year, we would like to have a clear roadmap for the next stage of development.”

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF EXPERTISE 

Knauf Insulation hosted experts from around the world for a special conference to highlight the importance of harmonised processes and automation when it comes to examining the environmental impact of products.

The International EPD System conference was held at our Experience Center in Slovenia and featured presentations by Knauf Insulation’s sustainable building team.

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are used to forensically examine the impact products have on the environment across their lifecycle – from the sourcing of materials and manufacture to ultimate disposal or reuse.

Conference themes included EPD standardisation and harmonisation, the digitalisation of EPDs and how EPDs can be used to decrease building carbon footprint and comply to new construction regulation.

 

Photo on the right: Jean-Pierre Pigeolet, Decarbonization & LCA Sustainability Manager, was one of the speakers at the conference. 

Jean-Pierre Pigeolet, Decarbonization & LCA Sustainability Manager
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