Today the construction sector today is big, fragmented and mostly lacks digitalised processes. The industry uses a lot of resources and creates a lot of waste. To meet the targets for the climate challenge, the digitalisation of the sector will be an essential requirement. Sustainability initiatives and regulations like the Digital Product Passport will be the main drivers for the sector to move towards more efficient digital value chain management.
End-to-end traceability of a construction supply chain sets a big challenge for the stakeholders in the sector as the full lifecycle of a building can take a significantly longer period of time from planning through maintenance until deconstruction than for average products. GS1 standards can play a huge role in the unique and persistent identification of construction products and building elements through combination with BIM (Building Information Modelling) right from the planning phase to achieve full traceability until deconstruction, re-use of materials and waste management.