Real estate and construction
In the real estate and construction industry, the adoption of GS1 standards is currently being actively promoted in several countries. One of the factors slowing down the productivity growth and digitization of the industry has been the fact that the industry has not jointly adopted global standards related to product individualisation, identification and information sharing. Common standards could significantly improve the processes of industry players, reduce errors during the construction process, and increase efficiency in the various stages of the order and supply chain.
Benefits brought by GS1 standards for the industry
- Responsibility, safety and traceability
GS1 standards create more efficient information flows with greater transparency through the value chain. It contributes to security, responsibility, and traceability to your business.
- Digitization and automation
GS1 standards enable digital and automated information flows. When you have full control over delivery and distribution, you will save time and costs.
- Comply with legal requirements
GS1 standards are updated in line with the changing requirements of the industry and regulators. This gives you as a brand owner more security and higher trust from buyers and consumers.
Identification of construction products using GTINs
GS1 works closely with various actors within the real estate and construction industry, especially in the implementation of the GTIN (Global Trade Item Number). The wider introduction of GTINs will make it possible to identify each construction product. In addition, the serial number and batch or production date information, for example, can be combined with the GTIN to create a digital twin of the product identified by that GTIN.
When companies that manufacture and sell construction products identify and label their products in a consistent way, the information associated with them can be effectively utilized throughout the life cycle of the building. For example, during the construction phase, clear information is needed about what products will be delivered to the site and where they should be delivered. When the materials used in construction are documented and it is known exactly which products have been used, this information can also be utilized in the future, for example, in connection with the maintenance, renovation or demolition of a building.
Activity is expected from the industry
The successful implementation of GTIN codes and the realization of the resulting benefits require activity from several different players in the industry.
- Companies in the construction industry should use product information tied to the GTIN code in their processes.
- The building product industry and suppliers should ensure that all their products have unique GTIN codes.
- All product databases in the industry should require the use of the GTIN code as a mandatory identification number for products.
- Information systems used in the field should be able to process GTIN codes.
- The rules defined by the GS1 standard should be followed when using GTIN codes.
News and blogs
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