GS1 standards in the construction industry
When a building is to be built, or at a later stage managed, it facilitates if there is a clear order of where products are to be delivered – or where in a building a particular product is located. GS1 standards enable safe and structured documentation that facilitates future management and material inventories in connection with modification, remediation or demolition.
Construction material, plumbing & electricity
It is a challenge for stores selling building materials and wholesalers to keep track of all items that are handled daily. You both need to be able to identify the items and be able to read the trade item numbers quickly and smoothly. In addition, you need to be able to ensure that your customers can retrieve information from different sources, and still be sure that it is the one and same product.
By using GS1 standards, you who work in the industry can create order in stock and stores and at the same time ensure that all updated product information is in all databases and is always traceable.
GS1 Sweden has a close collaboration with Byggmaterialhandlarna, Branschrådet Vilma, Installersföretagen, RSK and Sveriges Elgrossister. Together with the industries, issues related to the identification, capture and exchange of business information are pursued. We also work with parties who run industry related databases, such as Logiq, Plumbing Information, E-Nummerbanken and BASTA.
Construction & Managing
GS1 Sweden collaborates with BIM Alliance,a sector driven non-profit association that works towards a better community construction with the help of digital structured information management. The goal is a common standard for digital supply chains. GS1 Sweden has also for a long time collaborated with BEAst where we have participated in the development of the package label for construction deliveries, BEAst Label. The purpose of the label is to streamline internal logistics on construction sites.
Standards in use
Standards used in the construction industry are GTIN (Global Trade Item Number) for identifying products, GLN (Global Location Number) for identifying physical locations such as delivery locations, buildings or individual rooms. GLN is also used for electronic orders and invoices to identify business partners and delivery locations and to direct the invoice to the correct IT system. Trade Item Information is used to exchange more information about the products and barcodes SSCC, GS1-128 and GS1 DataMatrix to track deliveries.
Rules and guidelines
EU Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 on 9 March 2011 calls for sustainability and traceability throughout the construction process. The regulation, together with the construction industry’s demand for increased digitalization, led to an industry-wide decision on the 12:th of April 2018 that GTIN should be the common identification for all producers and suppliers, on all construction products.
Participate in and influence the development of GS1 standards
At GS1, our standards are developed and maintained together with our customers. In our user groups, you can participate and influence our standards and processes. The groups are available at both national and international level and give us insight into how we can improve, mean while our participants are inspired, get an increased knowledge and a broader understanding of how our standards work.
Are you active in Construction or DIY and want to be involved in taking GS1 standards, solutions and services into the future? Then you are most welcome to participate in our user groups!