GS1 standards help you uniquely identify your construction products and exchange data on a global market.

Construction and GS1

Companies who produce and sell products in the construction industry need to identify, capture, share and trace information along the entire supply chain. GS1 meets the business needs of your industry with global standards and services.

When a building is to be constructed, you need a clear understanding of where an when products are to be delivered. And you need to know exactly 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 maintenance, renovation, demolition and waste handling.

Why GS1?

In the construction industry, it is a challenge to keep track of all trade items that are handled daily. You need to be able to quickly identify the products, and read the Global Trade Item Number in an automated way. You also need to ensure that your customers can receive information from different data sources. And they have to be absolutely sure that it is about the right product.

EU Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 on 9 March 2011 calls for sustainability and traceability throughout the construction process. The EU regulation, together with the construction industry’s demand for increased digitalisation, led to an industry-wide decision on 12 April 2018. It was then decided that all producers and suppliers should use GTIN as a common identifier for all construction products. During November 2021, the industry reiterated the need for GTIN on all construction products and set the target date to 1 July 2022.

On January 1, 2022, a requirement for climate declaration was introduced for the construction of new buildings. This means that developers are required to disclose the impact a new building has on the climate. The industry sees Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) as an enabler to meet this requirement.

Benefits for your business

Sustainability and traceability
GS1 standards create more efficient information flows with greater transparency through the value chain. It contributes to security, sustainability and traceability for your business.
Digitization and automation
Enable digital and automated information flows. When you have full control over delivery and distribution, you will save time and reduce costs.
Comply with legal requirements
GS1 standards are updated in line with the changing demands of the industry and regulators. It gives you as a brand owner more security and higher trust from buyers and consumers.

Standards in use

In the construction industry, GS1 standards are often used for identification and barcoding.

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GTIN for construction products

GTIN (Global Trade Item Number) as a common identifier of construction products, will be introduced in Sweden on the first of July 2022.
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How GS1 standards are developed

The construction industry in Sweden is actively involved and influences the development of GS1 standards. The work takes place in groups that are coordinated from GS1 Sweden's user group for construction. Are you active in the industry and want to influence development? Then you are welcome to get in touch!
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Contact us

Do you have questions about GS1 standards within the construction industry? By filling out the form, you will get in direct contact with the person responsible for construction at GS1 Sweden.

    David Almroth, Head of Expansion, GS1 Sweden
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