But how can property owners keep track when it is architects who design the project, contractors who manage the construction phase, subcontractors who buy the materials, and perhaps a property company that takes care of managing the completed building? SundaHus has the solution to this with its online system SundaHus Material Data.
“SundaHus makes it easy for everyone involved in the construction process to find out whether a product meets the project’s specific environmental requirements and to create a ‘logbook’ or material bank for the building. SundaHus believes that by simplifying conscious product choices, which requires neither expert knowledge nor a great deal of time, we lower the threshold for this to happen,” Lisa Elfström explains.
“If we want to bring buildings into the circular economy, we need to focus on the needs of the property owners. Going forward, they’re the end users of the information that will be needed for the reclamation of materials,” she continues.
In practice, the developer will usually be the one to create the individual project using a SundaHus Material Data licence. Architects, contractors and other players will be able to access it, e.g. to widen the selection of products and product quantities at specific locations in a building. Simple icons make it possible for you to see whether a selected product meets the project’s environmental requirements, including whether it complies with a selected sustainability certification such as Miljöbyggnad or BREEAM.
Later on, when a building needs to be maintained or demolished and disposed of, the owner will still have access to the data entered – thus realising the idea of material banks.