• Product Sustainability Index

    Smart search engine for pre-assessed building products

  • Product Sustainability Index

    Changing the future of sustainability compliance for project teams

  • Product Sustainability Index

    The complete solution for building product compliance & approvals



ABOUT

PSINDEX

PS Index is a free online platform for product sustainability compliance where Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Facility Managers can create their own personal database of products which have been pre-assessed for compliance with mandatory UAE sustainability codes.

Using state-of-the-art computer software developed by PS Index, compliance assessments tailored for any project specific use can be generated online in seconds. Together with all supporting product documents which are stored with each product, Authority sustainability submissions have never been easier.

PS Index provides the simplest and lowest cost sustainability compliance solution available to project teams anywhere.

What are the benefits?

For Architects / Engineers

  • Free design and tender stage sustainability compliance check for unlimited products.
  • Invite suppliers and build your own personal database of preferred pre-assessed products for your projects.
  • Instant state-of-the-art computer assessment of products automatically configured to your project-specific requirements.
  • Supporting product data provided – no further need to collect data and supporting documents from suppliers.
  • Work-board for collating and filing of all supporting documents required for Authority submissions.
  • Optional sustainability consulting support if needed from Ceres, one of the most experienced consultants in the UAE.

For Contractors

  • Free tender stage sustainability compliance check for unlimited products.
  • Value engineering opportunities - know where every product can and cannot be used.
  • Build your own personal database of preferred products pre-assessed for sustainability compliance.
  • State-of-the-art computer assessment of products providing instant compliance statements.
  • Supporting data provided for every product – no further need to collect data and supporting documents from suppliers.
  • Work-board for collating and filing of all supporting documents required for Authority submissions.
  • Optional sustainability consulting support from Ceres, one of the most experienced consultants in the UAE.

For Suppliers

  • Reduced competition - participation only by invitation from architects & contractors on specific projects.
  • Free sustainability compliance check for unlimited products.
  • State-of-the-art on-line computer assessment of products providing instant compliance statements for any registered project.
  • Supporting documents provided for every product – no further need to provide supporting sustainability documents to designers or contractors.
  • Full screen display of each product retained in database and made available to all consultants and contractors for other projects.
  • Pay only on results – the only charge for inclusion in the database is a small fixed fee payable on any sale of your product, irrespective of the quantity sold in any project.

FOR

ARCHITECTS &

ENGINEERS

One of the biggest challenges facing design teams today is understanding how different sustainability codes affect their designs, a large part of which relates to the selection of building products. With compliance very much determined by building type and where the product is used, it is not uncommon for some products to be acceptable in one project and not in another.

PS Index puts the solution to that problem at your fingertips. Just enter your own preferred products into our online system and it will instantly tell you where each one can and cannot be used. Even better, all products stay in the system allowing you to build your own database with every project.

This is a free service to design teams.

How it Works


Design Stage

a.
Register with PS Index to receive access to free sustainability compliance services for all building products. Design team receives a Username and Password for each project and enters basic project information including rating level and target credits.

b.
Invite multiple suppliers to register with PS Index and enter all products that may be of interest for your specific project. This is a free assessment service to suppliers and there is no limit to the number of products uploaded by any Supplier. Note: Suppliers can only enter products on invitation from either an architect/sub-consultant or contractor/sub-contractor in relation to a nominated project.

c.
Free product assessment. Using advanced computer software developed by PS Index, each an every product will be automatically assessed for the sustainability code applicable to that particular project.

d.
Build your own database. This data, together with all supporting product documents required by Authorities, will be stored in your confidential project eFile. Each Single Product or System will be allocated one full screen of sustainability information including:

i.
Project Image

ii.
Supplier information including trade license copy.

iii.
Product name and description.

iv.
Key specifications as determined necessary by PSINDEX.

v.
Sustainability Compliance statements for each applicable credit number stating how and where the product may be used.

vi.
Building typologies applicable to this compliance.

vii.
Copies of all product related supporting documents required for authority submissions.

viii.
Separate QR Code for each product allowing external users to view the above information (excluding supporting documents) on their Smartphone.

xi.
Architects and sub-consultants can search all products via the eFile where compliance statements will be automatically filtered to relate specifically to the target credits for their project.

e.
Free project Work-board for submission. Design Teams are also given access to a Project Work-board where all project target credits are listed together with descriptions of required supporting documentation necessary for the design stage submission to Authorities. Product supporting documents can be loaded into this Work-board but non-product related documents must be prepared as normal and uploaded by the design team. This Work-board can be used to collect all required documents for the final submission.


Tender Stage

f.
Invite all tendering contractors to register with PS Index (free) where they will receive a Username and Password for access to that project only.

g.
Suggested product list. A printed copy of suggested compliant products from the eFile should be included in your tender documents. Contractors will be able to access basic product compliance information via the QR code next to each product, minimising potential variation orders due to tenders based on non-compliant products. Alternatively they can add more products of their own for free compliance assessment.

FOR

CONTRACTORS &

SUBCONTRACTORS

For Contractors & Subcontractors a major risk factor has always been the tender stage where material pricing is usually done without knowledge of the project’s target credits or the compliance of the materials upon which their pricing was based. This risk is eliminated with PS Index because the compliance of any product can be determined instantly and at no cost during the tender process.

Should the contractors and subcontractors choose to use PS Index during the construction stage they will not only receive the lowest cost sustainability monitoring service available but they will save weeks in procurement time because all required sustainability information (including supporting documents and Supplier’s Trade License) are provided instantly online.

How it Works


Tender Stage (FREE)

a.
Suggested product list. For projects registered with PS Index a printed copy of suggested compliant products from the Design Team is included in the tender documents. Contractors can access sustainability compliance information via the QR code next to each product, minimising potential variation orders due to tenders based on non-compliant products.

b.
Access to free temporary project eFile showing basic project data including target rating and credits. Contractor’s can request other suppliers to register with PS Index and enter products of their own that may be of interest for tendering purposes.


Construction Stage (FREE)

a.
Contractor (including all sub-contractors) register with PS Index to receive a project eFile from where all project data is accessed and stored for final submission. All Users receive a Username and Password for the project.

b.
Contractor enters basic project information into the project eFile including rating level and target credits.

c.
Invite multiple suppliers to register with PS Index. Contractors and sub-contractor request suppliers to upload data to the PS Index supplier portal for all products that may be of interest for your specific project. Note: Suppliers can only enter products on invitation from either an architect/sub-consultant or contractor/sub-contractor in relation to a nominated project. There is no charge to suppliers for this assessment service and there is no limit to the number of products they can upload. (See Terms & Conditions if suppliers choose not to participate).

d.
Instant Product assessment. Using advanced computer software developed by PS Index each and every product will be instantly assessed for compliance with the sustainability code applicable to that particular project.

e.
Build your own database. The following data, together with all supporting product documents required by Authorities, will be automatically stored in your confidential project eFile. Each Single Product or System will be allocated one Full Screen of sustainability information including:

i.
Project Image

ii.
Supplier information including trade license copy.

iii.
Product name and description.

iv.
Key specifications as determined necessary by PSINDEX.

v.
Sustainability Compliance statements for each applicable credit number stating how and where the product may be used.

vi.
Building typologies applicable to this compliance.

vii.
Copies of all product related supporting documents required for authority submissions.

viii.
Separate QR Code for each product allowing external users to view the above information (excluding supporting documents) on their Smartphone.

xi.
Architects and sub-consultants can search all products via the eFile where compliance statements will be automatically filtered to relate specifically to the target credits for their project.

f.
Products can be accessed via a search engine within the eFile. All products are instantly assessed again by computer for project specific compliance based upon the project rating and targeted credits. Products can be compared, saved to Favourites and then shortlisted into a Suggested Products List ready for direct negotiation with suppliers. PS Index is not involved in these transactions.

g.
Procurement Log. Once the Purchase Order has been issued and a copy uploaded the product is then moved into the project Procurement Log complete with all supporting documents.

h.
Free project Work-board for submission. Contractors and sub-contractors are also given access to a Project Work-board where all project target credits are listed together with descriptions of required supporting documentation necessary for the construction stage submission to Authorities. Product supporting documents can be loaded into this Work-board but non-product related documents must be prepared as normal and uploaded by the Project Team. This Work-board can be used to collect all required documents for the final submission.

i.
Optional additional sustainability consulting services available at a negotiated rate with Ceres Management Services LLC, one of the most experienced sustainability consultants in the UAE since 2011

FOR BUILDING

MATERIAL

SUPPLIERS

PS Index is an online software application that instantly assesses building products for sustainability compliance. Free for all architects, engineers and contractors it allows them to invite preferred suppliers to upload details of products that may be of interest for specific projects.

Using ground-breaking software PS Index can now assess your products for FREE, both generally and for project-specific conditions. Suppliers now only need to have their products assessed once for each sustainability code, avoiding time-wasting questionnaires and providing supporting documents for each and every tender. Your product data is retained indefinitely in the databases of all design teams and contractors and can be drawn upon in all future projects. Participation is by invitation only, giving invited suppliers an advantage over competitors who are not in the system.

How it Works


a.
By Invitation only. Suppliers can only participate in the PS Index platform on invitation from either an architect/sub-consultant or contractor/sub-contractor and for a nominated project. You will be asked to register on the PS Index website after which you will receive a Username and Password.

b.
On registering you will be instructed to upload data for products that are relevant to those projects. There is no limit to the number of products uploaded by any supplier.

c.
Using state-of-the-art computer software PS INDEX will assess each and every product for sustainability compliance. This assessment process need only occur once for each product unless the product specifications change or the same product is requested again by another project pursuing a different sustainability code. There is no charge to the supplier for this assessment.

d.
Product data will be stored indefinitely in the PS Index product database. Each product uploaded will be given its own dedicated screen containing key sustainability compliance information together with all supporting technical documents needed for final authority submissions.

e.
Available online to any architect or contractor in the region, the following data will be displayed for each product:

i. Project Image

ii. Supplier information including trade license copy.

iii. Product name and description.

iv. Key specifications as determined necessary by PSINDEX.

v. Sustainability Compliance statements for each applicable credit number stating how and where the product may be used.

vi. Building typologies applicable to this compliance.

vii. Copies of all product related supporting documents required for authority submissions.

viii. Separate QR Code for each product allowing external users to view the above information (excluding supporting documents) on their Smartphone.

xi. Architects and sub-consultants can search all products via the eFile where compliance statements will be automatically filtered to relate specifically to the target credits for their project.

f.
Suppliers may receive multiple invitations over various projects and products remain in the database ready for viewing on all future projects.

g.
Architects or contractors viewing this data can have their selections auto-assessed for their own particular project sustainability rating.

h.
If a product is shortlisted by an architect a QR link to the product via the PS Index database will be included in the tender documents provided to contractors as a suggested product.

i.
All negotiations are conducted directly between the supplier and the contractor if a product is shortlisted by a contractor then

j.
Zero risk – pay only on results. The cost of product compliance assessments is free. The cost of maintaining all product data in the database and making product screens available to end-users on all registered projects is covered by PS Index and suppliers will only be charged a small contribution when a product is sold. This fee is fixed regardless of the quantity purchased in a project and applies to all projects which are registered with the PS INDEX system. Fee contributions are AED 190 for MEP products and AED 290 for all others.

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