Design Consultants

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 by quickly telling you where each one can and cannot be used based on your project's typology and rating targets. Even better, all products stay in the system allowing you to build your own database with every new project.

And soon you will be able to track embodied carbon, energy & water in your projects.

Design Stage:

  • Upon free registration you will be allocated a confidential project Efile with where you can enter the names of your allocated Users as well as the target credit points for the project. Usernames and passwords will be automatically issued to you.
  • Requests for product information can come either directly from products already in the database (from other projects), or from your own product library.
  • Simply upload the product name, type and supplier contact details and the system will automatically send an invitation to that supplier with a link to questions and documents customised to the nature of the product.
  • Once the supplier uploads the required data the product will be instantly assessed for Estidama and/or Al Sa'fat by computer and permanently stored in our database which will be accessible free-of-charge. Unless those product specifications change that product will never need to be assessed again.
  • By using the search engine within your eFile you will be able to search for your product (and others) by product name, supplier name or CSI category. Each product is given its own full screen display showing affected credits and compliance statements telling where they can and cannot use that product within the requirements unique to your own project.
  • Products of interest can be compared on screen and saved to a Suggested Products file until a decision is made.

Typical Product Screen Display

Tender Stage:

  • Architects can include within your tender documents a printed copy of shortlisted products from the Suggested Products tab. Each product will have it's own unique QR code allowing Contractors to access basic product compliance information on their Smartphone, minimising potential variation orders due to tenders based on non-compliant products. Alternatively they can register with PS Index themselves and add more products of their own for free compliance assessment.

FAQ for Consultants:

Q1: Is this just a database for green products?

A: No. Sustainability codes can affect most building products, and they don't always have to be green to pass the code. At the same time, designers and contractors want a single database for all of the products they need, together with a statement of where each can and cannot be used.

Q2: Where do products in the Main Database come from?

A: Every contractor and consultant is be able to add suppliers and products of their choice. Once assessed for general compliance all products are pooled into the main database and accessible to all Users for project specific assessments.

Q3: Who should have access to product searches in your team?

A: All members of the design team who deal with product specifications should be able to load their own product requests to ensure both compliance & supporting data collection.

Q4: How does the system assess products differently in each project?

A: We have developed software that provides instantaneous product assessments taking into account the specific building typology, rating code and target credits for all possible conditions. Users who search the database have their results automatically filtered for their own unique project conditions.

Q5: Who can see the products you select for your project?

A: Searches done from within your project eFile are completely secure and only seen by the nominated Users in your project team.

Q6: Why is supplier participation by invitation only?

A: Including only products designers and contractors choose for their own projects will guarantee a quality database.

Register your project for free by emailing us on [email protected]

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As a registered architect and full-time sustainability consultant I've spent the last 11 years learning nearly everything there is to know about assessing building materials for sustainability compliance in the UAE.

On top of increased scrutiny in relation to embodied carbon, Covid has also become a game-changer for the construction industry. Reduced margins and the challenges of face to face interactions has made us realise there is a better way to approach this business. By bringing suppliers together with designers and contractors in a free online platform we have now created a system which is faster, cheaper and more efficient than ever before - truly a win-win solution for all stakeholders.

Kim McLure, CEO

PS Index

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