For Building Material Suppliers
With sustainability codes now mandatory in most of the UAE and the pressure on projects to minimise their Carbon emissions by 2030 the importance of building material compliance has never been higher. To remain competitive manufacturers and suppliers must now respond to these demands, not only by having compliant specifications but also having all necessary data and supporting documentation available at a minute's notice to avoid procurement approval delays.
Add to this the difficulties of face to face interactions due to Covid and it is clear that a solution had to be found.
How it works.
Typical Product Screen Display
FAQ for Contractors:
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 can see the products you select for your project?
A: Whilst you are free to search the main database any products selected go into your project eFile and are completely secure, visible only to the nominated Users in your project team.
Q4: Who should have access to product searches in your team?
A: All main contractor staff and subcontractors who deal with product selection should be able to load their own product requests to ensure both compliance & supporting data collection ready for final submission to Authorities.
Q5: 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.
Q6: Can we speak to the suppliers directly?
A: All product requests must go through PS Index to enter the system as direct interface with their technical division is essential for proper assessment. However, once a product has been identified from within the main database and saved to your project eFile you are free to negotiate prices directly with the supplier.
Q7: Why do we need to include proof of purchase to save our project in the Product register?
A: Proof of purchase is needed to validate that the product was actually used on the project. As soon as you upload proof of purchase the required supporting documents are added to the Product Register for final submission on project completion.
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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