How Can Construction Data Be Used to Benefit the Late Phase of a Building Life Cycle?
The KEKO consortium is looking to utilize construction data in the late phase of a building life cycle. Naturally, we are interested in any fitting solution your startup is working on. However, to get you thinking, here are three examples of what we’re most interested in.
Once a building is complete, data collected and analyzed during construction can be used to support the building in other stages of its life-cycle. Knowing what has gone into a building helps in planning what needs to be fixed and eventually taken out to get the most out of a building’s use and lifecycle. We are interested in discussing any solution you may have that utilizes construction data during building usage, but if you would like some inspiration on where to start scoping first, here are a few areas that are of immediate interest to us:
Green Building Certificates
These certificates are not concerned with individual products in a building. Rather, Green Building Certificates consider the project as a whole, from initial building design, to construction, usage, maintenance, and eventual demolition.
These certifications guarantee that the building comprises sustainable materials and is safe and healthy for people to use and live in. Data from the construction stage can be augmented further with smart building data collected when the building is used, to keep track of how building components are holding up and how factors like energy consumption and air quality can be improved upon in the later life-cycle.
Construction Company Guarantees and Other Insurances
Utilizing construction data can be used in resolving future disputes between builders, clients, and occupants. Knowing exactly what was done during construction can help pinpoint what causes accidents such as moisture damage or appliance failure, and identify what is regular wear and tear. Having these monitors in place can provide better construction company guarantees for clients and create entirely new value in predicting building maintenance costs, for example.
There is potential to use this data for evaluating insurance coverage. The data can be applied directly to risk assessment when a building is being evaluated for insurance. Once insured, construction data can be applied for supporting insurance investigations and even for negotiating insurance premium payments.
Renovations and Maintenance
Ultimately, buildings will need renovations and maintenance, no matter how it is designed and built. Having an extensive digital twin of the building is already a huge leap forward in helping renovators identify what needs to be repaired or replaced. It can also help with estimating long-term costs, right at the beginning of the construction project itself. As circumstances change with the building ageing, it is easier to recalculate and replan renovations with this information too. Scheduling maintenance is also easier with data about how long appliances or building components behave as they age.
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