Smart Built Environment – a Strategic Innovation Programme

The built environment sector is Sweden’s largest single sector and impacts our entire society, but it is currently a fragmented sector with a large number of stakeholders and processes. The aims of this programme are to take a holistic approach to the opportunities that digitalisation can bring, and to catalyze the dissemination of new opportunities and business models across the sector. Current initiatives need to be co-ordinated, complemented and scaled up. The programme also ensures the commitment and support of public sector stakeholders, as well as the long-term government investment that is a prerequisite for success.

Uninterrupted flow of information

A shared information infrastructure is the key to successful change. An uninterrupted flow of information with business applications in BIM, GIS and industrialised processes creates benefits for companies, consumers and society. Some countries including Sweden are already committed to integrating BIM and GIS. The unique feature of this programme is the integration of BIM, GIS and Industrialised Construction, which increases our capacity to leverage all the possibilities of digitalisation as well as to tackle the pressing challenges of society.

The goals of the programme are to:
  • Reduce environmental impact in new builds and renovations by 40%
  • Reduce planning and construction time by 33%
  • Reduce total construction costs by 33%
  • Enable new business logic in the built environment sector

Programme activities encompass research, development and innovation, and deal with the digital infrastructure, applications and implementation in companies. The programme will create new knowledge, skills, services and products.

Based on a strategic innovation agenda

The programme is based on a joint nationally-established strategic innovation agenda. The success of the programme has been guaranteed by the unique way that sector stakeholders have united behind the initiative. More than 50 businesses and organizations participate actively in and/or fund projects, activities and open calls. New stakeholders are also welcome during the entire programme duration.

Smart Built Environment will pave the way for the built environment sector to step into a digital world where information flows seamlessly to create new business models, better quality, lower costs and increased profitability for society, companies and users alike.