Innovations and new applications is one of four thematic areas within Smart Built Environment. It is a thematic area that focuses on promoting improvements and good ideas that clearly can be applied and implemented, hence provide value in one or more organizations or processes within a foreseeable time.

Final report

The final report is available in full, in Swedish, on the Swedish project page.

Read the final report here.

The background to the current project is the need to address challenges that arise in attempts at broad practical application of innovative solutions/working methods/methodologies that often clash with today's legislation, regulations, and policies of public organizations. Such challenges have been experienced both within the framework of the innovation program Smart Built Environment and within other corresponding initiatives, when innovative solutions, working methods and methodologies, do not benefit the industry partly due to legislation and regulation obstacles.

The purpose of this project has been to:

  • Identify and describe obstacles and prioritize efforts for increased digitization in the built environment sector. The analysis has been done with a focus on legislation, regulations and public organizations' policies which can be influenced by the national, regional, or local governments, both through the exercise of authority and political decisions.

Based on the project’s findings, four prioritised areas for further development of laws, regulations and public organizations' policies have been identified.

  • 1. Standards for data formats and data sharing
  • 2. Business development that digitization requires
  • 3. Sector-specific laws and regulations that make it difficult
  • 4. Distribution of mandates adapted to needs,

which Smart Built Environment is recommended to work on as summarized below.

Standards for data formats and data sharing

Smart Built Environment is recommended to focus its strategic work on influencing national decision-makers regarding the development of standards, in cooperation with DIGG, Boverket and Lantmäteriet. Standards regarding formats of data and processes within the built environment sector where data is shared between different actors. Furthermore, Smart Built Environment should mobilize private actors in the joint advocacy effort with a focus on standardization for data sharing within the built environment sector.

Business development that digitization requires

Smart Built Environment is recommended to focus its strategic work on making visible the operational development that digitization in the built environment sector requires. Furthermore, Smart Built Environment should further develop processes to draw attention to results from successful digitization processes, where the focus should be on the operational development that the process entailed and how this is handled.

Sector-specific laws and regulations that make digitalisation difficult

Smart Built Environment is recommended to make visible the need for a shift in how Sweden works with digitalization relating to the legal system. A shift like that which was carried out in the agricultural sector in Sweden, starting with the 1758 Skiftesreform and the 1827 Legal Shift. A time when the forms of ownership of agricultural land changed fundamentally to ensure modern and efficient agriculture. Distribution of mandates adapted to needs Smart Built Environment is recommended to work strategically to make visible in various ways the need for a clearer distribution of mandates, and to assist authorities and other community building actors in how knowledge about how mandates and responsibilities should best be distributed. This should of course be done in close collaboration with DIGG, which coordinates the central actors for increased digitization in Sweden nationally.

Facts

Call: S-2022-4

Project manager: Sofie Pandis Iveroth, Anthesis AB