The strategic basis of Smart Built Environment comprises four thematic areas and a number of different tools. Smart Built Environment is based on the challenges and opportunities that digitalisation presents when the entire sector thinks and works together in the long term. Smart Built Environment supports and coordinates initiatives. The strategic basis comprises four thematic areas and a number of different tools. These tools are the instruments that we use to best achieve effects and results within the respective thematic areas of the programme’s impact logic. We work with strategic projects and open calls in the four thematic areas. We also work to disseminate results and experiences to the various stakeholders in the built environment sector.

Our strategy is to create an information infrastructure for the built environment sector, enable business applications that can be accomplished through digitalisation and industrialisation, and integrate all the processes of built environment so that they interact for the benefit of sector stakeholders as well as society as a whole.

We are particularly focused on supporting companies and organisations that are looking to lead – stakeholders with a willingness to change and innovative solutions that can create the competitive edge of tomorrow.

Thematic areas

Information infrastructure

This thematic area deals with the common infrastructure that the sector needs for digital and industrial development. It encompasses standardisation for the exchange and integration of information in built environment processes, including information structures for life cycle perspectives, but also data accessibility and data ownership issues.

Legal issues related to real property formation, detailed development plans and building permits are included, in addition to forms of procurement and contract for the optimum exploitation of digitalisation. The area is characteristically strategic and manages complex relationships in which numerous stakeholders benefit from the results.

Value chains and business models

In this thematic area, we focus on the value chains of built environment and on finding solutions to the current fragmentation that is frequently cited as the cause of suboptimisation and a lack of incentive to create value for the end product and users.

Value chains, incentives and business-related management models are interconnected and need to be studied and developed in order to harness the power of digitalisation and industrialisation. The area also deals with issues related to stakeholder roles, competencies, approaches and the organisation of projects and processes. This is also linked to procurement and contract law issues in the “Information infrastructure” thematic area.

Innovations and new applications

In this thematic area, the goal of the programme is to stimulate ideas and initiatives that can be developed into innovations and new applications in built environment. It concerns products, services or processes.

The area focuses on breaking ingrained patterns and approaches as well as finding new solutions, preferably with disruptive elements. The goal is to attract more sector stakeholders to contribute, but we are also looking to involve start-ups and to take inspiration from other sectors.

Knowledge and expertise

In order to exploit the power of digital transformation in both companies and the public sector, a knowledge leap is necessary on several levels. This thematic area will contribute to enhancing the knowledge and expertise of companies and the public sector, both at management level and on an operational level.

Although the aim of the entire programme is to generate new knowledge, a particular focus will be placed on coordinating academia for needs identification and impact analysis within the programme, as well as building new knowledge within the area. The area is also relates to how new knowledge can be created and utilised.