The buildup online platform is free of charge for the end user which is the person who specifies the materials for the particular project (architect, planner). Companies which feature their products on our platform pay an annual fee. This fee includes 2-4 days of support from us to bring them up to speed with optimising their data.
What stops them from optimising the data themselves?
Initially our clients were convinced that they have a well-structured, valuable product information data, which can be used directly on our platform and then used in a project. It turned out not to be the case. So first we had to develop standardized methods and processes to gather valuable product data of the building material or building component and bring this information into our platform.
Who benefits most from using your platform in their daily work?
Our platform can be used by all players from the construction industry including architects, engineers, planners, manufacturers, suppliers of building products, contractors and the building owners. Globally, construction investment is currently estimated at approximately $ 9 trillion. Of this amount, around € 1.435 trillion is generated in Europe- around € 403 billion in the DACH region (€ 309 billion in Germany / € 58 billion in Switzerland and € 36 billion in Austria) . About one third of this is attributable to material costs and products. It's a big part of the entire project value. That's why building owners and building operators increasingly request open access to the product information. It is important for architects, building planners and contractors that products from all manufacturers are gathered in one place and bring transparency to the project. Via our buildup search engine they can find the right products from range of manufacturers faster, by typing all specifications and performance criteria. Such specific search is not possible via regular search engines.
Could you please explain why?
Nowadays almost every manufacturer has a website but that doesn't mean that their specific products which they provide are easily found via search engine. Often these products are only described by text on the website or via pdf technical sheet which can be downloaded. We help manufacturers to structure and provide detailed digital data for their product (as a BIM library), making their products ''findable'' on the internet via our platform. Our ''search machine for construction'' allows a very specific and in-depth search of products in the entire internet: for example not only via material type (e.g. wooden windows) but also via parameters like: required acoustic performance of the window, required energy efficiency parameters, security level etc.