The European construction industry represented by GCP Europe, AIE, ARGE, BIBM, CECE, Construction Products Europe, EAPA, EAE, EBC, ECCE, ECSPA, EFCA, EFCC, EMO, Eurima, EURO GYPSUM, EXCA, FIEC, IFMA, PU EUROPE, RICS and UEPC have published a joint manifesto on Construction 4.0.
This joint manifesto reflects industry’s vision on the future of digitisation in the construction sector throughout the value-chain. The construction sector value chain encompasses the manufacturers of products and machinery, installers of technical building systems, construction professionals etc.
The construction sector can be a key player in delivering the European Union’s goals for jobs, education, training, energy efficiency, digital economy, circular economy, climate change, health and safety, and data protection rules.
The sector is on the verge of an overhaul of the status que due to disruptive technological advancements such as big data, building information modelling, 3D printing, artificial intelligence and new business models.
The industry identifies 3 main priorities for the EU political agenda to bring about these changes:
1. The UE must take the political lead on digital construction
2. We need an appropriate framework on data policy
3. The new EU budget must focus on digital skills, R&D and deployment of IT infrastructure.