Building and construction

Building on solid foundations - to enable greater productivity, sustainability and efficiency.

Across the world, there is a focus on the digital transformation of the construction sector. There is a refreshed drive for digital innovation and productivity, driven by the need to meet environmental sustainability targets and commitments to the circular economy.  

GS1 standards and solutions can power this digitalisation need, keeping industry informed and consumers protected with data they can trust. 

Strength in unity – a global language for construction

It is well known that the building and construction sector is one of the least digitised industries worldwide, and digitisation is seen as a means of lifting both productivity and performance. 

Change is needed due to low margins, poor interoperability and no standardisation. The key to introducing digital supply chains in the global construction sector lies in the implementation of technology based on global standards.

GS1’s global identification and data sharing standards enable streamlined information sharing, resulting in more efficient processes throughout the sector. Benefits include more accurate product comparisons and substitutions, enhanced supply chain, consenting and sustainability processes, and improved traceability and safety outcomes.

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Real business benefits for all sector stakeholders 

GS1 New Zealand works with industry merchants, suppliers and key industry bodies such as the Building Industry Federation to support their industry specific needs.

GS1 Research

We work closely with the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ), and national and international communities of organisations to deliver leading sector-based research. GS1 NZ's BRANZ commissioned research is funded by the Building Research Levy.

Building and construction can lift productivity through standardised digital product data

‘Digital enablement of businesses, government agencies and consumers to make green building product purchases,’ is a new report from GS1 New Zealand focused on how digital innovations can support a greener construction and building industry. Read more

Digital Product Data for Lifting Productivity

New Zealand's building and construction industry can lift its poor productivity by establishing a digital database on building products, accessible to all industry players and providing them with important product assurance information. Read more

Other opportunities

Global Location Numbers (GLN) and the New Zealand Business Number (NZBN)

A Global Location Number (GLN) is a global, unique identification number used by an organisation to identify their legal entity as well as physical, functional, and digital locations. An example of where a GLN can be used in DIY/Hardware is to identify a factory or warehouse, business department, a loading bay or a pallet position in a storage system.

The New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) is a GLN that uniquely identifies thousands of Kiwi businesses. Find out more

GS1 2D barcodes are coming

GS1 2D (two-dimension) barcodes are being rolled out globally over the next few years for use in retail point-of-sale systems. Unlike traditional barcodes, 2D barcodes such as QR Codes can hold much more information such as a batch/lot, manufacturing date, serial number and much more for a host of use cases. 2D barcodes can also include a website address (URL) that opens a webpage for even more product information such as user guides, videos and safety data sheets and much more. Learn more

Digital Supply Chains - Data Driven Collaboration

The collaboration group DSCiBE explores how global standards can enable a digital flow within the supply chain for construction projects. Read more