The STAND-INN project has been set up under the Europe INNOVA programme as a network to provide guidance on the use of standards and best working practices in the area of sustainable construction. It is a two year project that started in September 2006 with a pan European consortium covering 11 countries and a significant involvement from China. In particular, and as the project name indicates, it aims to promote the use of standards as a lever for innovation in business processes to deliver sustainable goals.

Led by SINTEF-Byggforsk, the Norwegian national research and development body for the building industry, STAND-INN is looking to harness the potential offered by Building Information Modeling and open standards for information exchange to deliver faster and more effective solutions across the sustainability spectrum. This covers not only environmental impact and carbon footprint but also energy use (in compliance with European directives), durability of materials and components, lifecycle analysis/costing and more.

The vision of STAND-INN is to support sustainable value creation for customers over the life-cycle of buildings using information models and it aims to meet this vision by providing guidance on how standardization supports innovation and 'building smart'.

AEC3 has a significant involvement with this landmark project both as a member of the technical and management committee and as a Work Package leader for guidance on the of buildingSMART related standards (IFC, IFD and IDM) and for the development of policy recommendations that can be applied by European governments in data related standards and innovation in support of sustainability.

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