First Open Data Initiative for a Sustainable AEC Industry

First Open Data Initiative for a Sustainable AEC Industry

by Vikas Vij

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The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry brings together separate players that collaborate on large national and international building projects. When these seemingly disparate entities are integrated into a single industry, it enables architects, engineers and building contractors to perform more efficiently to achieve the greater goals of sustainability.

Flux, HBN, thinkstep and Google have come together to launch the Quartz database, which is the result of a year-long collaboration among these stakeholders to promote the transparency of building product information. For the first time, the Quartz database brings together data on the impacts building materials have on both human health and environmental sustainability.

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Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.