Creating a new digital ecosystem to support regulatory compliance

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The Digital Compliance (D-COM) Network and the Construction Innovation Hub, are working in partnership to develop a new ‘digital ecosystem’ to support construction firms in navigating the complex regulatory landscape with greater ease and certainty.

The digital ecosystem builds on groundwork laid by the D-COM Network in 2018 and directly supports the ambitions of the CLC ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ by developing a digital ecosystem that assists in the delivery of high-quality, better-performing buildings.

The digital ecosystem also addresses the need identified by the MHCLG Expert Group on Structure of Guidance to the Building Regulations for a more “holistic and systems-based approach and allow for greater cross-referencing between technical requirements and the wider legislative requirements.”

Making compliance less complicated

The digital ecosystem will, for the first time, integrate and make more accessible, the web of tools and data sources that firms must use as part of the compliance process. As well as driving greater and more consistent levels of compliance, the new digital ecosystem should also help to reduce costs and administrative burdens for construction businesses.

Supporting the ‘Golden Thread of Information’

Digitisation of compliance processes will bring wider tangible benefits, including:

  • Greater certainty that all regulatory requirements are being met;
  • Reduction in time and resource spent in investigating root causes of failure;
  • Increased transparency through the central collection, and management of compliance data for the UK construction industry; and,
  • Improved auditability provided through digitised compliance processes supporting efforts to create a ‘Golden-Thread’ of information.

Digital ecosystem – core objectives

This digital ecosystem is due to be completed by August 2022 with the main objectives of:

  • Digitalising selected Approved Documents, including:
    • Part B (Fire Safety)
    • Part L (Conservation of fuel and power)
    • Part M (Access to and use of buildings)
  • Developing a digital ecosystem (including an open platform API) to facilitate automating parts of the Building Regulations compliance checking process; and,
  • Demonstrating a proof-of-concept of the digital ecosystem to support the Construction Innovation Hub’s Platform Design Programme and standardised kit of parts developed to help change the way buildings and infrastructure are designed, manufactured, integrated and connected within our built environment.

Get in touch

To find out more about this project, or to get in touch with the team responsible for its development, please email:

Lee Tuffnell, Digital Regulations Lead, Construction Innovation Hub: Lee.Tuffnell@constructioninnovationhub.org.uk

Thomas Beach, Cardiff University, DCOM Network Leader: beachth@cardiff.ac.uk

About the Construction Innovation Hub

The Construction Innovation Hub’s vision is a world where our built environment improves quality of life, delivers greater social value, reduces environmental impact and is delivered by a world-leading, innovative and sustainable industry.

Our mission is to create better outcomes for current and future generations by driving the adoption of manufacturing and digital approaches that improve the delivery, resilience and performance of infrastructure.

Our transformative programme is structured around the four core themes of Value, Manufacturing, Assurance and Digital.

About the D-COM Network

The D-COM Network is led by Cardiff University and was formed to drive forward the adoption of the digitization of regulations, requirements and compliance checking systems in the built environment. The D-COM Network aims to bring together academic and industrial participants to work in this area.

D-COM Network Partners: Cardiff University, AEC3, Process Innovation Factory and Solibri are involved in this project.

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