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Chimni calls for the UK proptech community to work more closely with the housebuilding industry


January 10, 2017

At CES in Las Vegas, London based Chimni has called for the UK’s ‘property tech’ and Smart Home community to work more closely with the housebuilding industry on data and analysis standards. To support this, Chimni released a new White Paper to explain the areas where the two industries can benefit from collaboration.

Housebuilding is currently pursuing its own digital innovation agenda, through Building Information Management (BIM) while the smart home and IoT tech specifications are being created separately by the proptech industry.

“Its dangerous that we have two parallel strands of innovation around housing data and property technology. The two groups aren’t talking and are creating incompatible outcomes.” Says Chimni MD Nigel Walley. “The proptech world is not creating information to help housebuilders include tech in new home designs, and both industries are working on separate formats for home performance analysis”

“This hasn’t previously mattered because proptech innovations tended to be a consumer add-on to any home. Now the two worlds are colliding as proptech starts to get built into the fabric of new homes.”

There is clearly an onus on the proptech world to understand the needs of housebuilders to help them incorporate new property tech into their designs. “Most proptech manufacturers we speak to are completely unaware of the BIM revolution sweeping construction or what it means for data or analysis”, says Nigel Walley “There is no awareness of BIM Objects or data formats, and no understanding of why or how they would create BIM objects for their devices”.

The rel White Paper that Chimni launched at CES explains the data and analysis implications of the construction industry’s Building Information Management (BIM) revolution to the proptech community. Called ‘BIM for proptech People’ the white paper is intended to lay the groundwork for closer integration between the two industries.

An easy set of first steps would be for manufacturers of new proptech devices to ensure that there are data sets created for their products in BIM compatible languages so that their systems can be included in new homebuilders specifications from the initial drawing stage.

Chimni is calling for co-ordination between the standards bodies in both industries, and joint working to understand how data can be shared, and new forms of home data analysis can be pioneered. In the UK this collaboration could be led by standards bodies such as the RICS.


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