Building material, HVAC, plumbing & electrical

Using GS1 standard article numbers (GTIN) and barcodes brings order to warehouses and retail stores. Identification also ensures that information on the same product can be found in several databases and makes traceability possible throughout the product life cycle.

One challenge for building material retailers and wholesalers is keeping track of the large number of items that have to be handled on a daily basis. This covers both identifying items and quickly and easily reading the item number in the warehouse or at the point of sale.

Another challenge is to ensure that the different product and environmental databases in the construction sector can allow their customers to fetch information from different sources and be certain that the data refers to one and the same product.

GS1 Sweden cooperates with the sector

GS1 Sweden has close cooperation with Byggmaterialhandlarna/Branschrådet Vilma, VVS-Företagen/RSK and Sveriges Elgrossister.

Together with the sector we are pursuing questions on identification, labelling and exchange of business information. Ongoing work includes solving the problem of numbering and labelling sawn wood products, windows and other items that vary in length and/or size. Another question is how to identify and label products that are made to order.

We also work with providers of sector-related databases such as Logiq (Finfo)VVS-informationE-nummer databasen and BASTA.

Join in and influence the development of GS1 standards

If you are in the building materials business and would like to get involved in the development of GS1 standards, solutions and services, you are welcome to participate in the work GS1 Sweden is doing together with the relevant organisations. This work is carried out in user groups.

GS1 Trade Item Information – Logistics information for building material

A description of how logistics information on a product is packaged in GS1 standard for trade item information can be found in the downloadable document below. This is the result of a joint effort between Logiq/Finfo, Svenska Rörgrossistföreningen VVS, Sveriges Elgrossister and Sveriges Bygg- och Järnhandlareförbund through the Vilma project.

A common definition simplifies the exchange of trade item information needed for more efficient receipt and handling of products.

Download GS1 Trade Item Information – Logistic Information for building material

The most commonly used GS1 standards within the building material, HVAC, plumbing and electrical sectors are:


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Do you have questions regarding GS1 and construction? Please contact our sector manager Mats Björkqvist, tel + 46 8 50 10 10 34