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Blogs 10 jan 2024

When should you create and use material passports with Madaster?

Who interacts with the platform, and when, is one of the most common questions that we get asked at Madaster. In this article we discuss the benefits of engaging with the platform and creating material passports throughout the project lifecycle.  If you are looking to understand the value that materials passport can bring, you might be interested in ‘How can material passport help facilitate a circular economy?’ 

Passports for material management 

As a register of the materials and products within an asset, to facilitate their on-going use and reuse, Madaster material passports are most effective when they contain a complete set of consistent and accurate data. Typically, this is best achieved at practical completion of an asset, once all the material and product decisions and specifications have been finalised.  

To get to this point, engagement with the concept of materials passports needs to have started much earlier within a project’s life cycle to ensure all the correct information has been requested, collected and received throughout each stage of the process.  

Successfully delivering a material passport at practical completion can be facilitated through the below actions. 

  1. Clearly define the scope for a material passport early in a project’s life cycle. What do you want to achieve and what is your intended use for the material data? 
  1. Include the provision of a material passport, including its intended objectives and scope, within the Employer Information Requirements. 
  1. Cascade the requirements to provide product-level data into a centralised system to product suppliers. 
  1. Create an ‘as-designed’ material passport which can be simplify verified and updated after the construction process. 

Using materials passport during the design phase 

Creating passports with Madaster earlier in the project programme can also provide a number of additional benefits.  

With the data collated for the passport, the platform can assess sustainability KPIs such as whole life carbon and circularity. These can be used to: 

  • Set targets for the project  
  • Monitor progress against targets and compare design options 
  • and provide data to support planning applications (where applicable).  

Early use can also identify which packages or products are likely to be highly critical and therefore inform the detailed scope for the passports. In addition, early engagement can also help to identify adjustments that might be needed to the BIM modelling standards or Madaster matching algorithms to ensure the highest possible efficiency when producing the final passport.  

Embedding material passports into Operations 

Interaction with the material passport and the Madaster platform does not stop at practical completion, to be of continued use throughout the building or asset’s life, the information in the passport needs to be maintained. As such the asset owner should make sure the passports are reviewed and updated with significant changes on a regular basis. This could be through integration with digitised asset management systems, updates after major interventions such as fit-outs and renewals, or through audits at specified intervals. At each point the intention is to make sure the passport still contains information of a good enough accuracy and quality to achieve the original intended objective of the passport.  

Madaster provides functionality that can support users throughout a project’s lifecycle. Early use not only ensures efficient creation of material passports, but also supports other project objectives. To find out more about using Madaster for your assets, please get in touch. 

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