Although we put the three pillars of sustainability into practice in our day-to-day work, our projects are that primarily contribute to the approach of at least five of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Without wishing to be exhaustive, some relevant data on the construction industry:

  • By 2025, we will produce 2.2 billion tonnes of waste on Earth in a year, and half of that will be building materials (cdrecycler)
  • up to 30% of the total weight of building materials entering the construction site ends up as construction waste (ScienceDirect)
  • costs due to design errors represent 6.85-7.36% of the total value of the project (ResearchGate)
  • workers on construction sites spend 70% of their time searching for, identifying and moving materials (Roland Berger)

But these are just a few typical issues that BuildEXT can help with its services today.

How?

Sustainable construction projects

In our work, we apply BIM methodology and we launch projects based on building information models, in which we provide full support and paradigm shift services in all phases from planning through project coordination to building operation. In the virtual space, we build a model of the planned facility then we simulate, analyze and optimize its construction and operation. We also provide BIM services during the actual construction and operation phases.

As a result, our projects are

  • economically efficient
  • ecologically balanced and
  • also sustainable in human quality of life dimensions

than traditionally designed buildings. What all this means for a ten billion investment is summarized in this article.

In 2020, we joined the Hungarian Business Council for Sustainable Development Hungary (BCSDH), and since then we have been taking an active role in its working groups.

A dedicated in-house development team works with global BIM solutions companies (SolidSpac3, Saint-Gobain, Plannerly, Velis Real Estate TechDalux etc.) on efficiency-enhancing, error-prevention solutions that greatly reduce gray energy, material overuse, or various dimensions of waste on construction sites.

It is our common interest and goal to design as many buildings as possible in the spirit of sustainability, preferably taking into account one of the forward-looking qualification criteria (EED, BREEAM, DGNB, WELL, nZEB, ZEB). We also help our partners pay more attention to solutions such as model-based construction control, the use of advanced iOT systems and tools based on renewable energy sources, or the facility management ecosystem integrated with the as built model.

Sustainable organizational operation

We would have relatively little to do with writing about sustainability if we did not show our commitment in our day-to-day organizational operations such as:

  • we are an almost paperless office, thanks partially to the BIM workflow
  • we take GreenGo shared electric car service or public transport, and if possible we use electric scooters and bicycles too while moving in city
  • we use a modern Loxone automation system in the office
  • we use environmentally friendly, low-energy appliances in our kitchen, drink purified water without plastic bottling and collect waste selectively
  • we work on ergonomic office chairs and several height-adjustable desks
  • we have extended our scan to BIM service to the office building that houses our office (video here)

We consider ourselves a responsible employer, we strive to create an ideal and diverse work environment with a transparent communication, motivation system and training system. In addition to the younger generation, we also welcome older, more experienced colleagues, pay attention to gender distribution, and have several foreign-born / native-speaking employees among us.

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The founding owner, Csaba Livják, is a believer in a motivated, diverse, meaningful workplace (for his thoughts, see the ebook available for download on our career page) and has built and maintained the organizational culture accordingly. Our dedicated goal is to help and promote the digitization of the Hungarian construction industry and the introduction of the construction industry 4.0 into practice by educating the new generation of architects.

At BuildEXT, work from home accounted for between 55 and 60 percent of total working time by the beginning of 2021. We saw the crisis as an opportunity to assess the efficiency of remote working, which yielded such benefits as reductions in time spent commuting, in costs, and problems thanks to high quality, no-fuss cloud-based work.

We put a lot of energy into helping our colleagues to start a new type of, more flexible work, where we provided them with ergonomical, quality work tools. We gave access to a number of learning, mental health and other resources too. We meet regularly outside of our daily work in virtual space (in the form of planking challenge, group yoga, CX-Ray surveys, brainstorming, etc.), all of which are important accessories for maintaining our physical and mental fitness.

We have set up a dedicated remote learning space in one of our offices for the children of staff with caring responsibilities.

At BuildEXT, we believe that supporting local businesses lead to truly valuable community outcomes, so we choose to support those in need instead of sending Christmas presents to our partners.

In December 2019, we donated a special motorized bed to the Heim Pál Children’s Hospital, in the spring of 2020 we saved the Nyúlgyár from bankruptcy, we planted 1,000 saplings at Christmas with MyForest and we donated money to the Zemplén Patients Foundation to help The Erzsébet Hospital at Sátoraljaújhely in need. We also contribute to the development of the area of Sárospatak by working on a daily basis with a local printing house, graphic design team, PR agency, winery and other service providers from the region. We have set up a dedicated remote learning space in one of our offices for the children of staff with caring responsibilities.

At BuildEXT, we believe that supporting local businesses lead to truly valuable community outcomes, so we choose to support those in need instead of sending Christmas presents to our partners.

In December 2019, we donated a special motorized bed to the Heim Pál Children’s Hospital, in the spring of 2020 we saved the Nyúlgyár from bankruptcy, we planted 1,000 saplings at Christmas with MyForest and we donated money to the Zemplén Patients Foundation to help The Erzsébet Hospital at Sátoraljaújhely in need. We also contribute to the development of the area of Sárospatak by working on a daily basis with a local printing house, graphic design team, PR agency, winery and other service providers from the region.