During its three-year journey, HEAL has evolved from an initiative aiming to improve how buildings are designed, built, and maintained to an agile developer of digital solutions that solve the biggest pains in the building industry. Let’s look back at what it took to get here.
Since HEAL’s birth in early 2018, we have been voicing transparency and open collaboration in the building industry to share know-how in design, business, and technology for greater efficiency and shared value. HEAL (Healthy Affordable Living) was founded by two companies, Trä Group and Stora Enso, who share an ambition to make healthy and affordable living the new standard.
In the beginning, HEAL focused on streamlining the design work and encouraging the industry to aim for healthier and more sustainable construction and building materials. The initial period was devoted to a profound exploration of architecture, building design and planning, active search of like-minded partners, and growing the network by participating in inspiring events.
Our team carried out fruitful collaboration projects with industry leaders around Europe: Investigation of healthy learning environments with Saint-Gobain, leak detection with Imagine Materials found through Combient Foundry’s Venture Client Cycle, equipment and material flow research with Renta, developing a mobile assistant for element installation together with stakeholders, and many more. Some of the event highlights were organising an architecture workshop that took a glimpse into sustainable wood architecture and demonstrating the Design & Play application in Stora Enso’s Eco Pavilion at Seefeld World Ski Championships.
Developing digital solutions becomes the focal point
Together with partners, HEAL successfully gathered over three hundred pain-points and problems in the industry, resulting in over twenty digital solutions developed and piloted with relevant stakeholders.
After in-depth market research and defining the biggest pains within the building lifecycle, our team decided it was time to shift focus to developing digital solutions that represent tangible solutions for the pains uncovered. These tools delivered answers to pain-points across the entire building value-chain: AuraTool to simulate building acoustics and sound, AR360 to provide site personnel with an augmented real-scale view of their building design, and Parametric tool to aid designers in timber element construction, to name a few.
Time to move forward – Buildbite
Over the years, it has been invaluable to get feedback and support from collaborations with industry leaders as well as to gain knowledge and insights by operating throughout the entire building value chain.
These learnings together with a talented team have enabled us to move forward to our next phase in the journey: commercializing a promising concept, HEAL Spaces. Our initial focus will be on streamlining the processes and consolidating data flows of the build phase into a single digital tool, called Buildbite. It enables construction managers to rely on one solution to get the work done: from planning and resource management to invoicing and documentation.
HEAL has been selected to be part of the Business Lab by Stora Enso, a portfolio of exploratory innovation initiatives based on renewable materials and new digital solutions.
Peak to our future projects coming soon, stay tuned!