Chapter 4: Digital transformation in the construction sector in Bulgaria and the role of the social partners
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The construction sector with 6,200 entities registered in 5 construction works groups is resource-intensive. The digitalisation supports smart use of resources, effective certification, energy efficiency, reducing and managing construction waste. The electronic passports for products and buildings and the Unified Digital Information System for Spatial Planning, Investment Design and Construction Permitting contribute to implement the principles of the circular economy, to balance the energy system through faster deployment of renewable energy sources and smart grids to manage energy consumption in buildings and facilities, to reduce greenhouse gases. All initiatives lead to a better working and living environment. The Strategy for reform in the construction sector focuses on introduction of BIM, amendments to the national regulatory framework, introduction of standards. Social partners Collective Bargaining Agreements are essential to guarantee workers’ protection during the digital transformation, up-skilling and reskilling of employees and the academic community, innovative curricula, suitably equipped laboratories.

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