Archistar and Digital Twin Victoria to streamline building approvals

by Sophie Berrill
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PropTech innovator Archistar has announced a partnership with Digital Twin Victoria (DTV), a Victorian State Government initiative, in a move with potential material impact on the state’s future housing supply.

The partnership will see the launch of an innovative digital compliance tool named ‘Archistar Comply’ as part of DTV’s eComply project.

What is the eComply project?

eComply is a collaborative effort between DTV and industry stakeholders, which is designed to support the development of 3D building compliance technology that can pre-check building designs against selected planning and building codes. 

Archistar Comply is the first eComply solution and it will assess building designs against the Small Lot Housing Code.

According to a statement from Archistar, this partnership signifies a significant step forward in addressing Victoria’s housing supply by streamlining building approvals and helping to expedite the supply of much-needed housing.

Archistar Comply

Archistar Comply can provide immediate visual feedback on a 3D digital model of a new house. Leveraging advanced analytics, the tool performs over 90 complex compliance checks against the Small Lot Housing Code in 90 seconds, clearly highlighting areas of non-compliance.

“Going back and forth through the approval process and not knowing the outcome can be a frustration for industry and homeowners, which could be significantly reduced with this technology. Ultimately, we are aiming to put efficiency and good quality outcomes at the heart of the development process,” says Archistar CEO Dr Ben Coorey.

Prabhat Sethi, Archistar chairman and former managing director of Murdoch Media, emphasised the technology’s potential impact on the broader housing market.

“The technology, which uses innovative data-driven decision-making, helps remove the barriers to building, which is essential as we face cost and supply issues across the nation,” Sethi says.

In addition to its partnership with Digital Twin Victoria, Archistar recently announced a long-term collaboration with the City of Vancouver to deliver the Archistar Comply platform. This initiative aims to expedite permit approvals in Vancouver and make them easier and more affordable for the city’s residents and businesses.

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