Svenska Byggbranschens Utvecklingsfond, SBUF The Development Fund of the Swedish Construction Industry
SBUF is the construction industry's organisation for research and development with approximately 3,000 affiliated companies in Sweden. SBUF's aim is to promote development in the building process in order to create more favourable conditions for constructions contractors by enabling them to benefit from research and conduct development work.
Employers’ associations and trade unions jointly founded the Development Fund of the Swedish Construction Industry, SBUF, in 1983.
SBUF is the construction industry's organisation for research and development with approximately 3,000 affiliated companies in Sweden. Founding members of SBUF are:
How SBUF is financed
Funds are raised from members in proportion to number of annually employed.
How SBUF spends its money
SBUF spends about 60 million Swedish kronor yearly on support for development and research projects. However, the companies running the projects finance part of the projects. Projects are co-financed with government support, mostly from The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas) but also from The Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova), Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and other research organisations. SBUF contributes to several major research programmes founded on co-operation between companies and technical universities.
How results are published
Final reports from about 60 projects annually are spread to members and subscribers through information leaflets (SBUF-informerar) with summaries of results. Information on, for instance, current projects, master and doctoral theses are found on SBUF's website, www.sbuf.se.
Other information channels to which SBUF contributes are periodicals, leaflets, videos, seminars, conferences, demonstrations and exhibitions.
Mission and objectives
More favourable conditions through research and development.
SBUF aim is to promote development in the building process in order to create more favourable conditions for constructions contractors by enabling them to benefit from research and conduct development work.
Further aims are:
- To improve the effectiveness ranging from raw material to complete product and from idea to destruction by means of development and collaboration,
- to promote collaboration for development with specialised contractors in order to improve the effectiveness in the entire building sector,
- to stimulate and support research at the technical universities on questions vital to contractors and,
- to support development of methods and equipment making construction, service and maintenance more attractive and better adjusted to construction workers,
- to support research and development being the basis for performance-oriented public rules and standards