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Causeway Technologies Joins House Builders' E-Commerce Initiative [eBuild-XML]

SAN DIEGO, CA. March 5, 2001.

Causeway Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has joined the House Builders' e-Commerce Initiative. Causeway Technologies, a market-leading provider of solutions to the UK construction industry adds weight to the development of eBuild-XML.

Causeway Technologies today announced that it has committed to be a part of the development of eBuild-XML, a joint initiative formed by sixteen of the largest UK house builders to aid the development of e-commerce in their sector, reduce costs and improve efficiency.

The initiative is being led by BASDA (the Business Application Software Developers Association). It is helping the house builders and suppliers to develop a B2B e-commerce system that will initially enable them to exchange orders and invoices electronically between their different computer systems.

Causeway is joining some forty companies, including most of the major house builders, who are working together with suppliers to develop electronic orders and invoices based on BASDA's existing XML message standard. Work has already begun to define message standards to handle the specialist information that is required in the housing industry and a series of pilot schemes to test the message will begin shortly.

"We have identified major savings which can be made by exchanging orders and invoices electronically. It will reduce costs, save time re-keying data, reduce errors, and improve delivery to site," explained a housing industry representative. "For us this provides the ideal low cost e-commerce solution which fits in perfectly with our 'just in time' delivery requirements and it benefits both house builders and suppliers."

The concept of eBuild-XML is to be a low cost initiative that any supplier or house builder can join. The benefits of sixteen major house builders committing to one e-commerce standard have been well received by the suppliers. "This will make it easier to trade electronically with a vast number of house builders. A single standard is very important for the growth of e-commerce in this sector," said Frank Smith of Travis Perkins. "This is a very attractive proposition for suppliers".

About Causeway Technologies

Causeway Technologies Inc. is a market-leading supplier of e-commerce, web based solutions, communications and productivity enhancing technologies, processes and tools to companies and communities that are involved in the design, construction and maintenance of commercial, industrial and infrastructure assets.

Causeway has built, a comprehensive service portal delivering supply chain integration tools for project management and collaboration to the UK construction industry. For further information on using these services, visit

Causeway's technologies and concepts are provided on a country and market segment specific basis where they are customised in conjunction with local partners to meet local needs. Causeway's global partners include Arup, Open Text and c-quential. For further information, visit

About IT House Building Industry Forum

House builders, who are members of the IT House Building Industry Forum include Alfred McAlpine, Bellway, Berkeley Group, Bovis Homes, Bryant, Beazer, David Wilson Homes, Fairview, George Wimpey, McCarthy and Stone, Miller Homes, Persimmon, Prowting, Redrow, Taywood Homes, and Wilcon Homes. Their combined turnover exceeds 8 billion pounds sterling each year, building 65,000 plots processing over 3 million purchase invoices presently printed out on paper, the majority of which are sent through the post.

The initiative also has the support of a number of key suppliers to the House Building market sector including Baggeridge Brick, Hanson Bricks, Jewson, Moores Furniture Group Ltd and Travis Perkins.


BASDA is the international software standards body, based in the UK, representing 370 of the world's leading developers and suppliers of business application software. BASDA has developed standards and accreditations for handling business to business and business to Government e-commerce, Euro compliance and VAT handling. It provides an information service and runs seminars and workshops for the benefit of its members and business.

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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