The organization is an unpolitical, non-profit organisation for the built environment. It was founded Jan 1, 2013 by the merge of two organizations – ASPECT (Association for Surveying, Property Evaluation and valuation, Competence development and Transaction) and SVR (Swedish Society of Civil and Structural Engineers). The new organization was named Samhällsbyggarna or in english Swedish professionals for the built environment and it has approx. 5000 members. Members are involved in every step of the building process, from initial idea, through projecting and production to management of buildings, bridges and other constructional works or spatial planning and environmental control. Members also include chartered surveyors and real estate economists. Members are either publicly employed by the government or the local community or employed by privately owned companies.
After the Real Estate turmoil in the 1990 there was demand for a standardised valuation process and demands for minimum competence level Real Estate Valuers harmonization. SFF applied for an authorisation by the state to become a certifying body but was denied. In 1994 Samfundet för fastighetsekonomi, SFF, was founded. Today SFF is a part of Samhällsbyggarna and the sole body for a Swedish Authorisation of Real Estate Valuers.