Conceptual definition of the digital building logbooks

AuthorCarbonar, Giulia; Sterling, Raymond; Spirinckx, Carolin; Vandevelde, Birgit; De Groote, Maarten; Dourlens-Quaranta, Sophie; Lodigiani, Alessandro; Volt, Jonathan; Borragán, Guillermo; Glicker, Jessica; Kondratenko, Irena; Toth, Zsolt; Rajagopalan, Neethi; De Regel, Sofie; Rapf, Oliver; Calderoni, Marco; Loureiro, Tatiana
Introduction to Task 1
Data concerns almost every aspect of the built environment: from how individuals and
businesses use and interact with properties, to how a building's energy consumption and
construction details are recorded and analysed to support informed decisions about
construction and real estate processes. Data is used for benchmarking and progress tracking
of performance improvements and energy use, business planning, internal and external
reporting, risk assessment and financial underwriting. The availability of consistent and
reliable data can contribute to better design, construction and management of buildings,
improved market information and transparency, creation of innovative services and business
models, as well as more effective policymaking.
Studies suggest that the construction sector2 is underdeveloped in terms of overall
digitalisation and data applications in comparison with other industry sectors.3 Building-
related data (such as physical building characteristics data, environmental performance
information and real estate transaction data) continues to be scarce, of unreliable quality
and limited accessibility.4 The lack of a common data repository amount to additional costs
and inefficiencies, stifle innovation, increase risk and undermine investor confidence.
The study on the EU-wide Framework for a Digital Building Logbook aims to support the
widespread use of Digital Building Logbooks across Europe. It also encourages data
transparency and increased data availability to a broad range of market players, including
property owners, tenants, investors, financial institutions and public administrations. In
addition, the DBL will contribute to the strategy A Europe fit for the digital age” as well as
in the European Green Deal’’ and its Renovation Wave, the new Circular Economy Action
Plan, and the dedicated Strategy for a Sustainable Built Environment.
Several European countries have developed and implemented logbook-type initiatives over
the last years, including, for example, the Woningpas in Flanders (BE), the private initiative
BASTA in Sweden and the PTNB in France. All these initiatives share a common objective to
increase data availability and transparency to a broad range of market players. The existing
DBLs differ however in terms of focus (e.g. on energy efficiency or materials), data handling
and digital solutions employed. A common European approach covering the entire lifecycle
and comprising all relevant building information could increase learnings and enable
synergies, interoperability, data consistency and information exchange.
Approach implemented
Task 1 has delivered the first deliverable of this one year-long project. It aims to present a
definition of a Digital Building Logbook, building on a state-of-play analysis and stakeholder
input from across Europe. The report outlines the potential role and scope of an EU-
supported Digital Building Logbook, including the central features of the instrument, as well
as data handling and governance issues. The report builds on a thorough review of existing
2 For the purpose of this report, construction sector includes the following sectors of the NACE Rev.2 Statistical
classification of economic activities in the European Community: Construction (Section F), Real Estate
Activities (Section L), Architectural and Engineering Activities (Section M, Division 71)
3 McKinsey (2016) Digital Europe: Pushing the Frontier, Capturing the Benefits, European Commission (2019)
Supporting digitalisation of the construction sector and SMEs & BPIE and i24c (2016) Driving
Transformational Change in the Construction Value Chain
4 Hartenberger et al. (2019) The Building Passport as an enabler for market transformation and circular economy
within the built environment: SBE19 Conference Series paper and RICS (2017) Global Trends in Data
Capture and Management in Real Estate and Construction

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