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
Accelerated digitalisation of the construction sector
The digitalisation of our society comes with an ever-increasing amount of data, which allows
for new opportunities including new services and innovations. Particularly for th e
construction sector, a lot of progress has be en made in recent years think BIM, digital
twins, prefabricated façade systems, robotics etc. although a lot of potentials are still there
to seize.
In the digitalisation agenda of the construction sector, the digit al building logbo ok plays a
pivotal role. Digital building logbooks will serve as repositories for data on individual
buildings, and will facilitate information-sharing within the construction sector and between
building owners and tenants, financial institutions and public authorities. Access to and
processing of reliable data will foste r the roll-out of entirely new business opportunities for
design, construction, operation, leasing, financing and real estate transactions.
Role for the European Commission
The European Commission can foster the widespread use and efficient operation of the
digital building logbook by pursuing the following priority actions:
Development of a standardised approach f or data collection, data management and
interoperability including its legal framework
Development of guidelines for linking existing databases
Launch of publicly funded R&I projects to further explore the digital building logbook
concept and its implementation.
These priority actions are concrete, feasible and with potential high impact on the end-users,
the construction sector and public authorities.
The implementation of EU initiatives such as a legal framework or official standardisation is
very time-consuming, and this must be taken into consideration when reflecting on the
necessary level at which to formalise and align technical specifications across Europe.
The promotion and recognition of the digital building logbook and (voluntary) technical
guidance are vital. Building awareness and collective support for the logbook across the
entire industry is paramount for the success of any initiative. The benefits will need to be
clearly articulated and potential concerns/liabilities clarified with each party. The consensus
is that the logbook would be a voluntary market-based tool. This needs to be kept in mind
for the legislative action.
The enshrining of the digital building logbook in an EU law is thus less essential than
implementing measures that enable the digital building logbook, i.e. measures focusing on
legal and technical aspects related to data exchange and improved data availability.
The inclusion of the digital building logbook in the Renovation Wav e provides an important
push to continue the development of logbooks and the exploration of policy avenues which
support their uptake (see Figure 30).
With the growing importance of cloud and edge computing and the need to align EU
Commission initiatives and strategies, a digital building logbook will be key “to integrate all
building-related data” and facilitate collaboration among DGs and Member States. The
forthcoming Strategy for a Sustainable B uilt Environment can serve as the momentum to
accelerate the regulatory uptake.

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