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
Background and justification
A lot of valuable information is generated and gathered over the life cycle of buildings at
different stages (e.g. design, construction, operation, renovation, repair, upgrading) and for
various purposes (e.g. regulatory compliance, cost management, operation and
management, insurance, finance). T his wealth of information could be highly beneficial for
property, asset and facility management if it were easily available and structured. However,
this information is largely not organised and managed in a systematic way. Some
information only benefits few market players; sometimes information has to be re -created
several times and often almost none stays in the hands of property owners. Information is
spread over many places and tools for safely storing, digitising and updating information are
largely missing.
This situation leads to a lack of transparency and limited availability of information to assess
building performance and asset value, and the risks related to investment and management
decisions in sustainable construction. It also reduces the chances of contractors and building
managers to learn from experience and good practice, because of possible different reporting
formats. Limited data availability creates also difficulties for financing institutions, banks and
investors to gain information on risk profiles, so as to adapt their risk management strategies
accordingly and to develop financial instruments.
Digital building logbooks could boost the availability of structured information for a number
of purposes to a broad range of market players, including property owners, tenants,
investors, financial institutions and public administrations, as mentioned in the Clean Energy
Package of November 2016.
A digital building logbook is a digital repository where a building’s main properties
(ownership, building design, materials used, structures, installations, systems, adaptations,
investment, operational and maintenance costs, health and safety, performance indicators,
certifications, etc.) can be compiled and updated when necessary throughout the life of the
building, granting an easily accessible and comparable overview of a specific building.
Further information like energy bills, water and waste management, maintenance
recommendations/requirements as well as insurance and ownership obligations could be
The building logbook could facilitate access to structured information about how the building
was originally designed, what changes were made and what is its actual performance service
level and planned maintenance. It may draw upon information from other sources such as
construction standards and calculation methods originally used, building information models,
building’s operation, maintenance, health and safety records/action plans, energy
certificates/audits, environmental performance assessments, etc.
Ownership of the information contained in the digital building logbook stands with property
owners. However, this information could be made fully or partly accessible to third persons
(e.g. authorities, maintenance professionals, valuation professionals, insurers, etc.)

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