The ÖKOBAUDAT platform is provided as a standardized database for ecological evaluations of buildings by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. At the platform's core is the online database with life cycle assessment datasets on building materials, construction, transport, energy and disposal processes. With the help of life cycle assessment tools, such as eLCA provided by the BBSR, the entire life cycle of a building can be reconstructed with the ÖKOBAUDAT database. ÖKOBAUDAT is not designed for performing life cycle assessment of building products.
The datasets are subject to strict quality requirements and can be used in many different building assessment systems. The database system with its search and filter functions enables user-friendly online searches of the datasets.
Data published in ÖKOBAUDAT are publicly available at no charge. The respective owner of the datasets remains responsible for the contents and values.
More than 800 datasets for building products - EN 15804- and BNB-compliant
The constantly updated ÖKOBAUDAT (current version 2020-II from 03.04.2020) is the mandatory database for the Assessment System for Sustainable Building (Bewertungssystem Nachhaltiges Bauen, BNB). Currently about 900 datasets are provided, and these have been in compliance with DIN EN 15804 since 2013. This means ÖKOBAUDAT is the first life cycle assessment database that completely complies with this standard.
ÖKOBAUDAT offers both generic datasets and specific environmental declaration datasets from diverse companies or associations. EPD datasets in ÖKOBAUDAT must fulfill further requirements beyond the scope of EN 15804 (see Principles for acceptance of LCA data in ÖKOBAUDAT). Before approval, the EPD programmes and data are checked for conformity with ÖKOBAUDAT requirements (→ Guidance for data providers).
Datasets in ÖKOBAUDAT are based on the background database GaBi. Besides, datasets based on ecoinvent background data are provided in 'additional datasets'. These are only by exception to be used within the Bewertungssystem Nachhaltiges Bauen für Bundesgebäude (BNB).
With support by the German construction materials industry, ÖKOBAUDAT and its related tools were developed by beibob medienfreunde, greendelta,IBO - Österreichisches Institut für Bauen und Ökologie GmbH, KIT – Institute for Applied Computer Science, okworx , Online Now! GmbH and thinkstep within research projects as part of the innovation programme “Future Building” (Zukunft Bau).