ÖKOBAUDAT at the Sustainable Built Environment Conference
The Sustainable Built Environment series has become recognized as the world’s preeminent conference series in the field of sustainable buildings and construction. On a three-year cycle, the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference takes place (next time in Gothenburg in 2020), and regional conferences are held. In mid-September, the theme of the Sustainable Built Environment D-A-CH Conference 2019 in Graz was the "Transition towards a Net Zero Carbon Environment". The SBE conferences play an important role in international networking for the BMI / BBSR. The ÖKOBAUDAT presentation at the WSBE Barcelona 2014 led to the founding of the InData Working Group initiated by the BBSR.
In the framework of the Assessment System for Sustainable Building (BNB), the BBSR has established a consistent digitised infrastructure for building life cycle assessment - from the digitisation of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and LCA data in the ÖKOBAUDAT database to the transfer of data to building LCA tools such as eLCA. The article "Digitalization of building LCA and international activities – in the context of German assessment system for sustainable building“by Dr. Tanja Brockmann, presented by Hildegund Figl at the SBE 19 in Graz, shows how this online infrastructure leads to an international LCA data network within the InData activities. Developments like the ILCD + EPD data format, workflows and interfaces, guidelines and rules are crucial for harmonizing the LCA and allow international access to data from multiple databases. All the results and developments are publicly available. This concept of digitalization will accelerate the use of environmental product declarations (EPDs) in life cycle assessments, and will also offer new applications for the use of EPD data, e.g. in BIM or another context.
The participants of the SBE19 campaign in the "Graz Declaration for Climate Protection in the Built Environment" for urgent measures to limit global warming to below 1.5 ° C. The declaration can still be signed under this link.