A well-known example of a materials database in Europe is that of the German online building material database ÖKOBAUDAT. ÖKOBAUDAT was developed as a part of the research initiative “Future Building” by the Österreichisches Institut für Bauen und Ökologie GmbH, KIT – Institute for Applied Computer Science, okworx and Online Now! GmbH in cooperation with the German construction materials industry.
It provides information for eco-balances of building materials across various aspects such as use of resources, as well as global ecological impacts that cause the greenhouse effect, acid rain, smog, eutrophication, etc. The data is of a high quality and is uniform across product groups and provides eco-balance data as well as for use and exploitation paths. The ecological quality of a building using such materials and products is thus reliable.
ÖKOBAUDAT provides product group (generic) as well as product specific data based on EPDs, eco-balance tools such as eLCA. All data in ÖKOBAUDAT is in compliance with DIN EN 15804 and undergoes independent third party verification which makes it a reliable and secure data source for construction product information of environmental and health relevance.
In addition, the online database enables exportation of life-cycle analysis data for LCA tools from ÖKOBAUDAT. It also enables, through online interface, third party tools such as progressive life-cycle analysis tools etc. to query/import directly from ÖKOBAUDAT.
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