Towards the definition of a European Digital Building Logbook: A survey
The article, co-authored by Rubén Alonso, Rosamaria Olivadese, Andrea Ibba and Diego Reforgiato Recupero, is based on the work being done in CHRONICLE on developing a Digital Building Logbook and the bigger picture of digitalisation in construction, property management and management information systems.
The article can be viewed and downloaded on the publisher’s website: Heliyon, Volume 9, Issue 9, September 2023, e1928
- We present a survey of the features that have been considered for the development of a Digital Building Logbook (DBL).
- We analyse and organise scientific papers related to the design of the DBL by providing a classification of several features.
- We detail and compare some challenges and future research activities detailed in the analysed sources.
- We analyse reports from the European Commission and provide an architecture of DBL that takes into account all of them.
Both the operational phase and embodied emissions that are introduced during the construction phase through the manufacture, sourcing, and installation of the building’s materials and components are significant contributors to carbon emissions from the built environment. It is essential to change the current design and (re)construction processes in order to achieve the energy-saving targets for the EU building stock and move toward a society that is net carbon neutral. This change must be made from both a technical perspective as well as from a methodological perspective. To accomplish this, the EU has suggested several regulations and legislative steps to phase out inefficient structures. The most recent of these initiatives propose the idea of a Digital Building Logbook, which serves as a central repository for all pertinent building data, including information on energy efficiency. In this work, we present a survey of the elements that have been taken into consideration for the creation of the Digital Building Logbook to give an overview of what research has been done so far.