Projects are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:
- Measurable improvements in resource efficiency and decarbonisation of buildings and their construction/renovation, as a result of using digital building logbooks;
- Improved linkages of existing databases, tools and sources for digital building logbooks;
- Improved usability of digital building logbooks through user eXperience, taking into account issues of accessibility as well as inclusivity;
- New or improved tools for collection and update of relevant data;
- Demonstrate other benefits of using digital building logbooks e.g. safety and health in buildings and construction for instance by structural health monitoring; cost effectiveness, efficiency gains in terms of time; enhanced climate resilience.
Relevant indicators and metrics, with baseline values, should be clearly stated in the proposal.
There is a need to demonstrate and realise the potential benefits of using digital depositories of information that accompany buildings throughout their lifecycle. These digital building logbooks (DBL) can potentially result in greater efficiency, circularity and transparency in the building stock. DBLs should also improve decision making for all actors along the lifecycle of the building, thereby facilitating better design choices and greater sustainability, contributing in this way to the New European Bauhaus initiative.
- Research and propose innovative approaches that utilise DBL features and functionalities, User eXperience, interoperability, data governance and the connection with other initiatives;
- Demonstrate the benefits of DBL in terms of e.g. productivity, collaboration across the construction ecosystem, resource efficiency, decarbonisation, safety and health, climate resilience;
- Consider both current and future opportunities to collect data from new technologies (e.g. sensors, real-time energy use, drones, 3D scanning) or existing and upcoming platforms (e.g. Sustainable product passports for construction materials) enabling additional data platforms. The DBL could link as well to those new data platforms, which will come with new possibilities and responsibilities in terms of data privacy and security;
- Research and develop common ‘languages’ – interfaces and protocols – to enable interoperability, data consistency (as for example through common European data spaces for the manufacturing sector to ensure enhanced access to privately held data, via industrial data platforms) and information exchange; introduce a Common Information Model for next generation DBL capitalizing on existing standards and proposing extensions for missing features;
- Address the problem of “data matching” and data verification. There is also a high potential for advanced technologies, such as blockchain, to support the alleviation of these issues and the application of such technologies should be explored;
- Consider developing or making use of data quality marking schemes.
The DBL “features” (e.g. digital interface, data syncing, etc.) and "functionalities” (services built around the DBL) should prioritise user-friendliness and a smart interface for end-users. Proposals are expected to demonstrate a “modular and layered” structure for the DBL, developing additional functionalities as extensions to the national schemes, ensuring that it is flexible enough to make the right information available to the right actor at the right time.
Proposals should take into account User eXperience (UX) principles in order to stimulate the update of the building logbook and its use by construction professionals and building owners.
Proposals should ensure that the functionalities offered by DBL and the corresponding benefits are easily understood by construction and building professionals as well as building owners. Proposals should take into account issues of accessibility and inclusivity, such as age, gender, disability, and socio-economic background.
Proposals may address the DBL to any or all types of buildings and infrastructures as appropriate.
Proposals submitted under this topic should include a business case and exploitation strategy, as outlined in the introduction to this Destination.
Finally, proposals should provide contributions to relevant standards and seek to ensure synergies with the Horizon Europe ‘Built4People’ co-programmed Partnership.
Specific Topic Conditions:
Activities are expected to start at TRL 5 and achieve TRL 7 by the end of the project – see General Annex B.
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