Towards the definition of a European Digital Building Logbook: A survey

Heliyon. 2023 Aug 23;9(9):e19285. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e19285. eCollection 2023 Sep.


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.

Keywords: Buildings; Digital Building Logbook; Digitalisation in construction; Management information systems; Property management.

Publication types

  • Review