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BAUBOOK – THE DATABASE FOR ECOLOGICAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION

Homepage of the baubook.info portal

The Internet platform at www.baubook.info is a comprehensive information and communication hub for energy-efficient and green building. It supports sustainable construction projects and healthy living.The free-of-charge component calculator allows users to assemble multiple products into components. These components are stored for each user and can be accessed at any time. They can be compared with each other at the click of a mouse, allowing the optimal structure to be determined.

I Description of the measure

Example from the product database

Title in original language: baubook

Location of CNA: Austria

Municipality / regional entity: Vorarlberg/Vienna

Category of the experience: Standard & label
Type(s) of CNA:

Principal nomination: Technological
Secondary nomination(s): Educational

Thematic field(s): Principal field: Buildings & construction; Secondary field(s): Energy

Spatial scale: International
Time & duration: Start date: 2004 

Key word(s): declaration, ecology, product

Objectives:

The baubook product database represents the ecological properties of building products. Based on defined environmental requirements, the construction will be assessed for their environmental quality and their impact on the people. This information is transparent to users, updated daily and available for free. At the same time the mapping of the ecological characteristics provides a competition among manufacturers towards ecological products optimized. Product information is available to all involved in construction free of charge. Thus, the planning and implementation of sustainable buildings is significantly easier. The central product declaration is made easy online medium-declaration by the assistant producer. The evidence submitted documents (such as Test certificates from accredited laboratories, material safety data sheets, manufacturers' warranties, …) will be centrally collected and tested by qualified persons.

Activities:

baubook offers for manufacturers and retailers • Target-specific advertising platforms • Easy coordination in handling sponsorships and public tenders • Simple online product declaration For developers, local authorities and property developers • Ecological criteria for product review • Support in the implementation of sustainable buildings • Free product database with extensive information For planners, consultants and craftsmen • Free performance indicators for energy and building certification • Online calculator for components • In-depth information on technology, health and environmental effects of building products

Results:

2400 products so far, 35000 visits on the website on a weekly base, the capital of Austria - Vienna - handles its sourcing through baubook, housing subsidy in lower Austria, Carinthia and Vorarlberg are captured.

II Assessment criteria

Mitigation effects: Medium

baubook supports planners, architects, builders in a sustainable and environmentally friendly design which in comparison to the regular design emits less CO2

Impacts on adaptation: Neutral

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Impacts on environment:


- Landscape: Neutral
- Alpine ecosystems / biodiversity: Positive
- Water / soil / air: Positive
- "Other": None

Pollutants and emission levels of construction are included in the database and made accessible to all

Impacts on society:


- Social justice: Positive
- Regional / cultural identity: Positive
- "Other": None

Comparison between different manufacturers becomes possible Regional products are registered which is required by special programmes (housing subsidy, climate: active house)

Impacts on economy:


- Employment / job creation: Positive
- Added value / income: Positive
- Know how / competitiveness: Very positive
- "Other": None

Support of regional SMEs Strenghten the competition for sustainable/ecological products

Public relations impact and awareness-raising: Medium

Ecological characteristics of many products are realized by builders only through this database.

Transferability: Very high

Sets of criteria are in accordance with the "open source" principle by which to dispose baubook, is already operating nationwide, as well as the construction industry operates nationally. If for renovation / components criteria are met, then a platform like the baubook as information for the builders / owners / users is needed

Cross sectoral and integrative approach: Medium

Building sector

Good governance: Medium

The region establishes a criteria catalogue for residential building support, baubook records this criteria catalogue and provides it on an Internet platform together with products meeting these criteria. People from the construction sector (professionals and interested citizens) can inform themselves.

III Executive body and contact information

Executive body: Universities or other educational institutions, Private enterprises

Educational institutions: Energy Institute Vorarlberg and Austrian Institute for Construction Biology and Ecology IBO Private enterprises: baubook GmbH

Contact person(s):

Name: Sutter Christoph
Institution: Energieinstitut Vorarlberg 
Address: Stadtstraße 33, 6850 Dornbirn
Phone: +43 5572 31202 77
Email: christoph.sutter@energieinstitut.at

Online information:

baubook.at

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