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Basis for the building life cycle assessment


BBSRZukunft Bauen: Forschung für die Praxis,Volume 11Bonn, May 2017


ÖKOBAUDAT is a platform with data, information and links related to the life cycle assessment of construction works. At the platform's core is the online database with life cycle assessment datasets on building materials, construction, transport, energy and disposal processes. The datasets are subject to strict quality requirements and therefore provide planners, architects, and constructors with a reliable basis for scientifically sound calculations of the influences of construction works on the environment.

ÖKOBAUDAT is a key element for assessing the sustainability of construction works and provides an incentive to continually improve the environmental quality of construction materials and buildings.
With this publication the reader gets the relevant information to be introduced to ÖKOBAUDAT. Also, he gets relevant information in which way he can use data and information of ÖKOBAUDAT, how data can be transferred to ÖKOBAUDAT and how data can be used in subsequent tools, like eLCA as provided by within the federal assessments system for sustainable building. The formal, content-related, and technical requirements for acceptance and transfer of data to ÖKOBAUDAT are described in short and comprehensible form and are meant for first and general information.

Federal Institute for Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)
Division II 6 Building and Environment
Dr.-Ing. Tanja Brockmann (

Hildegund Figl
Co-authors: Tanja Brockmann, Nicolas Kerz, Oliver Kusche, Stephan Rössig

  • free of charge available
  • reference:ÖKOBAUDAT (English)
  • ISSN2199-3521
  • ISBN978-3-87994-289-3
  • urn:nbn:de:101:1-201707137817



  • What is ÖKOBAUDAT?
  • Life cycle assessments and environmental product declarations
  • Use of ÖKOBAUDAT
  • What content and formal requirements apply to ÖKOBAUDAT datasets?
  • What technical requirements apply to ÖKOBAUDAT datasets?
  • Data exchange
  • Standards

List of abbreviations
Table of figures

This publication is a result, amongst others, of the research project "ÖKOBAUDAT and Europe II" within the Future Building research initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

There is also a German version of this publication available:
>> ÖKOBAUDAT – Grundlage für die Gebäudeökobilanzierung