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Why openDBL Will Change the Building Industry

August 4, 2023

Building projects have become increasingly complex over the last years, involving numerous stakeholders, diverse disciplines, and intricate designs, while also incorporating sustainability as a top priority. Hence, there has been a pressing need in the building industry for innovative solutions to streamline collaboration, improve efficiency, and enhance project outcomes.

In pursuit of advancement, digital building logbooksare emerging as a transformative tool with the potential to revolutionize building planning and operations. openDBL, which stands for “open Digital Building Logbook" and was funded by the EU, is the most recent groundbreaking research project in the field. In collaboration with dormakaba, a leading provider of access solutions, openDBL is poised to disrupt the industry.

What's an “open Digital Building Logbook"?

A building logbook is a record-keeping system that documents and stores information related to a building's construction, maintenance, and operation. It typically contains details about the building's design, equipment, systems, maintenance schedules, repairs, and any changes made during its lifespan.

The “open" aspect of a building logbook implies adherence to certain open standards, allowing for greater interoperability, transparency, and accessibility of data. An open logbook could potentially use open data formats, APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), or open-source software to facilitate sharing and integration with other systems.

The primary objective of the openDBL initiative is to create a comprehensive digital framework that covers every stage of a building's life, ranging from initial design and construction to ongoing operation and maintenance.

By harnessing the potential of semantic web, artificial intelligence, data integration, interoperability, and collaboration, the project aims to facilitate improved communication and efficiency among allproject stakeholders.

The ultimate goal of openDBL is to eliminate barriers between different entities, encourage the use of open standards, and facilitate smooth information exchange throughout the building's entire lifecycle.


How openDBL Can Revolutionize the Building Industry

 The future possibilities and industry impact of digital building logbooks such as openDBL are significant and far-reaching. As technologies develop and Europe-wide pilot tests of openDBL continue, this groundbreaking initiative has the potential to revolutionize the building industry in various ways.

- Enhanced Building Performance: openDBL can integrate real-time data from various sensors and building management systems. This data-driven approach enables better monitoring, analysis, and optimization of building performance, leading to increased energy efficiency, reduced operational costs, and improved occupant comfort.

 - Improved Sustainability: openDBL can facilitate the implementation of sustainable practices by tracking energy consumption, carbon emissions, and resource usage. This data-driven insight enables building owners and operators to make informed decisions to minimize their environmental impact.

- Predictive Maintenance: By leveraging data analytics and AI, openDBL can predict equipment failures and maintenance needs. This proactive approach helps to prevent costly breakdowns, prolong the lifespan of building assets, and reduce downtime.

- Streamlined Compliance and Reporting: openDBL can simplify compliance with regulations and reporting requirements by maintaining accurate records of building certifications, inspections, and audits. This helps building owners and operators to meet legal and environmental standards more efficiently.

- Better Collaboration and Communication: Digital building logbooks, including openDBL, can provide a centralized platform for all stakeholders involved in a building's lifecycle to access and share relevant information. This improved communication fosters better collaboration and coordination among architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, and other parties.

- Transparency and Accountability: openDBL can offer transparency in building operations, maintenance, and upgrades. This transparency can build trust between stakeholders, increase accountability for decisions, and provide a clear record of actions taken during the building's life.

- Smart City Integration: As part of smart city initiatives, digital building logbooks, including openDBL, can integrate with broader urban management systems. This integration allows for a more comprehensive understanding of the city's energy usage, infrastructure, and environmental impact, enabling data-driven urban planning.

- Data-Driven Decision Making: The abundance of datacollected through openDBL can empower stakeholders to make informed decisions based on historical trends and real-time information. This data-driven decision-making process can then optimize building management and investment strategies.

- Increased Asset Value: By maintaining a comprehensive record of building information, openDBL can contribute to animproved asset management approach. This can lead to higher property valuations, as potential buyers or tenants appreciate the transparency and efficiency offered by openDBL.

- Continuous Innovation: The Europe-wide adoption of openDBL can promote innovation in the building industry. As more data is collected and analyzed, new insights and solutions will inevitably emerge, leading to further advancements in building design, construction, and operation.


Opening a New Era With openDBL

All in all, openDBL brings upon a brand new era in the building industry, characterized by advanced data collection, intelligent data analysis, and enhanced efficiency. For architects and planners, it offers a chance to adopt a comprehensive approach to design and construction, fully embracing the benefits of digitalization.

dormakaba acknowledges the revolutionary impact of openDBL and is dedicated to facilitating building owners in seamlessly integrating access solutions into the digital building ecosystem.

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