June 21, 2024

EU Supports Research into Digital Product Passports for Construction

EU Supports Research into Digital Product Passports for Construction

A European consortium, led by Norwegian software company Cobuilder, has launched an EU-funded project to explore the use of digital product passports in the construction industry. This initiative aims to demonstrate how digital product passports can effectively manage construction product data and support a circular economy.

The project is a collaborative effort involving several key partners, including GS1 France, Soprema, and Velux. Together, these organisations aim to enhance the digitalisation and sustainability of the construction sector. The project aligns with the revised Construction Products Regulation and the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR), focusing on improving information exchange and collaboration throughout the lifecycle of construction products.

Objectives of the Project

The primary objectives of the project include:

  1. Effective Data Management: Utilising digital product passports to manage data related to construction products efficiently.
  2. Supporting Circular Economy: Demonstrating how these passports can aid in achieving a circular economy by improving the reuse and recycling of construction materials.
  3. Improving Collaboration: Enhancing the exchange of information and collaboration among stakeholders in the construction sector using open standards.

Key Features of Digital Product Passports

Digital product passports are designed to link physical products with their digital records, providing comprehensive information about the product throughout its lifecycle. Some key features include:

  • QR Codes: Physical products are linked to their digital passports via QR codes, allowing easy access to detailed product information.
  • Standard Data Management: The project aims to develop a standard method for managing and sharing data to ensure efficiency and consistency across the industry.
  • Use Cases: Specific use cases will be demonstrated, highlighting the benefits of product passports for both made-to-order and made-to-stock products.

Benefits for the Construction Industry

The introduction of digital product passports offers several potential benefits for the construction industry:

  • Enhanced Traceability: By providing detailed information about products, digital passports enhance traceability and accountability.
  • Sustainability: Improved data management supports sustainable practices by facilitating the reuse and recycling of materials.
  • Efficiency: Standardised data management methods streamline information exchange, reducing administrative burdens and improving collaboration.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Aligning with updated regulations, digital passports help ensure compliance with EU sustainability and product standards.

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