The InDa­ta Ini­tia­tive is announc­ing the pub­lic release of its Euro­pean sus­tain­abil­i­ty data net­work for con­struc­tion products.


InDa­ta is proud to announce the deliv­ery of the next mile­stone and one of its core objec­tives: the pub­lic release of its data net­work. Through the InDa­ta web­site, both, prod­uct spe­cif­ic and gener­ic data, based on LCA accord­ing to inter­na­tion­al stan­dards for con­struc­tion prod­ucts, is avail­able in machine-read­able form across mul­ti­ple inter­na­tion­al data providers.

The “Inter­na­tion­al Open Data Net­work for Sus­tain­able Build­ings” — InDa­ta Work­ing Group — orig­i­nat­ed from a grow­ing inter­est in struc­tur­ing and using infor­ma­tion from Envi­ron­men­tal Prod­uct Dec­la­ra­tions (EPDs) for sus­tain­able build­ing assess­ments. Based on Life Cycle Assess­ment (LCA), EPDs are a strong instru­ment for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment for homes and buildings.

Found­ed in 2015 upon the ini­tia­tive of the Ger­man Fed­er­al Insti­tute for Research on Build­ing, Urban Affairs and Spa­tial Devel­op­ment (BBSR), today InData’s activ­i­ties are inter­na­tion­al­ly well-known and high­ly appre­ci­at­ed. InDa­ta is an infor­mal, non-prof­it work­ing group of inter­est­ed stake­hold­ers who sup­port the mis­sion: to estab­lish an open web based inter­na­tion­al data net­work struc­ture for EPD/LCA data using a com­mon data for­mat, offer­ing a com­mon core of infor­ma­tion and apply­ing qual­i­ty rules (InDa­ta compliance).

An open net­work struc­ture is to enable open access to data and thus flex­i­ble new appli­ca­tions, while main­tain­ing indi­vid­ual own­er­ship and respon­si­bil­i­ty for the data by the indi­vid­ual data providers, pro­gram oper­a­tors, and dec­la­ra­tion own­ers. Each data sup­pli­er pub­lish­es InDa­ta com­pli­ant data through their own net­work node, across all of which users can per­form queries on the InDa­ta web­site and through an API.

The InDa­ta ini­tia­tive uses the ILCD+EPD data for­mat orig­i­nal­ly devel­oped for the ÖKOBAUDAT.

Par­tic­i­pants from both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors from 12 coun­tries are cur­rent­ly rep­re­sent­ed in the InDa­ta Work­ing Group: Aus­tria, Bel­gium, Den­mark, Ger­many, France, Italy, the Nether­lands, Nor­way, Spain, Swe­den, Turkey, and the Unit­ed Kingdom. 

The main objec­tives of the InDa­ta Work­ing Group can be found in the Deca­logue.

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