EU funds digital product passports pilot project

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The EU is funding a cross-industry project to develop digital product passports to support the circular economy. Cobuilder is leading the consortium charged with developing and piloting the passports in construction.

The project is part of the CIRPASS-2 initiative, which will showcase functioning digital product passports (DPPs) through 13 circular pilots in various sectors, including construction, textiles, electronics and tyres.

The construction pilot focuses on improving information exchange and collaboration throughout the construction product lifecycle using the DPP and interoperable open standards. 

The pilot aims to demonstrate how DPPs can manage construction product data effectively. This will include specific use cases, highlighting the benefits of DPPs for both made-to-order and made-to-stock products. QR codes will link physical products with their DPPs. Furthermore, a standardised data model will be established to ensure semantic interoperability and efficient data sharing.

The project will focus on the sector’s digitalisation and sustainability, aligning with the revised Construction Products Regulation and the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation. Additionally, the pilot will encompass non-regulatory information critical to the industry, such as sustainability certifications (BREEAM and DGNB). All DPP information will reference common open industry standards. The entire set-up of the data model will be organised within a data dictionary.

Cobuilder’s consortium partners include GS1 France, waterproofing and insulation manufacturer Soprema, and windows, blinds and shutters supplier Velux.

"We’re proud to contribute to this initiative and provide our expertise in data management,” said Cobuilder chief executive Lars Christian Fredenlund. “By leveraging DPPs, we aim to enhance transparency, improve information exchange and support the circular economy. This project is a testament to Cobuilder’s commitment to innovation and collaboration in the construction industry.”

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