UKCoMDat – UK Construction Materials EPD/LCA Database
UKComDat is EPD/LCA database for construction materials manufactured or sold in the UK market. The data sets follow the international standards and norms and formatted to be used in building environmental performance assessment. It is developed to address the need for measurability of environmental performance of buildings. UKCoMDat contains around 350 products and goes well beyond embodied energy and carbon indicators. The Database contains very comprehensive concrete datasets with about 19 types defined by Concrete – Complementary British Standard to BS EN 206.
Along with embodied energy and carbon, UKCoMDat includes 24 environmental impact indicators at each life cycle stage of the product. Majority of the data sets are independently third party verified by international experts.
UKCoMDat is the first and only database with multiple environmental indicators in the UK. It enables the reliable calculation of building LCAs demanded by internationally known green building certification schemes such as LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, HQE and many others using the locally produced and/or sold construction materials. UKCoMDat is expected to be used by:
- developers and users of LCA practitioner tools (e.g. SimaPro, GABI) where the users have a high level of expertise
- developers of building design software (Autodesk, Revit etc.)
- developers of tools for the environmental impacts of buildings and other infrastructures (eTool, OneClick LCA, etc.) where the tool users are (architects, engineers) non-LCA experts
- developers of Type 3 Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and eco labels where the developers of EPDs and eco labels may have LCA expertise, but the users are non-LCA experts
- manufacturers, researchers, policy analysts, engineers, developers and others undertaking LCAs of specific products or processes.
Thanks to its unique and comprehensive classification system, UKCoMDat allows benchmarking against the industry average and generic datasets to improve resource efficiency potential among manufacturers.