digiNEB.eu: Advancing Sustainable, Inclusive, and Beautiful Infrastructures through Digital Solutions and Standardisation
digiNEB.eu, as an integral part of the New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative, strives to foster sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusivity by establishing a pan-European digital ecosystem. This includes a Digital Toolkit collecting digital solutions, an Observatory featuring success stories to raise awareness and encourage collaboration, and an eLearning catalogue providing a collaborative platform for knowledge sharing and best practices in NEB programs.
To accomplish its ambitious aims, digiNEB.eu operates at the intersection of three crucial domains: advancing circular economy practices, embracing artificial intelligence for inclusive and ethical design, and integrating renewable energies into sustainable and aesthetic infrastructures. Standards play a pivotal role in achieving the mission of digiNEB.eu and are vital in accomplishing the goals of the New European Bauhaus initiative. In this context, standardisation is essential in promoting circular economy practices within the construction industry. By promoting guidelines, requirements for sustainable resource management, waste prevention, and AI solutions, digiNEB.eu seeks consistency and interoperability across construction projects.
Advancing Circular Economy in the Built Environment
Standardisation significantly promotes circular economy practices in the construction industry. In this context, standards such as ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 for life cycle assessment (LCA) are crucial in measuring the environmental impact of construction materials and processes. These standards provide a consistent methodology for evaluating the sustainability performance of construction projects. Through its Thematic Working Groups (TWGs), digiNEB.eu works towards establishing standardised guidelines for sustainable resource management, waste prevention, and recycling, ensuring that these practices are consistently implemented across construction projects.
Embracing Artificial Intelligence for Inclusive and Ethical Design
In the domain of artificial intelligence, standardisation ensures ethical and inclusive design practices. The project aims to develop standards for AI algorithms, data quality, and transparency, drawing from existing frameworks such as the European Commission's Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI (e.g. ISO/IEC 27001, IEEE P7003, IEEE P7001, IECC P7002). By attempting to bridge the world of AI with circular economy and sustainability, digiNEB.eu aims to promote these standards to ensure fairness, accountability, and accessibility in AI-driven design processes. Furthermore, these standards enable the evaluation and mitigation of biases, ensuring that AI systems are designed and deployed ethically and inclusively.
Integrating Renewable Energies for Sustainable and Aesthetic Infrastructures
Standardisation is crucial in integrating renewable energies into sustainable and aesthetically pleasing infrastructures. digiNEB.eu works towards promoting interoperable standards for energy management systems, grid integration, and performance evaluation. These standards encompass technical specifications and protocols for seamlessly integrating renewable energy sources, ensuring efficient energy utilisation and system compatibility. Standards such as IEC 61850 for power system communication and IEC 61724 for photovoltaic system performance evaluation provide a foundation for interoperability and efficiency in renewable energy integration.
Pioneering Sustainable Practices: digiNEB.eu's Commitment to the New European Bauhaus Movement
The standards mentioned above enable the adoption of sustainable practices in the construction industry, the safe use of AI, promote circular economy practices, enhance resource efficiency, and reduce environmental impact. Through its focus on interoperable digital solutions, digiNEB.eu aligns with the New European Bauhaus initiative's objective of creating regenerative and resource-efficient built environments while seamlessly advancing circular economy practices, embracing ethical AI design, and integrating renewable energies. By helping develop and implement standardised frameworks, guidelines, and requirements, digiNEB.eu aims to contribute significantly to accomplishing the mission of the New European Bauhaus initiative, which aims to create sustainable, inclusive, and beautiful infrastructures throughout Europe.
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