German bathroom manufacturer Kaldewei is one of the 17 founding members of the German Madaster database, which is building towards a circular economy in the construction and real estate industries. The database allows access to important information for each component in a building, such as the separability, the bound CO2 or the recycling potential. This makes it possible to determine which products and materials can be reused, thereby reducing the amount of waste and CO2 emissions through circular construction.
Kaldewei has entered over 42,000 items of product information into the database, making the manufacturer the provider of the largest amount of data in the global register for materials and products to date. Kaldewei uses an automated upload from its own product information management (PIM) to ensure that all the data is of high quality and up to date. All product information in the Madaster database is available in German, English, French and Dutch.
Madaster Germany was launched just over a year ago and is already said to be succeeding in making real estate more sustainable. Documenting, registering, and archiving the materials in buildings and properties makes accessing information for reuse much simpler, promotes intelligent design and avoids waste. Additionally, the transparency of raw materials included in the construction makes it easier to calculate investments. “High transparency paves the way for new planning and construction methods”, says Roberto Martinez, CSO at Kaldewei. “In this way, every building becomes a material or raw material database,” he explains.