Adding Private data

Adding Private data

What can do you with 'Private data'?

The private data feature allows you to add private data directly to the company account via the user interface. Users take responsibility for the quality and compliance of their uploaded private data.

Pre-requisites for using private datasets are:
  1. Having an Expert license
  2. Having created a company account (how to set up a company account)
  3. To add private data, you need to be the 'Main user' of the organization (multiple users can be the ‘Main users’).
If the above are fulfilled, all users that are linked to the company's license (basic, or 'main' users) can:
  1. Access the company's private data in their projects
Users can be added to a company account by the 'main users' or they can send a request through the platform, as the software will give you a notification when you are eligible for joining a company account. It is not possible to add to the organisation users who do not share the same email address domain. 

How do you add private data?

In a few easy steps we will explain how you can add private data to your company account, and use it across your projects. 
Step 1: Open your company account, and click on 'Private datasets for your company'.
Open the 'create private data' banner to start adding new private data. Under 'created private data' you can access existing private data.

Step 2: There will be several fields that require you to fill in information. Start with the general information about the private datapoint you are adding.
  1. Fill in the name and reference unit. If the reference unit is 'm2', also fill in the thickness. If the reference unit is different then mass, also fill in the density.
  2. Select the type of resource, e.g. Aluminium
  3. Select the type of dataset
  4. Select the country
When you create a datapoint and the reference unit is different than mass, Bionova strongly recommends users to define also the density of the material as it is necessary for calculating some of the life cycle stages.

Step 3: Fill in the data description
  1. Fill in the source of the data
  2. Fill in the chosen upstream database

Step 4: Fill in the environmental data, either for CML, TRACI, or both.
  1. Please note that the characterisation factors of CML and TRACI are not equivalent. 
  2. The emissions have to match one unit of your chosen reference unit.

Step 5: Fill in biogenic carbon content, if relevant.

Step 6: Enable the resource for use in your LCA calculations.
  1. Click on 'Data properties' and enable the data to be used in your calculations.
  2. Please note: By changing the properties the data will be available in certification tools such as BREEAM and LEED. The user will be responsible for data compliance yourself.
  3. You are not able to add datapoints to regulated/mandated datasets such as the Dutch NMD database.

Bionova is strongly recommending users to use only the public database to ensure compliance with standards and certifications. 

Is the Private data feature available for me?

The Private data feature is available to all Expert license clients. It will require you to create a company account, instructions on how to create and manage users of a company account you can find through this link.

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