GENERIS® is developed and distributed by the department “Life Cycle Engineering” of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics. The department can draw on over 30 years of experience in life cycle assessment and the entire expertise of the Fraunhofer network.
The data is stored at AWS RDS (Amazon Web Services Relational Database Service). Every night, a snapshot is backed up in a so-called backup window. From each of these snapshots can be restored. After some time, the snapshots are automatically deleted by AWS. In addition, we create a local copy of the database every week.
Local backups cannot be created by users at the moment. However, the foundations for this have been created in the form of a JSON interface, so that development is possible if required.
Currently, we store the data as long as the corresponding account is active. However, should a limitation become necessary due to limited storage capacity or corresponding usage, we retain the right to introduce a limit. Of course, we will inform all users with appropriate advance notice. However, this restriction is not necessary at least in the medium term.
There is currently no limit, but we retain the right to take measures as well for the reasons stated, should this become necessary (see explanations above regarding the storage period)
In order to use GENERIS®, you must create a free account. After registration, the functionalities of the free account are available to you.
GENERIS® is offered in 4 license levels, which differ in functions, evaluation schemes and support options. Further information and a function overview can be found here.
When purchasing, the email address of the Generis account for which the license is to be purchased must be entered. If a floating single license is purchased, the other logins can be created in the administration area of this account.
In general, GENERIS® can be used free of charge with a limited range of functions. Additional functions and evaluation schemes can be purchased in different license levels.
GENERIS® can be purchased via the Fraunhofer IRB website. First, however, a free GENERIS® the email address used must be entered during the purchase process. After the purchase, the ordered license level will be activated automatically. Here you can create a free account.
Various versions of ÖKOBAUDAT and ESUCO are integrated into GENERIS®. Members of the research network are additionally provided with research databases.
You can continue to edit all projects in GENERIS® with immediate effect. Simply log in with your existing login data at www.generis.live.
All user accounts and projects from sbs-onlinetool.com have been backed up and can be migrated to GENERIS® upon request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for this purpose.
A project can only be edited by one user (he acquires a lock on it). Other users can then only open the project “reading”. If you want to work together for a project, then you can create constructions in your own catalog, which goes through many users at the same time and then copy them into the project.
In the “Organization” tab under the “Account” menu item, you can create up to 5 logins in the floating single license and use GENERIS® simultaneously.
Generis has an IFCXML interface based on the approach developed in the BIM2LCA4IP research project (https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/16/6558/htm). This can be prepared and made available for users with a multi-user license (preparation and adaptation is not part of the license fees but is agreed separately).
Currently, there is no dedicated interface to other software tools, e.g. in the area of EnEV or LCA. However, with the IFCXML interface GENERIS® has a basic requirement for exchange. We are working on expanding this interface and enabling exchange with other software tools.
The order of the layers can be unlocked via the icon with the crossed arrows and the layers can then be changed at the bottom via drag & drop.
No, the creation of evaluations based on the DGNB template is included in the license level “Single”. Free users can only use the standard evaluation scheme (SBS).
As a “Free” user, you can of course continue to create and evaluate projects. Although the DGNB template is not directly available to you, our standard evaluation scheme contains the necessary information for a submission.
In principle, yes. GENERIS® can also be used to create a BNB-compliant evaluation, which must then be transferred by the user to the BNB form.