Since several years, the German federal government has been working on implementing the concept of sustainable building in the construction sector: we participate in it and make our expertise available in the area of life cycle and sustainability assessment.
The goal of sustainable building is to comprehensively assess the environmental impact of buildings and to evaluate them for the sake of certification. The sustainability assessment of construction works over their entire life cycle has become increasingly important in recent years. This is reflected in the international standards for sustainable building and the establishment of the German evaluation system for sustainable building for federal buildings (BNB).
The impact assessment of buildings on the environment is essentially based on the classic impact categories of life cycle assessment (LCA) method. Their results are the core component of environmental product declarations (type III environmental labels) and are provided by manufacturers and associations of the building materials industry in order to enable a holistic assessment of buildings.
We participate in the Round Tables Sustainable Building and Resource Effciency, initiated by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs (BMI) and coordinated by the Federal Institute for Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Research (BBSR) in the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR).
It brings together the stakeholders of the sector to assist the ministry in sustainable building issues and to advise on the further development and establishment of the German evaluation system for sustainable building for federal buildings.
Permanent task 2.2005
Project status: ongoing