April 2017




+ EPD update

+ 5. IBU Verifier Meeting

+ International Workshop: The Missing Link Between BIM and LCA Data

+ IBU Welcomes New Colleague

+ Current decisions of the Advisory Board

+ UBA-funded EPD project launched

+ Mandacaru uses IBU donation for building a cistern in Brazil

+ 2017 German Sustainability Award: Apply Now!






Update of EPDs after 5 years of validity required - IBU gives advice

In 2017 about 80 EPDs according to EN 15804 will expire.

If you are not sure what to do, please contact IBU office to coordinate the next steps. For further information please see: http://ibu-epd.com/en/checklist-update/

Verifizierermeeting IBU 2017

Annual Meeting of IBU Verifiers in Berlin

On 2 March 2017, IBU hosted all of the verifiers appointed by the Advisory Council at the annual verifier meeting in Berlin. The primary aim of the one-day meeting was to clarify current questions concerning the EPD verification process and to ensure harmonisation of verification practices. More...


InData: Focus on the digital EPD

At the initiative of the International Open Data Network for Sustainable Building (InData), on 16 February, in conjunction with the BauZ! 2017 Congress in Vienna, an international workshop was held, entitled ‘Linking Building Information Modelling (BIM) to Life Cycle Assessments (LCA)’ – with particular focus on Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). More...


IBU Welcomes New Colleague


Andrea Littig, new IBU Project Assistant

As of 1 March 2017, the IBU office staff has grown by one, with the addition of Andrea Littig, holder of a Master’s degree in law, who is now working as a Project Assistant in the Berlin office.

‘As a student employee, Andrea Littig had been actively and reliably supporting our team ever since September 2015, assisting with such activities as EPD management, website maintenance, and research tasks’, explains IBU Managing Director Dr Burkhart Lehmann. Having successfully completed her Master’s degree programme in business law, this young mother of two children, aged two and five, is now a permanent employee at IBU and, in the coming year, will, among other responsibilities, take over maintenance of the website and the EPD Online Tool, as well as manage other data administration tasks for the home office. Additional activities will include assisting with member services and team support.


SVR decisions March 2017

During the last SVR Meeting in March 2017 new decisions were made:  More...


UBA-funded EPD project launched

Module C and D in focus

Together with Ingenieurbüro Trinius and Dr. Eva Schmincke, IBU participates in a research project funded by the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA) with the topic "Resource-conserving structures - EPD for construction products: deconstruction and recycling information (module C and D) and contaminant data".
If you are interested in the project, please contact the IBU office to be informed about the progress of the project and potential contribution.


Mandacaru uses IBU donation for building a cistern in Brazil

By means of the Christmas donation of the IBU to the relief organization Mandacaru, announced in December 2016, a cistern has been built in the north-east of Brazil with local building materials and with the help of local workers.

Geni Maria and Francisco Agnelo Filho are the proud owners of the cistern. As a result, this family was able to secure its existence in the semi-dry zone and to prevent national migration. In addition, the donation will support the Mandacaru Ecoscience School in Pedro Segundo. Organic farming and animal welfare. Thus a holistic donation in the sense of sustainability.


2017 German Sustainability Award: Apply Now!

As an institutional partner of the German Sustainability Award in the category of ‘Resource Efficiency’, we are pleased to provide you with information concerning this year’s competition.

The competition will run from 13 February through 28 April 2017.

You will find an invitation to the competition here.

Entry fees range from € 150 to € 750, plus sales tax, based on company size.

The application form can be found here.




26 - 27 April 2017, Berlin


EVENT OVERVIEW Co-hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the German Green Building Association (GGBA), the LEED European Summit is a collaborative event that combines an opening networking reception on 26 April and a full day of meetings and education on 27 April 2017. More...


29 - 30 May 2017, Berlin


IBU Annual General Meeting to be held in Berlin on 30 May 2017

Highlights of the IBU Annual General Meeting will include Board elections as well as in-depth information sessions about the IBU, including such topics as digital strategies and presentation of the 2016 IBU management report. More...


20 - 22 June 2017, Berlin

World green Infrastructure Congress

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 The World Green Infrastructure Congress is a multi-day event concerning the greening of buildings (greening of roofs, façades and indoor areas) with the associated accompanying topics (e. g. urban climate, rainwater management, sustainability). More...


26 October 2017, Berlin


Methodology Seminar for LCA Practitioners for the creation of EPDs

IBU is happy to invite all LCA practioners dealing with the creation of EPDs in the programme of IBU to the second methodology seminar on October 26, 2017 in Berlin. More...