December 2016




+ Christmas Greetings from IBU

+ Visit us at BAU 2017

+ Ideas and Innovation - A look back at the 5th "Bau Innovativ" Symposium

+ IBU at the 8th Symposium on EU CPR

+ Checklist for EPD update

+ A new version of the eLCA






Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2017

The entire team at Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. would like to express their heartfelt thanks to all members and partners for the successful collaboration of this past year and wish you a very Merry Christmas! May the New Year bring you, above all, good health, happiness, and success!

This year, we will once again continue our annual tradition of making donations in lieu of giving out presents. IBU is a supporter of the Mandacaru Foundation in Brazil, which not only implements, but also daily lives out, a holistic approach to sustainability.

Fifty percent of all donations will go to financing a rainwater cistern that will be built using local resources. The other fifty percent will go to the support of the Eco School, where school children, particularly those from remote rural areas, receive practical education aimed at enabling them and their families to survive in this climate zone. More information about Mandacaru

Nachhaltigkeitspreis 2016

Big surprise at the Special Prize Resource Efficiency 

Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU) awarded even two special prizes “Resource Efficiency” at the German Sustainability Award 2016. More...


IBU at BAU 2017

At the BAU 2017 Trade Fair, to be held from 16 - 21 January 2017 in Munich, IBU members and all others with an interest will be able to enjoy a wide-ranging programme on sustainable building. More...

Bau Innovativ

Bau Innovativ – a cross-sector industry event

For the fifth time, the “Bau Innovativ” Symposium was held in the Bavarian town of Fürstenfeldbruck, and it proved to be an enormous success for the 180 or so participants, who came from the areas of economics, research, and industry. More...


Sustainability Information for Construction Products - EPD und PEF

With the incorporation of EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) into CEN/TC 350 standards, a European-wide system for documenting the potential environmental impacts of construction products was established and has, at the same time, provided a data basis for assessing the sustainability of buildings. Now, with the aim of allowing consumers to be able to compare a variety of construction products, the EU Commission is testing another tool for providing environmental information at the product level: The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF).  More...


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

At the IBU Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June, the general assembly agreed to the proposed procedure regarding the handling of expiring EPDs after their 5 year validity period. Pursuant to the joint proposal of the IBU Board and Advisory Board, all expiring EPDs have to be aligned to the current valid versions of the underlying PCR guidance documents before renewal. To ensure the conformity each EPD will have to be verified again. More...


BBSR Releases a New Version of Their Life Cycle Assessment Tool: the eLCA

The BBSR (Germany’s Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development) has released a new version of the eLCA, which now includes expanded functionality and an option for English navigation; it can be found at: https://www.bauteileditor.de/ More...



Confindustria Ceramica

Welcome to the Italian Association for Ceramics

IBU is pleased to welcome Confindustria Ceramica as a new member. Currently, the Italian Association for Ceramics represents about 230 companies including a total of more than 25,000 employees representing the following sectors:  ceramic tiles, sanitary ware , tableware, refractory and technical ceramics).  More...


In 2016 IBU welcomed 23 new members in the association: 12 international members, 17 companies and 6 associations:

• Arbeitsgemeinschaft Zweischalige Wand Marketing e.V.

• ArcelorMittal JSW Steel Ltd. 

• ARGE European Federation of Associations of Lock and Builders Hardware Manufacturers

• Aurubis Finland Oy

• British Precast Concrete Association Ltd


• Erfurt & Sohn KG


• Kalzip GmbH

• KÖSTER Bauchemie AG

• KONE Oyi Ponsblok Madencilik ve Yapi Elementari San. ve Tic. A.Ş

• NMC s.a.

• Revigrés - Industria de Revestimentos de Grés, Lda.

• Salzgitter Mannesmann Line Pipe GmbH


• STIA Holzindustrie GmbH

• Stiferite S.r.l. 

• Studiengesellschaft für Stahlschutzplanken e.V.


• Verband der Deutschen Tapetenindustrie e.V.

• Wesemann GmbH




14 December 2016, online


ÖKOBAUDAT Webinar & Upcoming ÖKOBAUDAT Update

On 14 December, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., IBU will be presenting a webinar in English to provide information on how to transfer EPDs to the ÖKOBAUDAT database. The most significant new feature to be discussed is the new option for creating bilingual German/English EPDs. More...


16.-21. January 2017, Munich

BAU 2017

IBU at BAU 2017

Finish your EPDs now and  order IBU Trade Fair Packages!

Also in 2017 IBU will take part in the BAU trade fair in Munich again. As exhibitor with an own stand (Hall B0, stand 205) and as visitor on the booths of member companies and associations EPDs and the LCA-based concept in renewable construcion will be promoted also in 2017. More...

Appointments with IBU can be organized via contact to the IBU office or this doodle.


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...


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...