ProSys, the Insti­tut Bauen und Umwelt e.V.’s New Prod­uct Infor­ma­tion Sys­tem, Meets with Great Interest

BAU, the world’s fore­most trade fair for archi­tec­ture, mate­ri­als, and sys­tems, was a resound­ing suc­cess, reports Hans Peters, Chair­man of the Board at the Insti­tut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU). The trade fair attract­ed 2,250 exhibitors from 45 dif­fer­ent coun­tries as well as more than 250,000 vis­i­tors.  Peters was par­tic­u­lar­ly delight­ed at the pos­i­tive response received at the IBU stand: “Over the course of the six days of the fair, we greet­ed a huge num­ber of vis­i­tors who were inter­est­ed in obtain­ing infor­ma­tion on our cross-sec­tor EPD pro­gramme, sus­tain­able con­struc­tion, and our new ProSys prod­uct infor­ma­tion system”.

Major Demand for Inter­na­tion­al­ly-Stan­dard­ised Envi­ron­men­tal Prod­uct Declarations

The IBU took advan­tage of the gath­er­ing at BAU 2019 to present envi­ron­men­tal prod­uct dec­la­ra­tions (EPDs) to a large num­ber of com­pa­nies and asso­ci­a­tions from a vari­ety of areas with­in the con­struc­tion mate­ri­als and build­ing prod­uct man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. The EPDs indi­cate the envi­ron­men­tal impact of the mate­ri­als con­tained in the prod­ucts man­u­fac­tured by these com­pa­nies, con­tribut­ing to the trans­paren­cy that is essen­tial for the pro­mo­tion of sus­tain­abil­i­ty in the con­struc­tion indus­try. The forty-nine EPDs pre­sent­ed by Hans Peters and the IBU’s new Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Dr Alexan­der Röder, to mem­ber com­pa­nies and dec­la­ra­tion own­ers at the trade fair are a clear indi­ca­tion of the cur­rent empha­sis on eco­log­i­cal sus­tain­abil­i­ty with­in the con­struc­tion indus­try – the quan­ti­ta­tive data on prod­uct life cycles con­tained in EPDs is now being incor­po­rat­ed into build­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tems worldwide.

Many long-time IBU mem­bers, includ­ing DEUTSCHE ROCKWOOL, EGGER, bau­form­stahl, nora sys­tems, Stu­di­enge­mein­schaft Hol­zle­im­bau e.V., Überwachungs­ge­mein­schaft Kon­stuk­tion­stionsvoll­holz e.V., VM Build­ing Solu­tions, GUTEX, Heinze Cobi­ax, BETTE, Hydro Build­ing Sys­tems, the Euro­pean Resilient Floor­ing Man­u­fac­tur­ers Insti­tute (ERFMI), TAIM e.V., Schöck, and Lind­ner, were pre­sent­ed with EPDs either at their own exhi­bi­tion stands or at the IBU stand. New mem­bers NMC, Romakows­ki, Georg Börn­er Chemis­ches Werk für Dach- und Baut­en­schutz, as well as dec­la­ra­tion own­ers Infor­ma­tion­sZen­trum Beton and Rub­n­er, were also delight­ed to be pre­sent­ed with their EPDs and to take part in the pho­to session.

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Inter­est in Prod­uct-Spe­cif­ic Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Data from the IBU 

Along with learn­ing more about the estab­lished, inter­na­tion­al­ly-renowned EPD sys­tem for con­struc­tion-relat­ed prod­ucts, trade fair vis­i­tors and indus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives were, for the first time, also intro­duced to the new ProSys prod­uct infor­ma­tion sys­tem. In the future, the prod­uct-spe­cif­ic sus­tain­abil­i­ty infor­ma­tion required for dif­fer­ent nation­al and inter­na­tion­al build­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tems will be col­lect­ed, allow­ing this new prod­uct infor­ma­tion sys­tem to pro­vide data that can be used by sus­tain­abil­i­ty assess­ment sys­tems for assess­ments based on spe­cif­ic cri­te­ria cat­a­logues. Mem­ber com­pa­nies took advan­tage of the oppor­tu­ni­ty at the trade fair to gain hands-on expe­ri­ence with ProSys, test­ing out the pro­gramme and enter­ing ini­tial prod­uct data into the IBU’s new sys­tem. As soon as the cur­rent test­ing phase for the beta ver­sion is suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed, ProSys’s full func­tion­al­i­ty will become avail­able to all (mem­ber) com­pa­nies, plan­ners, and auditors.

Down­load pho­tos of all of the EPD pre­sen­ta­tions at BAU 2019 here.