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Sustainability, Not a Throw-Away Economy

2018-07-11T12:07:04+00:00 11.07.2018|

Prestigious Speakers Set the Tone for the IBU Annual General Meeting

For a society to become aware of its environmental responsibilities, it must have visionaries and pioneers – including from among its business community. This is the conclusion drawn from the programme presented at this year’s Annual General Meeting of the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU). The reasoning behind this is that sustainability cannot be enforced in top-down. In order to be able to meet the Age

What Actually Goes into Making a Building Sustainable?

2018-07-02T10:04:54+00:00 02.07.2018|

From EPDs to LEED Certificates to CO2-Neutral Urban Districts

Kay Killmann, President of the German Green Building Association (GGBA), has a mission: ensuring that environmental product declarations are available for every product installed in a building. During a presentation at the EUREF campus in Berlin, he emphasised that this is because ‘they contribute to the construction of sustainable buildings and are also very much in demand’. His presentation was h

Scientific Paper: “Assessing the Ability of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program to Reliably Determine the Environmental Performance of Products”

2018-05-18T16:08:35+00:00 18.05.2018|

The ability of C2CP to reliably determine the environmental performance of products

Nikolay Minkov, Vanessa Bach and Matthias Finkbeiner from the TU Berlin have published a scientific paper in the journal Sustainability of the publisher MDPI (Multidiscipli

Journal Article: The Utilisation of Environmental Product Declarations in Green Public Procurement

2018-05-02T16:25:55+00:00 02.05.2018|

Documenting Environmental Criteria in Public Tenders

Green Public Procurement (GPP), an environmentally-conscious approach to purchasing, is a valuable tool for ensuring that environmental criteria weigh in more heavily in the construction industry. This option has rarely been put in practice until now, however, since contracting organizations have been uncertain as to how to formulate legally-compliant environmental requirements for construction products.

Scientific paper: “Characterization of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program in the Context of Eco-labels and Environmental Declarations”

2018-05-29T16:45:49+00:00 12.03.2018|

A characterization of Cradle to Cradle as eco-label

Nikolay Minkov, Vanessa Bach and Matthias Finkbeiner from the TU Berlin have published a scientific paper to the characterization of the Cradle to Cradle Certified ™ Products Program in the journal Sustainability of the publisher MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) Publishes Guidelines for the Use of Life Cycle Assessments

2018-03-12T11:39:50+00:00 02.03.2018|

Get the most out of the potential that life cycle assessments offer for reducing the environmental impact of the construction industry

The life cycle assessment method is one of the most effective ways of determining the environmental impact of various construction types, energy concepts, building components, and products –  in other words, all of the aspects that go into planning a new building, a renovation, or a modernisation project.