Update: Han­dling of mass bal­ance approach­es in the cal­cu­la­tion of a prod­uct LCA with­in the IBU EPD Program


UPDATE: ECO Plat­form has pub­lished an addi­tion to the pre­vi­ous state­ment on Mass Bal­ance Approach (MBA) from Feb 1, 2023. This new state­ment pro­vides clar­i­fi­ca­tion on treat­ment of Guar­an­tees of Ori­gin (GoO).

Dig­i­tal data is the next lev­el of sus­tain­abi­al­i­ty quality


Dig­i­ti­za­tion on the one hand and sus­tain­abil­i­ty on the oth­er are two com­pelling pre­req­ui­sites for sus­tain­able con­struc­tion. IBU will help the con­struc­tion sec­tor achieve a new stan­dard with a new dig­i­tal­iza­tion strat­e­gy for envi­ron­men­tal prod­uct data.

EPDs accord­ing to EN 15804+A1 must be sub­mit­ted for ver­i­fi­ca­tion by the end of July 2022


Since the tran­si­tion peri­od for the appli­ca­tion of EN 15804+A1 expires in Octo­ber 2022, all EPDs cre­at­ed accord­ing to this stan­dard must be pub­lished by then. In order to be able to guar­an­tee this, EPDs accord­ing to EN 15804+A1 must be sub­mit­ted to IBU for ver­i­fi­ca­tion by the end of July 2022.

Sus­tain­abil­i­ty, Not a Throw-Away Economy


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-do

What Actu­al­ly Goes into Mak­ing a Build­ing Sustainable?


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

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


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 (Mul­

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


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 requiremen