The IBU Net­work – The dri­ving force for Sus­tain­abil­i­ty in the Build­ing Industry

Sus­tain­abil­i­ty is a task that involves soci­ety as a whole. The pub­lic report­ing and con­sumer aware­ness of recent and con­tin­u­ing devel­op­ments, such as the envi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment of com­pa­nies and organ­i­sa­tions, are often still lim­it­ed to such top­ics as ener­gy effi­cien­cy, CO2 reduc­tion, or the trend towards renew­able raw mate­ri­als. The com­plex­i­ty and mul­ti-lay­ered eco­log­i­cal aspects of sus­tain­abil­i­ty, as well as the poten­tial offered by more vig­i­lant treat­ment of our envi­ron­ment and its resources for improve­ment in dif­fer­ent areas of our life – par­tic­u­lar­ly in the build­ing sec­tor – need to be com­mu­ni­cat­ed much more effectively.

Netzwerkpartner des IBUIBU is there­fore involved in a vari­ety of com­mit­tees and net­works whose focus is on sus­tain­abil­i­ty in the build­ing indus­try and on pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, and who have made it their mis­sion to sen­si­tise the pub­lic to this issue. This makes it pos­si­ble for IBU – and thus also its mem­bers – to join in the dia­logue and have an impact on the polit­i­cal process­es. At the same time, IBU offers sup­port and con­sul­ta­tion to a vari­ety of stake­hold­ers in the polit­i­cal and busi­ness realms. Through the involve­ment of sev­er­al rep­re­sen­ta­tives from uni­ver­si­ties on the Advi­so­ry Board, IBU main­tains close con­tact with cur­rent sci­ence and research activities.

On the basis of its pro­fes­sion­al rep­u­ta­tion and posi­tion as the lead­ing EPD pro­gramme oper­a­tor in Europe, IBU is reg­u­lar­ly con­sult­ed as a source of infor­ma­tion by a wide range of spe­cialised media organ­i­sa­tions in the areas of build­ing and build­ing prod­ucts, plan­ning, archi­tec­ture, and sus­tain­able man­age­ment. In addi­tion, IBU main­tains con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion and exchange with the lead­ing build­ing mate­ri­als indus­try asso­ci­a­tions and build­ing indus­try organisations.

Index of coop­er­a­tions:

  1. Mem­ber­ships of IBU
  2. LCA Prac­ti­tion­ers
  3. Envi­ron­men­tal consultants
  4. Indus­try
  5. Sci­ence & Research
  6. Author­i­ties
  7. Inter­na­tion­al Partners


Mem­ber­ships of IBU

Bundesdeutscher Arbeitskreis für Umweltbewusstes Management (B.A.U.M.) e.V.
Bun­des­deutsch­er Arbeit­skreis für Umwelt­be­wusstes Man­age­ment (B.A.U.M.) e.V.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nach­haltiges Bauen
ECO Platform
ECO Plat­form
U.S. Green Building Council
U.S. Green Build­ing Council
German Green Building Association
Ger­man Green Build­ing Association
Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss e.V.
Zen­traler Immo­bilien Auss­chuss e.V.

LCA Prac­ti­tion­ers

sphera (former: thinkstep)
sphera (for­mer: thinkstep)
brands & values GmbH
brands & val­ues GmbH
LCEE Life Cycle Engeneering Experts GmbH
LCEE Life Cycle Enge­neer­ing Experts GmbH
Daxner & Merl GmbH
Daxn­er & Merl GmbH
FIT Umwelttechnik GmbH
FIT Umwelt­tech­nik GmbH
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut
Johann Hein­rich von Thünen-Institut
Gemeinschaft umweltfreundlicher Teppichboden e.V.
Gemein­schaft umwelt­fre­undlich­er Tep­pich­bo­den e.V.
Dr. Frank Werner Umwelt & Entwicklung
Dr. Frank Wern­er Umwelt & Entwicklung
GreenDelta GmbH
Green­Delta GmbH
Ingenieurbüro Trinius
Inge­nieur­büro Trinius
SKZ – Das Kunststoff-Zentrum
SKZ – Das Kunststoff-Zentrum
Ingenieurbüro Gänßmantel
Inge­nieur­büro Gänßmantel
TÜV Rheinland
TÜV Rhein­land
IQ Consult GmbH
IQ Con­sult GmbH
Metsims Sustainability Consulting
Met­sims Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Consulting
myclimate Deutschland gGmbH
mycli­mate Deutsch­land gGmbH
Altensis İnşaat Enerji San. Ve Tic. Ltd. Şti.
Altensis İnşaat Ener­ji San. Ve Tic. Ltd. Şti.

Envi­ron­men­tal consultants

eco INSTITUT Germany GmbH
eco INSTITUT Ger­many GmbH
Consulting Donath
Con­sult­ing Donath
Ingenieurbüro Fischer
Inge­nieur­büro Fischer
Masterplan Informationsmanagement GmbH
Mas­ter­plan Infor­ma­tion­s­man­age­ment GmbH
Dr. Kiefhaber + Zebe
Dr. Kiefhaber + Zebe
ERKE Sürdürülebilir Bina Tasarım Danışmanlık Ltd. Şti.
ERKE Sürdürülebilir Bina Tasarım Danış­man­lık Ltd. Şti.
theRightenvironment Ltd. Co.
theRight­en­vi­ron­ment Ltd. Co.
Close the Loop
Close the Loop
SUSTAiNOVA Sustainability Consulting
SUS­TAiN­O­VA Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Consulting


Bundesverband Baustoffe - Steine und Erden e.V.
Bun­desver­band Baustoffe — Steine und Erden e.V.
Construction Products Europe
Con­struc­tion Prod­ucts Europe
Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie e.V.
Hauptver­band der Deutschen Bauin­dus­trie e.V.

Sci­ence & Research

Fachhochschule Münster
Fach­hochschule Münster
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Karl­sruher Insti­tut für Technologie
Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
Tech­nis­che Hochschule Deggendorf
Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm
Tech­nis­che Hochschule Nürn­berg Georg Simon Ohm
Technische Universität Berlin
Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­sität Berlin
Universität Hamburg
Uni­ver­sität Hamburg
Jade Hochschule
Jade Hochschule


Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung
Bun­de­samt für Bauwe­sen und Raumordnung
Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung
Bun­de­sanstalt für Mate­ri­al­forschung und ‑prü­fung
Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung
Bun­desin­sti­tut für Bau‑, Stadt- und Raumforschung
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit
Bun­desmin­is­teri­um für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit 

Inter­na­tion­al Partners

The IBU main­tains close col­lab­o­ra­tions with inter­na­tion­al pro­gramme hold­ers by agree­ing on mutu­al recog­ni­tions of EPDs, so that even today IBU mem­bers can have their EPDs pub­lished via EPD pro­grammes from oth­er coun­tries, thus mak­ing them acces­si­ble to oth­er mar­kets. At the same time, the EPDs from oth­er EPD pro­grammes can also be pub­lished via the IBU in Germany.

Danish Technological Institute
Dan­ish Tech­no­log­i­cal Institute
EPD International AB
EPD Inter­na­tion­al AB
The Norwegian EPD Foundation
The Nor­we­gian EPD Foundation
UL Environment
UL Envi­ron­ment
EPD Italy / ICMQ
EPD Italy / ICMQ
INIES (France)
INIES (France)