Florian Pronold, former Parliamentary State Secretary, has been the new Managing Director of the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e. V. (IBU), Berlin, since July 1, 2023.
The board of the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU) has appointed Florian Pronold as its new managing director. The 50-year-old lawyer is regarded as a proven expert on sustainability in the construction industry. building industry. As a long-standing member of the German Bundestag (2002 to 2021), Pronold was responsible in particular from 2013 to 2021 as Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Building and the Environment (2013 to 2018) and in the Federal Ministry for the Environment (2018 to 2021) for the areas of urban development, federal construction, sustainable construction, and circular economy and resource efficiency. At Germany’s largest real estate association, the Zentraler Immobilienausschuss (ZIA) e.V. (Central Real Estate Committee), he has also headed the ESG Advisory Board since December last year, which deals with sustainability in the real estate sector.
“We are very pleased to have Florian Pronold, a profound expert on the environmental and sustainability debate in the construction sector, join the IBU. He combines the factual issues of environmental and sustainability tasks with political sustainability communication in an excellent way,” says Dipl.-Ing. Hans Peters, Chairman of the IBU. In view of the EU taxonomy, the EU’s Green Deal and the German government’s resource efficiency program, the IBU believes that verified environmental data will become increasingly relevant to the market. Florian Pronold is to further advance the IBU’s strategic realignment from a globally recognized and leading program provider of environmental product declarations (EPDs) to a broadly positioned service provider around the sustainability of building products.
Florian Pronold: “Sustainable construction is the key to achieving climate targets. But sustainability involves more than a carbon footprint. For decades, the Institute for Construction and Environment has been providing the most important building block for life cycle assessments with its EPDs. They are a bulwark against greenwashing. As managing director of the IBU, I want to ensure that sustainability remains transparent and verifiable in the construction and real estate industry. The recyclability of building products will become a future field of action for the IBU.”
Hans Peters and Dr. Roman Rupp, who have been managing the IBU’s business in a dual capacity for the past six months, will in future once again serve as chairman of the board (Peters) as well as its deputy.