More and more com­pa­nies from the con­struc­tion indus­try are com­mit­ted to achiev­ing a high­er lev­el of sus­tain­abil­i­ty. This is reflect­ed in the fact that 26 new mem­bers joined the Insti­tut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU) in the first quar­ter of 2024.

The IBU is one of the lead­ing inter­na­tion­al pro­gramme oper­a­tors for Envi­ron­men­tal Prod­uct Dec­la­ra­tions (EPDs) in the con­struc­tion indus­try and Europe’s lead­ing orga­ni­za­tion for declar­ing con­struc­tion prod­ucts in accor­dance with the Euro­pean stan­dard EN 15804. Now with 316 mem­bers, the IBU is the largest Euro­pean asso­ci­a­tion of man­u­fac­tur­ers in the build­ing mate­ri­als indus­try com­mit­ted to sus­tain­able construction.

The enor­mous­ly pos­i­tive devel­op­ment is also reflect­ed in oth­er areas of the asso­ci­a­tion. In the first three months, the use of IBU EPDs is at a record lev­el for the fifth year in a row with around 145,000 downloads.

“The devel­op­ment in recent months has been extreme­ly pleas­ing,” says Flo­ri­an Pronold, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of IBU. As one of the lead­ing pro­gram oper­a­tors for envi­ron­men­tal prod­uct dec­la­ra­tions in the con­struc­tion indus­try, the IBU laid the foun­da­tions for includ­ing the eco­log­i­cal aspect in the sus­tain­abil­i­ty assess­ment of build­ings over 40 years ago. Thanks to its prac­ti­cal, sci­en­tif­ic and polit­i­cal com­mit­ment, the IBU has estab­lished an indus­try stan­dard that is rec­og­nized in all areas of the con­struc­tion indus­try. All IBU EPDs are based on inter­na­tion­al stan­dards and are ver­i­fied by inde­pen­dent third parties.