The IBU: A Network and Competence Centre for Sustainable Construction
Sustainability is a popular topic these days. Often, however, the term is not used selectively, or can be inflationary, or may have been added only for advertising purposes. Public reporting on sustainability is often limited to topics such as energy efficiency, CO2 reduction, or the trend towards renewable raw materials. The IBU provides information and clarification. The environmental aspects of sustainability are multi-layered and complex. The IBU’s aim is to clearly show the potential for improvement that is particularly offered by the construction sector for a more conservational approach to environmental issues and the scarcity of resources. To achieve this, the IBU carries out intensive public relations activities and participates in networks that are involved with sustainability in the construction industry and that promote sustainable development.
The IBU has a broad-ranging network of experts and, in recent years, has increasingly developed into a competence centre for sustainable construction. This network includes the independent Advisory Board, whose members are experts from such areas as environmental and building authorities, construction companies, testing facilities, standardisation, science, and environmental associations. The IBU also maintains intensive exchanges with, among others, representatives of building certification systems and life cycle assessment experts.