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EPD for Wallpaper Presented by IBU to the Association of German Wallpaper Manufacturers

2017-04-12T14:26:39+00:00 12.01.2017|

First EPD for Wallpaper

At the Heimtextil trade fair in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Hans Peters, Board Chairman of the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU) in Berlin, presented the world’s first Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for non-woven and paper wallpaper to the Association of German Wallpaper Manufacturers (Verband der Deutschen Tapetenindustrie e.V.  – VDT).

Ideas and Innovation – A Look Back at the 5th Bau Innovativ Symposium

2017-04-12T14:26:40+00:00 01.12.2016|

Bau Innovativ – a cross-sector industry event

For the fifth time, the “Bau Innovativ” Symposium was held in the Bavarian town of Fürstenfeldbruck, and it proved to be an enormous success for the 180 or so participants, who came from the areas of economics, research, and industry.

A New Version of the eLCA

2017-04-12T14:26:40+00:00 01.12.2016|

BBSR Releases a New Version of Their Life Cycle Assessment Tool: the eLCA

The BBSR (Germany’s Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development) has released a new version of the eLCA, which now includes expanded functionality and an option for English navigation; it can be found at:

IBU at the 8th Symposium on EU Construction Products Regulation

2017-04-12T14:26:40+00:00 28.11.2016|

Sustainability Information for Construction Products – EPD und PEF

With the incorporation of EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) into CEN/TC 350 standards, a European-wide system for documenting the potential environmental impacts of construction products was established and has, at the same time, provided a data basis for assessing the sustainability of buildings. Now, with the aim of allowing consumers to be able to compare a variety

Checklist for EPD update

2017-12-13T11:18:55+00:00 07.11.2016|

Update of EPDs after 5 years of validity required – IBU gives advice

At the IBU Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June, the general assembly agreed to the proposed procedure regarding the handling of expiring EPDs after their 5 year validity period. Pursuant to the joint proposal of the IBU Board and Advisory Board, all expiring EPDs have to be aligned to the current valid versions of the underlying PCR guidance documents before renewal. To ensure the conformity each EPD will hav

IBU Meets UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon

2017-12-13T11:14:56+00:00 24.10.2016|

Winner of the 2016 German Sustainability Award

On 7 October, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was honoured with the 2016 German Sustainability Award. As a partner of the German Sustainability Award and a member of B.A.U.M., the IBU was invited to the official ceremony in which the United Nations Secretary-General was presented with the award, and was represented there by Chairman of the Board Hans Peters. 

ARGE Annual Meeting Devoted to EPDs

2017-04-12T14:26:40+00:00 24.10.2016|

European Umbrella Organisation for the Lock and Fitting Industry Receives its first EPDs

The European lock and fittings industry has good reason to celebrate – at this year’s Annual Meeting on 15 and 16 September in the city of Le Touquest, in northern France, ARGE, the European Federation of Associations of Locks & Builders Hardware Manufacturers was the recipient of the first eight out of a total of fourteen industry branch EPD

ECO Platform EPD – a success story

2017-04-12T14:26:41+00:00 17.10.2016|

Europe is making significant steps towards a common quality standard for life-cycle oriented data from construction products. In an impressive event at Solvay Bibliothèque in Brussels, organized by the European ECO Platform, participants from all over Europe witnessed the presentation of the achievements in the harmonization of the European EPD.