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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. 

ECO Platform EPD – a success story

2018-03-20T11:26:14+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.

What Makes a Building ‘Sustainable’?

2017-04-12T14:26:44+00:00 29.06.2016|

IBU Conference with a Panel of Experts at the Scandic Hotel Berlin on Potsdamer Platz

How do we evaluate the sustainability of a building? What influence do individual building products have on the sustainability of the building? How can building materials manufacturers, through their products and the information about them, contribute to sustainability? And, just what is it that makes a hotel building sustainable? Information on how a bu

IBU Presents Communications Handbook

2017-04-12T14:26:46+00:00 05.02.2016|

‘Communications Manual 1.0’ is a comprehensive reference on sustainability

As of February 2016, a new handbook has become available to members of the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V., which will support them in their communications and public relations work. On 28 January, the ‘Communications Manual 1.0’ was introduced within the context of the annual IBU communications wo

‘Sustainability is not a Beauty Contest’

2017-04-12T14:26:46+00:00 04.02.2016|

 On 28 January, the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU) held its third communications workshop for members. The focus of the event, which this year took place in Cologne in cooperation with the Angela Neumann PR Agency, was the topic of communications regarding EPDs. Among other events, the IBU Communications Manual was presented for the first time.