Environmental protection, awareness of future generations and the word sustainability are firmly anchored in the German society. (tdx) The idea of environmental protection is developed in Germany at the beginning of the 1970s. in 1994 this was firmly in the article 20a of the basic law. As a result, the State is obliged to protect the natural bases of life. Now is the environmental sector is one of the largest employers in Germany. Numerous clubs, associations and businesses are, how you can reduce the burdens of industrial and production for the environment to a minimum. The problem: Building cause about as a result of their manufacture, construction, use, and disposal one-third of all energy and material flows, as well as numerous effects on the environment.
That is why a central importance the construction of resource conservation and environmental protection. Building must be optimized so with regard to their energy consumption, its technical capabilities and its economy. The solution: All components and components of a building have to certain criteria to be able to comply with in order to guarantee in the sum, a sustainable building design and build. At this point, the work of the Institute is building and environment e.V. (IBU). The IBU will provide all that necessary data and information of the individual building products in a so-called environmental product Declaration (EPD). So, architects and builders can already use the data when designing a building.
The obtained data are comparable and transparent and also the environmental impacts of each product are included. The IBU supports and promotes the sustainability or sustainable development in the construction sector, particularly in terms of environmental and health compatibility of construction products and components. With interest in the topic and the conviction of the correctness of the idea of sustainability, it is the only German organization that consistently declared after the coordinated international standardization until further notice.