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Sustainable Building
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The issue of sustainability is on everyone´s lips today. The political framework both in the EU (IPP, Integrated Product Policy) and in Germany engage with this issue in regards to building. With the current series of standards that are emerging for "Environmental Performance of Buildings" and "Hygiene, Environment and Health", this issue will become directly relevant in the future for building materials and building products.

Sustainability means focussing on quality of life for current and future generations. Especially for buildings which are built to last a long time, this is particularly meaningful. The guarantee of a temporary existence nowhere nears covers the term "qulity of life". Only the three aspects of sustainability together - economy, ecology and social aspects significantly determine the quality of life. But what does sustainable building actually look like?

The Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Housing has provided answers to this questions in its "Environmental Information for Products and Services". Only a holistic view of the building over the entire lifecycles enables compliance to the sustainability principle.

Against this backdrop, the German Institute for Building and Environment (DIFBU) declaration helps to describe the ecological efficiency of building materials and building products. This is particularly important in the planning stages. Economical use of resources can be considered as early as the planning stages. The principles which are applied here influence environmental effects in the building phase e.g. through manufacturing, transportation and processing of building materials. Planning also has an ecological and social aspect regarding the selection of the location and scale of land use. The term "social" in this case not concerns only future users of the building but also investors and other interested parties. Economically, planning naturally plays a fundamental role with regard to buidling costs. All three aspects should be taken into consideration in equal measure. As buldings are designed for long time use, the effects of the utilisation phase are particularly significant. Therefore, it is not only durability that is to be ensured when selecting building products and designs. Costs and the environmental impact of building works and necessary renovations can influence the product choise just as much as building climate and userfriendliness as social aspects.

Ultimately, the principles for the effects of building decommission are disclosed in the planning phase. Disassembly-friendliness and reusability and/or usability are key words here from an environmental point of view. As safe a feasibility of working as possible in this as in all phases of the building´s life is one of the most important social obligations for the client.

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