Combine your strengths for the building certification systems BNB, DGNB, LEED and BREEAM in one document: ift-Product Passport for Sustainability
Efficiency: "Improvement of the ratio of laborious effort to generated benefit".
Consistency: "Achieving the same thing in a different way and with less laborious means".
Sufficiency: "Achieving the same thing with fewer resources".
Together we examine your product or product system on the basis of the criteria from the building certification systems of DGNB/BNB, LEED and BREEAM.
All the necessary characteristic values and evidence as well as the required sustainability aspects are prepared as a supplement to an EPD in form of the "ift-Product Passport for Sustainability". This information is based on the requirements of the respective building rating system DGNB/BNB, BREEAM or LEED.
Here, the criteria are identified and described that are directly affected by the construction products and can contribute to the result of the building certification. You thus receive a document that contains all the necessary information about your products in the event of enquiries about building certification systems.
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Evaluation Systems for Sustainable Building
In order to do justice to the idea of a sustainable construction industry, various rating systems for sustainable building have been developed under the umbrella organization of the WorldGBC (World Green Building Council). The WorldGBC is a non-profit organization that aims to spread sustainable building across national borders. The most important rating systems at the building level are LEED (USA), BREEAM (UK) and BNB as well as DGNB (GER).
BREEAM was developed in 1990 by BRE (Building Research Establishment Ltd.). Existing housing estates, schools, courts, apartment buildings, hospitals, residential buildings, industrial buildings, prisons and office buildings can be assessed. Like LEED and DGNB, various criteria are assessed. However, BREEAM only assesses ecological criteria (health and comfort, energy, water, etc.). Depending on the score, the building is assessed with "certified", "good", "very good" and/or "excellent".
LEED was developed in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to make the building industry more resource-efficient and environmentally friendly. The system is based on BREEAM and, like all rating systems, focuses on sustainability. Building assessment is possible in planning, construction as well as utilisation phase. LEED assessment is possible for residential buildings, new buildings, schools, hospitals as well as for shell buildings. Six categories (sustainable land, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor air quality, innovation and design) are scored. Depending on the score, a certificate is awarded in "pass," "silver," "gold" or "platinum".
Since the existing assessment systems do not reflect the desired quality of sustainable building, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS) has developed its own method for the sustainability assessment of buildings. Here, qualities such as ecology, economy and sociocultural as well as technical qualities are considered over the entire life cycle. A total of over 40 criteria are assessed. According to the degree of fulfillment, the BNB system awards an award/medal in "bronze", "silver", "gold". The BNB system was developed exclusively for the sustainability certification of office and administrative buildings. However, schools or laboratory buildings can now also be certified. Since January 2013, all federal public buildings have to be certified according to the BNB system.
Constitutive of the BNB system, the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) has established itself in Germany as a private association or institution with a specially developed certification system. Essentially, the DGNB system corresponds to the BNB system. A few criteria, such as the obligation of accessibility, distinguish the two systems. According to the DGNB system, 13 building types, such as office and administration buildings or laboratory buildings, can currently be certified.
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