General Construction & Buildings

KATALYSE Institute for Applied Environmental Research

KATALYSE, the Cologne Institute for Applied Environmental Research, was one of the first independent environmental institutes in Germany. Since 1978, the team of scientists, drawn from a broad range of disciplines, has been working to protect the environment and human health and to promote sustainable development in North and South. KATALYSE promotes the use of low-energy and low-resource, environmentally sound and health compatible building materials and types of construction.

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi)

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi), as a supreme authority of the Federal Government, performs legislative, administrative and coordinating functions for the Federal Republic of Germany, for example in energy, industrial and innovation policy as well as in competition, SME and European policy. Its central task is to secure lasting prospects for employment, investment and growth in Germany with a forward-looking economic policy. The guiding principle for this is a policy based on the principles of the social market economy. Essential fields of action for the Ministry are the support and promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups, stimulating and accompanying investments and innovations, maintaining and expanding the international competitiveness of Germany as an industrial location, and creating the necessary framework conditions. In doing so, it is also responsible for ensuring that important challenges of our time such as digitalisation, the effects of demographic change, the energy transition and other economic transformation processes for climate protection and a secured prosperity and growth also in the future are adequately addressed and taken into account. The increased attention and commitment paid to this growing range of tasks is reflected by the Ministry's most recent name change into Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is responsible for various policy areas in the Federal Republic of Germany, essential ones of which are reflected in the naming of the ministry. Until 1986, three different ministries within the Federal Government were responsible for environmental concerns: the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health. Then, in the middle of the same year, a single government authority for the federal environmental policy was created for the first time, the then Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). In the course of the following decades, additional responsibilities were temporarily transferred to the authority, such as including urban development, housing, rural infrastructure, public building law, construction as well as federal buildings, which also led to name changes thoughout the years (e.g. BMUB between 2013 and 2018). At present, the ministry is also responsible for consumer protection policy and therefore uses the extended abbreviation BMUV. For more than 30 years now its main task has remained unchanged however: to ensure the protection of the population from environmental toxins and radiation, the wise and economical use of raw materials, the protection of the climate and the use of natural resources in a way that preserves the diversity of animal and plant species and their habitats. A key responsibility is to prepare legislation in order to design the legal framework in the areas of responsibility. This also includes shaping regulatory law and transposing EU directives into national law. Furthermore, this includes the financial promotion of research and development, support for the market introduction of innovative technologies, cooperation at national and international level, and communication for broad social participation and acceptance in the protection and careful use of the environment and resources.

Network for Energy and Building Culture

Regions that preserve resources and rely on a supply of renewable energies have an international advantage and will be less dependent on global crises and bottlenecks. Regional value creation is an important component of sustainable building culture and is considered particularly worthy of support by this network. It advocates high-quality planning and implementation in the sphere of urban development and architecture, which should incorporate a high level of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies by buildings. With funding from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Energy and Building Culture Network has developed a package of services for the qualification of those involved in building so that they are enabled to take into account and implement the climate protection goals of the Federal Government in practical projects. Courses initiated and offered by the network can be partially funded by the BMBF's education premium.

Association of Consulting Engineers (VBI)

The German Association of Consulting Engineers - VBI (Verband Beratender Ingenieure) is one of the leading associations worldwide for consultancy and engineering. VBI member companies always have an eye on the complete life-cycle of a project, from the planning through the use to dismantling and recycling. VBI is a member of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). One of the main topics of VBI is the field of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies. The "VBI Database of German Consultants" provides information on technical consultants or companies, which are specialized in energy consulting amongst others.

Association of German Architects (BDA)

The BDA is an association of freelance architects and urban planners in Germany. Since its founding in 1903, the BDA has been committed to elevating and improving the function and meaning of architecture in service of society and the environment. One of the BDA’s particular strengths is its nationwide presence: Regional Associations in all 16 German states are supplemented by various regional subgroups.

BINE Information Service

The task of the BINE Information Service is to support the transfer of knowledge and information from energy research to practical application. To this end, BINE is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND)

BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) is a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-confessional federal grassroots NGO with more than 480,000 members and supporters. The Association for Environment and Nature Conservation Germany is one of the major environmental organizations in Germany. The Bund is committed to - for example - for an ecological agriculture and healthy food, for climate and the expansion of renewable energies, for the protection of endangered species, forests and water.

Bundesvereinigung Recycling-Baustoffe e.V. (BRB)

The Bundesvereinigung Recycling-Baustoffe e.V. (BRB) is an Germany-wide network, that represents the interests of the recycling industry of building materials to support companies that process demolition and construction waste into new (mineral) building materials. Together with the state associations, the direct and supporting members, it aims to conserve natural resources and promote the circular economy in Germany.

Federal Chamber of German Architects (BAK)

The Federal Chamber of German Architects (BAK) in Berlin is the umbrella organisation of the Architects Chambers of the 16 German Länder – bodies of public law. BAK represents nationally and internationally the interests of its member architects.

Fraunhofer Information Center for Planning and Building (IRB)

Fraunhofer IRB is Germany's central institution for the national and international dissemination of construction knowledge. It provides access to design, planning, construction and economic know-how, from research and practice, in the fields of building design, civil and structural engineering, architecture, historic monument conservation, urban and spatial planning, housing, construction law and economics. Fraunhofer IRB develops and markets information products and services that are geared to the specific needs of its target groups, i.e. designers, planners and other construction professionals. Activities focus on in-house databases, technical construction literature and tailored services.

Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP)

The Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP focuses its work on research, development, testing, demonstration and consulting in the various fields of building physics. These include noise control and sound insulation in buildings, the optimization of auditoria acoustics and solutions for improving energy efficiency and optimizing lighting technology. Fraunhofer IBP’s work also covers issues of climate control and the indoor environment, hygiene and health protection, building material emissions, weatherproofing and protection against heat and moisture, preservation of building structures and the conservation of historic monuments.

German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH)

The purpose of the ZDH is to reach a consensus on all major issues in crafts policy. It represents the overall interests of the skilled crafts sector vis-à-vis the Bundestag, the Federal Government and other central authorities, the European Union and international organisations. The German Confederation of Chambers of Skilled Crafts (DHKT) and the German Association of Skilled Crafts Confederations (UDH) are confederated in the ZDH. ZDH is getting involved in national initiatives committing to energy efficient building and refurbishment and electro mobility.

Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg (ifeu)

ifeu has been working since 1977 on issues relating to environment and sustainability. In addition to research, advice is an important focus of the ecologically oriented research institute. At the locations in Heidelberg and Berlin, more than 80 employees from the fields of natural sciences, engineering and social sciences are currently employed.

Institut für Angewandte Bauforschung Weimar gemeinnützige GmbH (IAB)

The IAB - Institute for Applied Building Research Weimar is a business-oriented research institute with a focus on the development of new equipment, processes and materials for the construction industry. The three research areas "Building Materials", "Process Technology" and "Technical Systems" are managed by the non-profit GmbH and supported by the friend's association (FIAB e.V.) and the Gesellschaft für Innovation im Bauen mbH (GIB).

Institute Construction and Environment e.V. (IBU)

IBU was created out of an initiative of manufacturers of construction products who decided to support the demand for more sustainability in the construction sector.

Institute for housing and environment (IWU)

The Institut Wohnen und Umwelt GmbH (IWU) - institute for housing and environment - is a non-profit research institute of the shareholders State of Hesse and city of Darmstadt. The institute does basic research as well as applied research and has an emphasis on interdisciplinary work. Three fields of research can be distinguished: Housing, Energy and Integrated sustainable development.

Oeko-Institut e.V. - Institute for Applied Ecology

The Öko-Institut has been an independent research and advisory institution for sustainable development since 1977. At its three locations in Freiburg, Darmstadt and Berlin, more than 160 employees work on the basics for environmental protection and strategies to implement a sustainable future on global, national and local level. The Oeko-Institut is a non-profit association and is partly funded by donations.

PIUS Expert Forum

The Expert Forum, provides a discussion platform with professionals who have experience of Cleaner Production (PIUS).

University of Stuttgart - Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE)

The University of Stuttgart is one of the leading technically oriented universities in Germany with global significance. It sees itself as a center of university-based, non-university, and industrial research. The Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design has its own laboratory with loading facilities for small and large scale tests and corresponding data acquisition. The Institute also offers consulting activities for special material and structural designs.