The building industry is a resource intensive sector. This is why green buildings are becoming more and more important. Green buildings mean that in the planning, building construction, and utilisation phase of a building, the focus is on the protection of environment and resources, and the benefit for people and society. However, economic potentials should also be utilised.
Building certification systems implement the principles of Green Building in a total concept and assess the ecological, social and economical quality of buildings quantitatively.
National building certification systems are in place in almost all countries of the globe. In the UK BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is used as the British building certification system and is sometimes used in other European countries. The American LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) system is also spreading into many other countries such as the UK. In Germany, the assessment system is the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).
Considering the criteria for building products, the topic of indoor air quality plays a huge role in all building certification systems. For example, in the DGNB system, flooring materials have to meet the EMICODE EC 1 or the Blue Angel to allow them to be used in DGNB building projects.
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