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Development of the Term and Requirements

"Sustainability" as a term originates from forestry and has been further developed and specified for buildings since the 1980s by various committees in Germany and internationally.

Milestones of Sustainability

The Brundtland Commission, founded by the United Nations, published the report "Our Common Future" in 1987, in which the concept of sustainable development was formulated and defined for the first time. After further international votes, the German Council for Sustainable Development was founded in 2001 and the Guideline for Sustainable Building was published for the first time by the Federal Ministry of Building.

Since 2002, the German Sustainability Strategy has been the basis for various measures, such as the development of the German Seal of Approval for Sustainable Building in cooperation with the German Sustainable Building Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen e. V.). In 2009, the Federal Ministry of Building developed the Assessment System for Sustainable Building (BNB), which makes it possible to measure and verify sustainability aspects of building measures. National and international developments from standardisation work, as well as stricter demands for the energy requirements of buildings, are taken into account in regular revisions and additions to the Guideline for Sustainable Building and the BNB.

Development within the Building Sector