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Developments in Research and Standardisation

Basic principles, methods and tools for sustainable building in Germany as well as at the European and international level are regularly further developed by working groups and in research projects.

Developing Good Ideas and Processes

Similar to Germany, a number of solutions for describing, assessing and communicating the contribution of buildings to sustainable development have been developed and published internationally in recent years in the form of guidelines, checklists, databases and planning and assessment tools. However, they contain differences in the approaches, methodological and data bases, criteria and indicators used.

Therefore - also in the sense of quality, transparency and comprehensibility of the information and evaluation results to be presented - an international or European harmonisation of these principles and procedures is required. The following provides an overview of the various activities.