Guideline for Sustainable Building

In 2001, the Federal Building Ministry published a Guideline for Sustainable Building for the first time – a practical aid for the planning, the construction, the structural maintenance, the operation and the utilisation of federally owned properties. This guideline was made obligatory for the Federal Government. The goals and requirements formulated in the guideline display their effects far further than the regulatory area. Technical developments, changes made to the requirements in regulations and norms and new scientific standards, measurement and detection techniques made it necessary to fundamentally review the guidelines.


As a result of the constantly developing political and societal goals, the Guideline for Sustainable Building from 2001 was reworked and reintroduced at the beginning of 2011 by means of decree in the revised form. This version of the guideline describes the methods and processes to implement the sustainability aspects in civil engineering. Alongside that, the guideline describe the targets which are to be adhered to for the planning of new building projects and building extensions in the regulations of the Federal Building Authority or the “Guidelines for the Realisation of Federal Building Measures” (RBBau)15. The addition of “Use and Management” and “Building Inventory” have made the reworked guideline into a complex action manual for sustainable building. The entire life cycle of a building in the sense of DIN EN 15643-2 (Sustainability of Buildings – Evaluation of the Sustainability of Buildings: general conditions for the evaluation of environmental qualities)16 is considered as a temporal system limit; as a spatial system limit, the building itself is taken as a basis, as stipulated in the guideline.



New - Guideline for Sustainable Building 2019
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Download - Guideline for Sustainable Building 2015
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Download - Guideline for Sustainable Building 2013
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The Guideline, written as an instruction book for the federal building authorities, is structured as follows:


▪    General part with the scope of regulations of the guideline,

▪    Part A Principles of Sustainable Building,

▪    Part B Sustainable Building Projects,

▪    Part C Recommendations for the Sustainable Use and Operation of Buildings,

▪    Part D Refurbishment of Buildings.


As the Guideline, in its use, directly refers to the Assessment System for Sustainable Building, the parts A and B have been made obligatory in a first step for new governmental buildings. The completion of the evaluation methodology will, in a further step, introduce the part C and D. The overall goal of the Guideline is the transparent representation of the interaction between the individual sustainability criteria, concurrent with the individual phases of planning. Here it is irrelevant, whether the building is for public or private use, since the approaches can be compared.





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