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Main focus of our services

A life cycle assessment study provides quantification of the possible environmental impacts of a product. Our range of services specifically encompasses the development of life cycle assessments and environmental product declarations (EPD) for the areas of cement and concrete. In doing so, we apply the standards developed by CEN/TC 350 for the construction sector in particular. We develop product-specific life cycle assessments and environmental product declarations for cement manufacturers in Germany and other European countries.

Our employees also act as "DGNB auditors". The certification system of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), which was developed in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development (BmVBS), assesses structures from the point of view of environmental protection, cost-effectiveness and user-friendliness with regard to sustainability. We can supply the following comprehensive services in this context:

  • Accompaniment of the planning process for buildings with a view to the DGNB sustainability criteria
  • Supervision of the execution of work from the point of view of DGNB certification
  • Performance of the final project audit: Reviewing and checking of the completed documentation and verifications

Your benefits

  • Our experts are members of the European standardisation committees for the life cycle assessment of construction products and as such have first-hand information about applicable regulations.
  • We have many years of extensive experience in the production of life cycle assessments and environmental product declarations.
  • Our specialists ensure problem-free communication with the life cycle assessment client thanks to their detailed knowledge of the processes involved in cement and concrete manufacture.
  • At a national level, our specialist experts have produced environmental product declarations for average cements in Germany, as well as for concretes of various strength classes. These have been published in the EPD programme of the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU).
  • We have also prepared life cycle assessments for European average cements on behalf of CEMBUREAU and can provide product-specific life cycle assessments and environmental product declarations for cement manufacturers in other European countries as well.

Other services in which we operate

Environmental expert reports and licensing procedures

As independent and experienced specialist experts we can provide you with knowledgeable, reliable and comprehensive support throughout all the stages of environmental licensing procedures in the cement and lime industry. We can produce a wide range of environmental expert reports for you and provide assistance with even the most complex environmental compatibility investigations. Our specialists have many years of experience in the field of approval management and base their work on the latest findings from science, research and consultations.

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Environmental consultation

We can offer integrated consultation and support for all environmental aspects associated with the production and processing of cement, lime, concrete and other construction products. Our many years of expertise obtained from research and practical work enable us to provide you with an all-round comprehensive range of services, starting with selecting procedures, assessment and extending right through to the optimisation of your individual process steps and products.

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Environmental measurements

We conduct qualified and dependable environmental measurements. As an officially approved independent measuring department we are a notified body in accordance with §§ 29b of the BlmSchG (Federal Pollution Control Act), the 13th and 17th BlmSchV (Ordinances on the implementation of the Federal Immission Control Act) and the TA Luft (Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control). Our environmental measuring department is also accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. Our emission measurements cover the required scope of exhaust gas parameters to be measured in accordance with the 17th and 13th BImSchV (Ordinances on the implementation of the Federal Immission Control Act) and the TA Luft (Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control). In addition, our specialists are in a position to determine a broad range of special parameters. We provide you with comprehensive consultation and incorporate the officially required environmental measurements into a valid and efficient emission measurement programme.

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Environmental analysis

The manufacture and use of construction products should have as little impact as possible on the environment. The wide range of analytical services we offer can help to reliably ensure that this is the case: For example, we regularly perform emission measurements and have the samples taken examined with regard to all the relevant parameters at our high-performance accredited laboratories and associated laboratories. We can also offer you comprehensive consultation on full-scale operational trials for the purpose of optimising plants or emission reduction systems.

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Process technology

Our broad range of services encompasses all types of testing in the field of thermal and mechanical process technology, as well as technical reviews and benchmarking, digital process support and comprehensive maintenance work. We optimise your processes, enhance the energy efficiency of your installations, perform maintenance work and offer support for your digitisation projects.

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Laboratory services

Our interdisciplinary team can provide answers to virtually all questions relating to cementitious building materials in line with the latest state-of-the-art. At the same time we can offer our customers a range of services encompassing all important testing activities and consultation work, right through to complex expert reports. Up-to-the-minute research and a professional attitude towards service combine to produce synergies which are reflected by the high quality and practical relevance of our work.

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Person to contact

Do you have questions regarding this service?

Jochen Reiners
Concrete technology

+49-211-45 78-382
bte@vdz-online.de

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