The service range of VDZ also includes the preparation of Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) according to EN ISO 14040 and EN 15804 for cement and concrete. The rules developed by CEN/TC 350 for the construction sector are taken into account. On a national level, VDZ has drawn up life cycle assessments for average cements in Germany and concretes in various strength classes. These have been published in the EPD Program of the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU). VDZ also compiles product-specific Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declarations for cement manufacturers in Germany and throughout Europe.
In addition, VDZ employees act as "DGNB auditors". With the certification system of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), which was developed in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Safety (BMUB), buildings are assessed taking into account such aspects as environmental protection, cost effectiveness and user-friendliness with regard to sustainability. We offer the following services in this regard:
- Monitoring the planning process of buildings with DGNB sustainability criteria in mind
- Supervising the execution of work under the aspect of DGNB certification
- Conducting the final sustainability audit: Review and inspection of the compiled documents and verifications