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Scientific attendance of the Round Table Sustainable Building working group "Modul D"

During the working group "Module D" which is part of the BMUB's Roundtable Sustainable Building (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature, Conservations, Building and Nuclear Safety) were discussed possible solutions for future dealings with end-of-life processes for the German standard for sustainable building (Bewertungssystem Nachhaltiges Bauen, short: BNB). Another project's aim was to improve the steering impact of a building's deconstruction and recyclability mechanisms within the evaluation. In association with existing conventions in the building's end-of-life topic and the effects resulting for future life cycles it was part of the discussion how interpreting the "BNB-Module D" and how taking it into account during design. Furthermore it was determined where to locate the different effects of recycling in the assessment system.

Project duration: September 2016 – November 2017

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Preparation and implementation of the German participation at the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017 in Hong Kong

The Federal Government has made sustainability its fundamental principle of policy since many years. To preserve the Federal role as an example in the field of sustainable building and economic activities, the participation in national and international conferences includes the presentation of the results of the implementation of these principles to an expert community. The participation at WSBE 17 - World Sustainable Built Environment in Hong Kong was a logical continuation of the evolving presence of Germany at international venues of sustainable building.

Project duration: June 2016 – October 2017

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Reward for bidders providing proposals for optimisation during tender procedures

The research project demonstrates a way to overcome the often confrontational behaviour of contracting authorities and building contractors in public building projects. For this, reward models that could motivate bidders to point out deficiencies and optimisation potential already in tender documents were developed.

Project duration: September 2016 - July 2017

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Capacity utilisation in the construction sector

Data on the production capacity in the construction sector as well as its degree of utilization is an important point of orientation for construction businesses and policy makers. Notably, a measure of utilization indicates what increase of construction costs to expect for the medium term. However, neither production capacity nor the degree of its utilization is recorded by official statistics. It is the goal of the research project at hand to develop an alternative method which allows the estimation of the degree of utilization in the construction industry based on existing official and unofficial data sources.

Project duration: July 2016 - August 2017

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Digital Guideline Accessibility in Building Design

The Guideline Accessibility in Building Design has been used since 2014 as a reference work to implement barrier-free building for the federal construction in its complexity. With this research project, the content of the guideline was made available online. The content filtering function, which was especially developed for this website, simplifies website usage and information retrieval. The internal project area serves as an aid to create proof procedures for accessibility.

Project duration: December 2013 – May 2017

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Practical guide for the due consideration of measures of self-cleaning in the course of the awarding of public works contracts

In the course of significant modifications of procurement law the German legislator initially introduced specific provisions in terms of a so-called self-cleaning for reasons of implementation of the European directives. Based on these provisions, an economic operator may take actions of self-cleaning in order to demonstrate its reliability despite the existence of relevant grounds for exclusion and therefore avert its imminent exclusion from the tendering procedure. This research project describes legal prerequisites, proceedings and consequences of the procurement related self-cleaning in connection to the respective grounds for exclusion. A practical guide derived therefrom enables awarding offices to consistently and conveniently handle proceedings of self-cleaning.

Project duration: August 2016 – March 2017

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Development of fundamentals and concepts for the analysis of practice-oriented ventilation concepts

Within the framework of the further development of the "Assessment System for Sustainable Building" (short BNB) and the evaluation criteria profile for "indoor air hygiene" respectively, a number of parameters (CO2 measurements, indoor climate, indoor thermal comfort, surveys on individual comfort experience) are evaluated for a number of field-tested ventilation solutions. With the focus on classrooms, recommendations for action for practice-oriented ventilation concepts as well as proposals for a well-argued evaluation approach in relation to the CO2 requirements are established.

Project duration: September 2016 – April 2017

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International symposium on fire protection in residential buildings

In 2015, the Commission on Decreasing Construction Costs by the Coalition for Affordable Living Space, appointed by the Federal Government, published a report on possibilities to reduce costs for new con-struction and modernisation of residential buildings in Germany. The report states cost-saving potentials without impairing the level of protection regarding fire protection. On February 2, 2017, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety invited the fire protection specialist community to a symposium on the topic in the plenary room of the Ernst-Reuter-Haus of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning.

Project duration: September 2016 - March 2017

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