Certification schemes for sustainable buildings –

Requirements in the field of technical building equipment


thinkstep AG

Julia Goerke has been working at thinkstep AG since 2011 and works as a Principal Consultant in the Building & Construction department. Her work focuses on LCA and EPD projects for national and international companies and associations in the construction sector. This field of responsibility also includes the creation of product category rules (PCR, PEFCR) within the development of EN 15804 compliant EPDs and the PEF initiative of the European Commission. Ms. Goerke is also represented in the German Mirror Committee of EN 15804.

From 1998 to 2011, Ms. Goerke worked at TFI – Institute of Flooring Systems at RWTH Aachen University as project engineer and auditor in the Quality, Environment and Life Cycle Assessment department. In addition, she has experience in the field of hazardous waste disposal and transport due to her many years of professional experience at a waste management company and as a lecturer in dangerous goods law for TÜV Akademie Rheinland GmbH.

Ms. Goerke is a chemical engineer with studies at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Jülich department.

Certification schemes for sustainable buildings – Requirements in the field of technical building equipment

Buildings account for more than a third of global primary energy consumption and for around a quarter of man-made greenhouse gases. The savings potential in the building sector is therefore considered by politics and industry to be high. Against this background, certification systems for sustainable buildings have been established in recent years. These building certification systems consider both the ecological and the economic aspects of a building as well as the social characteristics. The most important certification systems for sustainable construction are the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification system and the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) certification system established in Germany in 2007.

The focus of the schemes is on the assessment of the construction products used and their contribution to the sustainability of the building over the entire life cycle, i.e. from the construction through the use and finally to the demolition of a building. The influence of technical building equipment in the context of sustainable building assessment schemes and the information planners and architects need to provide is presented in this lecture: Certification schemes for sustainable buildings – requirements in the field of technical building equipment.