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Eco-Labelling Worldwide

Construction has long been recognised as one of the most resource-hungry and therefore least sustainable industries in the world. Despite increasing awareness of the need to develop a more sustainable approach within the construction industry, this proved difficult without a reliable method of evaluating and comparing the environmental impacts of different constructions and materials.

The Building Industry accounts for 40% Co2 outlet and waste worldwide. In addition to transport, non-renewable resources, mining, deforestation, pollution, toxic chemicals of producing building materials require more attention.  To tackle these issues in a lifespan of materials, there are several tools and initatives worldwide.

Your knowledge and demand of ecofriendlier materials is essential to improve the industry.

Benefits of 3.party eco-certified building materials

  • Responsibility
  • Better health and indoor climate
  • Durabiltiy
  • Controlled by competent 3.party

3 principles of Climate Neutral Buildings by Bjorn Berge

  1. Choose Low Impact Materials and Construction
  2. Reduce Operational Energy
  3. Maximize Storage of Carbon

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Eco-Building tools Worldwide

Gaia (Holistic Ecological View)

Breeam (Holistic Point based system and different levels – design and documents verified by auditor)

LEED (Holistic point based system and different levels)

DGNB (Holistic point based system and different levels)


ZEB (Zero Emission Building – Norwegian Research Centre)

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Building materials

“From the extraction of the raw materials, to production, packaging and transport, right through to your use and then your recycling bin. EU-Ecolabel life cycle approach guarantees that the products’ main environmental impacts are reduced in comparison to similar products on the market.”

Environmental impact in a lifecycle

  • Raw materials: Mining – Deforestation – Soil erotion – Non-renewable resources – Biodiversity – Pollution – Water Resource Depletion
  • Production: Energy and pollution
  • Transport: Energy and pollution
  • Construction: Pollution and waste
  • In use: Smart design – pollution – durability
  • Waste: Design for demolition – reuse – recycle – pollution


Watch TED talk by Michael Green why Timber Skyscrapers are a great solution (9 minutes)

Summary Eco-labelling






Eu-Ecolabelling / Swanmark

Blaue Engel


LCA / EPD  -Environmental Product Description




Ecolabel Index Australia: http://www.ecolabelindex.com/ecolabels/?st=country,au

Ecolabel Index Asia / Africa http://www.ecolabelindex.com/ecolabels/?st=region=europe;region=asia

Ecolabel Europe http://www.ecolabelindex.com/ecolabels/?st=region=europe

Ecolabel America http://www.ecolabelindex.com/ecolabels/?st=country,us

What is Ecolabel https://www.globalecolabelling.net/what-is-eco-labelling/



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Book: The Ecology of Building Materials, Bjorn Berge
Zero Emission Building definitions

Environmental Documentation – Products

3 Pricipals Bjorn Berge
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Europe
What is Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)?
Nordic Ecolabelling
Global Ecolabelling Network