The Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt) plays a pivotal role in the construction industry: with its approvals and assessments, it ensures the safety of construction works while fostering the development of innovative construction products and techniques. DIBt is a technical authority and a service provider for the construction sector.
Centre of excellence in construction
As a technical authority based in Berlin, DIBt fulfils numerous public tasks in the field of construction on behalf of the 16 federal states and the Federation. All these tasks are aimed at ensuring a safe, healthy and environmentally-friendly built environment.
DIBt can rely on the technical expertise and experience of some 220 staff as well as over 570 external experts from research, the industry and public administration. Cooperation and dialogue with partners and experts – at a national, European and international level – are key to DIBt's work.
A comprehensive range of services
DIBt is widely known in the industry as the German technical approval body and a leading European Assessment Body.
Granting national technical approvals has been a core task of the Institute ever since its foundation in 1968. Over the decades, the range of technical verifications for construction products and techniques prepared by DIBt has widened, including in particular European Technical Assessments, construction technique permits and evaluations.
In addition, DIBt undertakes many other tasks. On behalf of the federal states, the Institute publishes the Technical Building Rules, promotes regulatory interests in standardisation and awards and supervises building research projects.
The Institute recognises and notifies independent testing, inspection and certification bodies in the field of construction.
DIBt also supports the competent federal state authorities in the market surveillance of harmonised construction products providing central services and taking on advisory and coordination tasks.
As a structural safety control authority, DIBt grants structural design type approvals. In addition, DIBt runs the Secretariat of the Berlin examination board for the recognition of structural design review engineers.
Focus on the energy efficiency of buildings is increasing. Within the framework of the German Buildings Energy Act, DIBt registers energy performance certificates as well as inspection reports for air-conditioning systems, and does fully electronic random checks on them.
DIBt also runs the Product Contact Point for Construction – Germany platform, where manufacturers, especially those from abroad, can find information on the provisions governing the marketing and use of construction products in Germany.
Furthermore, the Institute performs task under the German Radiation Protection Act. Several federal states have appointed DIBt as the competent authority for protection against radiation from construction products.
Careful handling of confidential information is our legal duty and a responsibility that we take very seriously. In order to protect the data processed by DIBt, we have developed an information security policy in accordance with the specifications of the Federal Office for Information Security BSI. For more information, see our information security guideline (currently only available in German).
Integrity is the foundation of our work as a technical authority. Together with our employees, we developed a guideline on corruption prevention in 2014. It contains our code of conduct and procedural rules for corruption prevention.
The implementation of the guideline is supervised by our anti-corruption officer. She is the central contact person for staff, Institute management, partners and customers. Please feel free to contact her if you have questions or would like to report any irregularities. All information received will be handled with strict confidentiality.