DIBt and its partners
Within the framework of its public mandate as a building authority, DIBt participates in numerous national and international committees, working groups and organisations. The aim is to promote safety and innovation in the field of civil engineering.
Technical assessment and standardisation
EOTA is the association of European Technical Assessment Bodies with headquarters in Brussels. The organisation coordinates the development of European Assessment Documents (EADs) and the issue of European Technical Assessments (ETAs) in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation. DIBt is the only Technical Assessment Body to have been designated by Germany.
WFTAO is a global network of approval and assessment bodies with the aim of supporting manufacturers in obtaining approvals and assessments in third countries and promoting professional exchange. DIBt became a full member of WFTAO in 2010 and has successfully completed projects with partners in the U.S., the United Kingdom and other countries since then.
UEAtc is a European association of organisations which perform officially recognised or legally required approval of construction products and systems. The aim is to reduce the burden of repeated testing within the framework of different national approval procedures through mutual recognition and coordination.
On behalf of the federal states and the Federation, DIBt advocates general consideration of public interests in the standardisation process. Key concerns are the safety of buildings and works as well as health and environmental protection. For this, DIBt experts work in numerous national DIN working committees. In many cases, they have also been assigned to the CEN working groups in which the standardisation work is carried out on a European level.
Scientific and technical cooperation
Scientific and professional exchange is essential for the technical work of DIBt. To promote knowledge sharing, DIBt is active in the following organisations and knowledge networks:
- DASt – German Committee on Steel Construction (German)
- DAfStb – German Committee for Reinforced Concrete (German)
- DGGT – German Geotechnical Society (German)
- VDI – The Association of German Engineers
- DWA – German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste
- IRB – Fraunhofer Information Center for Regional Planning and Building Construction
Administrative cooperation and communication with stakeholders
Germany has a well-functioning regulatory system for construction products and construction techniques. The main success factor is the good cooperation between public sector partners and the open exchange between administrations and stakeholders.
- Conference of Construction Ministers Platform
The main coordination platform for the building supervisory actors is the Conference of Construction Ministers, the working group of the state ministers and senators responsible for urban planning, construction and housing. Here, DIBt provides technical, legal and organisational support to the federal states in its area of responsibility. For example, DIBt acts as the secretariat for the Commission for Construction Engineering, the Model Administrative Regulation Technical Building Rules Project Group, the Expert Committee on Project and Cost Planning of the Committee for State Building Construction, the Working Group on Technical Building Equipment and the Working Group on Market Surveillance of Harmonised Construction Products.
- Federation/federal state working groups and committees
- In the field of construction-related water protection, DIBt is involved, e.g., in the following working committees and working groups:
- The Committee for Health-Related Evaluation of Building Products (AgBB) is a joint initiative of federal and state institutions in the policy areas of environmental and health protection as well as construction. DIBt has supported this committee from the beginning.
- Round tables of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI)
The round tables of the federal ministry responsible for building offer representatives from the construction industry, building authorities and science the opportunity to exchange information, ideas and views on current civil engineering topics in a large circle. DIBt regularly participates in the following round tables:
- Round table on sustainable building (German)
- Round table on resource efficiency in civil engineering
At the European level, DIBt participates in the following committees (amongst others):
- SCC – Standing Committee on Construction
The SCC supports the European Commission in questions pertaining to the practical implementation of the Construction Products Regulation. To represent German interests, the Bundesrat (upper house of German parliament) appointed DIBt President Gerhard Breitschaft as a representative in the Standing Committee on Construction.
- Advisory groups of the European Commission
The advisory groups of the European Commission serve to ensure greater involvement of national administrations and stakeholders in the European legislative process. DIBt has been working for many years in the two subgroups of the Advisory Group on Construction Products:
- European administrative cooperation in the field of market surveillance
Administrative cooperation groups were set up at the EU level for the exchange of knowledge and experience between market surveillance authorities in Europe. As the joint market surveillance authority of the federal states, DIBt is a member of the Administrative Cooperation Group of market surveillance authorities under the Construction Products Regulation.
- Förderverein Bundesstiftung Baukultur e.V.
The Baukultur foundation is an independent institution aiming to raise public awareness of topics related to building culture and the built environment. DIBt supports this initiative through its membership in the friends' association.
- KAV Berlin – Association of Municipal Employers Berlin (German)
DIBt takes its responsibility as an employer in the Berlin-Brandenburg region seriously and is active in the regional network of public sector employers in Berlin, KAV Berlin.