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Tasks of the PCR committee

Quality assurance, international harmonisation, decision-making on technical issues

Life cycle assessments for buildings should be comparable. However, this can only be guaranteed if the incoming data for the building materials and systems or services connected with the building are calculated according to identical methods and calculation rules. EPDs of similar building materials must be comparable – the specifications for calculation should be harmonised internationally.

Since 2012,  EN 15804 (ÖNORM EN 15804 Sustainability of construction works - Environmental product declarations - Core rules for the product category of construction products) has raised harmonisation to standard. Supplementary to ISO 14025 (ÖNORM EN ISO 14025 Environmental labels and declarations. Type III environmental declarations. Principles and procedures), EPDs for building materials can now be calculated in great detail. EN 15804 is considered the overarching document for all building materials and therefore does not address all product categories in detail, sometimes there is still room for interpretation. The different interpretations of these discretionary powers can in some cases mean that benchmark values are not reached.

For this reason, additional product category rules (PCRs) for individual product groups are drawn up at the level of the CEN-TC working groups in the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) as well as in Austria. In principle, the CEN PCRs are recognised as superior by Bau EPD GmbH. Basically, new PCR documents are drawn up by groups of technical experts on the basis of calculated life cycle assessments. A lot of pioneering work is still being done here.

The members of the PCR committee act on a voluntary basis as independent third parties and have jointly laid down generally applicable programme rules for Bau EPD GmbH (see PCRs).

The head of the PCR committee convenes the product group forums. The members of the product group forums can be representatives of the PCR committee as well as representatives from industry and business and other interested parties.

As soon as EPDs based on existing PCR documents are available, they must be checked for completeness, plausibility and compliance with all data quality requirements as part of a verification process. The PCR committee draws up the necessary guidelines, process flows and protocols for this purpose, and here the specifications of the EcoPlatform, the international umbrella organisation for EPD programme operations, are strictly observed in order to ensure harmonisation in the European area.

The independent verifiers listed at Bau EPD GmbH as the programme operator are provided by members and institutions of the PCR committee and have a specific qualification profile.

Chair PCR Advisory Board
 

 

Members of the PCR committee
Active members (PCR creation and verification, arbitration board)

DI Philipp Boogman

Leitung Abteilung Materialökologie
Österreichisches Institut für Bauen und Ökologie GmbH

DI Therese Daxner

Consultant
Daxner&Merl GmbH

DI Dr. Franz Dolezal

Materialökologie, Bauphysik
Österreichisches Institut für Bauen und Ökologie GmbH

Mag. Hildegund Figl

Geschäftsführung Baubook GmbH, LCA-Expertin
Baubook GmbH

DI Andrea Görth

Projektmanagement
Mitplan GmbH

DI Dr. sc. ETHZ Florian Gschösser

assoz. Prof., Lektor
Universität Innsbruck

DI Andreas Karitnig

Geschäftsführung, Ökobilanzierung, Bauphysik
GENIO Bauphysik GmbH

Mag. Sophie Kieselbach

Consultant
Sphera Solutions GmbH

DI Barbara Lepuschitz

Consultant
RMA Ressourcenschutz Management Agentur

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. techn. Peter Maydl

Consultant
Technische Universität Graz

DI Dr. Adolf Merl

Consultant
Daxner & Merl GmbH

DI Richard Obernosterer

Geschäftsführer, Ökobilanzierung
RMA Ressourcenschutz Management Agentur

DI Dr. Alexander Passer

assoz. Prof., Lektor
Technische Universität Graz

DI (FH) Angela Schindler

Geschäftsleitung, Consulting
Umweltberatung

DI Hanna Schreiber

Expert LCA & Carbon Management
Environment Agency Austria

DI Roman Smutny

Universitätsassistent, Lektor
Universität für Bodenkultur

Dr Victor Vladimirov

Umwelt- und Projektmanagement
VUM Verfahren Umwelt Management GmbH

Dr. Andreas Windsperger

Experte Ökobilanzierung und Umwelttechnologie
INDÖK – Institut für Industrielle Ökologie

Members of a broader circle
Feedback, Fachfragen

DI Dr. Gerhard Dell

Energiebeauftragter des Landes OÖ
Energiesparverband Oberösterreich

Dipl.-Arch. ETH Christian Hanus

Dekan
Donau-Universität Krems

DI Dr. Bernhard Lipp

Geschäftsführung, Forschung
IBO – Österreichisches Institut für Bauen und Ökologie GmbH

DI Harald Mayr

Institutsleiter
Bautechnisches Institut (BTI), Puchenau

DI Udo Pappler

Fachbereichsleiter Angewandte Kunststofftechnik, Bioenergie und Umwelttechnik
OFI Technologie & Innovation GmbH

DI Dr. Christian Pöhn

Experte für Energieeffizienz- und Klimaschutzangelegenheiten im Gebäudesektor
Magistratsdirektion Geschäftsbereich Bauten und Technik (Stadtbaudirektion)

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Helmut Rechberger

Institutsvorstand Institut für Wassergüte, Ressourcenmanagement und Abfallwirtschaft
Technische Universität Wien

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Wolfgang Streicher

Vize-Rektor für Infrastruktur
Universität Innsbruck

Univ.Prof. Arch. DI Dr. Martin Treberspurg

Consultant
Universität für Bodenkultur, Wien