The Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA) is an independent federal authority reporting to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). As such, it is Germany’s central environmental authority. Its most important statutory tasks are to provide the Federal Government and Federal Ministries with scientific support in all environmental matters, to enforce and to participate in the enforcement of environmental laws (emissions trading, authorisation of chemicals, among others) and to inform the public on environmental issues.
The UBA acts as a partner and German focal point to numerous international institutions such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Environment Agency. UBA has its headquarters in Dessau-Roßlau (Saxony-Anhalt) and in addition has large offices in five locations, among them Berlin, Bad Elster (Saxony) and Langen (Hessen), as well as having seven air monitoring stations. It employs over 1400 people in total. Credibility is a key prerequisite for encouraging action. Therefore, the UBA implements environmental requirements consistently and exemplarily in its own processes, for instance when purchasing paper or Agency vehicles, in facility management or in the construction or renovation of its buildings.
At its site in Berlin-Marienfelde, UBA conducts experimental research into specific questions relating to environmental hygiene and the assessment of substances in and risks to groundwater and surface waters. For this purpose, the site has various buildings housing laboratories as well as an artificial stream and pond system (FSA). Water is supplied from its own wells and a waterworks facility. For a number of years now, due to staff increases some personnel at the site have been housed in containers that exhibit considerable deficiencies in functional and energy terms. At the same time, additional laboratory workstations are needed for personnel paid by third parties and for trainees, as are meeting rooms and infrastructure for laboratory personnel. In total, about 700 m² of gross floor space needs to be created. For this purpose, a new office building will be constructed in 2011/2012 which is designed to meet the highest standards in terms of energy efficiency, design of the work environment and ecological and sustainable building. The building is planned to exhibit a positive energy balance over the year, surpassing the standard of a zeroenergy building, and thus meet the requirements of Directive 2010/31/ EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the energy performance of buildings.
|Award category:||going green|
|Sector:||Environment, climate change, agriculture (incl. food safety) and fishery|
|Type of activity:|
|Keywords:||Sustainibility, zero-energy-building, energy efficiency, renewable energies, resource-efficient technologies, sustainable construction|
|Short English description:||The building is planned to exhibit a positive energy balance over the year, surpassing the standard of a zeroenergy building, and thus meet the requirements of Directive 2010/31/ EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the energy performance of buildings.|
|Organisation:||Federal Environment Agency|
|Level of government:||national level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||>15|
|EU membership:||EU member|