Comparison of the certification systems for buildings



High-pressure laminate (HPL) in accordance with EN 438 has been used in the construction and furniture sector for decades. The European standard EN 438 defines the material, requirements and properties of HPL.
HPL is a resin and paper-based thermosetting composite material and features a unique, extremely robust, resistant, modern and very decorative surface. HPL is omnipresent in our day-to-day lives and is self-supporting or used in conjunction with substrates. The application and usage areas of HPL are extremely diverse and are constantly evolving. This requires knowledge management which provides regularly updated information and assistance with regard to different applications and processing, in the form of technical bulletins.
This information serves to compare the systems for certification of buildings DGNB (D), LEED (US) and BREEAM (UK) which are commonplace today. This is essentially based on the bachelor thesis by Ms Marie Breitenberger on the topic “Critical analysis of the certification systems for sustainable buildings used in Germany” filed at the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences in 2013.