For sustainable planning, construction, and operation of buildings, the well-founded assessment and selection of building products is a key issue to be taken into account increasingly by anyone involved in construction. With the context of sustainable construction playing an important role, WECOBIS provides information on the environment and health aspects of important groups of construction products.
The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit – BMUB) operates WECOBIS together with the Bavarian architectural association Bayerische Architektenkammer, thus ensuring a high degree of neutrality and practical relevance. Business was taken over in 2010 by Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung - BBSR (Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development). Since then, the latter has been operating the WECOBIS office which pools the interests of participants and members and organizes the WECOBIS updates and enhancement. Continuous updates in step with actual practice are ensured via a well-proven editing environment with distributed structures.