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bauXund - build healthy!


"bauXund forschung und beratung", which translates "build healthy research and consulting" is a Vienna (Austria) based consulting company specialized on environmental and health topics related to sustainable construction issues and green purchasing.

We work on various sustainability issues related to buildings, from defining environmental and energy efficiency criteria during development to implementing these standards during the construction or renovation phase. We do research projects as well as consult private developers and public authorities. Furthermore we regularly give trainings to developers and construction companies as well as public servants on sustainable construction issues.

We select our project partners from the networks we have built over the past 15 years. We work with other issue related specialists like architects, construction physics, energy efficiency specialists, installation engineers, facility management experts, building material and product suppliers etc.

A major focus of our work is on construction chemistry issues. We have developed a procedure called “chemicals management” to minimize the use of organic solvent / VOCs, plasticizer, heavy metals, PVC plastic, HFCs containing building product and chemicals like glues, paints or varnishes. This has already been implemented in approximately 400 projects (apartment and office buildings, schools, kindergartens, hospitals etc.) with a total of approx. 3.000.000 m², with many more projects already in preparation. In these projects we e. g. could show that a 90% reduction of organic solvent / VOCs use as well as an equivalent reduction of measurable indoor air VOC levels is possible. A second focus is on construction physics, where we consult to improve the energy performance of building as well as promote quality management systems to secure a good building quality.

Additionally we work in the field of construction physics (with focus on passive houses and energy efficient houses) and consult building owner in this wide range of energy related issues.

Furthermore we offer a wide range of measurements to assure good building standards (indoor air quality, thermography, blower door test etc.)

In addition we regularly organize conferences and training courses with varying topics within the field of sustainable buildings.

Finally we do research on many issues related to sustainable buildings with research partners from universities, private research institutes, consultancies as well as representatives of the public sector and industry.

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