Over the last few years, the
worldwide crisis has hit and is hitting the building sector hard.
Scenarios are now changing decisively, nothing will ever be the
same again. The best way to escape this crisis is called Green
Economy or rather Green Building. "Green" building means
constructing (or renovating) buildings with high energy efficiency,
good insulating materials and low energy requirements capable of
generating electricity or heat.
"Green" certification schemes are being introduced that lend the product high added value. Examples include the EU's Ecolabel environmentally-friendly labelling scheme or the US LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system that is gaining worldwide popularity, establishing itself as the de facto standard for sustainable design.