About BASTAonline

Guidance to sustainable construction materials

The BASTA system is aimed at anyone who wants to make informed product choices with the aim of phasing out substances with dangerous properties. This can be property owners, contractors, architects, building designers, private individuals and more.

By phasing out substances with hazardous properties from building and construction products, the BASTA system contributes to achieving:

  • Sweden's national environmental goal "Toxic-free environment"
    UN global goal "Sustainable consumption and production"
  • The Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate's work with the "PRIO tool"
  • BASTA is supported by the major players in the civil engineering sector and by authorities such as the Chemicals Inspectorate and the Swedish Transport Administration.

BASTA is a non-profit company and is owned by IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet & Byggföretagen.

Our vision

Construction products are free of hazardous substances, they are based on renewable resources and can be circulated.

Our mission

BASTA supports the construction industry's sustainability work by defining requirements, spreading knowledge and making information and tools available to facilitate conscious product choices.

How do we achieve this?

  • We support product selection based on several sustainability aspects – such as chemical content, climate efficiency, circularity and renewability.

  • We have an open system that gives everyone who wants to make sustainable product choices access to quality-assured assessments of products.

  • The criteria in the system are transparent and scientifically based and harmonized with the European chemical legislation and the Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate's PRIO tool.

Partnerships

BASTA has partnerships with important actors in the industry with the goal of facilitating the process of assessing and registering articles, as well as disseminating information about registered articles in the most efficient way to those who make product choices.

Digital tools

BASTA provides digital tools to facilitate and encourage sustainable product choices.

In our database you will find building and construction products that meet one of the BASTA system's grades. BASTA's database is open for anyone to search, either directly via our website or via our API.

The digital tools also include support for article registration and a logbook service for documentation and follow-up of product selection in the building and construction process.

Methodology & core values

Contact

Addresses and contact persons

Marketing

Logos and terms of use for the BASTA system logos.

Organisation

Alongside the operational team are the following support functions.

Board and election committee

Scientific Council

Marketing Council

Audit Council

News

Update in upcoming criteria document - PFAS

Published 20 Jun 2024

In criteria version V34.1, which was released on February 1 and will become effective on August 1, changes have been made to PFAS. Read about what applies below. 

A unique tool

Published 18 Jun 2024

BASTA has a board of directors with a wealth of experience and knowledge, whom we have interviewed. First up is Kavin Clevberger of Caverion.

The audit process in BASTA

Published 29 May 2024

The sun is out, the trees are blooming and summer is approaching - and so is the audit process. Every year, BASTA conducts an audit with up to 60-70 affiliated companies. Let's go through how it works. 

Launch of guidance for new taxonomy requirements

Published 11 Apr 2024

Together with Byggföretagen and Fastighetsägarens taxonomy network, we have investigated how the EU taxonomy should be applied in the construction industry. 

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