The Austrian Institute of Construction Engineering (OIB) was established in 1993 on the basis of an agreement concluded by the Austrian federal states „in accordance with Article 15a B-VG (Federal Constitution Act) concerning the cooperation in the construction sector”. The OIB is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Vienna, which the Austrian provinces of Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Vienna are members of. The activities of the association extend to the entire territory of the Republic of Austria. Furthermore, the OIB serves as a common „spokesperson” in European and international professional bodies.
The Austrian Institute of Construction Engineering (OIB) is the coordinating platform of the federal states for construction products and construction technology and performs the following tasks:
- The OIB is a European technical assessment body and national approval body for construction products;
- It issues the OIB guidelines, in order to enable federal states to harmonise the technical requirements in the building regulations;
- As market surveillance authority, the OIB ensures that the construction products on the Austrian market fulfil all legal requirements and do not endanger health and safety;
- As a product contact point, the OIB provides information about the currently valid technical requirements for construction products in Austria.