The IABP is one of the founding institutes of the new Stuttgart Research Initiative to intensify research and teaching activities in the fields of bioeconomy and sustainable development. Climate and resource protection are central challenges that depend on innovative impulses and solutions. To this end, the institutes from several faculties are pooling their interdisciplinary expertise, extensive experimental and testing facilities, teaching content and formats. The IABP's contributions focus on the sustainable design of the built environment, e.g. with green structures for buildings and neighborhoods as well as recyclable functional and structural materials made from renewable raw materials incl. life cycle assessment of materials, components and processes.